When the weather is fine, there’s not one thing in the world better than taking a leisurely walk through a favorite neighborhood or by the water with an ice cream cone in hand. Though you can find a “soft is” (soft-serve ice cream) stand almost anywhere in the city, there are a few places dotted around where locals head when they want something both cool and expertly-made.
Here’s where to get the best ice cream in Copenhagen, from gourmet flavors to classic soft serve:
The. Best. That’s really all there is to say about this beloved ice cream shop. It can get extremely busy during summer evenings and on the weekends (how many ice cream shops require you to take a number?!), but you’ll be glad you stuck it out. The ice cream is the perfect blend of creamy and flavorful. If they have the Jordnød-Karamel-Chokolade, get that.
Rued Langgaards Vej 6E
Mon- Fri 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Østerberg Ice Cream
The crazy aunt of ice cream stores, Østerberg has made a name for itself by serving interesting, quirky flavors like aloe vera/pomegranate and red dragonfruit. Don’t worry, they still have traditional offerings like vanilla, cookie dough and chocolate brownie made with gooey chunks of real brownies.
Rosenvængets Allé 7C
Østerberg Ice Cream Vesterbro
1618 København V
It would be easy to write off liquid nitrogen ice cream a fun gimmick, but the founders of Istid have made their shop so much more than that by producing consistently delicious, creative flavors in their pastel-colored KitchenAid mixers. They often have great vegan flavors and the menu changes often. Try the sundae, if it’s available!
→ Oswalds Isbar
2000 Frederiksberg C
Mon – Sun 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
With multiple locations in the city, Siciliansk Is is your local, dependable gelateria. They serve high-quality gelato in both classic and more complex flavors (try the blood orange!).
Christianshavns Kanal 2
Opening Hours for all locations:
Mon – Sun 12:00 – 9:00 pm
Hansens Is deserves all the praise that gets heaped on them. Creamy, homemade ice cream that comes from ethically-kept, organically-fed cows right here in Denmark. Their sweet little shop on Store Kongensgade is the perfect place to stop in for a treat before heading to whatever serious business you have ahead of you.
Store Kongensgade 93
Mon- Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
→ Olufs Is