It’s been a sizzling summer in Paris with heat waves recording record temperatures. How do Parisians beat the heat? By eating tons of ice cream/glace and sorbets. From the hip, happening Marais to the decadent Champs Elysees, here are our picks for the best ice cream and sorbet shops.
Une Glace a Paris
Unmistakably one of the best ice shops in Paris is Une Glace a Paris. Opened in 2015 by two Frenchmen, Emmanuel Ryon and Olivier Ménard, who both have long resumes working as top pastry chefs and ice cream makers before they met. In fact, Ryon went to win the most prestigious prize in France for pastry and ice cream, Meilleur Ouvrier de France. Their flavors go beyond exotic and ingredients are sourced from around the world. Ice cream flavors include coffee and cardamom, nut oil, Indian mango, pear and anise, green apple and buckwheat. Luscious sorbets tip the scale of just fruit flavors to include carrot, ginger, and orange, wild strawberry and hibiscus, cranberry with goji berries, and grapefruit with rose. In case those weren’t tempting enough, Une Glace a Paris also makes ice cream cakes and pastries that double as frozen works of art.
15 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004
44 rue des Abbesses 75018
A perennial favorite since 1954, Parisians can’t get enough of Berthillon ice cream. Made on premises in its flagship shop on tiny Ile Saint Louis, ice cream mavens line up for 30 minutes and more for scoops of this irresistible goodness. Don’t feel like waiting in the hot sun for your Berthillon along with the locals? Have no worries, Berthillon is sold in many outlets on Ile Saint Louis and cafes all over Paris. Our favorite flavors are mocha, pistachio, and salted butter caramel.
29-31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004
Once deemed the Picasso of pastry/#picassoofpastry by a well-known food critic, pastry maker and chocolatier Pierre Hermé has extended his sweet reach into ice cream. In his multiple locations across Paris, he offers salted butter caramel ice cream sandwiches with layers of flaky pastry packaged in a shiny silver box, Isaphan sorbet, a dreamy mixture of rose, litchi, and raspberry and a hazelnut feast consisting of hazelnut praline ice cream with hazelnut praline sauce and caramelized hazelnuts. If you have room after your ice cream, try some of Pierre Hermé’s famous macarons.
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Another master chocolatier, Pierre Marcolini has branched out into ice cream making. A specialty line of ice cram pops are customized and hand- dipped. Customers can choose from Madagascar vanilla, dark chocolate, coconut and coconut plus sorbets of yuzu raspberry and mango and then have them dipped in either dark chocolate, milk chocolate and salted butter caramel, white chocolate or milk chocolate with roasted hazelnuts and fleur de sel. Another delectable treat are the frozen praline bon-bons in packages of six, 10, and 25 pieces.
89 rue de Seine, 75006
3 rue Scribe, 75009
235 rue Saint Honoré, 75001
Based in a small village in Provence, Scaramouche is a family owned ice cream maker. Sourcing the rich abundance of local flavors, Scaramouche produces artisanal ice cream with raw milk, organic eggs, and fresh herbs. Enticing and unconventional ice cream flavors include Provencal saffron, rosemary and olive oil, honey and thyme, lavender, and rose geranium and pistachio, and in winter black truffle. Pastis, Moroccan mint tea, kumquat, blood orange, and verbena are some of the more alluring sorbet flavors.
22 rue la Vieuville - 75018