It doesn’t matter what age you are. You’re never too old or too young to enjoy an ice-cream. Fortunately, Edinburgh has ice-cream parlous across the city. Each offering cones, sundaes and modern takes on the traditional. Those special memories of eating 99s or a Knickerbocker Glory on the promenade or hear the exciting musical sounds of the arrival of the ice-cream van, are all part of the lovely, happy feelings linked with ice-cream. The first Ice-cream made with milk was recorded in Italy in the 17th century. Fast forward to today and in Edinburgh, the Italians are still ahead of the game, offering some of the best gelato you’ll find in the world. You couldn’t imagine Edinburgh now without parlours selling everything ice-cream lovers’ dream of. Here are just a few of the best places in the capital to indulge in some ice-cream delight.
S. Luca, High Street, Musselburgh and Morningside
S. Luca’s shops have almost become an institution in Edinburgh. The family run business has been making ice cream since 1908 and now onto its third generation of ice-cream making. Their original recipe has stayed the same, with ice cream made fresh each day. The family used to promote their ice-cream creations on the streets during the summer. In fact, it’s believed that Luca parked on North Berwick seafront to scoop out their ice-cream from the back of his Rolls Royce. And today, S. Luca uses a converted Rolls Royce, along with its fleet of ice-cream bikes and trikes. S. Luca’s Hot Fudge Sundae is a particular favourite with customers.
Mary’s Milk Bar, the Grassmarket
Mary’s is passionate about reviving the Milk Bar from the 50s and 60s. Originally created to promote healthy milk-based produce, milk bars became famous for selling ice cream and milkshakes. Mary’s though goes further and offers the best gelato in a retro café. Mary herself trained in Italy to master ice cream- making and has since perfected her craft with a selection of unusual but delicious flavours. Seasonal favourites include passion fruit with lemongrass and baked pear with dark chocolate. But the Hot Chocolate Float, a delicious hot chocolate finished off with a big scoop of Mary’s wonderful ice cream, is a big hit with customers.
Nardini’s, Merchiston Place
Nardini’s now have their own east coast cafe and it continues their wonderful tradition of offering outstanding ice cream first created in Largs. Despite 32 to flavours on offer, they do enjoy serving the more traditional ice-cream. In fact, sundaes are their real specialty and you’ll be spoilt for choice. But for a flavor spectacular, you should try the impressive and delicious 12-scoop Clyde Coast Extravaganza.
Affogato gelato, Queensferry Street
For ice cream in the centre of Edinburgh’s west end, then Affogato will give you more than you imagined. They only use natural ingredients and even offer a good selection of dairy and gluten free alternatives. Boasting 18 delicious flavours, from the traditional to the most contemporary. And even your dog can enjoy a treat too. Affogato can provide your four-legged friend with a very special dog-only gelato. But for human customers, the salted caramel gelato has become a huge hit.