Just spending an hour in Buenos Aires, one can see how big of a role ice cream plays in the daily life of the porteño. While there are heladerias on every corner, it seems everyone you talk to has “their” heladeria that they claim is the best in the city. So, how do you go about finding your one true heladeria? Well, a major factor is obviously quality, but another factor is proximity. When you want to drown your sorrows in a half kilo, you want to make sure it’s only a short walk away, or delivers. If you’re in Buenos Aires for any period of time, try some heladerias in your area, pick your favorite, and of course, stay faithful.
Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for: a breakdown of the best heladerias by barrio!
Puerto Madero: Abuela Goye; Alicia Moreau De Justo 540
This is a shop with a lot of history and traditional homemade ice cream, so you can’t go wrong. Abuela Goye sells ice cream, traditional Patagonian chocolates, cookies, alfajores, and pastries. In addition, every shop has a cute statue of Abuela Goye herslef for you to take some selfies with!
San Telmo: Nonna Bianca; Estados Unidos 425
With a homey vibe from all the wooden furniture, Nonna Bianca is the stop for San Telmo. This family-owned heladeria offers homemade Italian gelato, coffee, and chocolates. If you´re headed there during the day, they also sell snacks and pastries.
Recoleta: Rapa Nui; Arenales 2302
This heladeria is my personal favorite. They have amazing flavors, with their specialty flavors on display in the front and many more to choose from in the back. What makes this place stand out is that they double as a chocolate shop and sell delicious gourmet chocolates as well. Not to mention you can buy all types of coffee and pastries.
Palermo: Tufic; Gautemala 4579
In Palermo Soho, this is a great place to hit before a night out on the town. This heladeria has creamy, rich flavors and is definitely worth a visit. Aside from just ice cream, they also have a cafe that serves fresh coffee along with tasty food. They also have a variety of specials ranging from popsicles to frozen yogurt to crepes topped with ice cream.
Belgrano: Furchi; Cabildo 1508
Arguably the best heladeria Belgrano has to offer. Unlike the other heladerias on the list, this place is low-fat (as far as ice cream goes anyways). So eat away with these unique flavors, like pineapple and parsley or celery and apple!