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Berthillon: Ice Cream Decadence in Paris

You alight the métro at Cité station your way to visit Notre-Dame de Paris. You stand on the small island of Ile de la Cité, mesmerised by the grandeur of the cathedral and the neighbouring Sainte-Chapelle. Your eyes are ablaze with picturesque sights you’ve seen in postcard so you capture a few memories of your own for your enjoyment later.

Notre Dame de Paris
The grandeur of Notre-Dame

Instinctively, your steps propel you forward. You realise that you have already crossed a small bridge and you now stand on the smaller island of Ile Saint-Louis.

Ile St Louis - Paris
Cross tiny bridges…

You’re drawn towards the length of a street that traverses it and you amble on the narrow footpaths of rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile.

And there it is.

The queue that spills onto the trottoir is the clue that you have arrived. Behind the wood panelled façade of number 31 stands Berthillon, what is rightfully considered to be the best ice cream and sorbet maker in Paris, and one of the best in the world.

Berthillon - Paris

My introduction to Berthillon came from Gault Millau’s The Best of Paris, a guide that prides itself on separating the “superlative from the merely overrated”. Naturally, on the first trip to Paris, I had to try it.

Berthillon was founded in 1954 and they still use all natural ingredients in their products, with no preservatives or additives. Referred to as parfums, a term that somewhat evokes sensuality and femininity in an ice cream, the list of flavours is extensive and sure to tempt and delight. Being partial to sorbets, I cannot resist their fraise des bois (wild strawberry) or cerise (cherry).

Berthillon - Paris
A gourmet and a sorbet

If you love ice creams or sorbets, Berthillon is a must-have on your trip to Paris. If you’re a gourmand, you’ll put it on your return itinerary, summer or winter.

Berthillon Glacier
31, rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile
75004 PARIS

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.