We live in glorious ice cream times in Berlin, with new and creative parlors popping up all over the city while the troupers still excel in their craft. From Wilmersdorf to Neukölln and back, from vegan to Italian to sugar-crusted, it’s a paradise for everyone with a sweet and cold tooth. In order to supply you with the best frozen experience, we’ve compiled a list of Berlin’s best ice cream (from A to Z)! All strictly subjective, of course!
Nevertheless, we love your recommendations, so please leave your favorite ice cream place in the comments if it’s not included here!
If you’re still dreaming about ‘that best gelato you ever had while in Italy’, try Anna Durkes in Kreuzberg. Just a stone’s throw 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 Italians and such specials as licorice.
BERLIN HOMEMADE ICECREAM
Totally 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.
CAFFÉ E GELATO
What always surprises us is that while we have a plethora of great ice cream makers, we only have a few that also offer actual ice cream bowls. Like the ones we had at the small town Italien café back in our childhood – Caffé e Gelato in the rather dreadful Potsdamer Platz Arkaden serves exactly that: giant creations filled with ice cream, fresh fruits or sweet chocolate and loads of whipped cream. So yummy, you’ll forget all the shopping-craziness around you.
CUORE DI VETRO
Cuore di Vetro is close to our hearts 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 in Berlin.
Eisbox 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. And we will definitely come back for their weekly specials like saffron with orange blossom!
Have you ever heard of ice cream flavors like Ube or Pandan? We neither, but Die Eismacher in Kreuzberg specialize in unknown tastes like the Philippine sweet potato Ube (pictured above) – and we’re glad they do! Don’t worry about the rather unusual and very strong violet color, this is nowhere near artificial Schlumpfeis. Ube has a very natural, creamy and nutty taste, incomparable to anything we’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.
This is probably the most popular and known of all the artisanal ice cream vendors in Berlin. With already four shops spread throughout the city, Eismanufaktur has earned its fame with its delicious classics (the pistachio…) and its new creations (the matcha…). It’s always a safe bet. You can also find it in Kreuzberg at Graefestraße 7, in Friedrichshain at Simon-Dach-Straße 9 and in Neukölln at Weserstraße 6.
The location of this icy miss can not be missed thanks to the crowds assembling in front of it. Fräulein Frost is especially a favorite among neighborhood children with its blue walls and pink interior. If you’re more for a quiet ice cream enjoyment, make sure to come in the evening for a sweet treat like Guzimi (cucumber-citron-mint) or Caramel beurre salé.
By adding “patissier” to their title, this shop in Prenzlauer Berg prepares you for its elaborate treats: their gelato is outstandingly delicious (and sweet) with fancy flavors like tonka bean, cinammon lemon and sugary treats like Rocky Road (caramelized pecan and para nuts, marshmallows and chocolate) and Hokey Pokey (vanilla with crunchy caramel) on offer. Opened until late at night this is also recommendable as dessert option, if you’re eating out in the area, but expect long lines…
Stargarder Strasse 73
10437 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
What might look like your average ice cream shop around the corner is in fact a lot more – founded in 1928 and (arguably) the oldest 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! Although in Wilmersdorf, we will definitely be back for more!
Can you imagine anything more beautiful than ending a summer’s day by watching the sun set over the Tempelhofer Feld? Even better if you can enjoy some ice cream with it from just around the corner. Mos Eisley’s owner learned from the best in Italy and serves up classic Italian flavors and spins like creamy Cheesecake. Read our full review here.
Rosa Canina might be the latest addition to the organic ice cream shops sprouting in Prenzlauer Berg. Good news: they are also located at Markthalle Neun! So if you’re in for a sweet treat after your weekly market stroll, be sure to try some of the rhubarb ice cream, so natural you can actually see the pieces of rhubarb in your scoop. They are very experimental with their flavors, read: Vanilla with pumpkin seed oil, black sesame or chocolate made by Berlin chocolate experts Bonvodou.
10407 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
Tanne B is always a safe bet if you want to enjoy some ice cream on a sunny terrace and you’ve cut milk from your diet. There’s an unparalleled range of vegan flavors to choose from – all made with soy milk. And then there’s the crazy asparagus ice cream (seasonal) or the sea buckthorn or try the rose flavor, you’ll have a hard time deciding…
VANILLE & MARILLE
The name basically tells you what to go for – their Marille, apricot, flavor is intense. But there’s even more: among their specialties are peanut butter with homemade brownies or walnut with figs.This tiny shop is super popular in the neighborhood, long lines should always be expected, there’s a reason some call this their favorite ice cream in Berlin.
WOOP WOOP ICECREAM
Making ice cream fresh by your choice using a a blast of liquid nitrogen close to -200°C might first sound a bit too fancy to be good, but oh how wrong we were – choosing your own ingredients (like poppyseed-raspberry or blueberry-cheesecake or…) and then watching your delight being made is taking a bit more time than usual, but it’s worth it. By now only available in a truck, you’ll find Woop Woop at Protzen & Sohn, Bite Club or The Breakfast Market at Markthalle Neun.
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, we 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!