A visit to one of Lisbon’s many great ice cream parlors is an excellent way to cool down during a hot Portuguese summer. Traditional Portuguese ice cream parlors, inspired by Italian gelato making, are fascinating with their never-ending fantasy and innovation in the art of ice cream production. Read our guide to the best ice cream parlors in Lisbon.
Founded in 1949, Gelados Santini is without doubt the most famous and internationally acclaimed ice cream parlor in Portugal. The owners are the Santini family, who have been providing royal families across Europe with ice cream for many generations. The interior at Gelados Santini is plain and unassuming, with all attention dedicated to the exquisite flavors of ice cream. The best thing in Gelados Santini ice cream is that the flavors match the taste of real ingredients.
R. do Carmo 9, Lisbon, +351 213 468 431
Artisani Homemade Ice Cream
Providing all customers with top quality homemade ice cream, Artisani is popular every summer. Their production facilities are located on site, so that curious customers can watch how their delicious ice creams are being prepared. Artisani only uses 100% Portuguese ingredients, such as milk vigor and water luso. The flavors range from caipirinha, to lemon with basil, to cinnamon and honey, to custard tart and the variety increases every year. They might sound unusual, but they taste incredibly good. Try one of the flavors and enjoy sitting inside the gleaming white venue, swinging on unusual swing chairs.
Av. Alvares Cabral, 65 B, Lisbon, +351 213 976 453
Specializing in homemade Italian ice cream, Gelados Conchanata is one of the most prestigious ice cream parlors in Lisbon. It was open by the Tarlattini family in 1948, and has maintained its hard-earned reputation and excellence ever since. Gelados Conchanata provides an enormous variety of flavors, the most popular of which are banana, strawberry, mango, pistachio and coffee. They are available in a variety of sizes and shapes such as cups, tulips and cones.
Av. da Igreja 28A, Lisbon, +351 21 849 1741
Two childhood friends and the creators of Amorino Baixa, Cristiano and Paolo, founded this ice cream parlor in 2002. The philosophy of Amorino Baixa is providing a perfect combination of passion for gelato and maintaining excellent standards of quality, flavor and consistency. The ice cream at Amorino Baixa is free from preservatives and artificial colorings. All the ingredients used in production are organic and carefully chosen by owners. Cristiano and Paolo, who are both Italian, are delighted to be able to share a part of their culture through authentic traditional Italian gelato. Popular flavors range from fruit passion, to Ecuador chocolate, and from Sicilian citrus fruits to real Italian espresso.
R. Augusta 209, Lisbon, +351 21 193 1983
Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert, $$$
Located in a small venue near the Parliament Building, Nannarella Geladeria is frequently visited by locals of all ages. Owned by two Italians, Costanza and Filippo, it remains a secret venue, not easy to spot even for ice cream lovers. Owners have ensured the utilization of the most up to date technology combined with the best quality Portuguese ingredients, such as local fruits, port, and ginja from Óbidos. Nannarella changes their menu on daily bases as they have three different types of ice cream: gelati, sorbet and special.
R. Nova da Piedade 68, Lisbon, +351 916 302 201