Spring is in the air and the weather for melting scoops of gelato from morning till night has arrived! With so many gelato stores to choose from, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourites for you to try when visiting Athens!
If you’re a gelato connoisseur head straight to Le Greche, where you will find delicious handmade artisanal gelato created from pure ingredients. All of the fresh products are carefully sourced from Greece and Italy; with a huge emphasis on fresh fruits of the season and premium chocolate. Yes, you will be forgiven for thinking you are in Rome!
A: Syntagma, Mitropoleos 16; Faros Psihikou, Lykourgou 2; Ag. Paraskevi, Leof. Mesogeion
Here you will find artisanal, award-winning ice cream with flavours featuring Sicilian pistachios, gianduja chocolate with Piemonte hazelnuts, and mascarpone with fig. Solo Gelato has become one of the most popular places for gelato in Athens, with locals also heading here to get their hands on the Sicilian cannoli filled with fresh ricotta cheese!
A: Andrea Papandreou 44, Chalandri
If you are after a wide variety of flavours to suit all tastes, make your way over to Davinci Gelato where there is a wide selection of classic flavours through to a gourmet range. Here you will find Kinder Buono, Hazelnut and Parfait Cream, Season Fruit Sorbets; plus traditional Greek-inspired gelato such as Greek Yogurt, Ekmek and Kaimaki, and of course Italian flavours including Panetone, Tiramisu and Malaga.
A: 58-60 Ermou St; 50 Adrianou St; 4 Sellei; 19 Kassaveti, St Kiffisia
If you are a fan of American style ice-cream, Dicki Dee’s offers artisanal soft serve and traditional banana split. The diner-inspired menu also includes some modern twists such as fior di latte, pistachio, rosewater and dark vegan chocolate. You can have it in a cup or a cone, and toppings include sprinkles, chocolate balls, caramel popcorn, mini meringues, candy, fairy floss and more!
A: Voulis 23, Athina
IceRoll, which is located in the Athens Riviera neighbourhood of Glyfada, is based on a Thai technique consisting of ‘cold frying’ sheets of ice cream that is rolled. Fresh milk, fresh fruits and other ingredients come together on an icy surface to form tasty ice cream. Iceroll’s base is 100% natural, without preservatives or artificial additives and they serve a variety of flavours and toppings to cater to all tastes. Our fave is the bougatsa (traditional custard-filled pie) ice roll.
A: Athinas 2, Athina; Giannitsopoulou 2, Glyfada
Located in Monastiraki (right in the heart of Athens) Kokkion offers a variety of flavours made with fresh local ingredients. Eat it in a cone or a cup, the mandarin sorbet with ginger, mascarpone gelato (made with a recipe using molasses and bergamot orange) and anything that includes the French chocolate is a great choice!
A: Protogenous 2, Monastiraki
Legendary Athenian ice cream parlour Tillas, still exists and offers the same rich ice cream flavours it did almost 60 years ago. Come here for huge servings of ice cream which are greatly paired with other traditional Greek pastries such as kataifi or ravani. The most popular flavour is ekmek with kaimaki ice cream.
A: Eleftheriou Venizelou 10, Nea Filadelfeia
This is one that only locals know about as there is no shop signage. What you will see though is crowds of people lining up to be served a scoop (or two) of their favourite ice cream. This small workshop in Dafni is owned by the Parisi family, who have been creating homemade ice cream for over 40 years using the same secret recipe and the same four flavours (vanilla, chocolate, peanut and strawberry).
A: Bouboulinas 4, Dafni
For traditional Italian- style gelato head to Maraboo where they serve handmade ice cream with handpicked fresh ingredients. Some of the most popular flavours are pomegranate, mango, fresh milk, chocolate mango, pure chocolate, almond fresh and lemon and lime sorbet.
A: Archelaou 17, Athina
This may come as a surprise but the most popular flavour at Toula’s is a unique mustard flavoured ice cream made from whole almonds, caramel, honey, and sheep’s milk. The rest of the menu features more traditional flavours such as chocolate and vanilla but are equally satisfying!
A: 41 Eftihidou, Pangrati