You Melt My Heart!
What did the Insider do this summer? We ate every ice cream that Warsaw had to offer. From a choice running into the zillions, the following are the ones that had it licked…
ul. Polna 18/20
Mixing, so they say, French philosophy with New York creativity and Polish heart, a visit to Frank is like happening upon a little, local secret. The pastries are a standout, but you know what, so too is the ice cream. Pastry or ice cream? Spoil yourself: have both.
No fixed location
With no fixed abode, you’ll need to track the movements of this mobile pop-up via a bit of Facebook stalking. Your diligence is rewarded with Thai-style shaved ice drinks produced courtesy of a strange mechanical machine – the tastes will make your eyes pop out!
ul. Narbutta 38
What is it with Mokotów and ice cream? Amid a hugely competitive field, the wide flavor choice, quality ingredients and loving hand of Jednorożec mark them a notch above their immediate competitors.
Limoni Canteri 1952
Founded by Giacomo Canteri – who was inspired by the discovery of his grandmother’s gelato recipes in the attic – Limoni have grown to become perhaps the most high profile of Warsaw’s gelato vendors. Highly seasonal tastes are complimented by the appearance of oddities that, in the past, have included, carrot, beer and tomato. Further, they sell special dog-friendly ice cream!
Al. Niepodłegości 130
Opened in 2001, Malinova is positively ancient by local Warsaw standards. Tapping into new fads, flavors have become increasingly diverse, though it’s the standard classics that are often the best – the strawberry is a little scoop of heaven in a cone.
ul. Zwycięzców 11
Frozen with liquid nitrogen, just watching the process is enough to make customers feel like they’re watching some NASA sponsored experiment. Smoother than midnight velvet, the result sees super creamy classic tastes jazzed up with sprinkles of Lion bar, Gummi Bears and other such greatness.
ul. Brzeska 29/31 & Lunapark
Made to Italian recipes reputed to be 160-years old (with some personal magic thrown in to boot), Pallone pride themselves on quality ingredients: chocolate from Belgian and Colombia, citrus fruits from Sicily, and the finest cream and milk you’ll find in Poland. There’s nothing too wacky about the flavor choice but the tastes will punch you out. Wow!!!
ul. Andersa 37
Although it looks rather budget-minded, Roszki have won hearts for an offer that’s especially strong on chocolate-based ice creams. The chocolate habanero comes with a fiery twist and a fan club that extends beyond Muranów’s geographic borders.
ul. Francuska 14
Thai Ice taps into the wider global trend for rolled ice cream served in paper cups with jolly toppings of sprinkles, candy, chocolate and fruit. It’s pure food porn in its rainbow-colored, dazzling best. On a hot day waiting times reach preposterous proportions – yet absolutely no-one turns back.
ul. Poznańska 26
Known as the vegan square mile on account of its proliferation of vegan restaurants and cafes, it’s no surprise to find a vegan gelato stop (‘vegelato’) opening in the area. Top marks to sugar-free creations such as the mango lass or raspberry & cardamom.
Al. Wojska Polskiego 41
The choice isn’t just vast, it’s sugar-free thanks to their commitment to using natural stevia instead. Few leave with anything but rave reviews, and their cause is furthered by an equally impressive choice of cakes and tarts. It’s a Żoliborz legend – and rightfully so.
The Insider Champ!
Ice Pot finished last year (really, we were still visiting them in the middle of December!) as the Insider’s favorite scoop – this year, they’ve only gotten better. Produced by a true enthusiast, the seasonal flavors and occasionally wacky experiments (mulled wine, apple pie, etc.) never score less than a perfect ten. And if the tastes are a different level, then the service is as well. News that they’ve expanded their operations to include a bricks and mortar venue in Stegny gives a new meaning to life.
Hala Gwardii & ul. Soczi 6B