My guilty pleasure when travelling, is ICE CREAM! I have no shame in admitting that I’m the pig that’ll go for the 3+ scoops every time and often have more than one a day just because I can! Gelato is amazing, whippy ice cream is yum, cone, tub, I’m not fussed (gotta admit though, I’m not so much of a chocolate fan!)! I’m always on the hunt for cool ice cream parlours, here’s a couple of the more unique ones I’ve found!
Gelarto Rosa – Budapest, Hungary
The cutest little ice cream shop opposite St. Stephen’s Basilica. They specialise in serving their ice cream in the shape of a rose, layering up the different flavours to make petals! Speaking of flavours, they offered an interesting mix, for example, one flavour I chose, was white chocolate and lavender combined and it was amazing! Also on offer is thick hot chocolate that tastes EXACTLY like melted chocolate, chocolates in the shape of lego bricks and for those wanting something fancier than just a cone, there’s a whole menu of rose shaped ice cream desserts (even paired with French Macarons!). Top right – image below.
Marshfield Farm Ice Cream – Illfracombe, UK
Left hand picture – Image above
JUST LOOK AT THE SIZE OF IT!!!! It has SEVEN whippy ice creams (2 strawberry, 2 chocolate, 3 vanilla) along with a flake, a GIANT waffle cone…and a small regular wafer cone hidden inside….well we can’t have everything, they can’t fill the whole cone with ice cream can they now?! Easily ate the whole lot, was a bit cold by the end of it but it was worth every mouthful! Just a standard little ice cream kiosk alongside the harbour in Illfracombe, Devon that sells typical British made soft scoop ice cream and normal sized whippy cones. I visited here the year of the 2012 London Olympics, someone walking by looked twice and said “oh! I thought you were holding the Olympic torch!”. Maybe it was just a special while the olympics were on, I hope not, it made a fun challenge!
Eyescream and Friends – Barcelona, Spain
A recent addition to my list! Found the end of last year while in Barcelona! Located by the harbour, on the way to Barceloneta Beach…you need eagle eyes, it’s literally just a door between restaurants! The flavour isn’t amazing compared to other places, it’s all in the delivery here! There are 7 gelato flavours to choose from which then gets ‘shaved’ into a bowl (a fairly generous blob!), then they add 2 little hard sugar eyes so it looks a bit like a splat monster! To top it off, you then pick two pots of toppings, which they have plenty off! Such as: sprinkles, chocolate drops, cookie pieces, gummy bears, various sauce flavours…I had kiwi sauce just because I was intrigued to know what it tasted like!
Island Vintage Shave Ice – Waikiki, Hawaii
OK, so this one snuck onto the list, technically it’s not ice cream, it’s Shave Ice. BUT the taste is simply amazing and lovely and refreshing in the Hawaiian heat! I’ve had snow cones before and was disappointed, I may as well just been crunching on some ice cubes…I like slushies too, but Island Vintage Shave Ice, just smashed it out the park. The serving size was ginormous and as they dish it up, they layer the flavour so it covers ALL of the ice rather than just pouring it on the top and hoping it soaks through. They use thick real fruit flavoured syrup and then top it with fruit, the texture is awesome! There is a huge selection and lots of different combinations to try. It gets served on a wooden plate, but it melts pretty quick! I’m so annoyed at myself for not getting a photo of it, but when something tastes that good, stopping to get the camera out just isn’t an option! Located on the main road outside the Royal Hawaiian Centre, just before you hit Waikiki Beach!
Special bonus ice cream shop mention (bottom right in collage picture) is Gelatissimo Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour, Sydney – Australia. I visited during my first trip to Australia in 2008, when I returned in 2013, I purposely hunted down the place again to see if it was still just as yummy. Of course it was! They serve really tasty gelato in loads of different flavours!
I’m always on the look out for new places, feel free to comment below if there are any ice cream parlours YOU think I should visit!!