Avid travellers can experience different flavours that go far beyond the standard flavours like experiencing eel ice cream in Japan or green tea in Florence. So, for those of us who still haven’t made our dreams come true, here is a list of top ten places to eat ice cream around the world:
1. Capogiro Gelato, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
It is made with the freshest ingredients available like milk from local Amish grass-fed cows. The artisan gelatos that are handcrafted each day at the Capogiro Gelato include flavours not seen anywhere else before a few examples of which are Madagascar bourbon vanilla, melograno (pomegranate), nocciola Piemonte (hazelnut) and Saigon cinnamon. In case you’re planning on going, it might be helpful to know that Capogiro has four cafés in Philadelphia.
2. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, St. Louis, Missouri
Frozen custard is a midwestern dessert made from fresh cream, eggs, and sugar which looks, tastes, and acts like its close cousin, ice cream. The stand has been open since 1931 on Grand Boulevard and has been serving frozen custard in cones, shakes, root-beer floats, and also other house specialities, such as Hawaiian Delight and Crater Copernicus. In case you’re planning on visiting, Drewes has several locations in St. Louis that you can enjoy.
3. Bombay Ice Creamery, San Francisco, California
Some of the best Indian ice cream can be sampled at Bombay Ice Creamery located in the Hispanic Mission District. They offer flavours such as Chiku (sapodilla), cardamom, chai-tea, saffron, rose, and ginger that are rarely found beyond the confines of the Indian subcontinent. Traditional kulfi, a frozen milk dessert, and lassi (a kind of yoghurt drink) are also offered on the menu. The opening hours of this location change with the seasons, so check it out before planning a visit.
4. Devon House, Kingston, Jamaica
Devon House was built in the late 19th century as the home of Jamaica’s first black millionaire and is a masterpiece of Caribbean Victorian architecture. It also happens to be home to the island’s most celebrated ice-cream stand. The 27 flavours range from traditional cherry and pistachio to other exotic island treats like mango, coconut, and soursop. There is even a beer-based ice cream called Devon Stout. Devon House is located in central Kingston.
5. Heladeria Cadore, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina’s capital has a plethora of ice cream shops but Heladeria Cadore, located in the busy theatre district, is an all-time favourite. It is said that the Olivetti family brought their generations-old process from the village of Cadore, Italy, to Buenos Aires in 1957 and had occupied the same store ever since. Famous items on the menu include the chocolate with Cointreau, dulce de leche granizado, or lemon mousse.
6. Ice Cream City, Tokyo, Japan
With a multitude of stands selling more than 300 flavours between them, Tokyo’s Ice Cream City offers some unusual ice cream flavours, from soy chicken to sea-island salt and eel. They have more traditional flavours too like Italian gelato and American ice cream sundaes. Ice Cream City is part of a food-themed section of the Namja Town amusement park which is 15 minutes’ walk from Ikebukuro station.
7. Glacé, Sydney, Australia
Glacé is well-known for its cutting-edge ice-cream-based desserts like bombe Alaska, checkerboard terrines and chocolate-dipped petit fours. However, its signature flavours include masterpieces such as Rose petal, vanilla bean, strawberry pistachio etc. Glacé has only one retail outlet, at 27 Marion Street in Sydney’s Leichhardt district.
8. A’jia Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
Having ice cream on the terrace of the A’jia Hotel is an experience in itself. The dessert menu includes specialities like fried vanilla ice cream, passionfruit sorbet, and traditional Turkish dondurma which is ice cream made from goats’ milk. The A’jia is a 19th-century mansion transformed into a hip new waterfront hangout and is located on the western shore of the Bosporus.
9. Vaffelbageriet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tivoli Gardens amusement park is where this century-old ice-cream outlet is situated. Their speciality is ice cream that’s served in a large waffle cone and called the Amerikaner. It takes up to four scoops plus syrup topping, whipped cream, and a chocolate-covered meringue. Tivoli Gardens is located in central Copenhagen and is open from April to September.
10. Perchè No!, Florence, Italy
Established in 1939, Perchè No! (Why not!) sells an intensely flavoured ice cream that is produced fresh on the premises every day. The selection offered varies, but customer favourites include honey and sesame seed and a creamy coffee crunch with pieces of chocolate. They also sell a wide variety of fruit sorbets and granitas. Perchè No! is situated in Via dei Tavolini, which is about two minutes’ walk from the Duomo.