Ice Cream and Crepes - August in Paris
Berthillon is super famous, but (1) a lot of people say it's over rated and (2) it's closed in August. Where else should we go for ice cream in Paris? What about Raimo?
There are so many options, but Breizh Cafe frequently comes up. Is it still a good option?
Many thanks in advance.
Here's a list of some ice cream stores (click 'suivant' for pages 2, 3, etc.). It's in French, but you can always read the names and the adresses.
Personally, I am not a fan of Amorino or Haagen Dazs, but of course, everthing is a question of personal taste. Le Bac A Glaces, Grom and Hévin are my favs.
Lebovitz has posted another good list, however, a bit dated.
You should try Berthillon anyway, it's not a big expense. There are shops all around the Ile Saint Louis, and it makes not difference that the factory is closed in August. That said, there are wonderful icecreams at Christian Constant, rue de Fleurus @ Assas, and he's open every day. There are also pretty good icecreams at Paris Plage.
For crepes, I don't know when Pot O Lait, my favourite, is open (rue Censier in the 5th). Otherwise, you are safe looking in the Montparnasse area, where almost nothing closes in August -- the rue d'Odessa in particular is a prime suspect. See also the rue Mouffetard by the Place de la Contrescarpe.
Thanks to everyone for the input.
We'll definitely try some Berthillon and check out Raimo. We're also looking forward to trying the cocoa ice cream at Jean Paul Hevin and all that's available at Christian Constant (though their tea room will be closed in August so we'll only be able get a cone to go).
As for crepes, Breizh Cafe is closed from Jul 27 to Sep 1 so we won't get a chance to try it, but we should be able to check out Pot O Lait which re-opens Aug 25.
Guys, I have a new fav for icecreams! It's on the place Sainte-Catherine, the guy is Conticini's former partner (Conticini is probably one of the most genial chefs/pastry chefs of the last decades). His icecreams are Italian style, meaning they are made on the spot with one of the those big machines. He has four flavours only, no chemical and almost no sugar, no cream (whole milk) and only fresh, high quality ingredients. He prepares new mixes everyday. His vanilla is one of the most perfect icecreams I ever had. His sorbets are pure fruits, apparently with barely any sugar. He also has awesome toppings.
It's the same address, same place, and almost the same person. It's not "Exceptions Gourmandes" anymore because Philippe Conticini is not in it anymore. It's now called "le bar à glaces" and is run by Conticini's former partner alone.
He also told me that Conticini is opening his own pastry on rue du bac -- I'lll try and get more info. If that's the case, that will be a new landmark in Paris.
I'm doubt they'll be open in August, but I now had several excellent icecreams at Patisserie Bon, rue Saint Jacques (@Soufflot). This is made from fresh and tasty ingredients and with little sugar, as I like them. I find the passion and vanilla to be memorable. It's almost as good as Constant (not quite yet) and significantly less expensive.
Another thing I find ironic and nice is that their patissier is actually allergic to flour.
Caramella on 47 rue des Martyrs is great and obviously custom-makes its many house special flavors. Yesterday I had a mojito sherbert that was excellent.
Another good place, again in the 9th, is the house ice-cream from La Mère de Famille on 35 rue du Faubourg Montmartre. Not a lot of flavors, but the ice-cream is made practically in front of one as the ice-cream "cuisine" faces the street.