I scream for ice cream
Collected by Andi Fisher , AFAR Local Expert
Sol, Madrid, Spain
Wandering around the Plaza Mayor area in Madrid, I came across a small gelateria. Already full from a wine/tapas lunch with chocolate dipped churros for dessert, I still could not resist the smallest cone....it was huge! I had a choice of as many...
Plaça de la Reina, 6, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia is famous for its horchata, or tiger nut milk, and Llinares Ice Cream serves a respectable version of the drink. But the daring come for outlandish ice cream flavors, from glazed doughnut to potato omelet and fresh anchovies in vinegar. ...
188 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002, USA
'They' say Rome has the best gelato in Italy. Since I haven't been to every town in Italy, I can't confirm that. Neither, though, can I deny it because when I tasted the gelato at Gelateria del Teatro while in Roma I definitely experienced...
39 Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 Paris, France
Most visitors venture to the Marais for two things: falafel and shopping. I go for the gelato. Unlike the majority of Italian ice cream shops who brandish their mountainous flavors in the windows to entice passersby, Pozzetto (Italian owned and...
117 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
513 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
When you find a great place for ice cream, you just know. After a day wandering around Tremont St. in Boston, we managed to find this little bucket of joy upon a recommendation from one of the local shop-owners. Picco has an absolutely wonderful...
2 Chome-29-1 Dōgenzaka, 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0043, Japan
It was a hot day in Tokyo and what better thing to enjoy than a nice ice cream cone? I saw these giant (I think plastic) ice cream cones that looked very life like and tempting. So I said to myself, "Mike, why don't you get one of those delicious...
3040 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z3, Canada
Located in Toronto's Junction neighborhood, Delight ticks all the right boxes: organic, fair-trade, local, and delicious. The shop is known for its chocolates, but the ice cream is equally noteworthy. As smooth as gossamer, it's the best in the...
3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Bi-Rite's flavors are incomparable to anything you've ever tasted before. The rich, creamy tastes of Earl Grey, salted caramel, and lavender (just to name a few) are indescribably delicious. Hand-crafted flavors and baked goods set them apart. Go...
1ro de Mayo, San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
This ice cream shop is located in the Old Town of San Jose del Cabo, right across the street from the church. In addition to ice cream, they have homemade popsicles made from fresh ingredients and served on a wooden dowel. The flavors are...
Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, USA
This picture is too perfect for February, and it is. It was taken last summer at Coney Island, Brooklyn New York. Weather has been gorgeous in January. I am keeping my finger crossed that this would go on till spring, and then summer for this...
127 Hanawa, 洞爺湖町 Toyako, Abuta District, Hokkaido 049-5724, Japan
If you are visiting the southwestern part of Hokkaido, be sure to visit Lake Hill Farm to taste the wonderful home made ice cream. They have a wide variety of flavors. We tried the Milk (they also have Double Cream or Cream and Milk), Green Tea,...
381 Lower County Rd, Dennis Port, MA 02639, USA
My son had his own room with a big-boy bed in the rental house on Cape Cod. On the wall was a painting of an ice cream shop called Sundae School. Our 4-year-old atheist didn't get the pun, but he thought the old-fashioned ice cream truck was cool....
1111 Ritz Carlton Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA
At the Ritz's new restaurant, Jack Dusty, the focus is on incredible seafood. Their desserts aren't too shabby either. My favorite is the build-your-own ice cream sandwich bar. Mix and match between several homemade cookies and homemade ice creams...
1 Chome Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture 741-0062, Japan
It's the little things in life that make a trip worth it in the end. This is one of those places. Tucked by the front corner of Kikko Park on the west banks of Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni sits a local ice cream stand. It's not necessarily the...
Calle 58 520, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
A trip to Merida would not be complete without making a stop at this legendary sorbet shop that has been open for over 100 years. Situated right across the zócalo (main square), you can sit by the sidewalk and people watch while cooling off...
225 26th St #51, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA
A small storefront in the charming Brentwood Country Mart is lit up late after the rest of the village has gone to sleep. Here at Sweet Rose Creamery, organic milk, eggs, cream, and sugar are transformed daily into the purest-tasting ice cream,...
35 Grove St, Wellesley, MA 02482, USA
I'm kind of a fan of wonderful ice cream. But my tastes for ice cream don't really land in one direction or the other. I mean, I like a nice un-traditional ice cream when the time is right, but a simple soft-serve can also make my tastebuds dance...
643 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Ghirardelli Chocolate shops are famous for a reason! Try saying you don't like ice cream when there is melted peanut butter sauce dripping down your cheek. While the original Ghirardelli shop is in San Francisco, the location in the old Gaslamp...
Kilauea, HI 96754, USA
At Banana Joe's, they make their Frosties by putting frozen bananas and pineapple through a juicer. This is what comes out. It's like ice cream. Yum. This is also a good place to get local produce and honey. Essential pit stop on the drive up to...
30126 Lido, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
When the weather is warm off the coast of Italia, everything is right in the world. Spending a summer studying in Venice was a spectacular experience, and the weekend trips to Lido Island made my time there all the more "Euro." We passed the time...
6902 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
screamin' Mimi's has been a favorite treat in Sebastopol for over a decade. The brightly painted ice cream polar welcomes visitors with the smell of fresh made waffle cones and over twenty flavors of house made ice creams and sorbets. My favorite...
913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
There’s nothing like a cold creamy treat on a warm day, and one ice cream shop in the cozy California beach town of Santa Cruz is doing it so, so right. Penny Ice Creamery isn’t your average ice cream joint; you won’t find Ben & Jerry’s-style...
Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 9, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
As a connoisseur of all things sweet, I was drawn to Shockolat's cioccolata calda or hot chocolate a mere three hours after arriving in Milan. Rich, creamy, and thick, it is hands down the best hot chocolate I have ever had. In fact, it is so...
1 Main St, Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920, USA
Even for someone who lives here, and despite the drunk bicyclists, it is fun to take the ferry from San Francisco to Tiburon. There is a great cafe called Caffe Acri at the tip of Tiburon where, on a sweat-inducing, summery day, you can get some...
2144 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
Frozen yogurts spots dot San Francisco like, well, sprinkles on said frozen yogurt. Yogorino eschews the super sweet for frozen yogurt that tastes actually like yogurt. The toppings available are typical - assorted fruits, candies, and crunchies -...
161 Commonage Rd, Quindalup WA 6281, Australia
I'm somewhat of an ice cream connoisseur. Having grown up in the state that produced Ben & Jerry's (and having actually known them as a kid), my bar has been set high since I was very young. But I search out the best in every country I visit...
405 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401, USA
It's about this time of year, when the temperature stays above 65 even at night, that I start craving a double scoop cone. As long as I can remember, The Chocolate Moose has been my family's go to ice cream joint. It's not unusual for the line to...
Inner City Ideas Cartel, 3rd floor Cartel House, 113 Loop St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
The photo says it all. As spoken by a true local. Open 7 days a week from 12 noon until 10pm there is only one shop and one flavor of the week (think coconut, nutella, berries) with unlimited toppings..its 985 fat free, made by a local dairy...
Île Saint-Louis, 75004 Paris, France
When deciding where to stay on my first two week trip to Paris, I had some very stringent criteria. I wanted the local experience and felt that a flat was more likely to offer that. So I eagerly began my search for something in a very safe and...
101 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707, USA
Housed in one of Alpena's oldest downtown buildings that's been restored and has original tin ceilings, hardwood flooring and brick facade, Scoops is known among residents and visitors alike to be one of the best destinations in all of Alpena....
4721 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
In the heart of West Seattle's Alaska Junction is the local gem Husky Deli, family-owned since 1932. In summer, the line winds through the store for their famous ice cream — like the Oreo Coffee scoop shown here. But their made-to-order deli...
Chaussée de Boondael 395A, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium
"Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy ice cream and that’s almost the same thing." This motto is painted across the wall of the Capoue artisanal ice cream shop on Place St. Josse. They are right. Ice cream here does equate to happiness. Capoue...
2311 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Most visitors in D.C. are here in the summer when the temperatures and humidity can soar to uncomfortable levels. That’s the time when ice and ice cream are your best sources of relief. If you are anywhere near the National Zoo and need to chill...
3827 Sunset Blvd # D, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
Small batches of Gelato and Sorbetto are made fresh at Pazzo Gelato's two east side locations and burst with the zest of locally sourced ingredients. New flavor combinations are common with favorites including the Toasted Almond Fig, Sea Salt...
134 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
We weren't even planning to get ice cream on this particular afternoon, exploring Petaluma. But when we walked past the windows and saw the sweet, nostalgic decor at Lala's and two seats open at their 50's inspired soda fountain bar, we couldn't...
36 Vaughan Rd, Toronto, ON M6G 2N3, Canada
Bring a friend and go dutch. I haven't been to many ice cream shops in Holland, but this place is dripping with kitsch from the motherland. Every corner is packed with all manner of black licorice, syrupwaffles and speculoos. While this shop makes...
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