Heladería Heatmap: The Best Ice Cream in Buenos Aires

IMG_0661Yo Screamo, Vos Screamás, Todos Screameamos for helado. Many will say that Buenos Aires does meat best, and while that is true, I say the real star of the Argentine food scene is the helados (ice cream/gelato). These are best gelato / ice cream shops in Buenos Aires, welcome to Argentina’s summertime bliss!

  • Abuela Goye – Multiple locations
  • Búffala – Av. Pueyrredón 2100. Tel 4808 0587
  • Cadore – Av. Corrientes 1695, Centro. Tel 4374-3688: Get the nutella italiano
  • Chungo -Ice cream shop chain, Multiple locations
  • Compañia de Chocolate – Multiple locations
  • Dolce Morte – Elena & Pony Line, Four Seasons Hotel: Dark After Eight, Chokotorta
  • Dumbo – Av. Rivadavia 3929, Almagro. Tel 4981-4814
  • Freddo – Ice cream shop chain, Multiple locations
  • Gruta – Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre 2356, Belgrano. Tel 4780-0603
  • Heladeria Guindi – Eva Perón 2830, Flores. Tel. 4612-1243
  • Jauja – Cerviño 3901, Palermo & Federico Lacroze 2239, Belgrano – Chocolate profundo + so many others
  • LadoBueno – Ciudad de la Paz y Jorge Newbery, Belgrano. Tel 4553-9321 — Julián Álvarez 2533, Palermo. Tel 4828-0019: Chocolate rocher, choco almendras, chantilly frutillas
  • Lucciano’s – Multiple locations: Specialize in ice cream bars
  • Monte Olivia – Fernández de Enciso 3999, Devoto. Tel  4501-0593
  • Nonna Bianca – Estados Unidos 425, San Telmo. Tel 4362-0604
  • Occo – Dorrego 1581, Palermo. Tel 4777.9302; Juramento 4948, Villa Urquiza
  • Persicco – Ice cream shop chain, Multiple locations
  • Pistacchio Helados – Santos Dumont 3429, Colegiales
  • Rapa Nui – Arenales 2302, Recoleta; Elcano 3127, Colegiales; Pedro Goyena 1515, Caballito;
    Uruguay 1284, Recoleta: Frambuesa balls!
  • Saverio – San Juan 2816, San Cristobal
  • Scannapieco – Av. Alvarez Thomas 10, Colegiales/Palermo Tel. 4777-3528
  • Shaba – Mariscal F. Solano López 2902, Agronomía
  • Tufic – Guatemala 4597, Palermo Soho. Tel 4833-0375
  • Veikko – Ice cream shop chain, Multiple locations
  • Via Flaminia – Gral. Justo José de Urquiza 919, Acassuso. Tel 4798-6811: Go for the helado sword.
  • Volta – Ice cream shop chain, Multiple locations

Some helado tips: 

1. How to order: Upon entering the heladería, first head to the cash register and choose your size: cups, cones, or the REAL ACTION –> kilo tubs: ¼, ½, 1 kilo, 2 KILO. Then, after you pay you get to pick out your flavors. Typically, a regular cone or cup will allot you two flavors. A ¼ kilo gives you three, and ½ and 1 kilo, up to four.

2. Choosing a flavor: It can be quite intimidating rolling up to the parlor expecting to make a quick flavor decision on the fly. Don’t let the impatient heladería workers rush you. It’s a big deal that should be strategized and well thought out. The ice cream flavors are generally separated by base type:

    • Dulce de leche: The Messi of ice cream flavors. It’s the go-to choice for the ultimate Argie, wannabe Argie, and major sweet-toother. If you are ordering for a local function, you best be including dulce de leche in the mix. Most spots will serve at least the basic minimum: dulce de leche, dulce de leche with nuts, double dulce de leche, dulce de leche with brownie, dulce de leche with chocolate chips, goat’s milk dulce de leche, dulce de leche with bananas, dulce de leche with blackberries. DDL on DDL on DDL.
    • Chocolate: Chocolate lovers, get ready for a chocofest. Whatever your cocoa persona may be, there’s going to be a flavor for you.
    • Crema: Crema americana (vanilla-esque), mint chocolate chip, or cookies and cream (oreo) all follow under the crema umbrella. If you are a strawberries with cream (frutilla a la crema), raspberry (frambuesa), berries (frutos del bosque) fans, then the fruit a la crema is your go-to choice. Sometimes creamed based fruit flavors can be mistaken for water-based (sorbet), so be careful.
    • Specialty flavors: Most of the great heladerías will have their own signature and specialty flavors that are definitely worth a try.
    • Al agua: The water based sorbet selection. I’m not even going to go into detail on this because who only orders sorbet at an ice cream shop?! It’s only okay if you have a lactose allergy, or are choosing a refreshing citrus fruit to booze up with sparkling wine on a hot summer’s day. If you have to, at least choose a flavor that sounds exotic. What up, maracuyá y limón!
    • Sambayón shoutout: And here’s a shoutout to the Italian sweet wine custard ice cream, just because it’s everywhere.
    • And please whatever you do, don’t order the worst ice cream flavors ever, quinotos al whisky (kumquat with whisky) or anything with pasas de uvas (raisins). Who are you people?!

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3. Ice Cream Delivery: Yes, you read correctly, most EVERY heladería in this city DELIVERS. Many deliver all day and night, and even some until 2am. It’s seriously business and both the best and worst thing that has ever happened to me. Call up (or order online on PedidosYa) choose your flavors, and your friendly ice cream delivery boy will motor on with the ice cream carefully nestled in his climate controlled transport vessel, quickly bringing your tub of love right to your door. Who needs a novio when you get helado on your side? Ojo: There is generally a ½ kilo minimum. Photo: DreamGoLive

For the ultimate Buenos Aires helado guide, check out my lactose report for The Real Argentina.

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Comments

  1. Cecilia says

    Mmmmmm Rapa Nui, como olvidar el dulce de leche triple tentación… Dulce de leche, mousse de chocolate y merengue!! Que placer.
    Tufic lo tengo a dos cuadras de casa, no me gusta mucho de sabor (o aún no encontre uno que me fanatice) pero esos tamaños de helado ya son difíciles de encontrar…unos artistas.
    El dulce de leche granizado de Freddo es imbatible (seré muy básica diciendo eso?) Es que es del único que podría comerme kilos y kilos.
    El mousse de limón de abuela Goye es increíble.
    Los otros no he ido lo suficiente para opinar, si me acuerdo que cuando era chica comía Lado Bueno y me gustaba mucho, Jauja fui una vez y quedé enamorada.
    Me han hablado mucho de la heladería Lucca, con sabores exóticos..pero la verdad que cuando fui se habían quedado sin los especiales y tuve que pedirme un helado de gustos normales que no me sorprendió…
    Y ya en Vte.Lopez (casi casi capital) esta la increíble “Arnaldo”, enorme variedad, buenos precios y muuuuy rico..eso sí, siempre cola

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