On hot days it’s best to cool off with a real Dutch ice cream. Several Amsterdam ice cream shops have started making delicious ice creams. As a big producer of dairy products, it’s not strange that the Dutch make interesting ice creams. Some of the best Amsterdam ice cream shops are only open during the summer months.
Where to find the best ice cream in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam ice cream shop Monte Pelmo in the lovely Jordaan Quarter makes the best ice cream in Amsterdam and luckily, not just for restaurants. The Amsterdam ice cream makers has its little shop in the Jordaan where you can try out their latest flavours.
The typical Amsterdam family does have some Italian roots, as they started out making spaghetti and ice creams especially for the Italian immigrants who worked in Amsterdam in 1957. One of the sisters even married an Italian, which makes this ice cream a perfect combination of Dutch creaminess and Italian flavour.
Monte Pelmo is open every day from 13.00 till 22.00.
Address: 2e Anjeliersdwarsstraat 17.
Van der Linde
Amsterdam people have been keeping the best Amsterdam ice cream a big secreat. It’s Van der Linde, a bakery on Nieuwendijk, near Central Station. Van der Linde only serves one type of ice cream. But it’s good. It’s so good, they have no need to experiment with new flavors. On warm days, people line up in front of the ice cream shop to get one.
Van der Linde bakery is open from 12.00 to 18.00.
Address: Nieuwendijk 183, near Amsterdam Central Station.
IJscuypje has been so successful from the day they started, they have now shops everywhere. This makes ice cream shop IJscuypje the biggest ice cream seller in Amsterdam. The ice cream is artisanal with the best ingredients. The makers claim their ice cream are based on some ancient Dutch recipes. Whether this is true or not, the ice creams do have a typical Dutch charm: a rich, creamy flavour with a strong, compact bite. In winter, IJscuypje changes name to Stamppotje and sells typical Dutch stamppot (take away), a simple but warming winter food.
IJscuypje sells ice only in summer. Open from 12.00 to 22.00.
Addresses: Westergasfabriek, Prinsengracht 292; Eerste van der Helststraat 27; Haarlemmerdijk 14;Amstelveenseweg 218
Find a map of all ice cream shops on Google.
Maybe not as typically Dutch, but just as good are:
Tofani on Kloveniersburgwal 16. Tofani is your best choice of ice cream when you are eating out around Nieuwmarkt and the red light district. Experts and fans agree that this is the best place in Amsterdam to get a chocolate ice cream.
Pisa and Venice
In the southern area of Riverenbuurt, the Amsterdam ice cream stands of Pisa and Venetië, obviously Italian rooted, are excellent choices as well. Quite near to each other, locals fight over which one is the better option.
Pisa has been at the same location since 1953. Originally from Italy, the family company has been taken over by Marco Morelli, a ‘Maestro Gelatiere’. Each season they make over 60 different flavours. Excellent flavours are Pistache and Grape fruit.Try the chocolate at Amsterdam ice cream shop Venetië and let me know which one is better!
Scheldeplein and Scheldestraat 68. Open till 00.00.
Carlo di Lucca
In the Amsterdam Pijp, Carlo di Lucca serves up excellent traditional Italian food in his small kitchen-like shop. Upstairs, there is an option of private dining for groups. Carlo also makes his own ice cream, which you can eat at the coffee parlour.
Gerard Doustraat 224.
Firo di Gelato
Around Leidseplein, or after visiting the Rijksmuseum, it’s best to cool off with an ice cream at Firo di Gelato at Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 56. Order in Italian!
Chilling out at Amsterdam Westerpark, my favourite park, don’t forget to enjoy an Italian ice cream at Limburg Stirumstraat 15.
At L’Arcobaleno (the rainbow in Italian) they serve up their delicious home made ice creams.
Jordino, an ice cream shop at the Amsterdam, Haarlemmerdijk 25a, does not only offer the classic ice creams, but also makes chocolate, bonbons and all kinds of cakes.
Al right, one more then: Mezzo. Located in the East near Dappermarkt, on Dapperplein. Mezzo Amsterdam ice cream shop has a nice terrace and new flavours to pick from every day.
Closed on Monday. Open till 21.00.