Opening times MON–FRI: 12am–11pm SAT–SUN: 11am–11pm
Described before our ice cream melts: La Romana became a legend and a favourite in Vienna as soon as it opened. The sweet-looking Gelateria on the shady Stiftgasse in Vienna’s 7th serves up some of the most super smooth gelato you’ll ever bury your face in.
The creamy goodness kept in traditional lidded pots behind the front counter are all made in the old time-honoured way, with no nasty stuff included.
They’ve got a couple of things that make them stand out from the crowd, beginning with the caramel and chocolate that you can fill your cone up with, or drizzle over the top of your ice cream. Not to mention the ice cream brioche sandwich.
This may be a global chain, nevertheless, there’s no denying the creamy smile-inducing ice cream they serve up here.
Our favourite flavour: Crema dal 1947 – it will make you rethink what you thought of vanilla.
Opening times MON–SAT: 10am–10:30pm SUN: 11am–10:30pm (March–October)
Described before our ice cream melts: Under an eye-catching chandelier, Tuchlauben hosts both businessmen in suits and sandal-wearing tourists, all looking for an indulgent moment on a hot, sunny day in the 1st district. Here, they all become children for a moment as they lick at, what some consider, the best ice cream in the city.
Our favourite flavour: the fatty, creamy nougat that they apparently keep in the back in a special fridge and only bring out for connoisseurs. Or the apricot… or the dark chocolate… or the lemon sorbet – ok, just try all of them. At the same time on one singular cone – we’d love to see that ice cream tower!
We love… that the waiters have been there for decades, even before management changed. It gives a very homey, familiar feeling to the place.
Described before our ice cream melts: This 19th district favourite takes you back to your childhood, especially if you spent a big part of that on family holidays along the Italian Riviera.
Classic ice cream cups like the Peach Melba, the Amarena-Becher and Heisse Liebe will surely make you want to take out your camera before digging in.
Our favourite flavour: Mango. And Peach. And blueberry. And any fruit really, since they only use fresh fruits to enhance the colours and flavours. On second thought, just try the fruity madness that is the “Eispizza” fruit cup.
We love… the fact that this place has been around since 1938 and reminds us of that neighbour you’re always happy to see.
Opening times April: daily: 12pm–8pm May & September: daily: 12pm–9am June–August: daily: 12pm–10pm
Described before our ice cream melts: “We make traditional Italian ice cream out of fresh, natural ingredients. No artificial additives. No ifs, ands, or buts,” reads the Leone’s ethos on their wall, and one lick will convince you that they live by this creed.
That’s right, the vanilla flavour is made from real vanilla beans, and the coconut with real coconut milk. A youngin’ on Vienna’s crowded gelati scene, this place is a hip ice-cream hang that has been opening up new locations as quickly as its popularity has spread (and for good reason).
Our favourite flavour: Coconut, and the vegan dark chocolate is just heavenly.
We love… that they also offer vegan flavours, but only for the sake of taste.
Good to know… that from now until the end of August, Leones will also have a pop-up gelateria in the 2nd district (Praterstraße 16), with a focus on slow food and regional ingredients. Daily from 12pm–9pm.
Described before our ice-cream melts: These guys not only invented the famous Eis-Marillen-Knödel (an ice cream version of the Austrian apricot dumpling dish), but it also seems they invented the time machine.
Their legendary ice cream creations (like Spaghetti Eis), or the simple ice cream in a cone, or cup, is served by motherly waitresses in white-and-pink-striped dresses.
It all transports you to a world in which a scoop of ice cream makes everything better.
Our favourite flavour: the Eis-Marillen-Knödel – they’re so creamy … we mean crunchy … we mean fruity. Wait, what?
We love… the seemingly hidden salon in the back, with its unexpected stained glass door and ceiling.
Opening times Daily: 10am–12am (March 1st to end of October)
Described before our ice cream melts: “Allo, howa are you,” said in his sharp, innocent, charming Italian accent. He doesn’t know our name, and we don’t know his, but it doesn’t matter. We love him like a regular at a pub loves the barman. He’s our iceman.
This is one of the third district’s most beloved ice cream parlours. A mama and papa family business, this place is like a birthmark in the district – it’s always been there, holds memories, and unusually long strands of hair grow out of it (ok, maybe not the last one).
Every single delicious flavour at this old-timer ice cream salon is made out back with fresh ingredients, and your tastebuds would know this fact even if we hadn’t told you.
Our favourite flavour: lemon sorbet or the fruit cup (Fruchtbecher) which looks like a Caribbean dancers’ costume.
We love… the orange and purple décor which has a look somewhere between a 60’s nightclub and a game show set.
Check out our full review of Osvaldo Bortolotti Eissalon, here.
Where: There a several Eis Greissler locations around Vienna. To find them, check out their website.
Opening times To find out the various opening times of the different Eis Greissler locations, check out their website.
Described before our ice-cream melts: This organic ice cream joint with its country-side, we-keep-a-cow-out-back kind of concept can be found at various locations in the middle of the city and always comes with a queue of people looking to satisfy their sweet tooth. Partly because the place is tiny, and partly as one needs time to decide on the flavour with the interesting options on offer – elderflower, goat cheese or poppyseed, and so the list goes on, just as unusually.
Our favourite flavour: The pumpkin seed oil ice cream – this is the taste of Austria at its best!
We love… the fact that they get the milk from their own cows. They also have… another store in the 6th district (Mariahilfer Straße 33, 1060)
Described before our ice cream melts: Signs for Sweet Hell ice cream have been popping up all over the city in recent years in Vienna and their signature black waffle cones are getting plenty of Instagram love. There’s an ice cream salon dedicated to it on the Gürtel (see the address above) and a cafe which has taken it on.
At these locations, you can feast your tongues on flavours like Chilli Aztec Chocolate and the vegan-friendly Apple Ginger and Lime.
There’s a lot of options for those living the vegan or lactose free life-style and all of it is made with natural ingredients. Maybe that’s why it tastes so good.
Described before our ice cream melts: Life is good at Schelato – pronounced with a sharp ‘shhhh’ (please don’t try pronouncing it with a mouthful of ice cream).
The ice cream is organic and the flavours are outlandish which first strike you with their colours and odd ingredients, and then hit you with their unusual, yet delicious flavour. Beetroot and poppyseed warrant our first, hearty WTF?! Followed by the flavour containing avocado. But damn is the taste outstanding. And they’re not just scoring points for their originality.
Even the more plain sounding flavours like lemon sorbet, buffalo milk, the mango and French caramel inspire a moment of silence after the first spoonful.
While we have no doubt they exist here, we don’t see one parent or child in the place while we’re there. Instead, 20-somethings are chilling in the atmospheric garden out front which nestles up to a florist – another perfect union created.
Our favourite flavour: salted caramel
We love… the mad ice cream science happening downstairs in the cellar laboratory where the ice cream is made. We also love… how the sunset streams down Lerchenfelder Straße, and hits Schelato like a sweet spot.
Described before our ice cream melts: While cream, strawberries and ice cream is being piled high in our ice cup at De Rocco’s Gelateria we’re shaking our hands at our sides like a seal having an epileptic fit.
De Rocco has been around forever (it seems since the dawn of time… or at least the invention of gelati) and it caters for all types – including diabetics, those in need of lactose-free, and vegans. It also has a secret weapon – the Schokoguss (a milk chocolate topping which becomes a hard shell in seconds). Technology these days.
Situated on the corner of a pleasant market in the 18th district, we’d recommend you get your ice cream to go and explore the surroundings.
Our favourite flavour: Bacio – it’s out of this world!
Where: Veganista has locations all over the city. To find out where, check out their website.
Opening times check out the opening times of all Veganista locations on their website.
Described before our ice cream melts: Veganista ensures that vegans are walking around with a summer ice cream smile, as well. But while this is a vegan Gelateria, it’s earned itself a huge fanbase amongst non-vegans, as well.
This is the only gelateria solely dedicated to vegan ice creations in Vienna, and it’s more than worth you and your tongue checking it out, even if you’re not of the vegan persuasion.
From the no-milk-product approach, creative flavours are born. And they’re always mixing it up at Veganista, with a menu that adapts to the season, which is full of flavours that you’d struggle to think up even when under the influence of a Veganista ice cream sugar high.
Our favourite flavour: there are too many, but try cookies, maple pecan, basil, matcha or Marillenknödel.
We love… the tiles on the floor of the Neustiftgasse Veganista
Described before our ice cream melts: This is the real deal, people! Gelato, freshly made by a family of Italians who love what they do. And there’s no messing about here with any additives – it’s all natural. And, oh, so, creamy!
Like every Italian gelataria that’s worth a visit, their Pistazie gelato is drool-worthy, while their dark chocolate, well, we’d be surprised if you don’t end up with it all over your face.
Oh, and did we mention their ‘Cassata Siciliana’ creation (involving candied fruit in a ricotta and chocolate ice cream – this listing of deliciousness could go on as long as our tongue is right now.
Our favourite flavour: The pistazie won our hearts here
We love… that everything in those gelato tubs is made fresh daily out the back of the store
Described before our ice cream melts: The veteran Italian gelateria, De Pellegrin, are doing a fine job whipping up homemade ice cream all these years on. We are particular fans of their ‘Heisse Liebe’ cup. Meanwhile, the looks of De Pellegrin inspire anything, but Heiße Liebe.
It doesn’t look like it’s changed much since it opened in 1926, and it appears that a lot of its clientele have been regulars since then. And we love this place for all these reasons.
Unhipsterised in the most hipster district in town, the old couple who run the place know how to make awesome gelato (their lemon sorbet is one-of-a-kind).