Prague’s Best Ice Cream Parlors – Our Top 5 (+1)
Prague’s Best Ice Cream Parlors
Zmrzlina. It was one of the first Czech words I learned, and it is still one of my favorites. In my ears, zmrzlina sounds somewhat mysterious, like a spell that makes something beautiful appear. And, dear readers, it does. Zmrzlina means nothing more or less than ice cream. Read on for a round-up of Prague’s best ice cream parlors.
A few years ago it was really difficult to find a decent scoop of ice cream around the city. It almost seemed like Ovocný Světozor had exclusive rights on the market, consequently, queues used to be unreasonably long on hot summer days. And they do have good ice cream (and cakes!) for reasonable prices – 17 CZK per scoop. Ovocný Světozor has all the classics from chocolate to van illa and hazelnut. Dark chocolate, “super” fruity sorbets and pistachio are slightly more expensive. The best thing about them: wherever you are in the city, one of the nine branches is most likely near you.
Check locations and opening hours here.
“In our flavors all work-related, as well as personal stress, worries, and sadness, will melt since we are watched over by our ice cream guarding Angel(ato).” – What a promise! Seriously, though, we have tried it, it is very good. They usually have around 20 different flavors on offer, including a flavor of the month that can be as zeitgeist-ish as oliveoil-basil. Angelato makes rich, velvety, Italian style ice cream which can be enjoyed as take away or in one of their two bright and modern cafés.
Rytířská 27 & Újezd 24, open daily 11:00–22:00, www.angelato.eu
The new kid on the block. Modern design and traditional recipes seem to be a success model – we love it! Fruit sorbets make up half of their daily offer, so vegans can enjoy their scoop as well.
Slezská 15, Prag 2, open Monday – Friday, 11:00-20:00, Saturday/Sunday 12:00-20:00
It’s not ice cream, it’s gelato. What’s the difference? Well, good news, it’s less butterfat. It also contains less air and is much denser than your ordinary scoop. Furthermore, Puro Gelato does not use preservatives or artificial flavoring – and it also has one of the best locations of the places in this list. Náplavka is super close, so you can go for a sundowner to the river bank afterward.
Na hrobci 1, open Monday – Thursday 10:00-20:00, Friday 10:00-22:00, Saturday 9:00–22:00, Sunday 11:00-20:00, facebook.com/puropraha/
Gelateria & Caffé Amato
The owner quit his well-paid manager job to make his childhood dream come true and make ice cream. Last season he opened Letna’s very first gelateria. Besides the delicious ice cream, one of the best things is the location in between two of Prague’s most beautiful parks. So get your cone to go and enjoy sweet summer afternoons!
Gelateria Amato. Heřmanova 61 open daily 10:00-20:00, www.gelateriaamato.cz
And our bonus… Should you find yourself in the neighborhood of Karlín – we heard about this new place that is selling Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches. Please let us know if you tried them, we’re dead curious!