From Italian style gelatos and icy sorbets, to soft serves and organic ice creams, here’s the My Cyprus Insider scoop on where to go to get the coolest sweet fix this summer!
1. Gelatiamo – Artisan Gelato, Nicosia
A local family business on the busy Onasagorou Street in the centre of old Nicosia, this place has caused a real stir since it first opened its doors a few years back, serving super smooth artisan gelato…just the way it should be in true Italian style! Using fresh seasonal ingredients, the flavours on offer vary depending on the time of year. Be it kiwi or apple, pistachio or lemon, you’ll be in for an absolute taste sensation.
The strawberry is a massive hit and sells out in no time (so don’t be surprised if it runs out on a super busy day), and their mouth-watering sorbets are all rather dreamy. If you’re not into fruity flavours, go for their Nutella or banana and chocolate. We also have a soft spot for their ‘risogalo’ (rice pudding flavour).
Our favourite scoop: strawberry
Where? 51 Onasagorou street, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-755055
2. Melt. Creamery, Limassol & Nicosia
Ever had Japanese Matcha ice cream? Well now is your chance to have a taste, with the fantastic Melt. Creamery specialising in top quality artisan ice cream in the most fabulous flavours! From rose water, Tahitan vanilla and salted caramel, to passion fruit, dark chocolate and the seasonal special of apricots and vanilla, they are all set to give to give your taste buds a real treat.
Where to get hold of Melt Creamery ice cream? The tubs of deliciousness are stocked at Cellar & Bottega in Limassol and Kantina in Nicosia. And we’ve just recently been told that there’s a ‘Big Softie’ now on the scene; the brainchild of Kantina and Melt Creamery who will now be bringing ice cream fans two flavours of soft serve every week!
Our favourite scoop: salted caramel
Where? Cellar & Bottega, 8 R. Fereou St, Limassol (Tel: +357 25-745566). Kantina, 48 Sofouli St, Nicosia. (Tel: +357 22-680040).
3. Kalopesas, Nicosia
Known for their divine cakes and baked goods around the capital and beyond, what many people don’t know is that come summer, Kalopesas also makes some rather fantastic ice cream, with a retro ice cream counter in the corner of the shop calling out for attention.
Using pure ingredients, you can expect all the traditional flavours in the mix as well as some rather quirky alternatives. Last summer, we went mad over their kefir and blueberry flavour….enjoy!
Our favourite scoop: rum and raisins
Where? Chrysovalandou Bakery/Kalopesas, Lykavitou Avenue. Tel: (+357) 22-819555
4. Uluwatu Speciality Coffees, Limassol
It may sound a bit odd that that a speciality coffee shop serves artisan ice cream, but truth of the matter is, Uluwatu Speciality Coffees makes some of the most unusual and delicious ice cream and gelato pops that you’ll ever come across on the island. After all, you won’t find many places that use organic milk in their ice cream, nor that many ice pops with edible flowers in them!
Their creamy chocolate ice cream is to die for, while their lemon, lime and mint leaves vegan gelato is a must try. There’s stevia sweetened ice cream also on offer, as well as fantastic sorbets, cheesecake flavoured ice cream pops and the list goes on! And once you get hold of your desired ice cream, kick back in the retro chairs or the leather sofa, relax to the sounds of cool music and flick through the French Purple magazine. Oh, did we mention that their artisan milk shakes are heavenly too?
Our favourite scoop: chocolate
Where? 10 Anexartisias St, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 25-222191.
Cover photo: Gelatiamo