I travel, you travel, we all travel for ice cream.
There are no buts about it: we’re all ice cream people. And for a scoop of the world’s best, best believe we’ll hop on the next flight out… more or less (we try!). These eight spots have garnered plenty of attention on social media for their extravagance, but it’s the taste that’s got everyone hooked. Bucket list ice cream parlours are officially our new life goal, and we’ve found the very best.
#1 Tichy in Vienna, Austria
Famous for: Ice cream dumplings.
These crumbs-and-sprinkle-covered dumplings ooze ice cream in the most heavenly way possible. Another cool find on their menu is the ice cream spaghetti, because why not? Step outside for a winning ‘Gram of your ice cream against the retro 1950s-esque diner.
Address: Reumannpl. 13, 1100 Wien, Austria
Tel no: +43 1 6044446
Open from: 10am-11pm
#2 Messina in Australia
Famous for: Elvis the Fat Years — you guessed it; peanut butter in the form of gelato, fried brioche and banana jam.
40 unique gelato flavours, bespoke gelato cakes, and lines waiting outside their doors. It’s no surprise that they’ve been voted best gelato in Australia by Good Food Guide.
Check their website for store locations.
#3 Serendipity 3 in New York, United States
Famous for: The Golden Opulence Sundae.
The sundae is listed in the Guinness World Records as the most expensive sundae EVER, priced at USD 1,000. Topped with 23k edible gold, it contains ingredients sourced from different parts of the world. If you’re sure this worth blowing a grand on, you’ll need to call them two days in advance to place your order.
Address: 225 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022
Tel no: +1 212-838-3531
Open hours: Sun-Thur, 11.30am-12am; Fri-Sat 11.30am-1am
Famous for: Thai-style ice cream rolls.
Why scoop when you can roll? Customers first chose a flavour, like #BAEsic, and then a liquid cream is poured onto a really cold plate, forming a thin layer scraped off and turned into a spring roll. All made in front of your eyes. Bonus, no preservatives, which should make you feel a little healthier about having a second round.
Check their website for store locations.
#5 The Creamery in Cape Town, South Africa
Famous for: Natural ice cream.
Only farm-fresh ingredients are used here to create a host of unique flavours like apple crumble and cream, and sweet potato with toasted marshmallow. The folks at The Creamery pride themselves on going the extra mile in sourcing these ingredients that are produced in a way that is kind to the environment, as well as in season so they taste the best. And they do.
Check their website for store and market locations.
#6 N2 Extreme Gelato in Australia
Famous for: Gelato made with liquid nitrogen.
Liquid nitrogen boils off when it touches anything warmer than itself, leaving you with a cool flavour like Kat on Krack or Brokeback Moment (although the menu changes often), served a side of a dramatic smoke effect. With staff dressed in lab coats and goggles, N2 gets an A for presentation, and an A+ for taste.
Check their website for store locations in Australia and Paris.
#7 Glam Air in Taipei, Taiwan
Famous for: Their Cloud Ice Cream.
Liquid nitrogen really does it for the crowd, especially when it comes with ice cream served on a bed of cotton candy. And, they’ve got scoops in the shade of black, ticking all the boxes for an Instagram-worthy dessert. Well done, Taiwan. Glam Air also serves ice cream in regular, everyday flavours too, and they’re all delectable.
Address: at Xinyi Mitsukoshi A11, No. 11, Songshou Road
Tel no: +886 2 8780 2334
Open from: 11am-9.30pm/10pm
#8 Giapo Haute Ice Cream in Auckland, New Zealand
Famous for: Arsty ice cream.
Presentation is everything in the dessert game. Giapo goes up and above in creating the most artistic servings that are almost too pretty to eat, but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do before it starts to melt. And, the ice cream tastes so good because it’s made from New Zealand’s creamy dairy!
Address: 12 Gore Street, Auckland 1010
Tel no: +64 9-550 3677
Open from: 12pm-late
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