Sprig time has arrived, so let’s welcome the season of yummy fresh ice cream! There are some 500 ice cream shops in Berlin alone, each serving an average of 2,571 scoops on a sunny day. Whether full-fat ice cream, sherbets, soft-serve or sorbets, whether classic chocolate, vanilla, strawberry or extravagant varieties like Prosecco mint, we’ve forced ourselves to try ice cream everywhere we go and now present a small selection of Berlin’s best.
The ice cream is home-made, the selection of flavours enormous, the cappuccino good and the wait staff really friendly (which is reason enough to go back). It is a bit loud due to its location alongside Lichtenrader Damm, but it is definitely the number 1 place for ice cream on Berlin’s south side. When the weather turns cold, Coco Beach serves delicious crêpes and cakes.
Lichtenrader Damm 44, 12305 Berlin (Neukölln, Bus M76 to Raabestraße)
Roma – Gelateria Italiana
Gelateria Italiana in Belziger Straße features creamy-smooth ice cream. Besides the classic chocolate and strawberry, this shop also offer those with sweet teeth their choice of unusual varieties such as honey-saffron. The Heinrich-Lassen-Park directly opposite is a great place to enjoy your treat.
Belziger Straße 61, 10823 Berlin (Schöneberg, U Rathaus Schöneberg)
Hokey Pokey & Biomeile
Since 2011, I have become very picky about my ice cream, because that’s when an ice cream patisserie opened in our street. Hokey Pokey has the best ice cream in the world as far as I’m concerned! Unfortunately, I’m not the only one who has fallen for this cold treat – queues are unavoidable here. If I don’t feel like waiting or just want a trip back down memory lane, I just walk ten doors down to Biomeile and buy a soft serve ice cream. My mouth begins to water as the nice shopkeeper dispenses the creamy mixture into the cone. I’m left with just one question unanswered: Chocolate, vanilla or mixed?
Stargarderstraße 73/63, 10437 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg, Tram 12 to Stargarderstr.)
Granted, the corner of Auguste-Viktoria-Allee may not be the most scenic spot in town, but this little café is a real family operation. Peter Schober helped out his parents in this ice cream parlour back when he was a child; he later had several shops across the city. Since 1988, the creamy ice cream is exclusively available at the Reinickendorf location and I don’t mind waiting a few minutes to get my delicious treat!
Auguste-Viktoria-Allee 45, 13403 Berlin (Reinickendorf, Bus 125 to Eichborndamm/Antonienstr.)
This is the perfect place to take a break in Köpenick’s old town while cycling the trail to the Müggelsee. In addition to strawberry, vanilla and chocolate, this shop offers unusual varieties such as salted caramel. After we get the ice cream cone in our hands, we can then sit down and enjoy the Spree and Dahme rivers or the view of Köpenick Palace.
Alt-Köpenick 33, 12555 Berlin-Köpenick (Köpenick, Tram Schlossplatz Köpenick)
A bit of Italy right on Kurfürstendamm: these organic ice creams are made according to traditional Italian recipes with no artificial additives. The flavour palette runs the gamut and even offers flavours such as cinnamon and pineapple. I also like heading over to café Eisgrün to enjoy the exhibitions it puts on regularly.
Kurfürstendamm 115, 10711 Berlin (Wilmersdorf, S Halensee)
Even though the pavement is quite wide along this part of Kaskelstraße, it’s almost impossible to pass through the jumble of prams, bicycles and the long queue of locals waiting for their frozen treats. Each hand-made variety here tastes great. In the winter, the shop is also worth a visit, because then it has home-made chocolates and truffles on offer.
Kaskelstraße 15, 10317 Berlin-Lichtenberg (Lichtenberg, S Nöldnerplatz)
Eis Dal Col
Your eyes are going to go wide even before you get to this ice cream parlour in Wedding: under the elegantly curved illuminated sign that reads “Ital Eis”, you’ll find what is probably the narrowest building in all of Berlin. This Italian family operation has been here since 1976 and the staff are more than happy to help guests choose among their traditional home-made ice creams. Currently, Eis Dal Col is featuring 24 flavours – my recommendation: mango and cookies.
Müllerstraße 156d, 13353 Berlin (Wedding, U Leopoldplatz)
When I was still at university and my son was going to the nursery school at Monbijouplatz, we often found ourselves stopping by what is probably the smallest ice cream shop in the city as we made our way home. Located on a small cul-de-sac off Auguststraße, this shop offers what is definitely the most delicious mango ice cream in these parts. The Eismanufaktur is so tiny that there’s only enough room for the ice cream counter and the gold chandelier that hangs over it. But its location on a quiet street means you can just sit on the edge of the pavement and enjoy the ice cream or head over to the shaded playground across the street.
Kleine Hamburgerstraße, 10115 Berlin (Mitte, S/Tram Oranienburger Straße)
Last year, Eisspatz set up shop on Mirbachplatz. Since then, ice cream master Guido has been busy working the ice cream machine. The ladies of the house head out to the Uckermark to harvest the raw ingredients for delicious creations such as mirabelle plum sorbet and elderberry blossom ice cream. Even in the autumn, after a walk around the Weißensee, I like to stop in this sweet café, because what could be better than a slice of freshly baked fruit pie with hand-made vanilla ice cream?
Schönstr.1, 13086 Berlin (Weißensee, Bus 158 to Mirbachplatz)
This ice cream maker is one of the oldest in the city and has its main shop in Spandau. Florida Eis was first sold in the Regina cinema in 1927. Today, you can get about 80 different flavours at the shop on Klosterstraße and at three other shops in the city and at retail outlets. The secret of the creamy deliciousness? Instead of butter, vegetable fat is used instead. My absolute favourite: plain old chocolate.
Klosterstraße 15, 13581 Berlin (Spandau, S/U Spandau Bahnhof)