Summer in Berlin is heralded by the opening of ice cream hotspots throughout the city. After a long, cold winter these artisanal ice cream parlours and vendors offer the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. Thanks to Berlin’s growing street food scene, there are plenty of exciting and creative ice cream venues. Many shops produce ice cream in house and use natural flavourings; some ice cream producers have their own trucks. Whether you are looking for traditional Italian gelato, top sorbets, ice cream sandwiches or the weirdest of ice cream flavours, Berlin has plenty to offer and now is the time to seek out the best ice cream in the city.
Jones Ice Cream
Jones Ice Cream is a summer street food favourite thanks to its delicious, natural flavours. Its products are made without eggs, food colouring, preservatives or artificial flavours and are created from scratch in small batches to ensure the best taste possible. With large chunks of tasty ingredients in each mix, these are some of the best ice creams in the city. Top flavours include Matcha Green Tea, Vanilla & Cookie Dough, Apple Crumble and Cucumber & Tonic sorbet. You’ll find the Jones Ice Cream truck at Street Food Thursday, Berlin’s great Thursday foodie hotspot outside Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg. Check the brand’s website or Facebook page for locations on other days.
Zwei Dicke Bären
For ice cream with a twist be sure to track down Zwei Dicke Bären. It specialises in combining special ice cream with gourmet cookies, creating the best ice cream sandwiches in the city. Top flavour combinations include peanut butter cookies with strawberry swirl ice cream and chocolate pistachio cookies with strawberry sour ice cream. You’ll find the Zwei Dicke Bären truck at Street Food Thursday outside Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg.
Woop Woop Ice Cream
Woop Woop Ice Cream’s products are some of the most innovative confections in Berlin thanks to the use of liquid nitrogen. The ice cream is made in front of you in seconds; you watch as your chosen fresh ingredients are mixed with milk, cream and sugar as well as liquid nitrogen cooled down to -196°. Due to immediate frosting, the ice cream is especially creamy and dense, making for more intense flavours. The exciting menu changes every two weeks and ranges from fruit, chocolate and nuts to herbs and spices. You’ll find the Woop Woop Ice Cream truck on Friedrichstrasse.
Woop Woop Ice Cream, Friedrichstrasse 48, 10117 Berlin, +49 (0)176 7214 9575
This relatively new gelateria opened in 2015 and has quickly established itself as one of the best ice cream parlours in Berlin thanks to its traditional Italian products. Opting for simple, high-quality gelati which bring amazing ingredients to the fore, Giorgio Lombardi has become a firm family favourite. Choose from a cone or cup and indulge in flavours ranging from tiramisu to pistachio, lemon to yogurt.
Giorgio Lombardi, Weinbergsweg 5, 10119 Berlin, +49 (0)30 5056 6195
Anna Durkes may be a small ice-cream-parlour-cum-coffee-house but these ice creams pack a powerful punch. A neighbourhood favourite, the Italian owners have bought Italian gelato to the heart of Berlin with some of the creamiest ice cream in the city. All the ice cream is produced daily in small batches, using the finest natural ingredients to ensure the best quality and flavour. The menu is impressive as it is unique with flavours ranging from tiramisu to pistachio to meringue.
Anna Durkes, Graesfestrasse 80, 10967 Berlin, +49 (0)151 7139 8990
For some of the finest organic ice cream in Berlin, Rosa Canina should be your first port of call. Made from 100% organically grown ingredients, the diary treats here seem sin-free. There are an impressive range of 40 flavours in this parlour. The inventive variations include strawberry with mint, white chocolate and ginger, yogurt with sour cherry, and apple sauce.
Rosa Canina, Pasteurstrasse 32, 10407 Berlin, +49 (0)163 808 2002