10 International Ice Cream Parlors You Have to Visit

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10 International Ice Cream Parlors You Have to Visit

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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.

10 International Ice Cream Parlors You Have to Visit

10 International Ice Cream Parlors You Have to Visit

Photo Modified: Flickr / Paul Wilkinson / CC BY 4.0

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.

#10 Simmo’s Ice Creamery, Dunsborough, Australia

Simmo’s Ice Creamery 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.

#8 The Creamery, Cape Town, South Africa

“Honest-to-goodness, made-from-scratch, not-your-average ice cream” is what you’ll find at The Creamery, where all the ingredients in the ice cream come from local farms. They have a monthly rotation of new flavors; this month’s includes cardamom rosewater marshmallow and lime white chocolate.

#7 Vaffelbageriet, Copenhagen, Denmark

Vaffelbageriet’s most popular item is the Amerikaner, packing up to four scoops of ice cream in a cone and topping them with syrup, whipped cream, and a chocolate-covered meringue puff. The more than century-old ice cream shop makes its wares from age-old recipes. The shop is a part of the famed Tivoli Gardens amusement park, only open from mid-April to late September.

#6 Murphy’s, Dingle, Ireland

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Murphy’s crafts simple artisanal flavors that are designed to go together. You might pair chocolate with butterscotch, raspberry with Kerry cream, or sea salt with caramel. Their sorbets are made with distilled rainwater, and you can be assured that many of the ingredients are local.

#5 Perchè No!, Florence, Italy

Perchè No! has been mixing fresh batches of gelato every morning since it opened in 1939, featuring exotic flavors (the name means "Why Not!") like matcha green tea and cassata siciliana, made with ricotta cheese and candied fruit. The gelato shop is Nigella Lawson’s favorite; her flavor of choice is coffee mousse. 

#4 Antico Caffè Spinnato, Palermo, Italy

The ice cream sandwich takes a typically Sicilian form at Antico Caffè Spinnato, where gelato in assorted flavors is served on fresh-baked brioche bread. Don’t miss their cannolis, which are coated with dark chocolate on the inside, either. The shop has been around since 1860, with good reason. 

#3 Vipiteno Gelateria, São Paulo, Brazil

Vipiteno Gelateria is known above all for its Demoiselle Cup, a sundae made of dulce de leche gelato topped with pear and ginger syrup, whipped cream, and crunchy burnt sugar. One scoop costs $10, so make it last.

#2 Bar Gelateria Ercole, Pizzo, Italy

Nowhere else can you find an ice cream tartufo (truffle), a specialty of the Calabrian seaside town, made like it is at Bar Gelateria Ercole. A spoonful of fudge is wrapped in gelato and rolled in cocoa powder and sugar to create a gooey, chocolaty, ice cream treat.

#1 Fenocchio, Nice, France

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This family-owned French ice cream parlor on one of the prettiest squares in this French Riviera capital has been scooping up ice creams and sorbets since 1966. Serving 61 ice cream flavors and 34 sorbets, Fenocchio caters to the ice cream connoisseur, with all the classics and adventurous flavors like tomato-basil, cactus, and avocado.