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Ice Cream and Crepes - August in Paris

hong_kong_foodie Aug 6, 2009 08:41 PM

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.

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    kikisakura RE: hong_kong_foodie Aug 6, 2009 10:04 PM

    Breizh Cafe was closed in August last year and it seems this year as well:


    Anyhow, I am a fan and if you are sticking around till the beginning of September, I'd highly recommend it.

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    1. re: kikisakura
      Dodo RE: kikisakura Aug 6, 2009 11:09 PM

      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.

    2. souphie RE: hong_kong_foodie Aug 7, 2009 12:09 AM

      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.

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        hong_kong_foodie RE: souphie Aug 7, 2009 10:21 AM

        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.

        1. re: hong_kong_foodie
          Hop RE: hong_kong_foodie Aug 13, 2009 10:41 AM

          One of my favorite traditional Breton crepe restaurants is:
          La Crepe Dentelle
          10, Rue Léopold Bellan,
          Paris 75002
          It's just off of the wonderful market street, rue Montorgueil

          Remember to have some of the wonderful cider.

          1. re: Hop
            pammi RE: Hop Aug 14, 2009 10:02 AM

            I went to this place last year and was disaggreeably surprised by the bad attitude of the management and staff. The food was simply 'ok' and the tables pushed together and super- crowded. so unless you're desperate...

      2. souphie RE: hong_kong_foodie Aug 16, 2009 03:21 AM

        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.


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          oferl RE: souphie Aug 17, 2009 03:18 PM

          Is it related to this place ?
          Can you please specify the address ? is it same address?

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            souphie RE: oferl Aug 20, 2009 12:49 AM

            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.

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              Dodo RE: souphie Aug 20, 2009 01:44 AM

              Apparently at 93, Rue du Bac...

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                souphie RE: Dodo Aug 20, 2009 07:00 AM

                He is such a genius. Not only for pastry, mind you. But such an absolute genius.

                Opening date Sep 1. I'll be ready.


        2. MyMelange RE: hong_kong_foodie Aug 16, 2009 03:21 PM

          I know it isn't technically *ice cream*, but Pozetto in the Marais is great. As well as Amorino gelato, which has branches all over the city.

          Here is a link about Pozzetto.


          And the Amorino website

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            Nancy S. RE: MyMelange Aug 16, 2009 03:53 PM

            I like Marie Ann Lambert on rue de Grenelle in the 7th and the Dammons in the Tuilleries.

          2. souphie RE: hong_kong_foodie Jul 11, 2010 06:17 AM

            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.

            1. Parigi RE: hong_kong_foodie Jul 11, 2010 06:26 AM

              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.

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                Dodo RE: Parigi Jul 12, 2010 03:46 AM

                There's a nice, but not a very complete, ice cream list on Paris by Mouth. But I'd say most places must have been mentioned here before:

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