Do you like ice cream so much that you would eat it outside in winter? Do you have a ranked list of all the best places to get ice cream in your city? Whether you're obsessed with finding the creamiest cone or you just like a treat on a hot day, you might be tempted to travel with your passion for ice cream in mind.
If that's the case, we have you covered with this list of the 10 best cities to eat ice cream in the world!
1. Rome, Italy
Some people go to Rome to visit the Colosseum or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, but even if there weren't historical fountains or buildings around every corner, it would be worth it to go to Rome for the gelato. After all, there are gelato places on almost every corner. Check out the best ones – Giolitti, Gelateria Della Palma and Frigidarium.
2. New York, USA
The Big Apple isn't just the home of great museums and musical theatre – it is also (debatably) the world capital of ice cream. For traditional ice cream, try Morgentern's Finest Ice Cream or The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Want ice cream injected with dulce de leche? Check out Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. Want lots of options? Max & Mina's Ice Cream has 5,000 flavours including French toast and pizza. Looking for a great sundae? The Brooklyn Farmacy offers a Mr. Potato Head sundae with potato chips, peanut butter, and caramel over vanilla scoops. You can also find things like liquid nitrogen ice cream at -321 Ice Cream Shop. You could try a different parlour every day of the year.
3. Portland, USA
Portland is known for all things quirky and artisanal and the same can be said about its ice cream. Popular parlour Salt and Straw is known for flavours like baked bean and salted caramel turkey. But it's the city's vegan ice cream scene that helps it shine. Back to Eden offers plant based soft serve, hard scoops, sundaes, shakes, and floats. Or try Moberi's cashew-based soft serve.
4. Vancouver, Canada
From a gelato factory to vegan ice cream stores - there are lots of great and creative options for a cool treat in Vancouver! Head down to La Casa Gelato to see hundreds of gelato flavours and taste test things like wasabi ice cream. Or try Bella Gelateria, which has won international awards for its gelato which includes flavours like Earl Grey Tea, or Earnest Ice Cream which is a local favourite with lines around the block on sunny days. Be sure to check out up and comer vegan parlours like Umaluma Dairy-Free Gelato — which will delight even the non-vegans.
5. Orlando, USA
If we're talking about the best ice cream, we have to talk about Disney World. From the popular pineapple Dole Whip to a Cupcake Sundae, there are lots of ice cream treats at the greatest place on earth that you shouldn't miss. Make sure to try a Mickey Ice Cream Bar and an Ooey Gooey Buttercake Ice Cream.
6. Sydney, Australia
A number of ice cream parlours in this down under city have exciting flavours, including places like Gelato Messina, which is touted as having the best gelato outside Italy and Aqua S, which serves up things like sea salt and lemon squash soft serve. Other must-try places include N2 Extreme Gelato and the Cow and Moon Gelato and Dessert Bar.
7. Waikiki, Hawai'i
Ever tried mochi ice cream? How about ice cream pie? This island has both! Check out the astounding Hula Pie from Duke's Waikiki, which has macadamia nut ice cream and a chocolate cookie crust or indulge in the island's shave ice tradition with a desert at Island Vintage Shave Ice. Better yet, get a mochi waffle with ice cream at the Kokoro Café.
8. Tokyo, Japan
Want to try truly exciting ice cream? Stores like Ice Cream City in Tokyo have unique flavours like soy chicken for the adventurous ice cream eater. Want something less adventurous? The popular shop dolci café SILKREAM has cremia soft serve, which was created with the finest ingredients for the richest taste. Other great options include The Zoo, which serves ice cream with animal motifs, Nanaya, which serves only matcha ice creams, and Gomaya Kuki, which focuses on sesame flavours.
9. New Delhi, India
If you're in India, you'll want to try kulfi -- a popular ice cream-like street food. Some of the best places to get it are street carts, but you can also buy it at Kuremal Kulfi or Kings Kulfi & Ice Cream. Want traditional ice cream? Check out Naturals Ice Cream or Havmor Ice Cream Parlour.
10. Brighton, UK
What's a day at the beach without ice cream? This seaside town has a number of ice cream options that will blow your socks off. Try Cloud 9, a shop that sells all things sugary, or Scoop and Crumb, which features ice cream and cakes in flavours like gingerbread lemon curd and roasted plum crumble. Looking for plant-based options? Try Boho Gelato.
While there are often great ice cream options is every city, these 10 spots stand out for truly unique and delicious offerings. So, start planning your next trip with this in mind. Traveling the world to eat ice cream isn't a bad way to spend your vacation.
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