Scottish summer is so unpredictable and often very short-lived.. but once shows up there is no better way to celebrate than by enjoying a delicious ice cream!
Explore Edinburgh’s top 5 ice cream parlours!
Joelato | Bonnie & Wild,St James Quarter | 31 NW Circus Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Open from midday – 6 pm Tuesday – Sunday (Closed on Monday)
Artisan Gelato | 21 Cockburn St, Edinburgh
Open 9 am – 4 pm Wednesday-Sunday (Closed on Monday and Tuesday)
A menu featuring classic & creative gelato flavours, plus baked goods, in a modern, rustic space.
Relaxed stylish seating with really friendly staff!
If you’re craving delicious ice cream, you must stop here!
Mary’s Milk Bar | 19 Grassmarket, Edinburgh
Open 11-7 pm Wednesday-Sunday (Closed on Monday and Tuesday)
It is one of the best gelateria and Chocolaterie in Edinburgh. (or maybe even in Scotland?)
Chef and Owner Mary Hillard studied the art of gelato at the prestigious Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, Italy, before opening her own shop in Edinburgh.
Retro-style ice cream parlour offers homemade gelato (and delicious hot chocolate).
Flavours are quirky (fried bananas in butter, drunk prunes in amaretto, earl grey tea and much more) and change every day as they are handmade the night before.
Don’t be put off if there’s a long queue around the block – is worth the wait! And while you waiting, you can admire the castle just in front of the parlour!
MOO PIE Gelato | 26 St Mary’s St, Edinburgh
Open 12-6 pm Thursday – Sunday (Closed Monday – Wednesday)
One of the most delicious ice creams in Edinburgh.
The gelato is a small batch churned in house using the best local ingredients. Flavours change regularly so always something delicious to choose from – recommend following them on Instagram to get a sneak peek at the flavours of the day… The gelato is always smooth, creamy, and melt-in-your-mouth
Cookie sandwich: Caramel apple soft serve in-between two chewy brown butter and cinnamon cookies topped with salted caramel.
Smoov Gelato Coffee | 244 Canongate, Edinburgh
Open daily 11 – 6 pm
Best place for fresh gelato, homemade waffle and delicious coffee.
If you are strolling the Royal Mile, you must take a break at this amazing ice cream shop.
Exceptional flavours and serve generous quantities at good prices.
Offers great gluten-free options too!
Ice cream-filled doughnut
Over Langshaw Farmhouse Ice Cream | Police Box
Situated at the bottom of Victoria Street Old Town, Edinburgh
Probably the Smallest Ice Cream Parlour in the world!
Snug “police box” counter-they have an organic dairy farm where they make their own ice cream, and they have a great variety of flavours
Alandas Gelato | 1 Forrest Rd, Edinburgh, EH12QH | Just across from the Greyfriars Bobby Statue
Open daily 11am – 10pm
Multi-award-winning gelato makers!
Italian style gelateria.
You can even combine two different flavours on multiple scoops to try them all!
Belgian chocolate and Banoffee Pie!
Useful map to check the locations of all ice cream parlours: