In the city of delectable desserts and pastries, there’s no shortage of delicious ice cream too. Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to try a variety of ice cream shops (and have a list of many more to try in the future too!). I’m sharing my review of each of these ice cream spots that I’ve tried in Paris, hoping to give you some ideas to bookmark for your next trip to the City of Light!
- Le Bac à Glaces
This place is my favorite ice cream shop I’ve visited in Paris. I love that they have all the classic flavors and that the ice cream tastes true to the ingredients. I also love that flavors like pistachio contain little pistachio pieces in it! While most tourists head to Berthillon for ice cream, I think Le Bac à Glaces is the true gem!
While Le Bac à Glaces is my favorite, that doesn’t mean Berthillon isn’t fantastic too. For me, they come in at a close second. Similar to the shop on Rue du Bac, Berthillon offers all the classic flavors with pure ingredients making it taste like the real deal. The perk with Berthillon is that you can find it all across town at various cafes as well, so you don’t have to queue up in the long line at the flagship store on the Île Saint-Louis.
3. Alain Ducasse
While you’ve probably heard of the French celebrity chef Alain Ducasse, you may not know that he also sells ice cream now too. I visited the shop on Rue Cler and tried the pistachio (which is always the flavor I compare every shop with) and found the ice cream to be quite tasty. The flavor wasn’t as strong as Le Bac à Glaces or Berthillon, but it was certainly there and a close spot to my home in Paris.
Amorino is one of those gelato “chains” from Italy that now exists globally in many major cities. They’re incredibly popular because of the beautiful floral design store employees make when they scoop the ice cream onto a cone. While the gelato isn’t the best I’ve had, I do enjoy some of their unique flavors like their signature cherry gelato and citrus basil sorbet.
Another chain gelato shop, Grom offers thick and creamy gelato in all the classic flavors. I’ve tried their pistachio, gianduja chocolate, and raspberry sorbet. All were good, but the gianduja was incredibly good. Just be warned that it’s super rich and chocolate-y; I couldn’t even finish the smallest size!
On my list to try:
Glace Bachir – this spot is in the Marais and has been created with Lebanese influencers, meaning lots of unique and exotic flavors! I can’t wait to try this one next.
La Glace Paris – I technically tried this the first month I moved to Paris, but I cannot remember how I felt about it. I had gotten a really tiny scoop since I visited the shop after having dessert with a friend somewhere else. This friend had introduced La Glace Paris after our meeting, and since I hardly make my way to the Marais, I got a small scoop to try. I remember it was good, but I can’t remember how good! Ha! I guess I’ll just have to visit to make sure…;)