One of the best known ice creams in Paris is Berthillon. And, according to many residents, tour guides and guide books, it is the best ice cream in the city, if not the world. This is quite the statement to make, and it is obvious that people take it to heart because there are lines around the block for this ice cream shop. It is made at one small store on the Ile-St. Louis in the center of Paris, but is (luckily) available at just about every other shop on that island if you want to avoid the line. I’ve been told that it is not available anywhere else in the city. The flavors range from the basic to the inventive, change daily, and all of the ice creams and sorbets are made from scratch.
I opted for coconut and white chocolate (noix de coco et chocolate blanc), one scoop of each in a waffle cone. I don’t know if it’s the best in the city or elsewhere, but the ice cream was excellent and was served at the perfect temperature, where it was just soft all over. You could tell that it was fresh and had never seen a deep freeze. The coconut tasted like coconut macaroons, packed with bite of coconut, and the white chocolate tastes like a cold white chocolate truffle.
Berthillon Ice Cream
29-31 rue Saint Louis en l’ile