Now that summer is upon us, I thought I’d round up my favorite addresses for ice cream and sorbet in Paris.
Berthillon The one and only, incontournable, classic, etc, etc ad nauseum. I recently visited Berthillon for the first time in — gosh, how long? — a while, and for some reason was prepared to be underwhelmed. But then I tasted the wild strawberry sorbet, studded with fraises de bois, I stopped in my tracks and sighed. “Oh, right,” I said to myself. “I remember now.” 29 rue St. Louis en l’Ile, Paris 75004, +33 (0)1 43 54 31 61 website
Pozzetto My recent strawberry-sorbet-induced epiphany notwithstanding, I generally lean toward Pozzetto when pressed to name a favorite address for ice cream in Paris. This, dear readers, can be dangerous: When I expressed this sentiment the other night at l’Avant Comptoir, I thought that one Berthillon devoté, very likely a former rugby player, very certainly drunk on Morgon, might toss me out the door. 39 Rue du Roi de Sicile, Paris 75004, +33 (0)1 42 77 08 64 website
Le Bac à Glaces I find this family run shop near the Bon Marché charming. The ingredients are good and the flavors intense. Though after lots of testing (ahem) I’ve noticed that their product can be inconsistent – the ice cream is occasionally over churned, a sorbet may be icy. But when it’s good, it’s great, and I will always go back to the Bac. (Especially in the cooler months for their prune and Armagnac ice cream.) 109 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris +33 (0)1 45 48 87 65 website
Caramella Stop here for a scoop of hazelnut or speculoos ice cream before or after a visit to Sacre Coeur, and consider it an incentive to take the stairs. 47 rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris, +33 (0)1 44 53 09 56
Grom Based in Turin, Grom seems set on gelato world domination, and they will not cut corners to get there. Lemons from the Amalfi coast, Sicilian pistachios: The flavors at Grom are emblems of Italian slow food heritage. Between Paris and New York (I didn’t live far from their Bleecker St. Location) I have probably consumed more gelato from Grom than anywhere else. 81 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 40 46 92 60 website
Many bakeries and chocolate shops set up an ice cream case outside in warmer weather. I am particularly fond of the pistache aux Calissons from A La Mere de la Famille, and the chocolate sorbet from La Maison du Chocolate has been known to make people insane.
David Lebovitz likes these places, too. Berthillon makes Dorie Greenspan’s top ten list of Paris must-tastes. Phyllis Flick reports that frozen yogurt is making inroads into Paris. Caroline Mignot adore les glaces chez Christian Constant.