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Indagare Staff Picks: The Best Ice Cream Around the World

To celebrate the start of summer, the Indagare team picks our favorite ice cream shops around the world, from trendy creameries in downtown New York and beloved New England classics to a fabled parlor on Île Saint-Louis and an old-school gelateria in the Eternal City.

Best Ice Cream In America

Ample Hills Creamery, Brooklyn

The Creole Creamery, New Orleans

Honeycomb Creamery, Cambridge, Massachusetts

“Honeycomb Creamery scoops up a seasonally rotating roster of delectably unique flavors—from Jasmine & Sea Salt Ganache to Ginger Rhubarb Crisp—all of which are made from scratch in small batches, using plenty of local Massachusetts ingredients. Don’t miss ‘Taco Tuesdays,’ when the shop serves ice cream ‘tacos’ in a waffle cone shell.”  ~ Indagare’s Nikki Erlick

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Charleston

“Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is one of the original artisan ice cream shops that combined whole ingredients and dairy from grass-pastured cows with creative, natural flavors. The unique flavor combinations are surprisingly addictive. Try a few of our favorites: Brambleberry Crisp, The Milkiest Chocolate in the World, Cold Brew with Coconut Cream or Pistachio and Honey!” ~ Indagare’s Natalie Biedron

J.P. Licks, Boston

The Juice Bar, Nantucket

Milkcraft, Fairfield, Connecticut

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, New York

Salt & Straw, Portland

Smitten Ice Cream, San Francisco

Thomas Sweet, Georgetown

“The flagship Thomas Sweet location in Georgetown is an absolute must, if you’re visiting D.C. Its traditional homemade ice cream, custom blend-ins and handcrafted chocolates all combine to satisfy any sweet tooth.” ~ Indagare’s Bridget McElroy

Related: The Prettiest Beaches in America

Best Ice Cream Abroad

Berthillon, Paris

“Founded in 1954 and still run by the founder’s descendants, this ice cream shop on Île Saint-Louis has specialty flavors like lavender and salted caramel.” ~ Indagare’s Melissa Biggs Bradley

Blue Gel Di Tomarchio Alessandro, Zafferana Etnea, Sicily

Caffè Sicilia, Noto, Sicily

Gelateria La Carraia, Florence

Frigidarium, Rome

GiolittiRome

“At this wonderfully old-school caffè-cum-gelateria, you first pay for however many scoops you wish, then, armed with a little white receipt, you can order the delicious homemade gelato. Don’t try it the other way around; you will simply be ignored.” ~ Indagare’s Simone Girner

Ladurée, Megève

Mistura Ice Cream, Madrid

Pasticceria Natale, Puglia

“At Pasticceria Natale, just off Piazza Sant’Oronzo, in Lecce, you pay first and then jockey to order, but it’s worth the wait—for creamy gelato in distinctive local flavors like nocciola (hazelnut), pistachio, fig and mustazziolo (made with almond cookies, a regional specialty).”  ~ Indagare’s Jen Barr

VivoliFlorence

“This popular gelateria is close to the Santa Croce cathedral, and it has a small tearoom in the back where you can sit and enjoy your sweet treat.” ~ Indagare’s Simone Girner

– Nikki Erlick on June 25, 2019

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