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The Best Ice Cream In Lisbon

Are you craving ice cream in Lisbon? Discover the six best ice cream shops in Lisbon as well as our personal recommendations and photos at each.

Gelato Cone at Unico in Lisbon
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Our unrelenting obsession for creamy gelato has fueled our travel around the globe. We’re not exaggerating. Thanks to this sweet obsession, we’ve licked luscious ice cream cones in cities like Cincinnati, Girona and Cape Town as well as in Bologna, gelato’s motherland.

But what about Lisbon? Before we moved to Portugal’s capital city in 2019, we weren’t sure if we’d find great ice cream in our new home city. After all, the pastel de nata is the number one Portuguese dessert in Lisbon, one of Portugal’s most culinary cities.

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Gelato Cup at Niva Cremeria in Lisbon
It’s always a good time for ice cream in Lisbon. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Our worries were unfounded….

Lisbon has great ice cream if you know where to find it. After licking cones all over the city, we found six spoon-worthy ice cream shops.

Eating Ice Cream In Lisbon

Mindi Eats Gelato at Niva Cremeria in Lisbon
Eating ice cream in Lisbon makes us smile. Mindi smiled while eating this cone at Nivà. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

After five years and many scoops eaten for ‘research’ purposes, we’re happy to report that Lisbon’s ice cream and gelato scene is booming. Locals and tourists queue for sweet treats both on weekends and during the week after eating brunch at Lisbon cafes, pizza for lunch or dinner at one of Lisbon’s best restaurants.

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Nannarella in Lisbon
In Lisbon, everybody screams (and lines up) for ice cream. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

When we think about it, this popularity makes sense. Not only does an ice cream cone make an ideal treat after a day of walking up and down Lisbon’s hilly streets, but it also serves as a cooling antidote to warm Lisbon temperatures.

Fun Fact
The Portuguese translation for gelato is gelados. This translation is as easy to remember as it is to pronounce.

The Best Lisbon Ice Cream Shops

Gelato Cone outside Unico in Lisbon
Ice cream is the ideal sweet treat after a busy day traversing Lisbon’s hilly neighborhoods. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

While the city has more pastelarias (bakeries) than gelaterias (gelato shops), finding ice cream in Lisbon is the opposite of a challenge.

The key is knowing where to achieve gelato bliss while avoiding wasted calories.

Niva Cremeria in Lisbon
There’s no need to eat mediocre ice cream in Lisbon when spots like Nivà serve excellent renditions of the frozen treat. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Many tourists flock to global chains like Grom and Amorino. However, as Lisbon locals, we prefer eating artisan ice cream and hand crafted gelato. You can call us ice cream snobs – we’re okay with that label.

Read on to find our picks for the best ice cream shops in Lisbon:

1. Nivà

Gelato Cone at Nivaa Cremeria in Lisbon
This gelato cone at Nivà’s Príncipe Real location rivaled gelato we’ve enjoyed in Italy. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Daniel Rivolta brought his family’s gelato traditions to Lisbon when Nivà opened in Lisbon in 2015. An Italian gelateria with serious craft and sourcing behind its wonderful creamy gelato, it wins our title of best ice cream in Lisbon.

Nivà’s roots are in Turin and date back to 1988. Lisbon’s original shop, located in Lisbon’s upscale Príncipe Real neighborhood, channels the family’s Italian heritage with its serene al fresco ceiling and serious approach to the craft of making gelato.

As Rivolta explained to us, Nivà’s hand-crafted gelato is more expensive due to the cost of importing quality products to Lisbon. These products include milk from Trentino, chocolate from Switzerland, hazelnuts from Piedmont, pistachios from Sicily and coffee from Turin. Trust us, the small extra cost is worth paying once you taste flavors like Chocolate Ganache, White Chocolate with Crocantes, Pistachio and Fig.

Pro Tip
With the exception of Coconut, Nivà’s fruit sorbettas are dairy-free. Seasonal flavors include Lemon, Mango, Melon, Peach and Fig.

Nivà has two locations in Lisbon. We typically visit the gelato shop located at Rua da Escola Politécnica 41, 1250-099 Lisboa, Portugal.

2. Unico Gelato

Pistachio Gelato Sample at Unico in Lisbon
This taste of Unico Gelato’s pistachio gelato was our gateway to gelato bliss. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Despite the 1,400 mile distance between Lisbon and Bologna, Unico Gelato faithfully follows the recipes and traditions of Bologna’s popular Cremeria Funivia. Not only is the resulting gelato some of the best in Lisbon, but it’s also some of the best gelato we’ve ever eaten outside of Italy.

The team at Unico Gelato uses fresh local milk and Cattabriga gelato machines to create their world-class gelato. Resulting flavors include simple pleasures like Pistachio and Mango as well as fun combinations featuring quality ingredients like hazelnuts, Sicilian pistachios and mascarpone cream.

Open since May 2020, Unico Gelato is a haven for ice cream lovers like us who live in or visit Lisbon. However, we must warn that deciding which flavors to order from a menu that features more than 20 tempting options can be daunting. Our favorites include Bologna (amaretto cream with crunchy caramelized almonds), Stracciatella (chocolate chip) and Cioccolato (dark chocolate).

Pro Tip
Buy a container of gelato to enjoy in your apartment if you have access to a freezer. The flavors will taste just as good as in the shop if you follow the container’s simple instructions.

Unico Gelato is located at Avenida Dom Carlos i 92, 1200-815 Lisboa, Portugal.

3. Gelato Daverro

Davvero Gelato at Time Out Market Lisbon
We ate this pistachio, strawberry and ricotta walnut honey gelato cup at Davvero’s Time Out Market location. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Filippo Licitra, an original partner of Nannarella (see below) opened the original Gelato Davvero with partner Riccardo Farabegoli in 2015. The duo now has several locations in Lisbon including one at the Time Out Market.

Gelato Davvero lives up to a name that directly translates to really gelato. This gelateria stands out thanks to the quality of its traditional Italian-style gelato served with a spatula into crunchy cones. Free whipped cream and a comfortable dining room are two more reasons why we return again and again.

Expect to choose from dozens of flavors ranging from the traditional (Chocolate, Pistachio and Stracciatella) to the sublime (Basil, Cassata and Ricotta with Walnuts and Fig). Since Davvero sources fresh fruit at the nearby Mercado Ribeira, fruit flavors like Strawberry, Melon and Avocado are also worth a try.

Pro Tip
Not sure what to order? No problem. This gelateria doesn’t limit the number of flavors regardless of the size of your cup or cone.

Gelato Davvero has multiple Lisbon locations. Our favorite is the shop located at Rua Ribeira Nova 36, 1200-377 Lisboa, Portugal.

4. Nannarella

Nannarella Cone with Blueberry and Chocolate Gelato at Nannarella in Lisbon
We ate this cone at Nannarella in Lisbon. It was topped with scoops of Chocolate and Blueberry gelato. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Popular with locals since it opened in Lisbon’s São Bento neighborhood in 2013, Nannarella achieved international fame when Phil Rosenthal filmed a segment of Somebody Feed Phil at the gelateria in 2018. The opposite of a hidden gem, crowds queue all day, every day to eat this popular gelateria’s Italian-style gelato

The gelato here rivals the scoops served at Gelato Daverro (see above), which isn’t surprising since Constanza Ventura opened the shop with former partner Riccardo Farabegoli who now co-owns Daverro. The two shops are similar in many ways including their natural flavors, spatula serving techniques and complimentary puffs of panna montata (Italian whipped cream).

We’ve never eaten a bad flavor at Nannarella whether we’ve ordered Italian classics or seasonal flavors. During our most recent visit, seasonal flavors included Chocolate Sorbet, Cheesecake, Banana, Blueberry and Fig. Not surprisingly, many locals consider Nannarella’s ice cream to be the best gelato in Lisbon.

Pro Tip
Although Nannarella has a small dining room, you can enjoy your gelato on a bench at nearby Praça da Constituição de 1976.

Nannarella is located at Rua Nova da Piedade 64A, 1200-299 Lisboa, Portugal.

5. Santini

Cherry Gelato at Santini in Lisbon
This Santini cone topped with scoops of Raspberry and Salted Caramel Peanut was a cone made in gelato heaven. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Known for its red and white striped decor, Gelados Santini has been a local ice cream favorite since Atillio Santini channeled his Italian heritage and opened the original Estoril location in 1948. Yes, Santini is yet another Portuguese ice cream operation with Italian roots.

Today, Santini has multiple Portuguese locations in the Lisbon metropolitan area and as far north as Porto. Each shop serves a dizzying number of artisanal flavors, all of them 100% natural and prepared without preservatives. And, as a bonus, all fruit flavors except coconut are dairy free.

Honeydew Gelato at Santini in Lisbon
We rarely resist Santini’s seasonal fruit flavors like the honeydew and pineapple sorbetto we ate in this cup. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Pulled like a magnet by the shop’s distinctive red and white stripes, we first tried Santini’s ice cream in Cascais and have since returned multiple times to the shop located a few blocks from our Lisbon apartment. Our nephew Max gave Santini a big thumbs up during his inaugural visit, validating Santini’s inclusion in this list. He liked it even more when he returned for his second and third visits.

Pro Tip
Sample a few flavors before you decide what to order. Word on the street is that Strawberry is Santini’s most popular flavor, our personal favorites include Honeydew Melon, Pineapple, Raspberry and Marabunta (i.e. chocolate chip).

Santini has multiple gelaterias. Our go-to is the shop located at Rua do Carmo 88, 1100-581, Lisboa, Portugal.

6. Gelados Conchanata

Ice Cream Cone at Gelados Conchanata in Lisbon
This old school cone topped with chocolate and tangerine ice cream tasted just fine in Lisbon’s Alvalade neighborhood. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Summertime is a happy time in Lisbon’s Alvalade neighborhood because this is the season when Conchanata is open for business. It’s true. The popular Lisbon ice cream shop takes an annual winter break every year.

Quintilio and Alfo Tarlattini (a father and son duo of Italian descent) opened the Italian-style gelateria more than 70 years ago. Still in the same family, Michele Tarlattini runs the shop today.

Conchanata’s flavors skew traditional compared to flavors found at other Lisbon gelato shops. Guests can choose from wholesome varieties like Chocolate, Vanilla and Hazelnut as well lactose-free varieties like Strawberry, Pineapple and Mango.

Pro Tip
Splurge and order a Conchanata Cup. A party in a bowl with four ice cream scoops and lots of strawberry syrup, this dish is Conchanata’s signature sundae. If you don’t like strawberry syrup, splurge on a Banana Split instead.

Gelados Conchanata is located at Avenida da Igreja 28A, 1700-237 Lisboa, Portugal.

Additional Lisbon Ice Cream Shops

Gelato Cone at Gelateria la Romana in Lisbon
Gelateria la Romana may be a Roman gelato chain, but we’re not complaining about its Baixa location near Praça do Comércio. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We totally get if you want to eat even more ice cream in Lisbon. If that’s the case, check out these additional sweet spots:

Bonus – Alba Gelato In Sintra

Ice Cream Cone at Alba Gelato in Sintra
We enjoyed this gelato con on Alba Gelato’s outdoor terrace in Sintra. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Most visitors to Lisbon eventually take a day trip to Sintra to see sites like the Pena Palace (Palácio Nacional de Pena) and the Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros). We did the same during our first visit to Lisbon. However, we didn’t eat ice cream in Sintra during our initial Lisbon trip in 2007.

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Now we know to take an ice cream break at Alba Gelato when we visit Sintra. Owner Maria Borga learned traditional gelato skills at Bologna’s Carpigiani Gelato University before opening her Sintra gelateria in 2018.

Popular flavors include Cinnamon, Salted Caramel and Pistachio as well as White Coffee and Dark Chocolate. Try two or three flavors in a cone, cup or crêpe if you’re overwhelmed by the options.

Pro Tip
End your Sintra day trip with ice cream at Alba Gelato. The ice cream shop is a short walk from the train station.

Alba Gelato is located at Alameda Combatentes da Grande Guerra 4, 2710-246 Sintra, Portugal.

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About the Authors

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.

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We purchased and ate the ice cream featured in this article.

Original Publication Date: July 4, 2020
Republish Date: August 11, 2021


Friday 11th of December 2020

Good review! Though you left out one of the best ice cream shops in Lisbon, Mú gelato italiano, in Campo Mártires da Pátria. The creaminess and fresh flavour of their sorbets is the best you can find in town, and the chocolate flavour probably in entire Portugal!

PS: Pascoalini by the way has closed down :(

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Friday 11th of December 2020

Thanks for the info. It does indeed look like Pascoalini's Lisbon location has closed. Bummer!

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