Berlin’s Best: Ice Cream Guide 2017

Mary having Berlin's Best Ice Cream at Oak & Ice, Prenzlauer Berg
Photo: Rebecca Crawford

Germans love ice cream. I mean, we all love ice cream! Who doesn’t LOVE ice cream!? As a result, Berlin is full of ice cream places, many of them with lines out the door, because ice cream is one of the rare things in life, Germans  (everyone) willingly queues for. Thanks to this wild love, the local scene is thriving with excellent places spread all over, who’ll serve you frozen treats in all their varieties. I made this guide to help you find the best places with the finest ice cream in the city.

In preparation for this guide, I tasted over 20 new and old places from Wilmersdorf to Friedrichshain, to bring you the parlors worthy of your time and money. With the help of a couple of ice-cream-enthusiastic friends, I tried everything from classics like pistachio to Korean shaved ice cream with red beans and soy sprinkles. An important criteria was intense and authentic flavors as well as smooth and light texture. The places who made it on this list managed to deliver both, and (mostly) without the help of additives or artificial flavors. Unfortunately, none of the fully vegan places I tasted were convincing, most of them are quite soy-heavy in taste, and / or don’t manage to create a good texture. So for this year, I’ll refer vegans to the excellent sorbets at the spots on this list. Once again, I ordered this list by alphabet, these places are too different to give them click-bait-y top-ten list treatment.

You might miss one or two household names with shops all over the city – this growth could very well be the reason they didn’t convince me this time. One more note before we go, ice cream parlors change their opening times according to season, while all of them are open mostly every day from noon until late in the evening during summer, many shut down or reduce their opening times drastically when the weather changes to cold and uncomfortable.

Anna Durkes

If you’re still dreaming about ‘that best gelato you ever had while in Italy’, try this cutesy place in Kreuzberg. Just a short walk away from the canal, this small shop serves big scoops of its signature flavor ‘Anna Durkes’: a mixture of vanilla ice cream with peanuts and chocolate bits amongst the classic Italian flavors and specials like licorice. Some might say their ice cream is quite heavy with cream, but while this might not be super refreshing, it certainly is seriously delicious.

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Graefestraße 80, 10967 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Tue–Sun 13:00–18:00h

Berlin Homemade Ice Cream

A bit off the beaten track, this small parlor tucked away in a side street in Schöneberg serves the blackest black sesame ice cream in all of Berlin and a whole other range of no-bullshit-ice-cream with no artificial flavors or other additives. The owner is taking ice cream very seriously, in fact, many signs in his shop will remind you that he doesn’t allow tastings, sprinkles, sauces, pink spoons, or bright blue Schlumpfeis. However, there’s almost always a line (in part owed to the unpractical design of the shop), and the ice cream itself is delicious with surprising flavors like corn and caramel, raspberry rose, and Turkish yoghurt, and I for once had a laugh when watching him scoop the happiest treat of all with the grumpiest of demeanors.

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Elßholzstraße 10, 10781 Berlin Schöneberg – visit website
Mon–Fri 12:00–19:00 , Sat–Sun 13:00–20:00

California Pops

Artisanal popsicles are a bit of a trend in Berlin right now (let’s all hope they won’t befall the same fate as bubble tea and froyo). California Pops serves pure and natural popsicles in a ton of flavors with reduced sugar content (without you being able to taste the difference) in their shops in Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg.

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Falckensteinstraße 4, 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
daily 12:00–18:00


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Eberswalder Straße 32, 10437 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – visit website
daily 12:00–18:00

Cuore di Vetro

Cuore di Vetro is close to my heart thanks to their beautiful Affogato, an espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But this Mitte parlor can do much more: everything’s made in house in a true Italian style, you can even watch them do it in the back of the shop – outstanding are their pistachio flavor and the dark chocolate sorbet. Some say it’s the best dark chocolate ice cream in Berlin.

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Max-Beerstraße 33, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon 12:00-23:00 , Tue–Fri 9:00-23:00 , Sat–Sun 10:00–23:00 ,

Eisbox

This is not only a neighbourhood favorite, but attracts people from all over the town thanks to their delicious creations without any additions or artificial flavors. The organic ingredients only add to the flavor of strawberry-mint or Tonka bean, or 70% grand cru Cluizel chocolate. Extra special is their saffron with orange blossom flavor, sold by the gram, not by scoop. Their scoops are certainly on the smaller side, and their staff is not always friendly, but their flavors are spot-on.

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Elberfelder Straße 27, 10555 Berlin Moabit – visit website
Mon–Fri 14:00–19:00 , Sat 12:00–19:00 , Sun 12:00–20:00


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Knesebeckstraße 21, 10623 Berlin Charlottenburg
daily 12:00–19:00

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Ultra-violet Ube ice cream from Die Eismacher. A favorite!

Die Eismacher

Have you ever heard of ice cream flavors like Ube or Pandan? Me neither until I found this place in Kreuzberg, which specializes in unknown tastes like the Philippine sweet potato Ube (pictured above) – and I’m so glad they do! Don’t worry about the rather unusual and very strong violet color, this is nothing like the artificial Schlumpfeis. Ube has a very natural, creamy and nutty taste, incomparable to anything I’ve tried before. And if you’re not that courageous, try their Tahiti Vanilla, Quark or Valrhona chocolate flavors. No wonder this one’s high on the top-list of most ice cream lovers in Berlin.

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Körtestraße 10, 10967 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
daily 14:00–18:30

Erste Sahne – Otivm

Hidden beyond the Tempelhofer Feld in a quiet side street is this unassuming Italian parlor serving all the Italian classics. I was convinced by their lemon sorbet, which managed to balance on the fine line between sweet and sour so gracefully. If you like lemon ice cream, you know this is a challenge not many conquer which means you’ll more often than not end up with a sticky sweet scoop instead of the most refreshing flavors of all. By the way, something being erste Sahne, (or, prime cream) translates to being of the finest quality.

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Kienitzer Straße 116, 12049 Berlin Neukölln – visit website
Mon–Fri 14:00–19:00 , Wed 15:00–19:00 , Thu 14:00–20:30 , Sat–Sun 10:00–19:00

Faldon Eismanufaktur

As mentioned, there is great ice cream all over the city, even far out west in Charlottenburg, where Faldon creates delicious flavors, that are not as inventive, but they don’t need to be: they are very delicious and the texture is spot-on. Take the chance and explore the Schloss Charlottenburg, once you’re there.

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Otto-Suhr-Allee 104, 10585 Berlin Charlottenburg – visit website
daily 10:00–20:00

Fräulein Frost

This place is always crowded with loads of kids. So if you’re looking for a quiet ice cream enjoyment, this is not really your spot. However, their ice cream is worth it. Their flavors like Guzimi (cucumber-citron-mint), Caramel beurre salé, or semolina and apple butter (a personal favorite) are intense yet not overwhelming. And they do Spaghetti Eis, which is vanilla ice cream in spaghetti noodle shape on top of (slightly frozen) whipped cream, topped with strawberry sauce and white chocolate shavings that you should have right now if you have no idea what I’m talking about.

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Friedelstraße 39, 12047 Berlin Neukölln – visit website
Mon–Fri from 13:00 , Sat–Sun from 12:00


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Manfred-von-Richthofen-Straße 30, 12101 Berlin Tempelhof – visit website
daily 14:00–19:00

Giorgio Lombardi

For some ice cream enthusiasts I’m friends with, it doesn’t get any better than this when it comes to true Italian ice cream in Berlin. And I have to agree – their flavors and textures are amazing. Especially the pistachio flavor is one of the finest in the city – the roasted nuttiness of pistachios needs to be combined with just the right amount of sugar to really pop. Many also say their yoghurt is very close to perfection, but basically everything in their vitrine is.

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Weinbergsweg 5, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Wed 12:00–21:00 , Thu–Sun 12:00–22:00

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Pat Bing Su at Gon Gan

Gon Gan

This Korean ice cream variation is Pat Bing Su – shaved ice, topped with red beans, sweet condensed milk, and (in this case) soy powder. You can have it at this unusual Korean place (that looks more like a vintage furniture shop on first sight) in Prenzlauer Berg. I recommend sharing this serving with at least one other person, it’s definitely more like a meal than a quick treat.

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Schwedter Straße 2, 10119 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
Tue–Thu 12:00–20:00 , Fri–Sun 12:00–22:00

Hokey Pokey

By adding “patissier” to their title, this shop in Prenzlauer Berg prepares you for its elaborate treats: their gelato is the most razzle dazzle in Berlin – fancy flavors like tonka bean, and cinammon lemon sit right next to sugary treats like Rocky Road (caramelized pecan and para nuts, marshmallows and chocolate) and Hokey Pokey (vanilla with crunchy caramel). Opened until late at night this is also recommendable as dessert option, if you’re eating out in the area, but expect long lines…

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Stargarder Strasse 73, 10437 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – visit website
daily 12:00–22:00

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At Jones Ice Cream, Photo: Rebecca Crawford

Jones Ice Cream

If you’d force me to decide for one parlor only, it’d have to be this one. Not only are their flavors mouthwatering just when you read them: full fat organic yoghurt, whisky & pecans, salted butter caramel, apple crumble, peanut butter and jam, cucumber & tonic, and so many more. They are on point, bold, authentic, and original. Gabrielle Jones is a true wizard when it comes to packing all the flavor into one scoop. And they even do their own waffle cones! Which is a ton of work (but only 50 cents extra), and so amazingly delicious, you will never want anything else. Obviously, there are no additives or artificial flavors allowed, and the ice cream melts extra slowly because there’s barely any air in it. I’m actually happy their shop’s not closer to my house or office otherwise I wouldn’t eat anything else. And one more thing, their parlor is one of the most beautiful, and not entirely designed to please kids, which is so refreshing! Ah, another thing – they’re currently doing roasted chicory which might sound off-putting at first, but is sooo goood with its not too sweet, almost coffee-like flavors, you need to try it.

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Goltzstraße 3, 10781 Berlin Schöneberg – visit website
daily 12:00–22:00 (summer 2017)

Monheim

What might look like your average ice cream shop around the corner is in fact a lot more – founded in 1928 and allegedly the oldest, still existing ice cream shop in Berlin, this parlor doesn’t rest on its historic laurels – their chocolate ice cream is so creamy and rich in flavor, it’s out of this world! The rest is equally solid, and the service is swift.

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Blissestraße 12, 10713 Berlin Wilmersdorf – visit website
daily 10:00–21:00

Mos Eisley

Can you imagine anything more beautiful than ending a summer’s day by watching the sun set over the Tempelhofer Feld? Yes, enjoying the sunset with some delicious ice cream in your hands. Mos Eisley’s owner learned from the best in Italy and serves up classic Italian flavors and spins like creamy Cheesecake. Read the full review here.

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Herrfurthplatz 6, 12049 Berlin Neukölln – visit website
Mon–Sun 12:00–20:00

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At Oak & Ice, Photo: Rebecca Crawford

Oak & Ice

New to the scene is this ice cream café in Prenzlauer Berg, managed by a couple from Poland. Focussing on no-fuzz, no-additives, no-artificial-anything ice creams, they also venture into risky territory with flavors like smoked sheep milk or beet root and apple, both of them super delicious and the only worthwhile (almost) savory ice cream I’ve had during all the tastings. Their other varieties are equally bold and fantastic, don’t miss out on their sorbets – the guava really tastes like a guava, as does their kiwi!

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Schönhauser Allee 52, 10437 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – visit website
Mon–Fri 09:00–18:30 , Sat–Sun 10:00–19:00

Paletas

The most popular of local popsicle brands is readily available in the whole city. You can shop their pure and natural creations in a myriad of shops and cafés. But they also have a shop of their own in the heart of Friedrichshain, where you get all the flavors like strawberry lime, buttermilk, orange rosemary, raspberry lemon, and many more

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Wühlischstraße 26, 10245 Berlin Friedrichshain – visit website
Mon–Fri 13:00–21:00 , Sat–Sun 12:00–21:00

Rosa Canina

This fully organic ice cream parlor serves super natural scoops full of flavor – be sure to try some of the rhubarb ice cream, so natural you can actually see the pieces of rhubarb in your scoop. They aren’t super experimental with their flavors, but do have some trusted favorites like Vanilla with pumpkin seed oil, black sesame and a super good chocolate ice cream. With their two shops in Prenzlauer Berg, and one inside of Kreuzberg’s Markthalle Neun, they’re on the forefront of solid ice cream making in Berlin.

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Hufelandstrasse 7, 10407 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – visit website
daily from 12:00


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Pasteurstraße 32, 10407 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – visit website
daily from 12:00


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Eisenbahnstraße 42, 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Tue–Wed 12:00–18:00 , Thu 12:00–22:00 , Fri–Sat 12:00–21:30 ,

Zwei Dicke Bären

Last but not least, there’s Zwei Dicke Bären. Although they don’t serve traditional ice cream nor have their own place, I just couldn’t leave them out of this list. Because: ice cream sandwiches. Who can resist the combination of homemade cookies and ice cream made by Mos Eisley. Keep an eye out for them at the foodie events all around the city like Street Food Thursday or Bite Cub, and – of course – Burgers & Hip Hop!

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Best Ice Cream Berlin
At Jones: can’t stop, won’t stop. Photo: Rebecca Crawford

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  1. Dominic on

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    Definitely missing one of the best Ice Cream makers in Berlin: Waffel oder Becher!!!

    1. Bonne on

      Agree, their blood orange sorbet is just amazing.
      I’m also still missing Inka-Eis on this lists, no fancy shop but fanciest flavours you never seen before and best pure coconut ice cream…
      Awesome guide anyway! ;)

    2. Mary Scherpe on

      thank you :) I was never convinced by Inka Eis’ flavors and texture, but will try again! Waffel oder Becher never made the impression of all natural, no additives ice cream, that’s why I never tried it, but will do.

  2. Stef on

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    I miss ‘Die Eispiraten’ in your list!

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      I actually didn’t think their ice cream was well done, to be honest. The flavour was quite off.

    2. Stef on

      Ok. I am not a fan of ice cream, but my girlfriend would die for their ice cream. Probably should check out some of your recommendations then. :)

    3. Mary Scherpe on

      It is, in the end, also a matter of taste, and I admit, their interior is completely off-putting… but yeah, invite her on an ice-cream-tour!

  3. Leyla on

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    Did you try Nunzio in Steglitz?

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      I did, and I think it’s pretty decent.. but my question was, would I send my friends to Steglitz to try this? And the answer is, I wouldn’t.

    2. Ellen on

      In my view Nunzio has one of the best ice creams to offer in Berlin. I was there several times and have been in most of the ice cream shops you mentioned (by the way a good article). Perhaps you should give it anew try :)
      Monheim in contrast, I like their ice cream, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone if I talk about exquisite ice cream.

      Henry’s at Walter-Schreiber-Platz is also very good or Franken & Grunewald!

      In the end it is a matter of taste for sure.

    3. Mary Scherpe on

      They certainly do have good ice cream, just not outstanding enough. Monheim is more an overall experience joined with pretty good ice cream – it’s a very traditional German parlor, and they have all the sundaes, and just a fun atmosphere to experience. That’s why they are in this guide, and their chocolate flavor is great.

  4. Miranda on

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    Did you get a chance to try Woop Woop Ice Cream? I have only visited their little van at the Checkpoint Charlie beach when I used to work nearby but always enjoyed it – the peanut butter and raspberry frozen instantly with liquid nitrogen was incredible (though the flavours change fairly often so it isn’t always available). Hopefully now they have a shop it’s still just as delicious.

    I’m off to try Erste Sahne or maybe Mos Eisley today – haven’t quite decided which :)

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      I did, since I’ve known them for quite some time and enjoyed it 2 or 3 years back. Unfortunately, in the new tasting their flavours were not on point, bland almost, and they are pretty expensive…

  5. Rüdiger Becker on

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    Any ranking of best ice-cream is not complete without “Vanille & Marille”

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      I thought so too, until I re-tasted their most popular flavors and was quite disappointed. They’ve grown a lot in the past years and this has unfortunately influenced the quality.

  6. Danielle on

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    Hokey pokey always has a long line but also is always well staffed and the lines goes quickly. The dark chococlate goat milk with salt is insane and I literally think about it every day.

  7. Claudio Colao on

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    The link to Eismanufaktur Faldon brings me to a Facebook page of a brand having four shops in Berlin, but none in Charlottenburg. Are you sure the link is right? The ice-cream on the pictures looks quite artificial.
    May this is the right link: https://www.facebook.com/Eismanufaktur-Faldon-1031181400296015/

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      Yes, you’re right, the link was wrong. Thanks so much for letting me know! I’ve corrected it now

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