World's 30 best ice cream parlors
30. McConnell’s — Santa Barbara, Calif.
“Mac” McConnell’s legendary hybrid French pot is where “universe’s finest ice cream”, according to McConnell's, was born. The secret to McConnell’s ice cream is the people who make it, creating classic flavors like vanilla bean and mint chip as well as unexpected ones like the tart-and-tangy Eureka lemon & marionberries, made with Oregon marionberries and infused with Eureka lemon. Peppermint Stick made with organic peppermint and peppermint candy is a customer favorite.
29. Devon House — Kingston, Jamaica
Located in Kingston in the 19th-century-old former home of Jamaica’s first black millionaire, the Devon House ice cream stand serves 27 flavors, from the traditional like pistachio to some island-inspired like coconut and Soursop to even a flavor called Devon Stout, which is flavored with a local island beer.
28. Il Gelato di San Crispino — Rome, Italy
Unless a local shows you where to go, it’s tricky to find Il Gelato di San Crispino, one of Rome’s oldest gelatarias, hidden down a narrow side lane just a few minutes walk from the Trevi fountain. But the search is worth the whiskey-flavored gelato and other exceptional flavors you’ll find there.
27. Sebastian Joe’s — Minneapolis
Sebastian Joe’s — founded in 1984 by three brothers, Tim, Todd, and Michael and named after their grandfather — aims to surprise. Their flavors change daily and the ice cream is packed into a homemade waffle cone dipped in Swiss chocolate and sprinkled with almond, coconut, Butterfinger, or Heath Bar.
26. 18 Smaker — Stockholm
18 Smaker founders Danne and Karin serve 18 ice cream flavors that rotate with the seasons and their cravings of the moment. “Mini balls,” which are golf ball-sized samplings of ice cream, are available for those who can’t decide on a flavor and want to try a few.
25. Taos Cow — Arroyo Seco, N.M.
Specializing in all-natural, rGBH-free ice cream since 1993, Taos Cow mixes traditional flavors with local ingredients, creating southwestern-inspired flavors like Buffalo Chip (vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate-covered coffee beans) and a maple walnut made with real maple extract and walnuts.
24. Salt & Straw — Portland, Ore.
Made with little butterfat and sweetener, ice cream at Salt & Straw boasts strong, natural flavors like wildflower honey with ricotta and dandelion sorbet made with actual dandelions and elderflowers.
23. Caramello — Berlin
In addition to organic ice creams and sorbets, Caramello is known for its soy-based flavors and dairy-free options served daily.
22. The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory — New York City
Historians tell us that the Chinese invented ice cream, and Chinatown Ice Cream Factory makes a good case for a long expertise in the craft with delicious flavors like black sesame, red bean, and Zen Butter.
21. Max & Mina’s — Flushing, N.Y.
Inspired by the recipes of their grandpa Max, an organic chemist, Bruce and Mark Becker of Max & Mina’s made it their mission to create more interesting ice cream flavors. You won’t find their bold and avant-garde combinations like Corn on the Cob and Cabernet Oreo anywhere else.