There aren’t many foods that say summer more than ice cream. The refreshing treat has been enjoyed for centuries – it’s said that Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavoured with honey. However, it wasn’t until the late 16th century that sorbets, followed by ice cream as we know it – made using milk, cream, butter and eggs – really began to be made.
Today, alongside classic flavours such as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, the best ice cream parlours are not afraid to experiment with unconventional ingredients and unusual flavour combinations. The quality of the raw ingredients remains paramount, with many of Frankfurt’s ice cream makers using top-quality organic produce, often locally sourced, alongside seasonal fruit. Many producers are happy to cater to different tastes and dietary requirements, whether that means gluten-free cones or a vegan chocolate sorbet, meaning that no one has to miss out on a refreshing summertime scoop.
Bizzi Ice is committed to using only the best organic products. The company favours a traditional, handcrafted approach to making ice cream – no additives are included, and recipes are kept simple to allow the quality of the natural ingredients to shine through. Bizzi Ice works closely with its local suppliers, and uses organic milk, cream, sugar and eggs for each of its flavours. Expect classics such as vanilla, chocolate and pistachio alongside more adventurous options including almond and cardamom, as well as a highly refreshing pineapple and coriander sorbet.
Bizzi Ice, Wallstrasse 26, 60594 Frankfurt
Family-run Eis Christina has been providing Frankfurt with a taste of authentic Italian ice cream for more than 40 years. Everything is made to exacting standards using the finest ingredients – with absolutely no preservatives or artificial colours – including fruit frozen as soon as possible after it is picked to retain all the flavour. As well as the regular menu, the café also serves up extravagant ice cream sundaes or ‘bowls’, lavishly decorated with fruit, nuts and sauces. Look out, too, for the Spaghetti dishes, fashioned out of strands of ice cream topped with indulgent sweet sauces.
Eis Christina, Eckenheimer Landstrasse 78, 60318 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 598452
Run by Frankfurt couple Babs and Matthias Schneider, Dulce is truly a delight for the sweet toothed. The welcoming café is known for its fantastic chocolates, delicious cakes and skilfully made coffee and shakes. However, it’s the ice cream that’s the star of the show during the summer months. The owners have travelled the world in search of the perfect scoop and, as a result, visitors can expect ice cream that’s made according to traditional, artisan methods using only high-quality natural ingredients. Flavours incorporate Dulce’s delicious chocolate as well as seasonal fruits.
Dulce, Schweizer Strasse 43, 60594 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 3470 0131