Prague's Gelato Revolution
In my Prague Restaurant Guide, I talk about Prague's "food revolution." I also mention several of what can be called "mini-revolutions" within the broader food revolution. One has been in the area of coffee. And a recent one has been in the area of burgers. Every corner now seems to have a "burger joint" in hot pursuit of the perfect real (American) hamburger.
These food "mini-revolutions" are happening at such a pace that I find it hard to keep up, let alone try all the new things on offer. But I have had no trouble finding time to explore the subject of Prague's latest revolution: gelato! That's because, along with the French fry, I suppose ice cream is my favorite food.
If you've followed me on Facebook or other social media, you know that I am a hugely devoted fan of Angelato, one of Prague's first gourmet gelato spots, and certainly the first to offer unusual seasonal concoctions such as poppyseed, jasmine rice and other inventive flavors.
Angelato will always have a special place in my heart, and I will always visit it several times every spring and summer. But earlier this year, Creme de la Creme appeared on the scene, and I have a new ice cream love. Its owner apparently spent years in Italy learning the traditional art of gelato-making, and if he happens to be in the shop when you visit, he will gladly explain the differences between his product and Angelato's (and why his is superior, of course).
Creme de la creme
Creme de la Creme has a lot of the same favorite flavors that Angelato has, like salty caramel (and Creme de la Creme has salty peanut, also) and many seasonal flavors, too. In my view, the consistency of Creme de la Creme's gelato is creamier than Angelato's, and the flavors are a bit more intense. And they also have a few vegan choices. Let's just say that Creme de la Creme is my new favorite (sorry Angelato!).
And then there's puro...
And there's another local gelato on the scene. Actually, Puro has been around in its first location out in the 'burbs for a few years, but this week they opened a long-awaited shop right in the middle of Old Town, near Old Town Square. It's located on Kaprova Street, and I can't wait to try it.
Like Angelato and Creme de la Creme, Puro makes its gelato fresh every morning (it doesn't sit overnight, as their board brags) and uses all natural ingredients.
And there's more...
Along with the pursuit of the perfect burger, it seems that at least one company in Prague is looking for the perfect shake. I'm really looking forward to trying the mega shake at Viva. Their coffee and candies might be worth a try, too.
Zmrzlinar ("the ice cream maker") is a new place in Vinohrady. The ice cream is not as good as Angelato and the others mentioned previously, but it's a nice addition to the neighborhood and is better than the standard processed brands (and is cheaper than the gourmet shops, as well).
And Amorino recently opened on a prime spot on Malostranske Namesti, and given its location, it is sure to cut into Angelato's tourist trade. Angelato's Mala Strana location is a bit off of the beaten tourist path, so when people inevitably pass this one when they get off the number 22 tram and head for the Charles Bridge, they will surely think about giving it a try. It also seems to have borrowed on Angelato's "all natural" idea, though I'm not so sure about its credentials in that area. But that won't stop me from giving it a try!
So if you're a foodie like me (and a gelato fanatic), check out these places when you're in Prague! And learn more about Prague's food revolution in my Prague restaurant guide!
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I am an American who has been living in Prague for two decades. After a long career in international finance, I left the business world to pursue other interests. I now work as a writer, mentor and guide to the city.