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Today’s Cultural Close-Up was contributed by Genevieve from the WANDERBUG Travel Blog.

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On a hot summer’s day in Paris there is nothing sweeter than a scoop of sorbet from Berthillon.

The luxurious ice cream retailer & manufacturer is to ice cream & sorbet, what Ladurée is to macaroons – simply the best.

Berthillon sorbet, Paris, France
Berthillon sorbet, Paris, France. Photo courtesy of Genevieve Hassall

The Parisian institution gained fame in 1961 when food critics Henri Gault & Christian Millau described it as an “astonishing ice-cream shop hidden in a bistro on the Ile Saint-Louis.” It’s been recommended as a Must-Do in guide books and blog posts ever since.

The fabled shop is tiny, but don’t let it’s hole-in-the-wall size fool you. Cherry, fig, rapsberry, melon, roasted pineapple & basil, apricot and cassis are just a handful of Berthillon’s 70 flavours, inducing drools in the queue winding down the street. Yes – there will be queues, but it is worth the wait.

Berthillon sorbet, Paris, France
Berthillon sorbet, Paris, France. Photo courtesy of Genevieve Hassall

Located on the charming Ile Saint Louis, it’s a stone’s throw from the banks of the Seine – perfectly located for enjoying your sorbet by the water with views across to Notre Dame.


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