Best Ice Cream in Buenos Aires
My obsession with ice cream is so great that I sometimes have a hard time pinpointing my favorites. Argentina undoubtedly has some of the best ice cream in the world (check out this awesome ice cream facts), which is why I spent so much time and money on this wonderful treat while I lived there. People are always asking me what my favorite shops were, so I thought I’d just write a post listing my top three ice cream shops in Buenos Aires, which I would consider a great city to represent ice cream in Argentina. These are in no particular order!
Jauja has flavors as silly and unique sounding as its name. Many of their hand-crafted flavors are created from berries and fruits that are only grow in the Patagonia region of Argentina. I was obsessed with trying new flavors and mixing them together. The employees are super friendly and fully willing to give you excellent descriptions of any unfamiliar flavors, as well as generous samples. Jauja is located in Palermo Chico at Cerviño 3901.
Yet another weird name that I have no explanation for. I discovered Tufic while walking my dog near my first apartment in Buenos Aires. It caught my eye because it is directly across the street from another ice cream shop. I thought to myself I wonder who was here first? Which one is tastier? Of course, I sampled them both (multiple times) to make sure a clear winner could be named. Tufic came out on top. You’ll find all the Argentine staples such as dulce de leche and chocolate, but you will also discover a wide variety of tempting creations. Try their Crema Oreo, which is made with their Crema Americana (basically the best vanilla I found in BA), giant chunks of oreos, and copious amounts of their incredible dulce de leche swirled throughout. If you are looking for something a bit less intense, however, they have excellent fruit flavors and more basic stuff as well. Tufic is located in Palermo at Guatemala 4597.
For all the magnificent glory that Argentina boasts when it comes to ice cream creations, I have to admit that when it comes to sundaes, it’s usually a total failure. Saverio is the exception. Although I do not think the quality of the ice cream is a perfect 10 (I’d say more like an 8), what Saverio lacks in artesian flavor mastery, it makes up for in sundae creation perfection. Here you can find those fancy glass sundae cups piled high with 1-3 flavors and topped with delightful sauces, candied walnuts, fresh and/or sugary glazed fruit, all topped off with some crunchy little wafer cookies. Saverio is located in Belgrano, which was a bit out of my way, but I made an effort to make excuses to venture in that direction whenever possible. In fact, the employees started to recognize me and compete for who could make me the most beautiful sundae. I want to say it was embarrassing, but really, it was just totally awesome and amazingly delicious.
Honestly, if you are wandering around Argentina, you will most likely pass an ice cream shop every couple of blocks. Argentina has pretty consistently good ice cream in artesian shops, but there is a big difference between good and great. If you want the best of the best in Buenos Aires, these three shops are where you need to be.