The Best Ice Creams in Oslo
Oslo may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of ice cream. Most of the year, it’s pretty cold up here in the North, and the idea of eating ice cream seems far-fetched. However, during the months of May throughout August, sometimes even in April and September, the weather can get quite nice. That’s when you need to know where to find the best ice creams in Oslo. Navigate the map easily either by scrolling through the list on the right or by clicking the points on the map. Places are listed in a geographical order.
Gioia Is, located at Frogner, has the best ice cream in Oslo by a good margin. A family-run gelateria shop by the French ice cream maker Pierre Espic and his lovely wife. The flavors are elegant and pure, the texture is smooth and creamy, and the ingredients are all natural. Just the way you want Italian gelato.
Gutta på Haugen
Gutta på Haugen is a small deli at St. Hanshaugen with their own ice cream parlor. Located across the road from the store at Knud Knudsens plass. The organic soft serve is made in cooperation with Henning-Olsen and topped with amazing homemade toppings. Try the classic salted caramel or special combinations that are available, like rhubarb compote and liquorice sprinkles.
Kulinaris (made in Kolbotn) is one of Norway's best small-scale ice cream factories. They don't have any permanent shops, but you can find their ice cream in many delis, grocery stores, and restaurants. However, they do have an ice cream truck parked at Olaf Ryes plass in the district of Grünerløkka. It used to be in the North-Eastern corner but has recently been moved to the South-Eastern end.
Ice Crime makes handcrafted ice cream with all natural ingredients. You can buy regular scoops in a cone, ice cream sandwiches packed between chocolate chip cookies, and ice cream sundaes topped with illegal amounts of sweet toppings.
The small pop-up producer of ice popsicles, På Pinne, finally has a more permanent parlor at Schous Plass in the district of Grünerløkka. You may know them already from different festivals and events. Now, you can enjoy their raw cacao or hazelnut ice creams every day!
Naturis Kafé & Gelateria
Naturis Kafé & Gelateria is a small ice cream and coffee shop located on Maridalsveien in the old venue of Taxi Take Away. Run by a passionate couple, the focus is on making gelato of high quality using only natural and organic ingredients. You can buy scoops or take home boxes of creaminess. The coffee and tea is from Solberg & Hansen.
Affogato is one of my summer cravings, but so few places have it on the menu, and even less who do it well. At Stockfleths Vestbanen and Oslo City they make their vanilla ice cream from scratch, using only natural ingredients like egg, cream, milk, sugar, and bourbon vanilla. As the best coffee chain in Oslo, they top it with a perfectly brewed espresso that has little or no bitterness.
Pascal Coffee Shop
The French confectionery Pascal Dupuy, know for many through his TV-series, has four restaurants in Oslo (five including his café). They all have his wonderful soft serve which is topped with crushed macarons, salty caramel syrup, and a macaron of your choice. Crunchy, soft, sweet, and salty!
Paradis Gelateria has outlets at Sørengkaia, Tjuvholmen, Mathallen, and Oslo City. This small chain of Italian gelato shops selects their high quality and natural ingredients from around the world – hazelnuts from Piedmont in Italy and strawberries from Norway. Order the brioche bun and fill it with up to three flavors of ice cream!