By now, summer has definitely arrived in Vienna. And even though there's plenty of ways to cool down (hide out in a church, check out a museum or head to the Danube Island to dip your toes into the water as the Viennese do) here's our favorite one: ICE CREAM! There's an unofficial rule that as soon as the temperature hits 30°C (that's around 86°F) it's totally OK to have ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Right?
No matter what you're after - we have rounded up our favorite 5 ice cream parlors in the city. From traditional to super-trendy, here's where it's at!
1. Eissalon Tichy, 1100 Vienna
What, you've never heard anything about the 10th district in Vienna? That's too bad - not only is it home to 160.000 people of all sorts of backgrounds, it's also where in 1952 Kurt and Marianne Tichy opened their ice cream shop featuring classic and traditional flavors. Today, they are most famous for their ice cream version of one of Austria's most famous desserts: Apricot dumplings. Ask any true Viennese about their first Tichy experience - this is what it all comes back to.
2. Gelateria Romana dal 1947, 1070 Vienna
This ice cream parlor opened its doors only last summer - but already turned into an absolute favorite. Not far from the popular shopping destination Mariahilferstrasse it offers traditional Italian ice cream in 24 delicious flavors (our favorite: Crema di Nocciola!). Psssst: Ask them to add a little hot chocolate to the bottom of your cone for free. You won't regret it!
3. Veganista, 1070 and 1090 Vienna
Vegans, rejoice! Even though the Viennese do love their milk, there's options for you too. At Veganista, ice cream is freshly made every morning - completely free from milk, eggs or other animal products. Exotic and original flavors such as matcha, coconut or watermelon are sure to delight your tastebuds and help you get other the slightly more expensive price.
4. Gefrorenes, 1090 and 1180 Vienna
Another recently opened ice cream parlor, Gefrorenes (which literally means "frozen") has one outpost close to the city center and another one in Vienna's beautiful 18th district. Both of them feature delicious flavors made after traditional Austrian recipes. With names like "Apple stroodle", "Sissi Almond" and "Sachertorte" there's no doubt you've come to the right place!
5. Eissalon Tuchlauben, 1010 Vienna
Referring to themselves as "the best ice cream in the world", this one has been a locals' favorite for the longest time. In addition to their large variety of traditional flavors they have seasonal specials such as nougat, fig or woodland strawberry. It's neither super trendy nor incredibly stylish - but it serves excellent ice cream fast and friendly. Works for us!