Everybody loves ice cream — the presence of ice cream parlors nearly everywhere in the world proves that. But which ice cream parlors are truly worth traveling for? Here are 10 from around the world that you should add to your ice cream bucket list.
The test of a truly great ice cream shop is how well it does its simplest flavors, such as vanilla or even just plain milk- or cream-flavored ice cream. All of these shops excel at the basics. What makes an ice cream shop fantastic is its creativity. While we’d never say no to chocolate ice cream, a flavor like cardamom rosewater marshmallow sounds just too interesting (and delectable) to turn down. Where in the world can you find that ice cream? You’ll just have to read this article and see.
While many of America’s best ice cream parlors have been around for the past two decades, many ice cream parlors from abroad have many decades — even centuries — of history behind them, such as Antico Caffè Spinnato in Palermo, Italy, which has been in operation since 1860. A creamery’s use of local ingredients is still very important, though, and fresh ingredients are evident in the final product. Take Murphy’s Ice Cream in Dingle, Ireland, for example, whose secret to delicious sorbet is rainwater.
To compose this list, we extracted international ice cream parlors from our list of the World’s 30 Best Ice Cream Parlors. Given all of the spectacular ice cream shops around the world, it was no easy task to narrow down a list of the best ones. Competition was fierce. We looked at critical acclaim (any awards or recognition an ice cream shop has been given); the quality of ingredients (where they are sourced from and whether they are organic, etc.); originality (innovative approaches to making and serving ice cream); exceptional service (customer service that goes above and beyond); and customer experience (what people are saying about a shop).
Buying an airplane ticket for a scoop of ice cream may not sound worthwhile, but you will never know unless you try.
Additional reporting by Haley Willard and Erica Rivera
#10 Simmo’s IceCreamery, Dunsborough, Australia
The best ice cream in the world, down under.
Simmo’s IceCreamery went from a tiny father-and-son creamery, founded in 1993 with just an old Irish recipe and an ice cream machine, to an award-winning shop with over 60 traditional and unique ice cream flavors like mango macadamia, rum and raisin, and orange chocolate chip.
#9 A.M. Scannapieco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Serving more than 50 flavors of Italian gelato, including five dulce de leche varieties and old-fashioned ice cream sodas since 1938, A.M. Scannapieco is still one of the best ice cream parlors around. They are loved because their ice cream is not overly creamy, and you can actually taste the fruit in their fruity ice creams and sorbets.