Once summertime begins, I find myself eating ice cream or gelato at least once a week if not more. There's something about living in the city -- or perhaps in Europe in general -- that makes the act a priority in warm weather. (The relative lack of air conditioning in apartments and most public buildings might also have something to do with it.)
And so, without further ado, here are my favorite, and what I think are the best, ice cream and gelato spots in the city:
#4 Pinguin Eis
What makes it special: This family-owned ice cream parlor has been making some of the best homemade ice cream in the city for the past thirty years. You'll find over 20 varieties, including sorbets, yogurt-based ice creams, and traditional milk flavors. The best part, though, is probably the view from Eugensplatz over the city, making it a great place to get your ice cream and go on a leisurely stroll. Check out my full review on Pinguin here.
Flavors to try: Panama (creamy, tropical mix studded with flecks of papaya, pineapple, and mango), Walnut, Cinnamon, and Mercedes (almond ice cream with chocolate bits)
Location: Eugensplatz 2A in Stuttgart Mitte next to the Eugensplatz U-Bahn station on the U15 line
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 11-22:00 and Weekends from 13-22:00
Tip: All of these places apart from Schloz are only open for the season, which generally runs from April until October-ish (depending on the owner).
What makes it special: Old Bridge makes some of the best, creamiest Italian gelato in the city -- as evidenced by the long line that usually trails out the door. All of their flavors are largely traditional, and they're even listed in Italian. As a sign of quality, you won't see any heaping piles in the window; level containers, we were told on our Florence food tour, signal that the gelato was made in small batches and is generally fresher. I've previously blogged about my visits to Old Bridge both here and here.
Flavors to try: Nutella, Pistachio, Coconut, Chocolate
Location: There are two locations in Stuttgart Mitte. The original one is next to the Königsbau-Passagen on Boltzstrasse 10 near the Schlossplatz U-Bahn stop with most north-south lines, and the newer branch is on Eberhardstrasse 31 next to the Rathaus U-Bahn stop with most east-west lines.
Opening Hours: For the Bolzstrasse location, the hours are 11-23:00 Monday through Thursday, 11-24:00 Friday and Saturday, and 13-23:00 on Sundays. The Eberhardstrasse location has the same opening times, but closes three hours earlier each day.
Tip: When ordering, you'll be asked how many Kugeln (literally balls or scoops) you want, and wether you want them severed in a Waffel (waffle cone) or Becher (bowl).
#2 Schloz Eis
What makes it special: Schloz, not to be confused with Café Scholz located next door, is the new kid on the ice cream block. They're part of the new buildings in front of Killesbergpark that were finished just a few years ago. All of their creamy ice creams and smooth sorbets are homemade using locally sourced ingredients, and you can even watch the chefs at work through the glass window into the kitchen. They generally stock all the usual flavors, but their innovative specials are the ones to look out for. Just be forewarned that they change every few days. You can see my full review of Schloz here.
Flavors to try (when available): Lychee, Watermelon, Cheesecake Blueberry, Yuzu, Matcha
Location: Am Höhenpark 4 in Stuttgart Nord next to the Killesberg U-Bahn station with the U5 line
Opening Hours: Daily from 12-20:00
Tip: Most scoops will cost you somewhere between 1€ and 1,50€, with gelato tending to be on the more expensive side.
What makes it special: Kaiserbau Gelateria is probably my favorite in the city because they combine my two favorites: creamy homemade gelato and innovative flavors. Every time I go there I try something new, though it's the only place where I can get the Caramel Fleur-de-sel that I love. Plus, they're located in a great neighborhood with tons of cafés, bars, and restaurants that I walk through frequently on my rambles around the city. I've previously blogged about Gelateria Kaiserbau here in my post on the Marienplatz festival.
Flavors to try: Caramel Fleur-de-sel, Mango, Rakete (watermelon with lemon and cinnamon), Wild Strawberry
Location: Marienplatz 14 in Stuttgart Sud next to the Marienplatz U-bahn station with the U1 and U14 lines, or with the Zahnradbahn (funicular between Marienplatz and Degerloch)
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-11:45 and Sundays from 10-22:00
What are your favorite ice cream parlors and gelaterias in the city? Are there any that you think I've missed?