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Best Ice Cream Places in Boston

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BU chapter.

Is there anyone who doesn’t like ice-cream? Did you know that Boston has some of the best ice-cream shops all over the country? Bostonians love the ultimate treat in all types of weather. Since the summer is around the corner and the sun has started to smile at us, I wanted to share my favorite ice-cream spots in the city. Nothing beats a frozen treat on a hot day. Here’s my guide to the must-stop ice cream shops in Boston!

1. Toscanini’s Ice Cream (899 Main St., Cambridge)

This is one of the most well-known shops for ice-cream around the city. Some people say that it is certainly the best. Since 1986, Toscanini’s has been serving their 32 flavors in Cambridge. They were ranked “The World’s Best Ice Cream” by The New York Times. Aside from the classic ones, they have original flavors such as Burnt Caramel, Bourbon Vienna Finger Cookie or B3 (brown sugar, brown butter, brownies) where they push the flavor boundaries. This is my personal favorite one on this list, and you guys should give them a try on your next day in Cambridge!

2. Amorino Gelato (249 Newbury Street)

Amorino is a very popular Paris-based European gelato chain. Since 2015, they offer their heaven-on-earth tastes in the Newbury location. They use all organic, natural ingredients for the award-winning gelato and sorbets. Aside from the gelato, they offer some great coffees, frappes, pastries, macarons, and crepes. Their signature flower-shaped scoop makes lines in front of the shop for the 23 flavors. Whenever I am walking on Newbury, I definitely stop to get some. Make sure to check them out to satisfy your sweet tooth!

3. FoMu (655 Tremont Street)

With the amazing tastes of FoMu, vegans can also enjoy ice-cream. They specialize in dairy-free ice-cream with coconut milk base that includes flavors like chocolate pudding, fresh mint chunk, peanut butter mud pie, and salted caramel. They are sweetened with unrefined cane sugar and agave nectar, which makes a good alternative for some who prefer to eat less sugar. FoMu’s first store opened in Allston in 2012, and the brand expanded to Jamaica Plain the following year. My favorite one is in South End. They also serve smoothies, frappes, George Howell Coffee Roasters espresso drinks, and Mem Teas. Even though they have a different take on ice-cream, you need to try and see how good they are.

4. Eataly (Prudential Center)

I love love love Eataly, it is one of my favorite places in the city. You find yourself in a little Italy when you enter, and the gelato tastes like fresh out of Rome. They don’t have as many flavors as the others but all are amazing. They use highest quality ingredients such as whole milk from local dairies, pistachios from Sicilia, and Venchi chocolates from Torino. My favorites are coffee, coconut, stracciatella (milk and chocolate chip) and tiramisu. 

5. Ghiradelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop (Faneuil Hall)

Since 2014, the San Francisco-based chocolatier offers their amazing chocolates, desserts, and ice-cream in the shop at Faneuil Hall. This place is a chocolate paradise, greets you with a fountain. Next time you are wandering around Quincy Market, make sure to stop and taste their amazing sundaes, shakes, and scoops!

These are my favorites since I have moved to Boston… As an ice-cream lover, I try to discover all the ones the city has to offer at every chance I get. All these places will make you smile with their irresistible tastes! I hope you guys give some try to my recommendations and enjoy the nice weather that our beautiful city is finally offering!




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Writers of the Boston University chapter of Her Campus.