Since October I’ve been getting many notifications in my news feeds about this and that ice cream shop going on Winter break (in Europe). We will have to wait patiently until March / April 2019 before they open again… That seems such a long time… what should we do: shall we quit ice cream until then? …or find alternatives? I have opted for the latter and will share with you my suggestions on how to cope with ice cream shop Winter breaks!
Tip#1: Go to where the good ice cream is
Thankfully there are still some ice cream shops here and there in the Northern hemisphere that stay open most of the Winter.
1. Go to Ireland & eat Murphy’s ice cream
I have visited multiple parts of Ireland over the years, including Dublin, the Wicklow mountains, Cork, a portion of the Wild Atlantic Way, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Connemara, etc. Last Autumn I finally made it to the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, the most Western point of mainland Ireland.
Highlights of Dingle include scenic costal and mountain views, but also Murphy’s ice cream shop! It was very cold (-1°C real feel according to my weather app) and windy but Murphy’s ice cream shops were open and running! 🙂 You can read about my previous experiences at Murphy’s in Dublin and Killarney here.
As they say it themselves, Murphy’s makes real ice cream: they don’t use colourings, or flavourings, they use fresh farm milk and local cream.
This time I had a cup with these flavours: crunchy caramel, Dingle sea salt, Irish brown bread and apple balsamic ice cream! I also sampled the Irish garden flavour, made with fresh peppermint. They were all extremely creamy! 🙂
Getting ice cream on a cold Winter day doesn’t mean you also have to eat it out in the cold! Murphy’s has 2 shops in Dingle Town: both have indoor seating.
Murphy’s Ice Cream shops:
– 27 Wicklow street, Dublin 2, Ireland
– 37 Main street, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
– The Pier, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
– Strand street, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
– 12 High street, Galway, Ireland
2. Head off to Switzerland and treat yourself to ice cream from Eiswerkstatt
After spending New Year’s eve in Bern (Switzerland) last year, Gelateria Eiswerkstatt is where I had my first ice cream of the year, on 1st January 2018! To be honest I don’t do much research about ice cream shops in places I travel to in Winter, so it was a nice / unexpected surprise coming across Eiswerkstatt. Their sign “It’s never too cold for ice cream” somehow caught my eye! 🙂
They make their ice cream using traditional methods, with fresh quality ingredients. Gelateria Eiswerstatt doesn’t use any artificial colourings, preservatives or flavour enhancers. They are open all year long: during Summer they offer a selection of 22 varieties of ice cream and sorbet. During the colder months, you will still have at least 12 flavours to choose from!
I was curious of trying Eiswerkstatt’s black vanilla ice cream: so I tried it along with Bronte pistachio. They were both very good! I had tried black vanilla ice cream before but never that dark in colour! It was fun to eat! It gave me a very dark smile…!
Eiswerkstatt is very close to Bern’s Bear Pit: you will not see any bears there in Winter, but you might spot this balancing bear statue! I quite like it! 🙂
Gelateria Eiswerkstatt address: Altes Tramdepot, Grosser Muristalden 6, 3006 Bern, Switzerland // eiswerkstatt.ch
3. Plan a trip to Portugal and call by Gelateria Portuense
Gelateria Portuense in Porto (Portugal) was the winner of the 2017 Traveller’s Scoops Award. This is a clear indicator of how much I loved the gelato I tried there! The secret to Gelateria Portuense’s delicious ice cream probably lies behind a combination of factors, such as:
- the genuine ingredients / seasonal fruits used
- the creativity of the master gelatiere and her talent for bringing out the flavours of the ingredients
Gelateria Portuense started a lovely new project on 1st December: over the next twelve months customers will be taken on a tasting journey around the world! Italy was at honor in December with gelato flavours such as tiramisu, zabaglione, limoncello, basil cream or Sicilian cassata, made with sheep milk ricotta and candied fruit. In the next months, flavours inspired by China, Japan, India, Germany, Spain, UK, Greece, Russia and Switzerland will be on offer! Check out Gelateria Portuense facebook page for details.
Gelateria Portuense address: Rua do Bonjardim 136, 4000-14 Porto, Portugal // gelatariaportuense.pt
4. Other ice cream shops that are still open in Winter
Some other great ice cream shops are still open:
- Glaces Glazed, Paris (France)
- Café Namu, Düsseldorf (Germany) – you can try Korean Bingsu there
- Une Glace à Paris, Paris (France)
- La Fraiseraie, Nantes (France)
- Gusto 17, Milan (Italy) has just recently started a short Winter break, but I believe they will open again sometime in February.