Paris in a summer heatwave can be an ankle-swelling, hair-frizzing, rivulet-perspiring purgatory, the perfect excuse (should one be needed) to dive into tubfuls of scrumptious artisanal ice-cream.
Some lick-a-licious addresses...
- Bachir, 58 Rue Rambuteau, 75003- Delicious traditional Lebanese ice-cream. Organic, creamy and ever so exotic.
- Berthillon, 31 Rue St Louis en Ile, 75004- Every guide, article and tweet ever written about Parisian ice-cream inevitably points in one direction- Ile St Louis and the Godfather of glaciers. The only time there isn’t a queue outside this 60-year institution is high summer, when Messrs Berthillon close for the sacrosanct July-August break (yes, you read right).
- Pozetto, 39 Rue Du Roi Sicile, 75004 (16 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004)- Old-school, creamy Italian gelato (excellent Italian coffee too).
- Une Glace à Paris, 15 Rue Ste Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 (44 Rue des Abbesses, 75018)- Founded in 2016 with Meilleur Ouvrier de France/ World Pastry Champion Emmanuel Ryon at the churn, this is artisanal ice-cream’s cool new kid on the block. Grade A+ ice-cream, excellent milkshakes and desserts.
- Le Bac à Glace, 109 Rue du Bac, 75007- The quintessential neighbourhood ice-cream parlour (very handily located in shop-till-you-drop Rue du Bac).
- Glazed, 54 Rue des Martyrs, 75009- Parisian ice-cream’s wild child, with names (Cougar Hill, Porn Cop, Cocoaine) as psychedelic as its flavour combinations.
- Raimo, 61-63 Bvd de Reuilly 75012- Paris’ oldest traditional ice-cream parlour and still one of its best.
- Pascal Le Glacier, 17 Rue Bois le Vent, 75016 – An out-and-out purist, Pascal uses only Evian water and prime sourced ingredients for his small-batch, tried-and-true-flavour ice-creams.
Founded further afield but with outposts in Paris, these French artisan ice-cream makers also score high on the scoop-o-meter: Pierre Geronimi, 5 rue Férou 75006, Scaramouche, 22 Rue La Vieuville, 75018, Martine Lambert, 39 Rue Cler, 75007.