AFAR: Buenos Aires Planning – ICE CREAM

12 Mar

Persicco Photo credit: The Lost

As you may know, I’m planning Buenos Aires.  Of course I would be.  Exhaustively researching is one of my seven travel truths. Yips! And it’s so funny. Many people I know are planning too. So they’re asking me: where should I go? What’s on your list? Where should I eat? Naturally, I’ll be blogging about this because I use my blog posts as check marks and writing helps me remember where to go.

Of course, the first thing I started researching were the best ice cream places to go.  Also stay tuned to this blog for the steak  houses on my list, my top Buenos Aires blogs,  interviews and more! I just picked up a Time Out guide today as well so this will be a mix of different sources I’ve found.

Ice cream parlours are also known as  heladerías in Buenos Aires. As there is a massive Italian population here, finding good gelato should be easy to find.  Here are my picks:

Persicco – artisinal ice cream and known as one of the best places to get gelato in BA.
The website is crap but I’ve linked it anyways. Better information is on Blackbook and they have free wi-fi!  The excerpt from New York Times:

Ice Cream flavour:  Chocuquinna. Inspired by a popular Argentine birthday cake, it has a sweet dulce de leche base balanced with hints of cream cheese and laced with chocolate chunks of what could be described as a cross between a crunchy cookie and a spongy cake.  This was excerpted from the New York Times. Whatever, it is it just sounds delicious!
Migueletes 886 Buenos Aires 1428 0810-333-7377 Map is here.

Helados Scannapieco

The excerpt I found from the National Geographic Traveler article, Top 10 Places to Eat Ice Cream:

This tiny, no-frills shop seems little changed from 1938, when Italian immigrants Andres and Josefina Scannapieco first opened the doors. Members of the Scannapieco clan still make ice cream the way the family have for 70 years. The menu runs 50 flavors deep, from chocolate and vanilla to other delights, such as durazno (peach), canela (cinnamon), lemon champagne, andcaipirinha (a Brazilian cocktail made with cachaça and lime).  YUM!
Planning: Helados Scannapieco is at Avenida Córdoba 4826 in the Palermo district.

Un Altra Volta

Not sure why its website has to have music, but they have seven different variations of dulce de leche ice cream and that is good enough reason for me to come here. Mmmm. The folks at Umarket concur. They say: “Try a combination of passion fruit mousse with dark chocolate.”  Lost Asian in Buenos Aires also loves this joint.

There are many shops around Buenos Aires but the one at Santa Fe 1826 has a pleasant garden seating area in the back, says Umarket.


Blackbook says:  This opening is significant not only because Chungo´s creamy ice cream stands above the rest like Freddo and Persicco and Volta – it does – but because there weren´t any legit ice cream joints in Palermo Hollywood when you wanted them. Which is usually after leaving dinner at one of the excellent resto´s or stumblng around blitzed after too many cocktails at, say, nearby Green Bamboo. Either way, the snazzy new corner heladeria is a welcome addition to this helado deprived hood (Palermo Hollywood). Though they recommend to go to the original location.  Tip: order “un cuarto” (1/4 kilo) in a styro cup, pick three flav’s and ask them to throw in some panna montata for good measure. Also, only go to this location, which is the original and the source from which the creamy goodness cometh. Saludos a Carlitos.

Original Location: Av San Isidro, BA 1429  0800-888-2486

Moratto – where to go if you need to buy your ice cream by the kilo. You’re welcome Buenos Aires residents!

So let’s hear it in the comments: if you live in or have been to Buenos Aires what’s your favourite place to get gelato or ice cream? And what is your favourite flavour? 


9 Responses to “AFAR: Buenos Aires Planning – ICE CREAM”

  1. Emily in Chile March 12, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Freddo isn’t the best, but it’s everywhere and is still pretty damn good considering it’s more commercial. You really can’t go wrong with any of the ice cream in Buenos Aires.

    • nearafar March 12, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      Nice! Thanks Emily. I scoured your blog last night for BA info. Your blog was really informative and I’ve linked to you in one of my upcoming posts! Persicco is the one I’m most looking forward to. 🙂

  2. Ayngelina March 30, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    You need to talk to Rease from Travelated, a former BA expat, she knows everything about ice cream.

    • nearafar March 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

      Thank you! She’s a great source.

  3. Stephanie (@20sTravel) March 30, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    I’ll put in a vote for Volta, it’s amazing. Persicco too. Honestly ALL of the ice cream places around town are super delicious, it’s pretty hard to go wrong.

    • nearafar March 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

      Thanks Steph! I just wanted to know the best of hte best.

  4. Marie Elena Martinez March 30, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Are you going to Mendoza? If so, don’t miss Ferruccio Soppelsa.

    • nearafar March 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      It wasn’t in the plan. Still trying to figure it all out!

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