The best places to buy ice cream

by cathy.baldwin

There is no better excuse to buy an ice cream than when the sun is shining and you are on holiday. To make sure that you find the best quality and flavours of ice cream when on a summer city break, our destination experts have recommended their favourite outlets below.

“The original Covent Garden Scoop (40 Shorts Gardens, WC2H 9AB; 020 7240 7086; is my favourite, serving around a dozen flavours, from pistachio to amarena (sour cherry). Try the classic two-scoop combo: lemon and fruits of the forest for £2.80.”

Ciao Bella bought the world of artisinal ice cream to New York and there are few better places to snag a cone or cup. Head to the small storefront on Mott street and sample the banana, blood orange or lemon verbena sorbet (285 Mott Street).”

“You can always tell when someone is eating a cornet from Gelati d'Alberto (45 rue Mouffetard;, because the servers have a way of sculpting them into rose petals. There are 36 flavours: try the mangue, which is just like eating a particularly juicy mango.”

“Dozens of excellent gelateries have popped up in recent years, but one of the best is Gelaaati!, owned by Sicilians who make the ice cream fresh every day, using the best possible ingredients (many imported from Italy). The pistachio and peanut are my favourite flavours, but the lemon and mint or the strawberry are great on a hot day. (Gelaaati! C/Llibreteria 7, Barri Gòtic, +34 93 310 50 45).”

“My current tip for gelato heaven is the Gelateria Del Teatro (Via di San Simone 70), near Piazza Navona. It’s organic and the ingredients are maniacally sourced, but best of all, it’s delicious. Don’t miss the ‘cioccolato puro’ flavour – pure, cold essence of chocolate.”

Fior di Gelato is a newish, authentically Italian ice-cream parlour, found amid art galleries and antique shops at Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 56. The ice creams are made on the premises - the cinnamon flavour is recommended.”

Bruin not only does the best ice cream, but has the weirdest flavours too, including blue cheese, liquorice, violet and cider. Eat it quick before it melts as you wander through the shady Oeste park (Paseo de Rosales 48).”

“A tiny hole in the wall it may be, but Alaska (calle larga dei Bari, Santa Croce 1159) packs in innumerable surprises: as well as all the ice cream favourites – the hazelnut is superb – gelataro Carlo Pistacchi experiments with fresh seasonal ingredients: artichoke and asparagus in spring, deliciously cooling celery and fennel in summer.”

“Difficult to find poor ice cream on the Côte-d’Azur – it’s the Italian influence. But the very finest is probably Fennochio’s in Nice. Go along to 2 Place Rossetti or 6 Rue de la Poissonerie in the old town for flavours like tomato and basil, pecan and maple syrup – and 92 others, all made by the family. But beware: walking along slurping a cone isn’t thought terribly hip in these chic spots. (Insiders over in St Tropez disdain day-trippers as “ice-cream lickers”.) So the advice is to eat the ice on the spot before continuing your stroll. Or, of course, not to care two hoots about being considered hip.”

Do you know of a great spot to buy a cone or a cup of ice cream? If so, let us know and leave a comment below.