I scream, you scream, and we all scream for ice cream in Lisbon. One of the best things of this city is how easy you can find high quality food. From fresh fish to warm, sweet homey bakeries, you have it all. However, when it comes to the frozen sweetness competition, there’s no question that Italy wins all prizes. Or does it?
The good news is that it seems that the best Italian gelato makers have a soft spot for Lisbon, and they’ve opened up some pretty delicious places in town. Don’t be fooled by the two or three main brands that all travel guides talk about; we’ve gathered around some locals and sorted the best ice cream shops in Lisbon — and the best flavours.
1. A Veneziana (Praça dos Restauradores, 8, Rossio)
Ever since 1933, Luca Giovanni, who was only in town for a layover over on his way to the USA, decided to stay and serve the best of Italy’s talent for making smooth, sweet, fresh heaven, and put it on a cone or a cup.
Flavours to try: strawberry, lemon, vanilla.
2. Santini (Rua do Carmo, 9, Baixa-Chiado)
Attilio Santini was way more than another Italian with the sweet touch for making great gelato. He was a man of the people, driven by the excitement and the flavour that could not only get to your tongue, but also to your soul.
Flavours to try: almond, mango, coconut, strawberry, pistachio.
3. Davvero (Praça de S. Paulo, Cais do Sodré)
Two friends (again from Italy, of course), a designer and a gelatario, paired up and opened this innovative yet classic gelateria. The fruits and dairy products are produced in Portugal, but the dried fruits and the sugar are imported.
Flavours to try: salted caramel, carrot, ricotta with walnuts.
4. Nannarella (R. Nova da Piedade, 68, Príncipe Real)
The owners call their store the “ice cream laboratory”, as they’re constantly re-inventing their ways to reach the heart of their customers. Directly from Rome, Nannarella brings out the best of the combination between sweet and sour, summer and winter, soft and crunchy.
Also, don’t panic when you see the queue outside the door. There’s no place to sit, as you take and go, but the line goes fast – it’s only another indicator of how good these soft frozen clouds are.
Flavours to try: pistachio, Equatorial chocolate, basil, tiramisu.
5. Mú (Campo Mártires da Pátria, 50)
The owners are a couple from Verona and their gelato wonders are 100% hand and homemade. Completely dedicated, these gelato artists decided to keep the traditional ways to create this multicoloured heaven (that involves several hours of pasteurisation, and so on).
Flavours to try: fig, chocolate chip banana, tiramisu, oreo, crema mú.
Why not knock all of these in one go? Put on some comfy shows and walk from one place to another to discover all the frozen goodness ‘round town. No judging!
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