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7 Best Ice Cream Shops to Try

Updated on July 18, 2013

World Best Ice Cream Shops

My love for ice cream and blogging has made me ask a question. Just what are the best ice cream shops in the world?

Ice cream has been around for centuries having first started with just ice and fruit flavors and originating from China. It's evolution to the ice cream we know today would come in the 1770's when it hit the American shores. This flavorful treat was once only available to the elite. Now it can be enjoyed by everyone.

Ice Cream is such a popular dessert that it's even celebrated during the month of July. It's credited for being a sinful treat but it actually has health benefits. It's made with milk which has vitamins and minerals.

Have a tour of some of the best ice cream shops and a look at their delectable menu offerings. I've already looked at each one and decided what flavors I'm going to try.

Scout Mint and Salted Caramel
Scout Mint and Salted Caramel | Source

Fun Fact

Ice cream was first known as Iced Cream taken from Iced Tea.


Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream (Seattle, Washington)

Their homemade ice cream is among the best using horomone-free Western Washington cows.

Their classic flavors are available year round but they also have seasonal flavors to try.

Visit any of their 4 shops in Seattle, Washington to try their unique flavors such as Cherry Chunk or Salted Caramel Cone.

Ice Cream Menu

  • Vanilla Bean
  • Theo Chocolate
  • Strawberry
  • Balsamic Strawberry
  • Salted Caramel
  • Stumptown Coffee
  • Maple Walnut
  • "Scout" Mint
  • Honey Lavender
  • Earl Gray


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Fun Fact

One of the major ingredients in ice cream is air. Ice Cream would be as hard as a rock without it.

Graeters (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Graeters has been in business improving their irresistible ice cream since 1870. Being in business for over a century the couple who started it all Regina and Louis Graeter has kept it in the family. The ice cream shop has expanded to a dozen shops in the Cincinnati area.

Their ice cream flavors are simple and classic but some of the best tasting in the world.Their Signature Chip line features chocolate chips in various flavored ice creams.

Ice Cream Menu

  • Black Cherry
  • Caramel
  • Strawberry
  • Cookies 'n Cream
  • Coffee
  • Elena's Blueberry Pie
  • Butter Pecan
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla

Signature Chip Line

  • Black Raspberry Chip
  • Chocolate Chocolate Chip
  • Mocha Chocolate Chip
  • Toffee Chip
  • Coconut Chip
  • Chocolate CoconutAlmondChip
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter Chip
  • Cookie Dough
  • Buckeye Blitz

  • Honey Sprockets
  • Hazelnut
  • Nuts
  • Nougat
  • Speculoos
  • Gingerbread
  • Pistachio
  • Liquorice
  • Rock
  • Pink
  • Sabayon
  • Stracciatella
  • Tiramisu
  • Swiss Chard Pie
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Vanilla
  • Vanilla Meringue
  • Vanilla- Pink Peppercorn
  • Verbena
  • Violet
  • Yoghurt
  • Lawyer
  • Olive
  • Peppermint
  • Nocciola
  • Khulfee
  • Burnt Caramel!
  • Chai
  • Green Tea
  • Earl Grey
  • Coconut Sorbet
  • Chocolate Sorbet
  • Orange Chocolate Sorbet
  • Mango Sorbet
  • Lemon Sherbet
  • Black & Blue Sorbet
  • Blue & Red Sorbet
  • Strawberry Honey Sorbet
  • Strawberry Sorbet
  • Banana Sorbet
  • Nocciola Yogurt
  • Burnt Caramel Yogurt
  • Malted Vanilla Yogurt
  • Coffee Yogurt

Fenocchio (Nice, France)

The Fenocchio family first opened their ice cream shop in 1966 and offer Ice, Sorbets, and Frozen Cakes.

Made from high quality ingredients their ice cream is delicious and lovely to look at. Their flavors are unique and they feature indigenous like lavender, pink peppercorn, and lemon verbena.

They have 2 shops you can visit in Nice to try their ice cream flavors.

Ice Cream Menu

  • Almond
  • Amaretto
  • Amarena
  • Bailey's
  • Banana
  • Coffee
  • Calisson
  • Cinnamon
  • Cappuccino
  • Caramel
  • Salted Butter Caramel
  • Chewing Gum
  • Chocolate
  • White Chocolate
  • Chocolate Ginger
  • Chocolate Orange
  • Chocolate Chili
  • Milk Jam
  • Cookies
  • Poppy
  • Nocciolato
  • Dragibus
  • Maple Pecan
  • Fleur De Lait
  • Orange Blossoms
  • Strawberry Tagada
  • Gianduja
  • Ginger
  • Grand Marnier
  • Irish Coffee
  • Jasmine
  • Bar Chocolait
  • Lavender
  • Malaga
  • Brown


A markerGlacé -
39 Smith St, Summer Hill NSW 2130, Australia
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Glacé (Leichhardt Sydney, Australia)

One of Sydney's finest manufacturers and sorbets, Glacé has been in business since 1984. They use the freshest ingredients to make their flavors.

This shop offers stock flavors, made to order and even a cool Christmas option. When you visit this shop you can try delicious flavors like White Belgian chocolate, Chocolate chilli, and Orange and Grand Marnier.

Their sorbet flavors also have a wide range having such flavors as Passionfruit, Lemon and mint, and Rose petal.

Ice Cream Menu

  • Belgian Chocolate
  • Black Currant
  • Blackberry
  • Cinnamon
  • Espresso
  • French Vanilla
  • Fresh Lime
  • Hazelnut
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Lemon Curd
  • Macadamia
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Passionfruit
  • Pistachio
  • Praline
  • Raspberry
  • Rhubarb
  • Rum and Raisin
  • Strawberry
  • Toasted Coconut
  • Vanilla Bean
  • White Belgian Chocolate


Prune Armagnac & Orange Chocolate
Prune Armagnac & Orange Chocolate | Source
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Cookie Dough
  • Ginger Snap Molasses
  • Grape Nut
  • Grape Nut Raisin
  • Rum Raisin
  • Grasshopper Cookie
  • Bourbon Flake
  • Bourbon Black Pepper
  • Coffee
  • Coffee ICS
  • Coffee Hydrox
  • French Press
  • White Coffee
  • Strawberry
  • Blue Lemon
  • Blue Orange
  • Mango
  • Mango Ginger

Toscanini's (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Aside from having world class flavors, Toscanini's is also known for donating their ice cream to local community events.

Praised by the New York Times and People Magazine you can be sure that their concoctions are some of the best in town.

Their popular flavor Burnt Caramel has received special mention and is one of the flavors to try at their shop.

Ice Cream Menu

  • French Vanilla
  • Cake Batter
  • Sweet Cream
  • Malted Vanilla
  • Lemon Vanilla
  • Belgian Chocolate
  • Cocoa Pudding
  • Black Bottom
  • Rather Dark Chocolate
  • Mexican Chocolate
  • Aztec Chocolate
  • Orange Chocolate
  • Chocolate Sluggo
  • Butter Chip
  • Pistachio
  • Lemon Pistachio
  • Hydrox Cookie
  • Vienna Finger Cookie

Peach Habanero Sorbet and Saffron Orange Blossom
Peach Habanero Sorbet and Saffron Orange Blossom | Source
A markerIci Ice Cream -
2948 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705, USA
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Ici Ice Cream (Berkeley, California)

The Berkeley located ice cream shop is among the few that makes their ice cream from scratch. Their ingredients are organic and no artificial flavors are used.

Eleven flavors of ice creams, sorbets and sherbets are offered but these change from day to day. Here's a sample menu of their flavors on any given day.

Ice Cream Menu

  • Burnt Caramel
  • Honey Bay Laurel
  • Vanilla
  • Coffee Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Chocolate Mint Toffee
  • Strawberry Balsamic
  • Rhubarb Rose Sorbet
  • Chocolate
  • Raspberry Lemon Sherbet
  • Vanilla Chocolate Covered Pink Peppercorn


Sacher cake
Sacher cake

You can also try making your own ice cream with these Ice Cream Makers

Perchè No! (Florence, Italy)

Italy is known for making some of the best ice cream flavors in the world. In Florence you'll find a quaint shop that has been in business since 1938.

Surviving World War II has only made the shop more historical and the must try shop for ice cream.

They offer special flavors on certain days. If you visit on a Wednesday you'll get to try their Sacher Torte and on a Friday their Apple Pie.

Ice Cream Menu

  • Hazelnuts cream
  • "Panna" with black cherries
  • Mint cream
  • Milk with honey and sesame seeds
  • Lavander and natural rose
  • Small delights
  • Pistachio
  • Vanilla
  • "Bacio"
  • White chocolate
  • Rum Chocolate
  • Coffee crunch
  • Sacher cake
  • Sicilian cassata
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Lemon
  • Persimmon
  • Kiwi


Whether served at a birthday party or enjoyed as a treat after a hard day, ice cream is one of the best comfort foods around. With the many flavors available you won't get tired of this dessert or run out of flavorful choices.


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      moo 5 years ago


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      livelovelaugh5 5 years ago

      Hi MsDora,

      Thanks for the comment! It does make for a very good excuse to travel. :)

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      Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Yea, now I have an additional reason to travel. I think I'll settle for Ici Ice in California. You did a really good job. Thanks for sharing.

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      livelovelaugh5 5 years ago

      Hi prasetio30,

      Thank you for your comment! I love ice cream with a passion! Would love to visit all these shops and try anything with chocolate :) Appreciate the share!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. I love ice cream, especially with chocolate flavor. If I have a lot of money, I'll visit one by one of these shop. Voted up and shared :-)