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Ice cream in Paris?

Looking for recommendations whether store a bought brand or shop in Paris? Will be there 9 days come Wednesday.

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  1. My fav: Christian Constant, rue d'Assas/Fleurus. Otherwise, Hédiard is great. And Berthillon a classis, must-try, very diverse flavours. Not to forget the all original, typically Parisian Ben & Jerry's.

    1. I've never had Christian Constant's Ice cream. sounds like a must-try. I'm such an ice cream lover!

      I love Berthillon's ice cream, but thought their sorbets were waaay too sweet. Cloying.

      1. Bertillion, Bertillion, BERTILLION.

        I hope they will have the apricot flavor when you're there.

        Let us know what you thought.

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        1. re: filth

          I second Constant. Close runner-up, Jean-Paul Hévin. For some flavours, Berthillon.

          PS: Berthillon is closed from April 21 (today) to May 1 (included).
          School holidays in the Paris zone!

          1. re: Dodo

            Yes, I know. I walked there this morning. I was one day off. I even made a big deal of it to my traveling partners. They didn't want to go so off the 'beaten path' just to get glaces in the rain. I talked them into it, but Berthillon was closed.

          2. re: filth

            for bertillon, i just can't get enough of the cassis sorbet and, in the winter, the marrons glaces (no accent on this keyboard, sorry!).

          3. Le Bac a Glaces, rue du Bac 75007

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            1. re: papillon0970

              Quite so, papillon! How could I forget about that one?
              A perfect stop after a shopping tour at Le Bon Marché.

              1. re: Dodo

                My husband is not big on glaces nor sorbets - I do however love them when its hot out. But we wont have necessarily hot in the next two weeks. We will be hitting up Constant.

                1. re: Ljubitca

                  This week's Figaroscope Special is about ice cream places in Paris. Some have been mentioned here and there already, but not all.
                  It's in French, but the important thing is that you'll find the addresses and the flavours they recommend for all of them as well. Prices between 2-3€/scoop.

                  PS: It's too late for the OP, but might be helpful for other visitors, now, that summer temperatures are back.

              2. re: papillon0970

                Just had a chocolate sorbet and a prune ice cream from le Bac à Glaces and they were both beautiful!

              3. Pozzetto!

                It's gelato, not ice cream, officially, but it's SO GOOD.

                It gets David Lebovitz's vote, and he's written whole books on the subject of making the perfect ice cream. I haven't, but it gets my vote too.

                Do avoid Amorino's, it's terrible and artificial.

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                1. re: chochotte

                  doesn't david lebovitz sell his ice cream at some of the local stores? does anyone know which stores?

                  1. re: patz

                    I don't think so. He used to experiment with recipies and use local shopkeepers as testers (especially the boys in the fish shop). But I don't believe he manufactures commercially.

                    He was doing salted caramels (I think) through the Brittany salt stall (there was only one) at the Sunday market in Bastille.

                    1. re: PhilD

                      too bad, i got my hopes up for some great homemade ice cream!

                      ooh, i know that stall, i'll have to check it out.

                2. BERTHILLON!

                  My personal favorite is the salted butter caramel.

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                  1. re: jakhtar

                    Berthillon is near Chartier Restaurant on Rue Faubourg, right?

                    1. re: Hoc

                      Not that I am aware of. Berthillon is on the Ile Saint Louis. Now they are an icecream maker and you can get their icecream from a number of places, possibly including one on rue du faubourg Montmartre (rue du Faubourg is not specific enough -- can be Saint Honoré, Montmartre, Saint-Denis, Saint Martin, Saint Jacques, etc)

                      1. re: Hoc

                        Berthillon ice creams are available at a large number of cafes and restos around the city. But the original Berthillon shop on Ile Saint-Louis has the largest and freshest selection. It's on Rue Saint-Louis en l'Ile, near Rue des deux ponts.

                        1. re: jakhtar

                          Christian Constant was the best that I tried during my recent trip. The saffron ginger icecream was incredible - unmissable.

                          Other good ones: the vanilla bean at Kayser. That was a pleasant surprise since I walked in for a pain aux cereales and did not expect to see icecream being sold there. The pistachio, gianduja, fraise de bois and fior di latte at Pozzetto are all good with special props to the pistachio. The mango at Berthillon is worth the wait in the sometimes painfully long lines.

                          If anyone is planning a meal at Savoy, I had the best salted butter caramel icrecream of my life there. They serve it side by side with a scoop of awesome creme caramel. It doesn't hurt that you can have multiple helpings :-)

                        2. re: Hoc

                          Cafes around paris use Berthillon's logo on their awnings and that can cause a bit of confusion. The cafes even have ice cream vending carts out front with the Berthillon logo.

                          Our group (half non-chowhounds) could not understand that if we were heading to Berthillon for ice cream, why we would be passing it by so many times. I still don't think they got the fact that we were going to the source.

                          1. re: Mr Conlin

                            The first time I tried Berthillon's, my friend made us trek past dozens of cafés selling the stuff to queue for 30 minutes at the original Berthillon's HQ (so to speak) - but I have to say, I don't understand why. I mean, it's the same stuff, is there something particularly special about going to the place on the Isle St Louis? Taste/product-wise, I mean.

                            1. re: chochotte

                              A new Italian gelateria will open tomorrow August 22 in Paris (Rue de Seine 81, 6th arr), GROM Gelato. I'm curious. ;o).. and the shop is right next to Pierre Marcolini, chocolatier. ;o)


                              I hope it will be superior to Amorino!

                              1. re: Dodo

                                GROM is quite good, though better in Italy than elsewhere in my opinion.