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Ice cream aficionado and the brains behind the dedicated ice cream blog Tři kopečky (Three Scoops) Kateřina Kočičková gave us her top-tip for frozen flavour in the city, the salted caramel at hipster hangout I Need Coffee. This deliciously creamy, subtly salty yet satisfyingly sweet scoop was one of our favourites. A really sophisticated flavour with a rich and smooth texture and natural colour. Check out Kateřina’s blog (in Czech) for endless ice cream info and recipes for unusual flavors such as asparagus, lavender, basil, and dandelion.
Angelato bring a unique combination of love and fun to their ice-cream, a happy combination of traditional and outlandish served ina rustic parlour. Being culinary risk-takers we chose liquorice, mojito, and ricotta. The liquorice was our least favourite. It had a bitter aniseed taste that didn’t sit well with us. Their mojito was minty with a sorbet-like consistency that was vibrant and luscious; a fresh taste that tickled our taste-buds! The deeply creamy ricotta was a surprising hit, with subtle flavours and candied fruit pieces. Unexpectedly moreish with an understated taste. Check out their brand new branch at Újezd for even more flavour options.
A favourite location for the city’s tourists you’re likely to find the museum full with eager globetrotters seeking an absinthe fix. The staff was busy serving a large group of the aforementioned tourists, but our minimal order meant that we were in and out pretty quickly. The absinthe ice-cream was unfortunately not one that we would try or buy again with an over-powering, bitter absinthe flavour that might even scare off bona-fide absinthe fans. The bright- green coloured scoop (small, 29 CZK or large, 69 CZK) served in a waffle cone was nice to look at but unfortunately, this was the most pleasing thing about it. Quick and efficient (if a little cold) service from the tourist haven, unfortunately not ticking the taste box in our opinion.
The centrally located Cacao Cafe & Lounge provides a large and delicious selection of homemade ice-creams from their recently opened cool and trendy space which has become a favourite for Prague’s professionals. We opted for their salted peanut. The savoury-peanuty taste balanced well with the strong sweet creaminess. The dark chocolate and raspberry ice-cream was a refreshingly indulgent flavour. Rich dark chocolate with pieces of raspberry, for those wanting to keep up their five-a-day intake.
The Cremeria Milano cafe and ice cream parlour can be found off the well-trodden touristic Husova street. The small parlour offers a selection of traditional authentic Italian gelato. We opted for bacio bianco (white chocolate) which presented less of a sickly white chocolate taste and more of a subtle almond/marzipan flavour. We had a similar experience with their crème caramel. Expecting a sumptuously opulent kick from the reputable dessert-masters, we were surprised by the gentle, understated flavour, not unpleasant but just unexpected. A good option for those looking for tactful tastes rather than all-out sugary sweetness.
Situated right next to the bustling Astronomical Clock in Prague’s Staroměstské náměstí, this prime location kiosk parked in front of the grand Hotel U Prince, offers up a surprisingly eclectic range of flavours considering its mainstream locale. We chose ginger and lemon, a spicily refreshing scoop with a smooth, creamy texture. We opted for a cone but tubs were also available. Also on offer was a tropical pomegranate flavour and luminous-blue šmoula (Smurf) option. At just 20 CZK per scoop this is our winner in terms of value versus location.
The steak eater’s paradise nestled in the in the New Building of the National Museum offers a dark beer flavoured ice-cream that caught both our attention and imagination. We were not disappointed on sampling a truly creamy, yet beery delight. Flavours reminiscent of the popular West Indian “Guinness punch” beverage. A refreshing dark beer bitter sensation perfectly balanced with creamy-sweetness. Extremely friendly and attentive staff work the child-friendly, design conscious space with outside seating large enough for you and your group to forget the busy highway whizzing by. Mixing beer and ice cream sounds risky, but Čestr pulls it off scrumptiously! Definitely worth the 38 CZK price tag.
Taking inspiration from the South American technique of Helado de Paila (mixing ingredients in a bowl over a bed of ice and salt) this farmers market favourite served us up a deliciously zesty scoop of cucumber and ginger sorbet with a rustic, handmade feel and a spicy yet clean taste, perfect for a hot summer’s day. They also offer the equally eccentric carrot flavour and strawberry and basil combination. We found the stall at Jiřího z Poděbrad Friday market, but they also list the Náplavka location on their website. A good low-fat option for the health conscious customer. A little on the pricey side (39 CZK) considering the small scoop size, but worth it for the novelty of the technique and refreshing taste.
This popular ice cream parlour and cafe sits conveniently at the Náměstí Míru tram stop, tempting commuters, tourists, and passers-by with its huge range of delicious flavours. We opted for blueberry muffin on our recent visit and weren’t disappointed. Creamy, cakey, and blueberry-y(!) with real fruit pieces and the odd chocolate chip thrown in for good measure. (And a real bargain at just 16 CZK) a scoop, you’ll need some strong will-power to avoid adding a second. Their Facebook page is regularly updated with the latest flavour options recently listing apple and carrot, and fig and ricotta combinations. There’s a small, shady seating area outside if you want to really relax and savour the flavour.
Funny Danny (located in the busy Palladium shopping centre) offers a new experience for its customers – a chance to self serve and decorate ice creams and frozen yoghurts, entirely to their own tastes. The parlour has six three-lever machines dispensing a range of flavours including Matcha tea, vodka and juice, cheese cake, and the unfortunately titled ‘fanny’ flavour, as well as a large counter full of over 30 topping options. The décor is light, bright, and modern and service friendly and courteous. The catch? Portions are charged by weight, at a pretty hefty 600 CZK per kg, which worked out for us at a whopping 114 CZK for a fairly modest serving of two flavours and one topping. Also, the open-plan design is all at child-friendly height, including the self-service area. So be warned, if you’re heading there with kids keep a close eye on their portion control to avoid breaking the bank.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor and where do you find it?