Paris may be the ice cream center of the world believe it or not.
A walk down rue Montorgueil(1st) offers you at least FOUR ice cream providers - Charles Chocolatier (shown), Deliziefolie , Maison Stohrer, Jeff de Bruges.
How to choose?
I picked the 1st glacier/ice cream maker I encountered, Charles Chocolatier. Plus the sound of flavor/parfum cocoa gingimbre appealed to me deeply.
Do you feel inclined to compare your cone/cornet with the standing model out front too?
I flirted with this issue of Gault Milhaut in the train station. You can read here the PDF on the top 45 ice cream makers in France.
Elle A Table magazine had their own story on the top 10 flavors of l'ete in Paris. I ripped it out on AirFrance going over and forgot about it. I just wandered and ate whatever was in front of me.
c'est la vie
Wearing 'ice cream' colors at this time in Paris could not be more de rigueur in case you're indecisive what to wear on your visit.
Fauchon has beautiful ice cream colored boxes. I tasted a pistache at their sidewalk ice cream freezer but forgot to shoot it.
Oh woe is moi.
Back on rue Montorgueil, Jeff de Bruges was dispensing soft serve ice cream, not my favorite so I didn't taste and I have some regrets. To call yourself a true ice cream connossieur you have to be willing to taste everything in my opinion.
Out of sheer curiosity I tasted Persian Saffron ice cream since I made it several times while visiting the chateau and Karen Wheeler/Biff. Honestly I think I like mine better.
I didn't taste Pierre Marcolini's cornet either sadly.
He was closed...
I missed out on Pierre Herme's ice creams - another tragic loss.
I raced inside to grab an Ispahan pastry, of which there were many it turned out. Plus the shop was empty!
In no time it was jam-packed.
When I got outside and noticed the ice cream windows I wanted to go back in but the crowds discouraged me and I didn't want to injure my precious Ispahan in the process. You can't always get what you want they say...
You can easily make your own ice cream with David Lebovitz' delightful The Perfect Scoop and you don't have to own an ice cream maker to do so. It's one of the best secrets on the planet next to all the ice cream in Paris.