True, classic ice cream parlours create their specialities on the premises. Doubling up as cafés with great espresso and lattes they offer honest Italian service as well. Some select places can really delight the taste buds with traditional flavours and seasonal offerings that can include such ingredients as figs.
Italians have flocked to Germany for decades and many early settlers brought their passion for ice cream with them, especially during the 1940s and 1950s. Small, family-run localities can be found dotted around the Rhine Ruhr region and in most districts.
Today, ice cream parlours are often in the hands of the descendents of those who migrated to cities such as Essen and Düsseldorf. Traditionally, they open in the spring and close again for the winter months to take extended trips “back home”.