Amsterdam is a great place to explore on foot and an ice cream makes the perfect accompaniment to a leisurely stroll around the city’s beautiful canals. The Dutch capital is home to a host of popular ice cream parlours which offer an impressive selection of unique flavours. From top sorbets to frozen yogurt, sugar-free options and exceptional fresh ingredients, these are the ice creams worth seeking out. Discover the best ice cream in Amsterdam with our guide to the city’s must-visit destinations here.
Sophisticated flavours, a chic interior and welcoming staff make Ijsboutique a favourite ice cream spot in Amsterdam, with an extensive range of options on offer. Only the best ingredients are used to give maximum flavour and classic offerings, including strawberry and banana, feature along side unique creations such as honey and fig, and raspberry crumble. Late opening hours make this the perfect late-night pit stop.
Ijsboutique, Johannes Verhulststraat 107, 1071 MX Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 664 0809
Waffles, ice cream, cake and chocolate are all on offer at the Metropolitan ice cream parlour on Warmoesstraat. A must-visit for those with a sweet tooth, this is the ultimate place to indulge and all items are home-made using fresh and organic ingredients. Opt for several scoops of ice cream or add a topping of ice cream to your waffles. Flavours include salted caramel, mango, coconut sorbet and New York cheesecake.
Metropolitan, Warmoesstraat 135, 1012 JB Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 330 1955
Those who prefer ice lollies to ice cream should head to Ijsmanschap. This summer hotspot is dedicated to artisan popsicles, which contain no artificial flavours or colours. The offerings here are among the most delicious in the city and are created using only natural ingredients. Highlights include tiramisu; white chocolate and raspberry; strawberry yogurt and chia seeds; and Vietnamese iced-coffee popsicles. Why not coat your popsicle in chocolate and nuts for the perfect summer treat?
Ijsmanschap, Van Spilbergenstraat 2, 1057 RG Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 334 6145
This beautiful chocolate shop is a must-visit for anyone looking for edible souvenirs from Amsterdam. Visitors can shop a range of delicious chocolate and marzipan novelties and should not leave without tasting the traditional Italian ice cream. With over 24 flavours in stock each day, and more than 100 in rotation, Jordino is a top contender for best ice cream in the city. Flavours include banana, white chocolate, hazelnut and pistachio.
Jordino, Harrlemmerdijk 25A, 1013 KA Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 420 3225
Ijscuypje is one of the most popular ice cream parlours in Amsterdam and has a number of locations throughout the city, including a spot by the Albert Cuyp Market. It offers a wide variety of ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt, all prepared on-site, and customers can enjoy classic flavours as well as Dutch specialities, such as apple pie, Dutch almond cookie and macaroon.
Ijscuypje, Eerste van der Helststraat 27, 1073 AC Amsterdam
The queue that regularly forms outside Monte Pelmo is a testament to the quality of the ice cream here. The small parlour has built up a prestigious reputation thanks to its exceptional flavours and sugar-free ice creams. Monte Pelmo has a vast menu of flavours which changes frequently, giving you the opportunity to sample as many as possible. Highlights include cherry, Oreo cookie, apple pie, cheesecake and peanut butter, as well as a number of sorbets. The shop is located in one of Amsterdam’s prettiest areas, so why not order your ice cream to take away and explore the surrounding area?
Monte Pelmo, Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat 17, 1015 NS Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 623 0959