If you’re looking to celebrate the summer with an ice cream and gelato crawl (yep, like a pub crawl but with ice cream and gelato), there’s no better place to do it in London than Soho and Covent Garden.
Not only are there a ton of ice cream shops within a short walk of each other, they’re also delicious and unique from each other. These are on the opposite spectrum from a vanilla ice cream cone.
Here are the best ice creams in Soho
Mamasons Dirty ice cream
If you’ve been having ice cream solo, you’ve been doing it wrong. Pastry is ice creams best friend don’t ya know?
You’ll agree with me when you try the bilog, a traditional Filipino dessert of a toasted milk bun (pandesal) with ice cream inside.
The ice cream is pretty unique itself too, including ube (native filipino purple yam), queso (sweet and salty cheese sorbeto) and black buko (coconut ice cream combined with activated charcoal)
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Chin Chin Labs
Toasted marshmallows aren’t just for camp fires. They make great toppings for ice cream cones too.
Chin Chin Labs serve their ice creams in red water cones covered in marshmallow. If you look up Instagramable in the dictionary, you’ll see this pic.
The marshmallow goes all the way down into the cone… Complete with valrhona chocolate 80% ice cream
If you love ice cream sandwiches as much as George Bluth, Soho has an ice cream sandwich in the colourful package between two marcarons. You’ve got to be Yolkin me!
Unique flavours range from red velvet to HK milk tea.
Incredibly hot day in London? Cool down with bingsu.
What’s bingsu? It’s a popular Korean shaved ice dessert. Luckily, you don’t have to travel all the way to Korea for one. Gaza cafe in Soho top there’s with a scoop of ice cream and fun toppings, like macarons…
Amorino’s ice cream roses should be displayed in an art gallery. I mean everybody would be slipping all over the place because it would melt, but you get my point…
Anywho… The roses are works of art. It’s mesmerising watching the talented ice cream artists (my favourite type of artist) carefully sculpt every petal.
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For a taste of Italy, there’s Gelupo. They have some really unique and interesting flavour combinations including bonet (dark chocolate, rum, caramel, amaretti, espresso and egg yolk), blood orange and cannoli (ricotta, pistachio, candied fruit, stracciatella, marzipan, cannoli pastry).
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Here are the best ice creams in Covent Garden
Udderlicious are the mad scientists of the world.
Chocolate and marmite? Bourbon carrot cake? Builder’s tea and digestive?!?! Udderlicious let’s customers vote every month with flavours they should stock. Democracy at its best.
You can also suggest a flavour for the month. Irn bru ice cream anyone?!
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Morelli’s Gelato have been making fresh gelato since 1907, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about creating smooth, delicious flavours.
Morelli’s first shop was in Broadstairs, along the South East coast. Luckily you don’t have to go all the way there to eat their gelato, just Covent Garden! Although I probably would travel all that way for their dulce de leche gelato!
Whoever thought of a waffle that you can eat on the go deserves a Nobel Prize. It’s a scientific marvel.
Soft bubbles that you can tear of whilst still remaining structurally integral with your ice cream?
The origin story of the humble egg waffle begins in 1950’s Hong Kong. Fast forward to Bubblewrap who are creating concoctions like the Kit Kat waffle.
Gelatorino have a shop in Monaco, so you know their gelato is faaaaaaaancy.
Incredibly soft, smooth and silky, this New York Cheesecake (cheese, cake?) is pretty unique.
“People round the world, join hands, come with me to Milk Train, Milk Train”.
Looking for a sugar high? Milk Train serve their ice cream on a bed of candy floss. There’s plenty so you can sleep of the candy floss after you’re sugar high wears off.
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