Move over, Mr Whippy! The ice-cream-cool kids are in town. Who needs sand beneath their feet and a burning sun to enjoy the delights of a luxury gelato on your lips? Hg2 have been scooping around to bring you the best ice cream parlours in cities worldwide.
Lick It In London
Summer may have passed us by this year, but it hasn’t stopped the finest ice cream connoisseurs conjuring up new and exciting treats for us to sample. Top of the list is the convention-defying Icecreamists. Based in Covent Garden, it would be a sin not to visit for a taste of ice cream’s wild side. Liberating the world one lick at a time, specials include the Choc & Awe (70% smooth dark Ecuadorian dark chocolate), the Apocalypse Chow (ginger, chilli and lemongrass sorbet), and Nuts about Chocland Yard (milk-chocolate and roasted hazelnut delight). To accompany this heady mix are a number of icy cocktails including one called the The Sex Bomb that will really tip you over the edge. Visit Icecreamists’ flagship store in Covent Garden’s historic Market Building. It’s complete with risqué sculptures, a dose of surrealism and a generous helping of rock ‘n’ roll. Indulgence has reached new levels.
Ruin Your Diet in Rome
The fact remains- gelato just tastes better in Italy, the home of ice-cream. Numero uno for gelato is Il Gelato di San Crispino in Rome. Universally referred to as the best in Italy, San Crispino’s secret lies in the attention to detail in each flavour. Made with naturally seasonal ingredients, each velvety rich cream is made from scratch by passionate brothers Pasquale and Giusseppe Alongi. This is pure indulgence like never before from the birthplace of fine gelato.
Freshen Up in LA
Prepare for a meltdown as LA hits the spot with Pinkberry’s healthy range of frozen yoghurt. Clean, refreshingly stylish stores are scattered across LA. Each store offers a range of creative treats including pomegranate, mango and green tea frozen yoghurt. Customers can also buy made-to-order fruit bowls with a choice of daily fresh fruit and a dollop of smooth ice cream. Try the best selling breakfast taster- Pinkberry Fruit Parfait– deliciously nutritious layers of five fruits topped with natural honey and almond granola for those get-up-and-go days.
Frozen Bounty from Barcelona
Tucked away in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter is Gelaaati! A treasure chest of exotic flavours and the ice cream here is a firm favourite with the locals. Made fresh every day with hazelnuts from Piedmont, nougat from Cremona and pistachio from Sicily, the owners insist their mouthwatering array of creamy delights are made with the highest quality ingredients. From chocolate and chilli to a ‘granita mojito’, the intense burst of flavour will have you bouncing back for more. Non- dairy and vegan options are also available so there’s something for everyone.
The Coolest Chain in Berlin
The German capital of cool doesn’t disappoint when it comes to ice cream. The fabulously flirty pink facade of Vanille & Marille, a well loved parlour run by passionista Rachele Dione has branches in Berlin’s trendy Kreuzberg and Steglitz districts. Be seduced by the homemade flavours including caramelized honey sesame, white chocolate with orange and ginger, walnut-fig, coco-banana with chocolate chunks and nougat de Montelimar with apricots. A perfect afternoon pick-me-up as you wander the streets, we dare you to resist the lure of these naughty nibbles.
Themed Treats in Tokyo
Anyone who has visited Tokyo will know that this cosmopolitan city doesn’t do subtle. Its dazzling lights, sounds and smells shout at you from every angle – and angling for your attention. So it will be no surprise that nestled in the neon city is a range of food ‘theme parks’, dwarfing any traditional parlour. Welcome to Ice Cream City in the Lkebukuro Sunshine City complex! A mini-metropolis dedicated solely to everything ice cream that is certain to make your jaw drop. There are numerous stores, with flavours ranging from the conventional to the absurd. Cherry Blossom and pearl ice are top sellers. (Punters may chance upon a real pearl) But reserved for those more audacious among us, are sea-urchin, eel ice cream, wasabi, wine or ox-tongue. We challenge any daredevil hedonist to give it a whirl. Let’s just hope the craze doesn’t spread west!
Core Flavours in the Big Apple
Heading to New York? With a selection of gelatos to really crash that diet, the lure of Grom’s organic ice cream is irresistible. Only the highest quality ingredients are used, Grom New York source their chocolate from Venezuela, vanilla from Madagascar and pistachio from Sicily. Founders Guido and Frederico believe their philosophy for only using the finest raw ingredients has been the key to their success, they have recently bought a 20-acre organic farm in Northern Italy to grow their own. For those in need of a winter warmer, try the intensely creamy Bacio hot chocolate infused with hazelnut. There are stores dotted around the Upper West Side and Greenwich Village. Rich pickings for the sweet toothed among you.
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