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On Pozsonyi út, a stone's throw away from Margaret Island, Cioccolatte ice cream parlour is a big favourite. It is owned by a couple who are either Italian or have Italian roots, Szilvia and Giuliano. They share a passion for ice cream, so much so that they went all the way to Italy to learn from the best. In the summer, they invite you on a special journey for their annual Sweet Escape, where each week you can try a new imitation flavour that evokes the unique gastronomy of a faraway land. In addition to the specialities, they have also renewed several fruit ice creams made with ingredients from local farmers and now with an even higher fruit content.
- Price: classic flavours – HUF 550, gourmet flavours – HUF 600 (1 spread approx. 50 g)
- WLP tip: raspberry, salty pistachios
If you are looking to cool down in the vicinity of Széll Kálmán tér, try Széllkapu Park for shade and fountains and Anjuna for ice pops! You can sample several flavours at the latter, with the ice cream treat base customised with dips and toppings. This year, they have also innovated with waffle pops, which can also be made even more exciting with different toppings and fruits. Anjuna has shops in several locations, which you can check here.
- Price: HUF 1,250/ice pop
- WLP tip: mango – passion fruit with no added sugar
- sugar-free options
The famous rose-shaped ice creams can be found close to St Stephen’s Basilica. They are pretty and absolutely delicious, not to mention that they brighten up any Instagram feed. Gelarto Rosa has come of age this year, and on their 18th birthday, customers are in for a treat as they will be celebrating with a new range of 5 new flavours of alcoholic ice cream.
- Price: HUF 1,300 (small portion, 2 flavours)
- WLP tip: vanilla, peaches & prosecco
- vegan options
Ráday utca is considered Budapest's gastro hub. No surprise you will find an ice cream parlour here, too. MAMO is usually very busy, but it's worth a little queuing. They serve Italian ice cream, with around 120 different flavours varied and listed on the wall behind the counter. Their flavours are spread with a shovel rather than scooped, the authentic Italian way. We prefer the creamy versions, which we have found to be MAMO’s forte. They usually have 15 flavours of ice cream at a time. Do you like affogato? They’ll make it for you!
- WLB tip: mango yoghurt, pistachio almond cream
- sugar-free and dairy-free options
We’re so lucky to have Fragola in so many Budapest locations because as soon as you see the iconic strawberry design (fragola meaning ‘strawberry’), you’ll be relieved to find out you’re in the right place. The quality has been consistent and great for 12 years. Whether it’s a fruit ice cream, a creamy fantasy, or a free-from version, you’re always treated to intense and memorable flavours. Every year they introduce new innovations; they don’t just follow the trend, they set it.
- WLB tip: Nutella, grapefruit, lemon-mint, Campari-orange
- sugar-free and vegan options
We visited the Mecca of raw veganism, close to focal Deák Ferenc tér, and were pleased to see that a decent-sized ice cream counter has been installed. Our prayers have been answered, say Naspolya regulars, as well as those who follow a plant-based diet but can’t resist ice cream. Now is their time, because this stand only serves vegan ice cream, many of which are sugar-free. Pistachio and hazelnut chocolate sorbet without a creamy base? Yes, please.
- WLB tip: mango, sugar-free coconut, Williams pear
- All ice creams are vegan and dairy-free, but they also offer sugar-free options.
The gelato at this ice cream parlour, close to Szabadság tér, was already excellent back in the day. Times have changed, and the number of quality ice cream shops has increased, but Pomo D’Oro is still dear to our hearts. This is where we had our first super pistachio ice cream and realised that mango ice cream might be sweet but also tart. And we still can’t get enough of the Fior di latte. We always stop for at least one scoop whenever we pass by.
- Price: HUF 590–690/flavour
- WLB tip: pistachio, fior di latte, salted caramel
Starting as an adorable ice cream shop at Lake Balaton, Kő fagyi? is now a must-try on Budapest's vibey Bartók Béla út. You can usually pick from around 20 different types of ice cream at a time, with ingredients from Italy and fruit from small Hungarian producers. The flavours are characterised by simplicity, with no 3-4 flavour blends or fancy made-up names, but there are alcoholic ice creams and seasonal favourites.
- Price: HUF 500/scoop
- WLB tip: beer ice cream, elderberries (seasonal)
- dairy-free and sugar-free options
The classic confectionery on restaurant hub Ráday utca was one of the first places in town to get really delicious ice cream. Fortunately, they haven’t changed over the years, usually offering a choice of 10-15 refreshing flavours. You can sample their excellent ice creams while taking a stroll at Nehru part, a park on the bank of the Danube between Bálna and Petőfi Bridge.
- Price: HUF 500/scoop
- WLB tip: cherry, cinnamon
- Sugar-free options are also available.
The ice cream parlour on Csaba utca, close to the Money Museum, has been a reliable point in Buda for 33 years. It’s the ideal place for those who believe in tradition and consider Italy to be the birthplace of ice cream, where the true masters pour goodness into the cones based on what they learned there. Generations have learnt that the Italian ice cream of Csaba utca is infallible and of the same quality as that dictated by the Mediterranean country.
- WLB tip: raspberry, banana chocolate, Opera
- lactose-free and vegan options