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After a long day of treading concrete and cobblestones in the pounding summer sun in Paris, what better diversion is there than to savor the moment with an ice cream cone in hand? Having traveled to Paris every summer since childhood (my mother hails from France), I can tell you from firsthand experience that there’s no better way to travel through Paris in the summertime. Here are a few of my favorite ice cream shops in Paris, where you and your clients can take a break from the touring madness and enjoy the calm and whimsy of a quintessential summer pleasure. So grab a cornet and muse — the tours can wait.
A quick note on the Parisian arrondissement system: For those less familiar with Paris, an arrondissement is an administrative division of the city into numbered districts ranging from 1 to 20. Arrondissements should not be confused with the named neighborhoods that can also be found throughout the city, however, and sometimes spread over several arrondissements. For example, the Marais, Paris’ oldest neighborhood, is located in the third and fourth arrondissements.
Berthillon has been making ice cream in Paris for three generations. // © Berthillon
Amorino specializes in Italian ice cream, better known as gelato. // © Amorino
La Maison du Chocolat
La Maison du Chocolat has locations throughout the city and also sells delicious chocolates. // © La Maison du Chocolat
Café à la Banquise
The neighborhood where Café à la Banquise is located was the setting for some scenes in the film “Amélie.” // © www.qype.fr
The Tuileries Gardens are located near the famous Louvre. // © Paris Convention & Visitors Bureau
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