Ice cream is good any time of the day or year, but there’s nothing like a hell-inspired heat wave to really get you in the mood for some cool goodness.
Here are only some of our picks for the best ice cream you can get in Lebanon. 1. Bouzet Salem
Open for decades and still tastes as good as the first day they started, this ice cream shop located in Kousba is no stranger to people in North Lebanon. Try their delicious almond ice cream with the signature chocolate dip, or opt for a mountain of creamy ashta smothered in crunchy pistachios – it’s a win-win. 2. Hana Mitri (Helwayat al Salam)
A charming family-run ice cream kiosk in Achrafieh, this spot has been a local favorite for decades. Al Salam makes the best Arabic sorbet and ice creams you will find in Beirut. Scratch that. In the WORLD. The flavors are seasonal, and they run out quick. You’ll love ordering out of the little window to the side of the shop, and eating a messy cone of their fresh, honest flavors on the sidewalk. Must-try’s include the almond croquant, lemon, and…everything in the shop. 3. Orso Bianco
A small parlor with big flavors! There are so many options here, from their chocolate and nut dipped popsicles to their delicious ice cream wafer sandwiches. The flavors are bright, fresh, and unique. Chocolate whiskey. Need we say more? Well, freshly-made ice cream sandwiches – there. 4. Rachad 1929
Serving Arabic sweets and ice creams since 1929, this dessert parlor in Aisha Bakkar is a must-try. The Lotus flavor is great, but the ghazel banet ice cream takes the cake! 5. Cremino
Cool off with their indulgent chocolate-y flavors, or enjoy some appetizing soft-serve. Even their ice cream cakes are great to take to a dinner party for a refreshing dessert. The cookies and cream is particularly tasty. 6. Oslo
This elegant bakery specializes in its house-made ice cream as well as its cookies and cakes. Combine different flavors into one tub, and take a cookie along to use instead of a spoon. A Beirut must-try. Our faves are the coffee crunch and the rose loukoum! 7. Pop City
All your favorite flavors await at this Beirut gem, and they’re more ready than ever to give you a taste of that icy summer feeling. For the health conscious, they even have the calorie count on there! The Oreo popsicle is heavenly.