It’s finally that time: summer is here! Terraces are packed again, groups of students are gathering in the park, and dozens of boats are sailing the canals daily. We can once more enjoy the sun and all the joys that come with it. And one of those pleasures that you can’t miss is of course eating ice cream…
We’ve listed the best ice cream shops in Utrecht, so this summer you’ll know exactly where to grab that delicious summer treat.
1. Roberto Gelato
Everyone who lives in Utrecht has probably heard of Roberto Gelato. This internationally renowned ice cream specialist is located in the Wittevrouwen neighborhood. The little ice cream shop is second on the list of worldwide craft ice cream makers. The variety at Roberto’s is also enormous, with something for everyone – even the vegans among us. Do come early, because the line in front of the store can be really long on a beautiful summer’s day. Poortstraat 93
2. IJssalon Dam
At IJssalon Dam in Lombok, everything is homemade. You don’t just get a simple ice cream: the cones and the cups are gorgeous too. The variety of flavors is enormous, and the owner of the shop is also open to new flavor ideas! In addition, the parlor also gives ice cream making workshops, so if you’re hoping for a career in the ice cream industry, Ijssalon Dam in the place for you! Damstraat 43
3. Ijssalon Vorst
If you’re chilling in Willhelminapark, you can’t miss Jan Rudolf’s ice cream. At Ijssalon Vorst, all ice creams are made with fresh organic milk and feel like they come directly from the farm. The sorbets are full of fresh fruit and are incredibly refreshing. In addition, Rudolf also sells cakes, and the ice coffee is definitely one to recommend. Prins Hendriklaan 6
The Venezia ice cream truck is all over the place in the center of Utrecht. You might just walk by it on the Oudegracht, or hear the loud bell coming from kilometers away in Griftpark. Venezia’s location is always a surprise, but thanks to its mobility it’s like Utrecht has suddenly transformed into Italy. The little truck has more than 30 flavors and can also be rented for special occasions!
5. IJssalon Roma
In Zuilen, IJssalon Roma has existed for more than half a century. The ice cream is made fresh daily and takes into account everyone’s wishes. So there’s gluten- and lactose-free ice cream, and even diabetics can come along for a delicious treat. There’s a new ice cream deal every day, which you can learn about via their website or app! Sint Bernulfstraat 1