Remember the Frozen Yoghurt Invasion of a few years back? Well, now it’s ice-cream that’s gone all posh and seemingly multiplied on the streets of Athens of late. With the heatwave upon us, Insider has the scoop on the 7 most mouth-watering deluxe gelato bars to hit town. Long Live the Big Chill.
Billing itself as “The cream of ice-creams”, the southside’s newest and brightest gelato purveyor Bufala Gelato isn’t here to pull any punches.
With two stores in Glyfada and Vouliagmeni, the Thessaloniki-launched franchise has the Unique Sales Proposition of using buffalo milk in its products, (it apparently has lower cholesterol and more calcium, iron and phosphorus than cow’s milk). But for us the real crowd puller is the Cold Stone: where you can create your own personalised ice-cream flavors from a Willy Wonka-worthy trove of ingredients (30 different choices) and see it made in front of you in an open-live show.
Pavlova (white chocolate gelato, strawberry jelly, Strawberry, meringues) and American Breakfast (Peanut Gelato, Oat Cookies, Salted Caramel, Nuts).
Opening hours: Every day 9.00-24.00
Price: €18/kg (”cows” ice-cream) €20/kg (”buffalo” ice-cream).
DA VINCI ARTISAN GELATO
After finding its feet in Mykonos in 2012, the kind folk at Da Vinci are now spreading the joy of their divine home-made Italian-styled gelato concoctions across Athens (with stores in Monastiraki, Plaka, Varkiza and Kifissia at last count).
Best of all, the Monastiraki branch in Adrianou is open 24-7 to vanquish all your sweet cravings any time of day or night. Da Vinci’s signature philosophy rests on a balance of seasonality and the absence of additives, dyes and hydrogenated fats (plus a selection of 0% fat free options to sweeten the deal!).
Ricotta with fig Millefeuille, Grandma Cookies, Mojito, Apple Pie.
Da Vinci city branches: Adrianou 50, Monastiraki, tel: 210.325.3893 and Selley 4, Plaka, tel: 210.322.6046, www.davincigelato.gr
Opening hours: Always Open (Adrianou branch).
Despite some pretty heated (or should we say chilled) local competition, Ninnolo is a leading player in the turf war for best ice-cream artisan in Kifissia.
This popular northern suburbs cafe has forged a rep for heavenly home-made gelato using only the best ingredients on the planet – without butter, cream or eggs! An atmospheric meet-up spot in the heart of Kifissia, now Northerners can also enjoy Ninnolo’s ice- cream at home: they’ve just established a local delivery option.
Exotic Brazilian fruit sorbets (passion fruit, guava, acai berry); the famous nocciola with hazelnut from Piemonte of Italy; the best chocolate in the world from Africa; and the magnificent limited-edition vanilla from the Seychelles.
Agiou Dimitriou 8, tel: 210.801.2765.
Opening hours: 8:30 am – 01:00
A small but perfectly formed ice cream boutique in downtown Athens which fuses Italian expertise with premium Greek raw materials. Le Greche uses superior ingredients without artificial additives and margarine or colorings, (and their dreamy concoctions contain only 8% fat!). Plus they use only seasonal fresh fruits, the finest chocolate in the land – and pack a genuine conscience about their products’ nutritional value.
Try the ice-cream sandwiches topped with grilled pistachios; chocolate ice-cream with rum and prunes; ricotta with bergamot and Aperol, and mascarpone with Kalamata figs.
Mitropoleos 16, Syntagma, tel: 216.700.6458, www.legreche.gr
Opening hours: Every Day 8:30am – 02:00am
THE WAFFLE HOUSE
With its prime Athenian Riviera locale, the Waffle House combines a delectable palette of sorbets and ice-cream with impressive Vouliagmeni Bay vistas, to deliver the “complete chill” experience. A lazy Sunday afternoon staple or after-school-treat for South-siders, this year the Waffle House celebrates 20 years and on the 20th of each month will offer customers a 20% discount.
Indulge in one of the Waffle House’s signature piping hot waffles and waffins (somewhere between a mini-waffle and a muffin!) at the same time as your ice-cream splurge. It’d be rude not to.
The Ferrero Rocher, Kinder Bueno, Maltesers and Snickers balls are pure ice-cream porn for choco-philes across the land. Other irresistible new hits include: chocolate with banana cubes; lime with basilicum; and white chocolate with Baileys.
Leof. Poseidonos 17, Vouliagmeni, tel: 210.896.1227.
Opening hours: Every Day 10:00am – 02:00am
Price: €18, 50/kg
Kayak – in pole position in central Glyfada (on the old Oscars’ site) – has managed to see off much of its competition in recent years. With “boutique-styled” branches also in Mykonos, Kifissia and Costa Navarino, you know that this is prime designer ice cream territory.
Kayak keeps rolling out the hits: at last count, they have created more than 60 different ice cream flavors – but the best-sellers are: Organic Madagascar Vanilla, Mastic & Pink Pepper, Melomakarono Ice Cream and Mint Choco Chips.
Champagne with pink roses; and frozen yogurt with passion fruit.
Metaxa 24-26 & Zisimopoulou 9, tel: 210.894.9130, www.kayak.gr
Opening hours: Every Day 8:00am-02:00am
Ice cream is not just for summer at Zillion’s – the new kid on the block in Kifissia that tempts the soul year round with its creative frozen delights. Like the other ice-cream purveyors on this page, Zillion’s also pledges home-made authentic Italian-style products from fresh and pure ingredients. Zillion’s has released 36 different ice cream flavors to date.
Fondente chocolate (chocolate with 70% cocoa); Peanut hazelnut, Pavlova, and Oreo biscuit ice cream.
Dionyssou 69, Kifissia, tel: 210.620.1211.
Opening hours: Every Day 7:30am – 01:00am
Price: €18,50 /kg
Feature researched by Krysta Fotinopoulou