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Top 5 Ice Cream Parlours


During the lengthy summer months of blazing and encapsulating city heat, there’s nothing like stepping into a bright, shiny, air-conditioned ice cream parlour to indulge in some treats to cool you down.

Ice cream is very important here and forms a central part of Argentine culture. There are an abundance of parlours to choose from across the city, but sometimes it can be a bit difficult to decide exactly where to go for the best selection, and the best taste.

The origins of ice cream have long been debated. Said to be a concept originally put together by the Chinese, where they mixed snow with honey and fruit in the mountains, it was then brought to fame by Mr Marco Polo in Italy through creation of the famous gelato. The Italians have reigned with the glory of gelato for years, and thankfully brought their recipes, in abundance, to Argentina.

Cadore boasts one of the city's best dulce de leche ice cream. (Photo/Brian Funk)

Since industrial ice cream giant, Freddo took over Persicco’s spot on the legendary corner of Cabildo and Juramento in Belgrano, the fight for business between the larger chains has been fierce. Where it cannot be denied that parlours such as Persicco, Un Altra Volta, Freddo, and Chungo deliver deliciousness and have lovely posh parlours to sit down in, a cucurucho (a large cone) will generally set you back a whopping $17 these days, giving the possibility of leaving you peso-less.

Welcome to the Top 5 parlours, where you’ll find the humble, home-made exquisite ice cream in BA that doesn’t break the bank. You get a chance to escape the mosquitoes, and dare to delve into a world of delightful deliciousness.

1) Furchi, Belgrano

This pleasant little parlour is to be found along Cabildo Avenue, founded in 1959; it was one of the first ice cream shops to open in Belgrano. A family-run business started by Miguel Furchi with strong Italian roots, today Furchi is run by nephew Mercurio.

Welcomed in to learn more about the delicacies of ice cream making, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that real home-made ice cream could actually be good for you. Mercurio tells me that “our ice cream contains less fat than other types at 6-10% fat and 20-22% sugar content.” He went on to say that, “this is much less than other types of ice cream such as Swiss, inwhich the fat content is raised, to ensure an extended period of preservation”.

There are an assortment of flavours, almost sixty to choose from, all neatly listed by category on the board. Special flavours available here are ‘Queso con frutilla’ (Mascarpone cheese and strawberry), ‘Fresco y Bata’ (Dulce de batata with mascarpone), ‘Ananá con perejil’ (Pineapple and Parsely) and the very highly rated ‘Pan Dulce Helado’ (Christmas cake made out of ice cream) especially for the festive season.

If you’re up for something lighter, the fruity flavours are divine, particularly the tropical fruits such and mango and pineapple.

Furchi doesn’t include any type of conservatives or additives, because, as their slogan states, you’ll find only: “Il gelato fresco di giornata” (Fresh ice cream of the day). This delightful neighbourhood porteño parlour is definitely worth trying.

A little cone costs a humble $5 pesos to $55 for a kilo. They don’t have a website, but delivery can be ordered by telephone.

For more information, click here.

2) El Podio, Almagro

Ruben Adorno prepares the Podio Especial which combines dulce de leche with chocolate almonds and rum. (Photo/Brian Funk)

With Calabrian roots, this wonderful parlour has been in existence for almost 40 years, where they opened their first parlour in Caballito.

Approved as authentic by the official Argentine ice cream police, AFADHYA (Asociación Fabricantes Artesanales de Helados y Afines), El Podio rates as one of the top places in Buenos Aires to stop and have a refreshing ice cream experience.

The atmosphere is cool, and the decoration is modern and clean. The chairs are comfy and the magazine pile is large, if you fancy staying for a bit to indulge in some quality reading time with your order.

Their specialities are in the cream-based helados, such as Queso Mascarpone con frutos del bosque (Mascarpone cheese with fruits of the forest) and a few national favourites such as a whipped Mantecol flavour, and the famous Marroc chocolate and cream blend. Flan con caramel is an example of exquistely churned ice cream with gooey caramel rippling through, that simply melts in your mouth.

A small cone will cost you $9 and a kilo $54. They have a couple of shops around town, including branches in Caballito and Flores.

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3) Arnaldo, Olivos

Another neighbourhood gem, located in the leafy green suburb of Olivos in Zona Norte, Arnaldo is the competition of the area.

Another family run business originally named, ‘Sorrento’ coming from it’s Italian roots, Arnaldo’s first shop originally opened in the Munro neighbourhood. Arnaldo today has expanded to become one of Provincia’s treasures and known for its high quality home-made taste.

The parlour/cafe is large, bright, clean and shiny. The staff are friendly and willing to make sure you get the perfect personalised ice cream.

Flavours are spread all the way across a long wall, and here the best ones to choose from are the classic flavours with dashes of liquor. The one to try is sambayón con almendras (egg yolk mixed with white wine, cream, and crunchy almonds) as its punchy refreshing taste gives you something a bit different, yet yummy.

They don’t do delivery but the parlour is pumping at night-time, where they have a special number service to make sure you get served as quick as possible.

A small cone costs a fractional $5 and it’s $36 for a kilo. Arnaldo is located along Avenida Maipu half a block away from the Tren de la Costa, the tourist train which takes you to Tigre. It’s the place to grab a refresher before or after a trip to the river.

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4) Fratello, Palermo

Located just a few blocks away from the bustling Bulnes zone of Palermo, this little gem is a delightful example of a traditional neighbourhood parlour. The seating area is small but neat, illuminated by florescently lit palm trees.

The storefront of Fratello on Coronel Diaz in Palermo. (Photo/Brian Funk)

Ask for your size and then if you’re feeling daring, try their chocolate range or some of their wildly blended flavour bomb sensations such as Torroncino. Torroncino contains dulce de leche, praline, vanilla cream, and caramelised chopped nuts.

The shop itself has a friendly 80s vibe with silver chairs and tables, but sitting outside you have a beautiful view of the plaza and the church.

A small cone starts at $10 and a kilo will cost you $55.

If you’re feeling the temptation, you could try one of their ice cream cakes from the refridgerator; the Almendrado is one of the classics.

For more information, click here.

5) Cadore, Centro

Boasting its northern Italian roots, the family business in Italy began in 1887. The BA branch opened in 1957 and is one of the oldest shops in the area.

In the heart of theatreland, this parlour is perfect for stopping through after a show, or after dinner along the famous Av. Corrientes.

The list of flavour is simple but classic. By far the best to try, well famed by the Argentine media, is the classic dulce de leche, and as soon as you try it you’ll understand the glory.

A small cone costs $10 and the kilo $58. They do delivery too, usually until very late at night.

For more information, click here.

So, if you’re suffering the 12am sweat this summer, pop along down to one of these lovely parlours and you’ll find you’ll have many friends.

Infact, you’ll probably have to queue.

This article was originally published on 22nd December 2010.

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6 Responses to “Top 5 Ice Cream Parlours”

  1. Hey guys, this article was originally published in Dec 2010, so prices are according to what they were then!

    Worth enquiring for any doubts on current rates.

  2. Ignacio says:

    If anyone is interested in buying ice cream in bulk, you can get it home delivered through online delivery.

    I don’t know how much the individual cone is but un Altra Volta charges 29 for 1/4 kg, 50 for 1/2 kg, and 88 for 1 kg.

  3. Great list – I included it in my latest article about “10 budget friendly things to do in Buenos Aires”:

  4. Ines says:

    If you are in Mendoza, i suggest you to call the delivery of Ferruchio Soppelsa. Real italian gelatto !! Best one in the city!


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