There’s nothing like a cold, creamy treat on a sunny day.
And when it comes to ice cream, Malta knows how to deliver.
From traditional ice cream to gelato and innovative creations, the island offers a tasty variety of options.
There are ice cream parlours and outlets spread across the islands, which makes it hard to pick the best spot to satisfy your sweet tooth.
This is why we’ve handpicked some of our favourites that are sure to captivate your taste buds. Brace yourself for a tough choice because you’ll be presented with a mouthwatering assortment of options that will leave you craving more!
One of the island’s favourite ice cream shops is Sottozero. Founded in 2006, Sottozero has outlets in Bugibba, Birgu, and Sliema (conveniently close to our hotel).
They also have the largest selection of ice creams catering to allergens and diet requirements. You’ll find sugar-free and lactose-free, vegan and fat-free ice cream.
Plus, all their ice cream flavours are gluten-free.
Looking for a refreshing treat? Sottozero has got you covered with their granita, crafted using locally sourced fresh fruits from Malta.
Amorino brings together two of the best things in life: gelato and flowers. Amorino, known for its famous flower-shaped gelato, made its way to Malta a few years ago and quickly became a beloved favourite on the island.
This French chain goes beyond gelato, offering tasty treats such as macarons, crêpes, waffles, tarts, milkshakes, and Italian-style sorbet and coffee.
With two outlets in Malta, one in Valletta and another in Sliema, you’ll want to try their irresistible desserts.
Let’s face it — nobody does gelato like the Italians. And RivaReno Gelato is a shining example of this.
With two outlets in Malta, one in St. Julians and the other in Sliema, RivaReno is the place to visit if you want to sample some of the finest gelato, following the traditional flavours and techniques from our neighbouring country, Italy.
The Italian franchise has won several awards, including the ‘Miglior Gelateria d’Italia’ from the Golosaria Food and Wine Association. So, take advantage of the opportunity to check them out next time in Malta.
Busy Bee Gelateria
Busy Bee is synonymous with desserts in Malta. Their stellar reputation alone is enough to entice you to try their ice cream. Situated in Ta’ Xbiex, Busy Bee offers a vast selection of ice cream you can enjoy on the premises or while walking along the nearby Marina, enjoying the authentic Mediterranean lifestyle to the full.
Tony’s Ice Cream
If you ask any local about Tony’s Ice Cream, it’s highly unlikely you’ll come across someone who hasn’t visited at least once in their lifetime!
Found in Bahar Ic-Caghaq, Tony’s Ice Cream is a kiosk that offers delicious ice cream — which you can customise with a variety of toppings — and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
Plus, you’ll enjoy your ice cream in one of the island’s picturesque locations. A win-win!
Chill&Roll offer an innovative approach to ice cream. And that is ice cream rolls made on the spot. You’ll find an array of flavours, both traditional, as well as more unique ones, such as Halva, as well as those inspired by beloved chocolate confections.
They also provide plenty of customisation options, including sprinkles and chocolate chunks — ideal for taking your treat to a new level.
Are you craving American-style ice cream? Then head to Haagen Dazs in Valletta.
Whether you opt for one or more of their 24 ice cream and sorbet flavours or their mouthwatering warm crepes and waffles, tasty pastry creations, unique coffee drinks, and irresistible milkshakes — you won’t be disappointed.
Grezzju Caruana Special Ice Cream
If you’re visiting the south of Malta, watch for Grezzju Caruana Special Ice Cream.
This ice cream van can usually be found in the Three Cities, Żabbar, Fgura and Marsascala, and is easily recognisable by the classic cartoon characters depicted on the truck, including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
It’s sure to bring back childhood memories visually and with its traditional ice cream flavours and desserts.
Mr Whippy is another classic on the island, especially considering they’ve been serving some of Malta’s favourites since 1926. And, if you won’t take our word for it — here’s an exciting fact involving no one other than Angelina Jolie.
According to the owner, Jolie tasted Mr Whippy’s ice cream. She was so impressed by its flavour that she invited the owners to visit her in Gozo not just once but a remarkable five times during her time on set. Now that’s what you call a great testimonial!
Looking for your sweet tooth fix in Gozo? Look no further than Gelateria Granola. With one outlet in Xlendi and another close to Marsalforn, you’ll want to stop and grab one of their iconic ice creams or desserts to enjoy on the beach or during your evening stroll.
Booking your upcoming stay in Malta?
Make the most of your visit by immersing yourself in the vibrant local life while relaxing and unwinding at the luxurious, modern, and sustainable 1926 Le Soleil Hotel. Located in Sliema, in the heart of Malta, we offer the perfect base for exploring the island’s best cultural and culinary spots.
We’ve also got you covered with all you need to know to plan your summer trip to Malta on our blog, including some of the best summer 2023 events, Christina Aguilera’s much-anticipated concert, and information about some of the island’s best delicacies.
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