Dotted here and there in Düsseldorf are oases of ice cream individuality. Small, family-run localities can be found in most districts, many of which are in the hands of Italians. These are often descendents of foreigners who migrated to Germany, some as early as the 1940s and 1950s. Several close for the winter to return again in the spring.
The true classic ice cream parlours create their specialities on the premises, doubling up as cafés and offering honest Italian service, espresso and lattes. A few select places can really delight the taste buds with their traditional flavours or seasonal offerings that can include such ingredients as figs.