Top 10 Ice Cream Places in Athens
There’s no tastier way to beat the summer heat in Athens than some creamy gelato or ice cream. Greece truly has some of the most delicious gelato you’ll ever taste and there are many spots to choose from in Athens. We’ve narrowed down the top 10 ice cream places (in no particular order) with the most delicious ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth.
1. Da Vinci - A classic gelato spot in the heart of Monastiraki
A personal favorite, this place has legitimately some of the most creamy gelato in Athens. It’s usually quite busy and packed with tourists and locals alike. With a single scoop starting at just 2.20, it is also quite affordable. There are so many flavors to choose from that allow you to customize and add toppings as you desire. The vaflaki (mini waffles) are also a must try for the ultimate dessert.
Where: Adrianou 50, Monastiraki | 4 Selley Street, Plaka | 19 Kassaveti Street, Kifissia
Must Try: Rich dark chocolate ice cream
2. Zuccherino - More than just gelato!
Visit this bright dessert heaven located in Nea Smyrni for a wide array of gelato, greek desserts, and coffee. With their generous portion sizes, it’s one of the best ice cream spots in Athens for a reason and will surely not disappoint you! Enjoy the beautiful decor inside or relax with your gelato in their outdoor seating area in Nea Smyrni after your long walk around the city. They also serve a great cup of coffee for all you caffeine addicts.
Where: Mitropoleos 80, Monastiraki | 2as Maiou 12, Nea Smyrni | Proteos & Seirinon, Palaio Faliro | Ag. Alexandrou & Naiadon, Palaio Faliro
Must Try: Salty Pistachio ice cream
3. Le Greche - The most authentic gelato in Athens
Transport yourself to Italy while enjoying the incredibly creamy gelato at Le Greche. With a limited selection of flavors, this place definitely values quality over quantity. The ingredients are natural and come from various regions of Greece and Italy, such as ricotta cheese from Crete, coffee from Naples, and lemons from Argos. Be prepared to wait as there are usually people lined up at this popular little shop in Syntagma.
Where: Mitropoleos 16, Syntagma
Must Try: Pistachio from Sicily
4. Toula's - A locals' favorite
Toula’s trademark is their odd sounding but surprisingly delicious mustard flavored ice cream made from whole almonds, caramel, honey, and sheep's milk (a flavor credited by the New York Times). The rest of their ice cream selection feature more conventional flavors such as chocolate and vanilla but are equally delicious!
Where: 41 Eftihidou, Pangrati
Must Try: Mustard flavored ice cream
5. Dickie Dee - Wins the most Instagram worthy ice cream award
As photogenic as it is tasty, Dickie Dee is a new spot that opened in 2018 and serves an incredible quality artisanal soft serve ice cream featuring a unique candy cloud. Don’t miss out on their other desserts such as their moist peanut butter brownies made with 100% real organic peanuts or their strawberry butter croissant with creme patisserie which is freshly baked each morning.
Where: Voulis 23, Monastiraki
Must Try: Fiore di Latte soft serve
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6. Kokkion - Mouth-watering well thought out and fresh ice cream flavors
Choose from artisanal ice cream flavors such as coffee and baileys, chocolate passionfruit, fresh yogurt ice cream made with sheep milk from Mytilini, and mascarpone cheese ice cream with molasses and bergamot. Also be sure to grab some of their jars of uniquely flavored ice cream to satisfy those midnight cravings!
Where: Protogenous 2, Psyrri
Must try: Traditional Greek halvas with sesame honey and tahini
7. Iceroll - Fresh handmade ice cream with an edge
Fresh, quality, handmade ice cream made with 100% natural base of fresh milk (with vanilla or chocolate) or cognac (vegan) milk. You can customize by adding fresh fruit, nuts or super foods and have a healthy iceroll, or combine your favorite chocolates and candy and watch as your unique creation is rolled and put together in front of your eyes!
Where: Giannitsopoulou 2, Glyfada | Athinas 2 & Ermou, Monastiraki
Must try: “Bugatsa” (a greek pastry) - Fresh milk with vanilla base, freshly basked bugatsa crust, powdered sugar, and cinnamon.
8. Hans & Gretel - A delightful and tasty fairy tale experience!
This place is definitely an experience that combines the popular fairy tale with dessert. It is always busy as it is very popular among tourists. As soon as you walk into the shop you’ll be engulfed with brightly colored candy decor and the intoxicating aroma of freshly baked “bubble” waffles, chimney cake, and sweet ice cream. Choose from a variety of fun and unique candy toppings to make your ice cream your own. You’ll have as much fun watching the process of the workers assembling your chimney cake or bubble waffles as you will devouring it! It’s great fun especially for the kids or to feed your inner child!
Where: Adrianou 48, Monastiraki
Must try: Chimney cake with ice cream
9. Caravel - Premium quality ice cream flavors and other traditional desserts
Along with their delicious gelato they offer an assortment of their own brand name chocolates, cakes, pies, and other desserts. They offer vegan ice creams as well for those who can’t consume dairy. Everything is reasonably priced and the store is conveniently located near Monastiraki station.
Where: Ermou 78, Monastiraki
Must try: Florentina ice cream
10. Bufala Gelato - A trendy spot that features light, tasty ice cream with 100% fresh buffalo milk
This popular and trendy spot is always buzzing with people in the evening. They serve delicious gelato with rich flavors that you can put in cone, cup or waffle. Those who are a bit more health conscious can choose their soft ice cream made without sugar, or their “icefit”, a high protein ice cream. If you’re looking for the ultimate guilty pleasure, get their “buffle cone”, a cone made from a fluffy dough that envelopes your gelato. Don’t miss out on this tasty ice cream heaven if you’re in the Glyfada or Vouliagmeni area! They also have a nice sitting area outside the shop and a playground across the street to take the kids with your ice cream!
Where: Artemidos 1 in Glyfada | Orfeos 2, Vouliagmeni
Must Try: Black coconut ice cream
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Words: Prachi Oza