Best ice cream parlors worldwide

Published May 20, 2013

| The Daily Meal

Best ice cream parlors worldwide

Best ice cream parlors worldwide

Ice cream is a universal obsession, even more so now that the days when plain vanilla cones were the sole option are long gone. 

Fenocchio, Nice, France

If you want wild flavors, you’ll find them at Fenocchio, a family-owned parlor scooping up scrumptiousness since 1966. While the scoops are on the pricey side, loyal customers will tell you the cones are worth it. Salted caramel and pistachio ice creamare favorites, though if you're looking for something adventurous, go for the cactus or tomato-basil sorbets.

Bar Gelateria Ercole, Pizzo, Italy

Bar Gelateria Ercole is infamous for their tartufi, or truffles. A spoonful of fudge is wrapped with ice cream or gelato, rolled in cocoa powder and sugar, and then battered. The result is an oozing, cavity-inducing delicacy.

Vipiteno Gelateria, Sao Paulo

Named after an Italian town, this Brazilian creamery is highly regarded amongst tourists and locals. The Demoiselle Cup, one of the most coveted menu items, consists of dulce de leche ice cream topped with pear and ginger syrup, followed by whipped cream and crunchy burnt sugar. Be forewarned: Vipiteno is consistently packed — and pricey.

Antico Caffè Spinnato, Palermo, Italy

Antico Caffè Spinnato may very well be the pastry capital of Sicily. Known for its granitas and gelato, this swanky bistro serves up ice cream sandwiches on fresh-baked brioche bread. (Yes, you read that right.) Make sure you have two fists free.

Big Gay Ice Cream, New York City

These quirky New York City outlets entice customers with flavored soft-serve topped with wacky add-ons. Envelope-pushing items like the Salty Pimp (vanilla soft-serve, dulce de leche, sea salt, and a chocolate dip) and Mexican Affo'gay'to (spicy hot chocolate with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, cayenne, and shaved chocolate) abound on the menu, while sea salt, Nutella, and dulce de leche are frequently incorporated into everything from traditional cones to cupped "Gobblers."

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, Seattle

Let us count the reasons why Molly Moon’s is the best lick in the world: take sweet-and-savory flavors like Maple Bacon or Beecher’s Flagship (read: Cheddar cheese, perfect for the à la mode portion of apple pie), add her hormone-free, locavore approach to dairy, factor in her adorable Boston terrier logo, and consider her philanthropic Anna Banana Milk Fund, and you’ll conclude that Molly Moon is the fairy godmother of frozen treats!

Perché No!, Florence, Italy

Rumored to be Nigella Lawson’s favorite gelato haunt, Perché No! features exotic, intense flavors like ginger root and sesame crunch. Big believers in the slow food movement, Perché No! makes each batch of gelato fresh every morning. Put this on your "must visit" list for Florence.

Murphy’s, Dingle, Ireland

With the motto "Ice cream that knows where it’s coming from," you can be reassured that Murphy’ssmall batches of artisinal flavors like Irish Brown Bread or Goat’s Cheese and Caramelized Shallot are creamed with care by brothers Kieran and Sean.

Bi-Rite Creamery, San Francisco

This San Francisco staple boasts flavors like balsamic strawberry and roasted banana that "rarely have more than five ingredients, no stabilizers, and nothing artificial." Bi-Rite also bakes every ice cream add-in, like brownies and peanut brittle, on-site.

Vaffelbageriet, Copenhagen, Denmark

This Copenhagen creamery specializes in excess. Its most popular menu item is the "Amerikaner," which can pack up to four scoops of ice cream into a cone and is topped with syrup, whipped cream, and a chocolate-covered meringue puff.

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