28 Jul Amsterdam’s best ice cream spots
The sun is shining, the temperatures are finally acceptable and it is too late to try to get that bikini body you wanted. So it is time for some ice cream! Amsterdam has a lot of places where you can eat some delicious gelato. I took on the rough job of tasting and made a list to guide you.
Relatively far away from Science park, close to Vondelpark, this shop serves coffee, pastries and (when I was there) a limited selection of good ice cream. You can make yourself comfortable in their couches on the first floor, overlooking the busy street.
Address: Overtoom 85
Price for 2 scoops: around 3 euros
Dolce & Gelato Bio:
At a very touristy place, close to the Dam square, this small, Nutella filled store sells waffles and very good, organic ice cream. However, be prepared to pay for it.
Address: Damstraat 25
Price for 2 scoops: 4,-
This ice cream chain started in 2007 and has only grown in popularity. You can truly taste the fruits in their sorbet flavours and they even have chocolate sorbet ice cream (what!?! Yes, chocolate, but without the milk).
Address: Middenweg 79
Price for 2 scoops: 2.90
For those who live in the student housing in Diemen (Rode kruislaan) or when you feel like walking: Donatella is Diemen’s most popular ice cream shop. The staff is nice and their own flavour can be recommended.
Address: Arent Krijtsstraat 24
Price for 2 scoops: 2.20
IJs van Oost:
Only a short bike ride from Science Park, in the lively Javastraat is “IJs van Oost”. Their ice cream tastes very good, but I did notice a significant size difference between my two scoops! Nevertheless, it is a great spot to get some ice cream after you had a Lahmacun (Turkish pizza) in the same street.
Address: Javastraat 79
Price for 2 scoops: 2.60
Also close to Dam square, this shop has a location on Rokin and one in the Kalverstraat. You can “tap” your own yoghurt ice cream and choose from various delicious and fresh toppings (ranging from fruit to chocolate sprinkles). You pay by weight so be aware how much you stuff in.
Address: Kalverstraat 198, Rokin 10
Price: 2.50 per 100gr
Grade: 9 (I think I fell in love with frozen yoghurt)
Special mention: Van der Linde:
Something quite different, but I can’t leave out Van der Linde. People come from all over the Netherlands to this tiny shop to enjoy their soft serve mixed with whipped cream. Even writing about it makes me want to get my bike and go there!
Address: Nieuwendijk 183
Price medium size: just 1.-
Grade: 9.5, maybe even a 10
Two other places to get your gelato fix are Pisa and Venetië (both located close to the RAI, Scheldeplein and Scheldestraat). Their Italian ice cream is famous among Amsterdammers. And off course there are plenty more shops I still have to try out!
What is your favourite place to get an ice cold summer treat? Let me know!