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.
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.
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?