BEST ICE CREAM IN PARIS

Best 10 artisan ice cream shops in Paris

The season of long hot summer days has arrived in Paris, and on a bright warm evening, when the velvet sunlight gilds the water surface of the Seine, the only thing we want is to take an armful of best friends and go in search of the most delicious, tender and moderately sweet ice cream. To make it easier for you to find, we have compiled a review of ten places in Paris, where they make a wonderful artisan summer delicacy of the highest quality ingredients. Classic tastes or the most incredible fantasy flavor combinations - whatever your tastes are, read in our article about where in Paris ice cream is a real gastronomic art and gourmet pleasure.

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LA FABRIQUE GIVRÉE

France icecream : La Fabrique Givree

Originality ★★★★★ / Atmosphere ★★★★☆ / Location ★★★★★

La Fabrique Givrée is, above all, a dream come true and the story of the friendship of three young men with unrestrained imagination and boundless love for homemade ice cream. In Paris, La Fabrique Givrée is ideally located in the very heart of the Latin Quarter, between the Pantheon and the Luxembourg Garden. Here you can try dozens of different flavors of artisan ice cream and sorbet, from classic to the craziest. For example, there is ice cream with saffron, fried buckwheat, rose guava, lavender apricot, basil mint, and vineyard peach. Also every week in La Fabrique Givrée a delicious taste-surprise awaits you, the so-called parfum éphémère. We were lucky to try a delicious cherry sorbet while the next secret taste was going to be the taste of beer. Of course, we can not miss this.

Also, each scoop of the finest ice cream or sorbet can be decorated with caramelized cashew nuts or pecans.

Quality and great taste are confirmed not only by our review but also by prestigious Gault & Millau French restaurant guide and a position in the list of the best manufacturers of artisan ice cream in France.

 

Address : 26 Rue Soufflot, 75005 Paris

Transportation : Metro line RER B Luxembourg

Opening hours : Mon, Sun 12:30-21:00 / Tues-Thurs 12:30-22:00 / Fri-Sat 12:30-23:00

  

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GLACE BACHIR

GLACE BACHIR

Originality ★★★★★ / Atmosphere ★★★★★ / Location ★★★★★

We looked into this unique Lebanese ice cream shop on the recommendation of our friends, native-born Parisians. It is conveniently located in front of the Pompidou Center, and from the moment of opening until the very close there is always a queue of people willing to try the most delicate, air-whipped and simply delicious ice cream in Paris. This is truly a place for real gourmets. Since 1936, the Bashir family has been producing 100% natural bio-ice cream, passing unique know-how from generation to generation.

For a pot of three scoops you can choose an unlimited (!) number of flavors out of a dozen. Signature Bachir flavors are air-whipped ice cream with a taste of rose petals (pétale de rose) and milk cream with pistachios (crème de lait et pistache). But the king flavor is Ashta: milk cream with orange blossoms generously rolled in shredded pistachios. If desired, you can also decorate all this magnificence of taste and tenderness with homemade whipped cream.

 

Address : 58 Rue Rambuteau, 75003 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 11 Rambuteau / Metro line 4 Étienne Marcel / Metro lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14, RER A, B, D Châtelet-Les Halles

Opening hours : Mon-Fri, Sun 12:00-22:30 / Sat 12:00-23:00

 

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GROM

Paris icecream recommendation : GROM

Originality ★★★★☆ / Atmosphere ★★★★☆ / Location ★★★★★

You might easily find GROM stores in Paris because there are totally 4 stores in the city. They are all located with good accessibility: near Luxembourg garden, Saint Michel, Chatelet, and Marais district. The store is tidily organized where you can avoid the heat and relax during your journey. 

Grom offers different types of ice cream. There is a choice between the cup, corn with chocolate or stick. Also, you can have a frappe to release your heat or enjoy granita which is one of typical Italian iced dessert. Grom's specialty is pistachio flavor which was first introduced to the world by Grom. Its taste is strong but soft and fresh. Also, the coconut flavor is also recommended by its staff. 

 

Address : 19 Rue Soufflot, 75005 Paris

Transportation : Metro line RER B Luxembourg / line 10 Cluny-La Sorbonne

Opening hours : Mon-Sat 11:00-23:00 / Sun 11:00-22:00

 

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GELATI D'ALBERTO

Icecream near Place Monge

Originality ★★★★☆ / Atmosphere ★★★☆☆ / Location ★★★★★

Gelati d'Alberto is definitely the best Italian gelateria of Paris. Here you need to go for the perfect pistachio ice cream, nuts for which are brought from the island of Sicily. It has a delicate creamy and nutty and a slightly salty taste. It is located on the picturesque Rue Mouffetard in the depths of the Latin Quarter. Here you can find all the classic tastes, as well as the original taste of a mojito cocktail, Kinder chocolate, coconut or rose. Ice cream in a crispy waffle cup will be skillfully decorated as an elegant flower with multi-colored petals. Our flower consisted of pistachio, peanut ice cream, and Kinder flavor petals and we adored every tiny bit of it.

In Gelati d'Alberto only cash is accepted and ice cream can only be taken to go.

 

Address : 45 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 7 Place Monge

Opening hours :  Mon-Sat 13:00 - 00:00 

 

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LA PALETERIA

Paris icecream best

Originality ★★★★★ / Atmosphere ★★★☆☆ / Location ★★★★☆

La Paleteria is the first shop of unusual artisan Mexican ice cream in Paris. This treasure trove is worth finding in one of the hundreds of quiet streets deep in the Marais. At the heart of the concept of this place is the idea of creating homemade ice cream without conservants and colorants, based exclusively on fresh fruits and natural ingredients of high quality.

A wide multi-colored palette of fruit and cream flavors is pleasing to the eye, and the names of tastes add up to a poem: kiwi, red-orange, pineapple-mint, tangerine, passion fruit, acai berries, watermelon... The most exotic are avocado, chestnut, strachiatella, macchiato with caramel. There are also ice cream with tastes of mojito cocktails, pina colada and Brazilian caipirinhas, to which real alcohol has been added.

Each paletas can be poured over with white or dark chocolate and then sprinkled with pieces of biscuits or multi-colored M&M's dragees.

 

Address : 4 Street Ecouffes, 75004 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 1 Saint-Paul

Opening hours : Daily 12:00-23:00

 

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SCARAMOUCHE

Montmartre icecream : SCARAMOUCHE

Originality ★★★★☆ / Atmosphere ★★★☆☆ / Location ★★★★☆

Montmartre is one of the most popular places for tourists or even for locals to enjoy their leisure. As you need to walk comparably more than other tourist spots, you might need refreshing gelato. Scaramouche is the perfect choice for you. It is a tiny gelato store where you can find unique ice cream flavor. The owner recommended us their own special flavor which are lemoney basil (green), hibiscus (pink), and kumquat (yellow). If you are a challenging traveler, it is recommendable to try these flavors which are hard to find in other places. it is a bit sour and tasty. 

It is a small gelato store that you can pass by while having a walk around Montmartre area. Nearby the metro station Abbesses, there is JE T'AIME wall which consists of the phrase 'I love you' in numerous languages. Also, on the way to Scaramouche, you can find a blue door named Héritage Laulhère, where you can get an authentic French beret for your souvenir of Paris trip. 

 
Address : 22 Rue la Vieuville, 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 12 Abbesses

Opening hours : Mon-Thurs 12:30-19:30 / Fri-Sun 12:30-23:00

 

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BERTHILLON

BERTHILLON icecream

Originality ★★★★☆ / Atmosphere ★★★☆☆ / Location ★★★★★

Founded in 1954 by Raymond Berthillon, thus place is from far the most well-known Parisian ice-cream shop. Berthillon ice creams are sold in a lot of cafés and restaurants all over Paris, especially on Ile Saint Louis. But we strongly advice you to go to the original ice cream shop instead of the reseller, because the range of flavor is much more wide in the original shop. They have more than 70 different flavors, from very classical to the most original ones (like Almond milk, Gianduja, gingerbread…)

 

Address : 29-31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 7 Sully-Morland / line 1 Saint-Paul

Opening hours : Tues-Sun 10:00-20:00 (Closed on Monday)

   

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POZZETTO

BEST ICE CREAM IN MARAIS-PARIS

Originality ★★★★☆ / Atmosphere ★★★☆☆ / Location ★★★★☆

Pozetto is situated in Marais district which is always crowded with tourists and local people, but Pozetto is on the calm street. The shop is simply signed their name in blue with a white background and is loved by local Parisian. They have a cafe area for eat-in and a small window to buy it from the outside.

There you can find Italian authentic gelato as we expected from their Italian name. The flavor of the gelatos is classic as pistachio, strawberry, chocolate, coffee, milk and so on. It has a rich taste of the flavor and the silky texture of traditional gelato. This ice cream shop is near L'as du falafel, so you can take this ice cream as a dessert after having a falafel lunch during discovering Marais district. Furthermore, the shop is opened until midnight, so you can get sweet pleasure even after drinking at bars in Marais.


Address: 39 Rue du Roi de Sicile 75004 Paris

Transportation: Metro line 1, 11 Hôtel de Ville / line 1 Saint Paul

Opening hours: Mon - Thu, Sun 12:15-00:00 / Fri, Sat 12:15-00:30

 

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LA GLACERIE

BEST ICE CREAM MARAIS-LA GLACERIE

Originality ★★★★☆ / Atmosphere ★★★★☆ / Location ★★★★★

La Glacerie is better to be called as a pastry, because David Wesmaël, the owner of this shop, is the world champion of patisserie in 2006. Their shop is situated in front of BHV Marais, the department store, and the Pompidou center, modern and contemporary art museum. In this shop, there are around 10 seats for eat-in and taking a rest a bit.

As you see in the photo above, you can find photogenic ice creams and sorbets with beautiful color and shape. Each pretty ice cream contains several flavors which are based on French philosophy about the beauty of pastry. Beside these fancy collection, they have also classical ice cream which is good for taking out. If you prefer it, you should try mango-vanilla flavor which he took the champion with. Mango's sweetness and vanilla's smell make an elegant and luxury taste which should be called as French authentic pastry.


Address: 13 rue du Temple 75004 Paris

Transportation: Metro line 1, 11 Hôtel de Ville

Opening hours: Wed-Sun 13:00-20:00 / Closed on Monday and Tuesday

 

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LES GLACES DU PALAIS

ICE CREAM - PALAIS ROYAL

Originality ★★★★☆ / Atmosphere ★★★★★ / Location ★★★★★

Les Glaces du Palais is in the Palais Royal which is famous for the place with striped colons. They are on the site where there is used be a jewel shop, and they are using that ancient elegant signboard which is beautifully conserved. It is one of the Parisian tradition. The atmosphere of the shop is sophisticated but comfy with beautiful decorations.

Their ice cream has the proper sweetness from the ingredient. so you may feel the freshness of fruit especially from the ‘sorbet plein fruit’ that almost half of the ingredients are natural fruit. In the shop, There are a few seats in the shop, and there will be terrace seats during summer. They also have Emki Pop, unique ice bar in Paris which is 100% natural. it would be photogenic to take photos with this ice cream and striped colons in the Palais Royal.

 

Address: 30 Galerie de Montpensier Jardin du Palais Royal 75001 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 1, 7, 8 Palais Royal Musée du Louvre

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-22:00 / Closed on Sunday

 


Words and photographs by Olga, Youra, Yuka