Where to find the perfect ice cream in Paris © Bar a Glace/Pierre Herme

Where to find the perfect ice cream in Paris

There’s nothing quite like an ice cream to ward off the Parisian heat in the summer. We’ve hunted high and low to find the finest. A hard task indeed... Here are our top 5 ice cream parlours in the city

Parisian ice cream parlours have come a long way since a the days when a couple of scoops of vanilla or chocolate were sufficient to cool one down on a hot day. Organic, dairy free, artisanal, sweet or savoury: you name it and someone in Paris will be perfecting it. We've personally tried and tested a multitude of parlours to bring you this definitive list of where to find the best ice cream when in the French capital. 



Historically Paris’ finest ice cream joint, this family run establishment on the charming and picturesque Ile st Louis keeps the crowds coming back thanks to its savoir faire, solid reputation and cocktail of fascinating flavours. Try the
Salted Caramel, the Classic Coffee or Cappuccino. Prefer something more original? Let Cinnamon, Grand Marnier, Amaretto or even Foie Gras tempt you! The Wild Strawberries or Fraises des bois is a must sample too. Open Wednesday to Sundays 10am-8pm. www.berthillon.fr

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Terre Adelice Au Pain De Sucre

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To taste something artisanal and unique, head to the Pain de Sucre and ask for one of their Terre Adelice ice creams. Made in the Ardeche, the all-natural goodies are rich in fruit and in sensations: Organic and local, the brand has been building a name for itself as one of the country’s best. With a wild choice of flavours, whatever your taste, Adelice will satisfy – Apricot, Crème Caramel, Beetroot, Cucumber, Chatreuse or Cookies, Goat’s Cheese or Lavender, Rhubarb or Roquefort... The sky’s the limit! Open 10am to 8pm except Tuesdays and Wednesdays www.terre-adelice.eu

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Le Bac A Glaces

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Famous with locals in the 7th, this ice cream parlour is just the spot for a couple of scoops after browsing the Bon Marche. All natural, the sorbets and ices don’t contain any extra bits and bobs to tamper with the taste, colour or conservation. Classic flavours on offer include the usual Strawberry, Vanilla and Chocolate but the really interesting ones are the inspired olive oil and dried tomatoes, lemon and basil, Rosemary and Peach or even Yuzu and Yoghurt! Open 11am to 7pm weekdays, 11am to 7.30pm Saturdays. www.bacaglaces.com

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Bar A Glace Pierre Herme

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Parisian Patisserie hero Pierre Herme is now dabbling in frozen treats. His version? A very chic baby blue ice cream cart which pops up during the hottest months in the Hotel Royal Monceau’s shady patio. The perfect spot to enjoy his signature Infiniment creations, including the original violet or litchi-rose infused flavours (a nod to his famous Ispahan patisseries) or the rather more low key passion fruit or raspberry recipes, all served on cones made specifically for the Royal Monceau and this uniquely chic ice cream cart. Open 12 to 6pm www.leroyalmonceau.com

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If Gelato is your thing, head to Pozzetto, fast getting the rep as the best place in Paris for the creamy Italian treat. But, be warned, you’ll find no ‘scoops’ or rainbow of flavours here, it’s all about the traditional gooey cream handed out by spatula in crispy cornets or tubs and they only do 12 flavours, focussing on seasonal heroes. Favourites include Pistachio and Gianduja that blends hazelnut and chocolate beautifully. They make a good cup of coffee too. www.pozzetto.biz

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1 Pozzetto
2 Terre Adélice
3 Berthillon
4 Le Bac a Glaces
5 Bar a Glace Pierre Herme