Vienna is Austria’s ice cream capital and there is guaranteed to be something for everyone!
What could be better than a tasty and fresh ice cream in summer? Vienna offers a lot of options for a culinary cool down in the often very hot summer months in the city. From classic Italian ice cream to the new generation of “hipster” ice cream with unusual flavours, to exclusively vegan ice cream. In almost every Viennese district, there are several ice cream parlours with different menus. Here is a small but fine selection, from the city centre to Transdanubien.
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Classic ice cream in Favoriten and as specialty the famous apricot ice cream dumplings.
The most famous ice cream parlour in Vienna – which is truly an institution – is called Tichy and is located in Vienna’s tenth district. You can go there by subway (line U1) and it is just a 10 minute ride from Stephansplatz and the city centre. On hot days and weekends there are sometimes long queues. Tichy is particularly famous for its homemade apricot ice cream dumplings. These dumplings are also available in other flavours. Beyond that you will find there a variety of different ice cream flavours and a large selection of ice cream cups. The traditional ice cream parlour design creates an additional holiday feeling and takes you back to the 50’s and 60’s of the last century.
Address: Reumannplatz 13, 1100 Vienna
Opening hours: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm in summer
Vegan ice cream and other specialities now available at four branche.
One of the biggest ice cream trends in Vienna has been and still is vegan ice cream. Two sisters, long-time vegans themselves, have specialised in this. And have become highly successful. Altogether there are now four Veganista ice cream branches in Vienna and the quality and of course the taste of the cool refreshment justify the long queues on bright and sunny days at each shop. The ice cream is not only served in cups, but also, for example, in what is called an ice cream sandwich (your favourite ice cream between two biscuits). The Veganista shops are all located in trendy Viennese districts (Neubau, Alsergrund, Margareten – and the most recent one in Leopoldstadt). We highly recommend taking a stroll around and exploring, ice cream in hand.
Address: Neustiftgasse 23, 1070 Vienna
Opening hours: from Monday to Friday 12:00 am – 11:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
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From the Italian gelato, Schelato in Josefstadt soon appeared.
Another hip ice cream shop for the new generation – the Schelato – is located right on the border between Josefstadt (8th district) and the trendy Neubau (7th district). The small but rarely crowded Schanigarten also invites you to take a short break from shopping- or sightseeing-trip. The Schelato attracts customers with its creative flavours such as “salted caramel”, “pomegranate basil” and “white chocolate with strawberry rhubarb swirls”. But don’t worry, classics like chocolate and vanilla ice cream are also on the menu. And now there is even an additional shop in Schleifmühlgasse. Our recommendation: Neubaugasse is very close by the first Schelato with many restaurants and shops. Vienna’s number one shopping street, Mariahilfer Straße, is only a few bus stops away on the line 13A. And even the smallest district of Vienna, Josefstadt, is a great place for a relaxing stroll.
Address: Lerchenfelder Straße 34, 1080 Vienna
Opening hours: from Monday to Sunday 12:00 am – 10:00 pm
Summer, samba and Amazon ice cream in the heart of Ottakring.
A true insider tip when it comes to high quality ice cream in Vienna, is the Summer Samba Amazones ice cream, on Yppenplatz in Ottakring (16th district). The inconspicuous ice cream parlour specialises in exotic flavours. No wonder, Yppenmarkt and Brunnenmarkt, with an incredible selection and variety of fruit from all over the world, are just around the corner. There are Amazon ice cream varieties such as Acai, Goiaba, Mora, Pitanga, and Acerola on the menu. Mango and Maracuja are probably among the best-known flavours in this shop. The fruit flavours are fantastic and are just what you need to cool off on hot days. You can also take a walk through and along the markets mentioned (Brunnen- and Yppenmarket) including trendy restaurants equipped for every taste.
Address: Yppengasse 1, 1160 Vienna
Öffnungszeiten: daily 12:00 am – 11:00 pm
The national champion ice cream from Floridsdorf.
Have you always wanted to try ice cream from a real ice cream champion? You can do this in Vienna, more precisely in the 21st district (Floridsdorf). Franz Steiner is a two-time Austrian ice cream champion. The fruit flavours in the “Eis Steiner” are particularly compelling as far as taste is concerned. The ambiance and open-air seating in a pedestrian zone are cosy and with the rapid-transit railway, tram line 31, or the subway line U6, it is not too far from Vienna’s city centre. An excursion along the Danube – lovingly known as “Transdanubia” by the Viennese – is particularly worthwhile in the summer months. The many restaurants on the Old Danube are perfect to spend evenings in. Pedal boats and electric boats to explore the vast and still waters of Vienna can also be rented. And if the ice cream was not enough to cool you down, you can take a dip in the Old Danube. There are plenty of free bathing areas and open-air swimming pools.
Adresse: Pius Parsch Platz 11, 1210 Wien
Öffnungszeiten: Täglich 10 – 21 Uhr