Here are nine cool spots to eat handmade ice creams in Paris (and some bonus recommendations too.)
Summer is here and temperatures have been rising. At this time of the year, ice cream remain one of the best ways to cool off; and being big foodies here at Flavors of Paris, we have to admit that there couldn’t be a better way!
There’s nothing like the freshness of a hand-made ice cream made with all-natural, carefully selected ingredients so we want to share with you a comprehensive and carefully curated list of the best of these cold and creamy, melt in your mouth pleasures to be had in Paris this summer.
You may already know Jacques Genin’s chocolates, which are among the best in Paris. This brilliant artisan is back with a lovely surprise: ice cream! Well rounded generous scoops tuck themselves into a delicate, crunchy cone, made on location.
Prepared beforehand but whisked at the last minute their texture is simply UNIQUE. It’s just like a frozen chocolate mousse; voluptuous, mellow and fluffy. Flavors are quite exceptional too as they accurately reflect the fresh ingredients.
A classic range is available (vanilla, chocolate, coffee, hazelnut and pistachio) all summer, alongside limited editions of sorbets and signature creations (for example green pea, and licorice).
La Glacerie is the shop created by David Wesmaël, who was awarded French Artisan of the Year. The name is simple. It translates to “ice cream shop”, however the chef has reinvented the methods of eating ice cream. Yes, of course there are still scoops, cones (made on the spot), and bowls, But classic containers are so old-fashioned so the ice cream La Glacerie has piped ice cream through tubes and sliced it to make sandwiches of colourful ice cream layers.
And you don’t have to stop at just ice cream. There are other frozen creations like: candies, icy macarons, chocolate bars, and pastries.
Worth noting, there is an ongoing collaboration with the chef of La Maison du Chocolat, Nicolas Cloiseau (French Artisan of the Year too) so keep watch for more inventive frozen treats.
La Fabrique Givrée
Warning this team is completely crazy and we love that! They are mad about high quality local products. Most of them are less than 100km from the laboratory in Ardèche and the verbena (a flowering plant that is used for herbal teas) comes directly from their garden, to create a meticulous selection, of creative and imaginative products.
The result is scrumptious! Delicious, fine sorbets and ice creams served in a handmade cornet made with chestnut flour, and also a real frozen dessert menu on demand are available for consumption. Each one is made in front of your very eyes. With so many tempting choices, the most difficult thing to do is to pick one. Imagine a burger, the key banana split, a Mont Blanc or a Tiramisu in their gastronomic frozen version.
Breaking news: This year, chef Jeremy Runel has created two recipes of unique cones. One with praline, caramel and chocolate ice creams covered with Dulcey chocolate; and the other featuring raspberry jam, strawberry sorbet, Tahiti vanilla ice cream and red berries chocolate topping.
Off beaten path, there is a small, discrete boutique in the 17 th district of Paris. Owned by Fabien Foenix, he has been an ice-cream maker for more than 40 years and values only highest quality ingredients, and brings a unique know-how to his creations. We can choose among bowls, cones, frozen desserts and containers to share. Some classic flavors can only be found there such as Plombièere (candied fruits marinated in kirsch), Prune-Armagnac or Chestnut-Whisky. In addition, there are also scrumptious sorbets made with seasonal fruits and original flavors like (black sesame, jasmine tea, chocolate and cocoa nibs nougatine…).
NB: Timbalines are also available to takeaway. These individual pots are equivalent to one scoop. Ideal to store in freezer for solo ice-cream craving!
Une Glace à Paris
Created by Emmanuel Ryon, Une Glace a Paris has become one of the most popular spots for ice cream lovers. You can easily understand why as soon as you taste one of those scrumptious delicacies. Besides original flavors like smoked vanilla (a must try), coffee and cardamom, medovic, (a Russian layered honey cake, with apple and buckwheat, blackcurrant, mint, cinnamon) there is also a wide range of frozen desserts (individual or to share) including an amazing baked Alaska.
NB: the boutique Rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie has a small tea-room you can enjoy if you are lucky enough to find a seat!
Pastelli Mary Gelateria
This tiny boutique run by Mary Quarta, located close to Le Centre Pompidou, is hiding sweet treasures. They offer a small range of handmade ice-creams and sorbets are prepared with carefully selected ingredients, such as seasonal fruits, and Bonnat Chocolate It is served in the Italian way using a spatula (no scoop here). Textures are really pleasant and sorbets can be mistaken with ice-creams since they are so mellow and velvety. The kitchen is right above the boutique, if you look up maybe might just see Mary in the midst of preparing the treats for the shop. Traditional Italian desserts are also on display so why not indulge and enjoy one them along with your ice cream while you are there?
Forget everything you think you know about popsicles! Emkipop twists and upgrades these iconic summer treats. After Marseille and Aix-en- Provence, Emkipop set up another boutique in Paris and we are thrilled! Available in two sizes (normal and mini) the popsicles are made from the best ingredients including seasonal local fruits (provided by producers around Marseille). They can also be customized; half dipped in chocolate (dulcey, white or dark) which can be topped with hazelnuts, coconut, or meusli.
First and only ice-cream which proudly mixes Lebanese know-how and 100% organic ingredients in Paris. A story born in the backyard of a house which traveled to the French capital. Fruits, milk and sugar and…that’s all. No cream or no egg are included in the recipes. A menu composed of 11 flavors and a specialty called Ashta; an ice-cream made with milk cream, orange blossom and mastic (natural pistachio tree resin). It’s light and smooth. Those ice-creams are extremely addictive and the queue can be long on week-ends.
To add an extra yummy touch you can choose to cover ice creams with pistachios (+2,5€) and top them with free whipped cream.
The story starts in the lovely village of Cereste in the South of France and continues in the neighborhood of Montmartre in Paris. Visit Scaramouche to enjoy very tasty classic flavors (chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, …) but you can also enjoy some very original flavours Will you be bold enough to savour the mysterious 1001 nuits ice-cream (made with aspice mix called ras-el-hanout), Hibiscus sorbet, or the fennel seeds ice-cream or rosemary/olive oil/pine kernel ice cream?
Scaramouche, 22 Rue la Vieuville 75018 Paris - 09 52 48 42 51
From Wednesday to Sunday: 13h-19h
1 scoop 3€ | 2 scoop 5€ | 3 scoops 6,5€ | 4 scoops 8€
Kakigo-what ? KA-KI-GO-RI. Remember this name because it has become the new summer star. But what is Kakigori? To sum up, it is the Japanese traditional ice-cream (film fans may remember it from a scene from Memories of a Geisha). The ice is shaved to create a “mountain” and topped with syrup. Simple and extremely refreshing. There, are 3 spots to discover classic or unusual versions of what will become your new obsession.
Hexagone Café, 21 Rue du Château 75014 Paris - 01 43 22 54 61
Tomo, 11 Rue Chabanais 75002 Paris – 09 67 77 96 72
Toraya, 10 Rue Saint-Florentin 75001 Paris - 01 42 60 13 00
Flavors of Paris also recommends:
Il Gelato Del Marchese (Sweet and Savory Italian ice creams) - 3 rue des Quatres Vents 75006 Paris - 01 46 34 75 63
Glaces Glazed (bold, rock n roll ice creams) - 54 rue des Martyrs 75009 Paris - 09 81 62 47 06
Maison Aleph (Levantine inspired ice-creams) - 20 rue de la Verrerie 75004 Paris - 09 83 03 42 02
La Tropicale Glacier (secret and yummy spot with seasonal flavors) - 180 Boulevard Vincent Auriol 75013 Paris - 01 42 16 87 27
La Paleteria (Mexican popsicles) - 5 rue des Ecouffes 75004 Paris - 09 51 99 19 92
Glacier 1891 (New in town | Monaka available (frozen sandwich with wafer) - 59 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière 75009 Paris - 01 40 79 01 81