Surviving ice cream

When the warm weather finally hits the Netherlands, that’s reason enough to indulge in an ice cream, or as they call it here: ijs. Fortunately, there are a number of ice cream parlours to choose from in Delft.

Chocolaterie and Gelaterie De Lelie
If the queues are anything to go by, this is the best ice cream parlour in Delft. They make their ice cream on the premises from organic milk provided by the local Biesland farm near the Delftse Hout, and they only use natural ingredients. A single scoop will cost you €1.25, and if you’re a regular you can purchase an €11.00 strippenkaart for ten scoops. Feeling greedy? €8.007.50 will buy you a half litre container. They also have a handy app, so you can see anytime what flavours are available, allergy information and offers. The app is in English and Dutch. Their newest flavour is Kobus Kuch apple pie. They are always developing new flavours, and in 2016 they opened a second branch on Gasthuislaan.
Where: Voostraat 10 and Gasthuislaan 54

Plan B IJssalon
For years this place was known as IJssalon van Bokhoven. Now it’s called Plan B, an Indonesian restaurant and wine bar, but the ice cream parlour is still there. One scoop will cost you €1.20 plus an extra €0.50 for cream. There’s a nice terrace, plus inside seating. “For more than 50 years home-made ice cream has been prepared on this spot, in the catacombs under Plan B dating from 1584,” states their website. In the summer they have more than 30 flavours. Franco Palomba has been the ice cream maker for more than 25 years, and his specialities include Mirto-ijs made with a Sardinian myrtle berry liqueur, and Rozenijs made with Indonesian stroop soesoe.
Where: Boterbrug 15

This ice cream parlour is on the main market square, has a terrace at the front where you can sit and watch the world go by, and a decent inside sitting area. The board outside boasts 48 flavours. During the summer sorbets like mango, raspberry and melon are popular. In the winter, flavours like hazelnut praline and cinnamon crunch are more in demand. They also have seasonal specialities like asparagus ice cream. One scoop costs €1.25. They also serve Illy coffee, and patisserie treats like ice cream macaroons.
Where: Markt 49

Primarily a chocolaterie, they also serve Italian ice cream throughout the year in the same flavours as their chocolates, at €1.10 per scoop. “We sell 15 flavours. Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and cookies are our most sold flavours. We also sell sugar free, lactose free and gluten free ice cream,” said Elly van Leeuwe, a shop employee.
Where: Choorstraat 18

De IJssalon Delft
This ice cream parlour in Wipolder is part of an award winning Rotterdam based chain. There are 24 different flavours to choose from. “There’s a good selection and the flavours are really good, my personal favourite is snickers. They even have a few sorbets, and a changing flavour of the month. It’s affordable, the only negative is that you can only pay in cash,” said Tarja van Veldhoven, Wippolder resident.
Where: Sint Aldegondestraat 2

Beaart Ijs
A family run business, this ice cream parlour has been going for 80 years. It’s not immediately obvious from the street, so look out for the red and white striped awning. Popular with locals, they have relied on word of mouth for custom for decades, so you won’t find a website or formal Facebook page for them. You can enjoy your ice cream on the corner by the water overlooking the Oostpoort bridge, or there is some inside bar seating. The portions are generous, the sprinkles are good, although the selection of flavours is a little less than other ice cream parlours around.
Where: Julianalaan 37

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