The Best Ice-cream in Paris (and Grasse)

The Best Ice-cream in Paris (and Grasse)

I always have your best interests at heart. I hope you know that.

For example, just before I left for Paris, David Lebovitz offered a list of his top ten glaciers (ice-cream makers) in Paris.

Now I respect David’s opinion. He’s a resident Paris-o-phile and ice-cream-o-phile (and yes those are, too, real words; I am an AUTHOR, I know about these things). AND he’s the author of The Perfect Scoop, which, if you should be tempted to buy, heed my advice: go ahead and pick up an ice-cream maker and lots of cream on your way home. Otherwise, as soon as you crack the book to the recipes, you will be making another trip out for the ingredients.

BUT I could not fail to notice that MY favorite glacier (whom you may remember from BLAME IT ON PARIS) was NOT ON HIS LIST.

Now I have never been to Italy, so…better ice cream may exist.

But in Paris, I am convinced that There Can Be Only One.

Still…

I felt obliged to do a comparison testing, just in case…

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(Pozzetto. I have no display case to show you–they HIDE their ice-cream under metal lids. That is just WRONG.)

I did this testing for you. What if you were in Paris and only got second-best?

I even kept tasting in Provence. Just in case.

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I am punctilious that way.

But no worries:

I AM RIGHT.

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(A white rose from my favorite, yogurt and banana.)

I hate it when someone induces a doubt in this conviction that I AM RIGHT. Especially when the doubt is about the best ice cream. I had to go around tasting ice cream EVERYWHERE. It was so hard.

But I love it when the doubt is vanquished. Slimy, wormy doubt: begone! Vanquished by a flower…

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Here is my recommendation for the best glacier in Paris:

Gelati d’Alberto. 45, rue Mouffetard 75005.

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You can’t miss it! Just follow the flowers of ice cream and the happy faces back toward their source. Plus, the storefront is bright purple. (Sorry, no picture; it is currently under scaffolding.)

Now how to convince David of my glacier’s rightful place on his list? I feel the only way is for YOU to go to Paris and taste my ice cream AND all the ice cream on his list and then write to us both saying, “Having dutifully eaten 11 or more ice cream cones in the past three days, I can now declare that Laura Florand is RIGHT. Gelati d’Alberto is NUMERO UN.”

It’s not a job for sissies, but I feel you are up to it.

And if you are in Grasse, my recommendation is a brand new glacier that I loved:

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Angel’Ice. 6 rue Ossola, Grasse 06130. Of the violet flavors, but of plenty of other yummy flavors, too.

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That’s licorice in the back, behind the pistachio. Licorice ice cream? I tried most of the flavors here, just to make sure they were all good for YOUR sake, but I confess I didn’t get to the licorice.
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Don’t you love the vanilla beans draped across the vanilla ice cream? Now that is how to do a display case! Art out of ice cream.

15 Comments
  • Ooo. That cassis at d’Alberto looks miraculous. Thank you, Laura, for your sacrifice. I, for one, am insanely grateful.

    July 2, 2007 at 7:17 am
  • Oh
    THANK YOU
    THANK YOU
    THANK YOU!
    I will be happy to make the trek and make this my new mission in life!
    Having been to Italy too many times and always eaten too much gelato…
    They don’t call me “Gelati” for nothing, I will certainly test as many times as possible your fav hot spot
    AND REPORT BACK IN FULL!
    So there..
    And there are so TWO kinds of croissants…
    HUMPH

    July 2, 2007 at 8:00 am
  • Oh, that is s beautiful. I wouldn’t want to order anything, because taking scoop out of those little works of art would feel like some horrible crime. But then again, they look so yummy . . .

    July 2, 2007 at 8:12 am
  • Those bottom photos are just chock full of yumminess. I know nothing about Paris ice cream, but, 12 years later, I can still wax rhapsodic about the gelato place right near the Pantheon in Rome. Geez, I hope it’s still there if I ever get back. Every day in Italy I had gelato, and the stuff they call “gelato” here just isn’t the same, although I’ve stopped trying it. Man, I have got to get back to Italy.

    If you ever visit RI, I’ll take you our favorite ice cream shop, which makes their own ice cream on premises. Would you like a cake? We should get a cake. They are the best ice cream cakes ever, and I’m always looking for an excuse to buy one. It seems, well, unseemly to buy one just for the four of us…

    July 2, 2007 at 8:27 am
  • Such yumminess!!!! I’ll have the violet one first, and will sample all of the others then. As you suggested, you have to taste them all to know which one is definitely the best πŸ˜‰ and start again in another town, just to be sure…

    July 2, 2007 at 9:20 am
  • I want to go to Italy, too! I have heard so much about the gelato. I would taste it all everywhere FOR YOU ALL, of course. Self-sacrifice. In the same gesture of self-sacrifice, if it will make you happy, I will try the best ice cream cake ever, too.

    Alala, the sorbets at d’Alberto are sublime. He only makes what is coming fresh off the trees/bushes. You can almost never get pear there, for example, because he will only use the best fresh pears, which are only available in November. The peach in June/July…oh la la.

    Michelle, I tell myself that if I *didn’t* destroy those works of art, the ice cream maker would be very disappointed. Plus, my tastebuds conquer all.

    Chantal, I see we understand each other. And it’s the same thing with chocolate, too.

    July 2, 2007 at 9:30 am
  • Oh my….how we appreciate this….such a teriible thing you had to go through on our account……we will have to show our appeciation ……..

    July 3, 2007 at 6:08 am
  • HUMPH
    For some reason my VERY lengthy comment yesterday did not go in…
    I got so enthralled that I wasted buckets of time (not ice cream, malheureusement) looking at appartments down the street from your fav glacier so I could REALLY make sure they were as good as they look!
    And I found out about DAMMON’s Glacier also in the 5th…
    ice cream, ice cream we all scream for ICE CREAM!

    July 3, 2007 at 8:31 am
  • Found your old comment, Paris “Sundae”! It was in my spam filter, sorry. So another trip back to Paris is in the works, I take it?

    July 3, 2007 at 8:44 am
  • Oh NO! Looking at all this ice-cream & I am running around here at home STUCK in the mud. I live in Texas & we have had ALOT of rain lately. My cat, Panther, who I adopted from the shelter, refused to come in the house and instead, ran UNDER the house and it filled up with water and I found him drowned. I know it is worse somewhere else right now. πŸ™
    Back on the ice-cream subject though. I cant leave home right now because of the mud, and the humidity and heat is rising and this ice cream blog is making me hungry and yet it cools me off.

    BLESSINGS

    GRANNY.

    July 3, 2007 at 11:21 am
  • I had gelato once in the Opryland Gaylord hotel (Nashville) I was so shocked that all I could see behind the glass with the vanilla beans and fruit slices lying on top was plastic!!!! They dipped the gelato from ‘down under’ and it tasted pretty bad. Now I’m gelato intolerant~But I would definately eat it before trying MENUDO.
    Keep up the research. Godspeed.

    July 3, 2007 at 5:24 pm
  • Well, I for one am certainly relieved that someone was up to the challenge of doing all of this testing. Walking around in all that heat, lifting cone to mouth. Surely it must have been quite a lot of work! Well, you know what you need to go do? Go find a nice cool, shady spot and have yourself a lovely waffle cone with two scoops of yoghurt and banana from no where other than Gelati d’Alberto!

    And, because you’ve been such a hard worker you can even have mine too! πŸ˜‰

    July 4, 2007 at 12:35 pm
  • Granny, I am VERY sorry to hear about your cat. I’m glad my blog could take your mind a little off things.

    Shabby, you can not have had the good stuff. I can see only one solution: you must go to Paris!!! Or, okay, Italy.

    Ann, that is generous of you. I think I will take you up on that offer of your ice-cream. πŸ™‚

    It is NICE to hear so much appreciation from everyone of my ENORMOUS SELF-SACRIFICE. It encourages me to go on. To do this again. And again. Just for you all…

    July 5, 2007 at 7:53 am
  • Laura, I’m beginning to think of as a necessary evil. Necessary because you’re fun and witty but evil because you have created this need in me to fill my nightstand drawer with chocolate. And not just any chocolate either. GOOD chocolate. Preferably dark. Okay, so that I can live with. But now you’ve got me craving ice cream. I deliberately did NOT buy any ice cream in Paris because I have a mild milk allergy. But now “try numerous glaciers” is on my list of things to do when I return. ARGH! And if THAT’s not bad enough. I’m even considering ……. ugh. I think I need to sit down before I say this…… I’m considering COOKING on a regular basis again. Sigh. Associating with you is most definitely wreaking havoc in my life.

    July 6, 2007 at 3:09 pm
  • Amanda
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    I lived in Paris for a year and Alberto’s was my favorite (and I lived close by). Several years later on a return visit I ran into Alberto on the street and he recognized me. Embarrassing? Yes. I had obviously been there so many times that even after a few years I was a familiar face. I have eaten ice cream and gelato all over and this is still my favorite.

    January 5, 2009 at 10:42 am

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