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Top 7 Ice Cream Shops in Seville

The original – Helados Rayas

A long-standing heladeria institution in Seville, founded in 1980, Helados Rayas closes down for the colder months – brave the queue from spring to early autumn, and you’ll be rewarded with cream and pine-nuts, dulche de leche and tocino del cielo (crème caramel). Two locations – in Reyes Catolicos near the main shopping area, and close to the contemporary architecture attraction Metropol Parasol and its mushroom-like shades known as the Setas.

Freskura for the boho scene

Catering to the hip Alameda crowd, Freskura offers favourites including pistachio, chocolate (also available lactose-free) and cremino (mascarpone, hazelnut and cacao); in summer fruit concoctions stretch to passion fruit and pear, while home-made ice lollies in lemon, strawberry and orange will quench your thirst. Take a seat on a bench outside to absorb the vibrant atmosphere.

Coming up (ice-cream) roses at Amorino

With the highest prices of the city’s heladerias, Amorino, the renowned Italian-owned chain (three branches, one built into the old city wall), needs to prove its quality – no problem there. Feast on delicate lime and basil, nocciola (hazelnut), or tangy Sicilian citrus. The pretty gelato rose, with ‘petals’ in different flavours, is a visual and gustatory delight. Opposite the cathedral, you can rest weary feet thanks to ample seating.

Porto Bello on the boulevard

A newcomer on the scene, Porto Bello has around 30 flavours, as well as smoothies and sundaes. Tastes worth sampling include the delectable house combination of mascarpone, caramel and fig, as well as boozy Malaga – cream, vino dulce (sweet Malaga wine) and raisins. Mojito and Sicilian lemon are among the lactose-free options. A big advantage here is the outside terrace with tables on the lively Alameda avenue – perfect for people-watching.

Elhada – market buzz in the Macarena

In a stall on the outside edge of lively Mercado de la Feria, the city’s oldest market, Elhada is probably the city’s smallest heladeria. Speak with Marieta behind the counter to try tastebud-challenging flavours such as black beer, Chinese five-spice, and curry; take her advice and try the latter (coconut-y and mild) together with chocolate and mango – a surprisingly successful combo. She has dairy-free passion fruit, lemon, mango sorbets, plus bitter (Seville) orange in spring. Four outside tables look onto the magnificent 15th-century mudejar Palacio de los Duqueses de Algaba.

Go organic with Puro e Bio

The trendy interior of Puro e Bio, with its mismatched coloured wooden stools and packing-case shelves on the riverfront Paseo de Colon, is complemented by organic ice-creams with unconventional flavours like spicy ginger and cinnamon – one of the vegan options, along with coconut, pistachio and chocolate – as well as classic sweet-tooth favourite dulce de leche (caramel) and almond crunch. Indulge in an ice-cream sandwich using homemade cookies.

Taste the city’s Moorish past at Bolas

Bolas boasts three plum locations in Seville – Calle Castilla by Triana market, next to central Plaza Salvador, and Puerta de la Carne in Santa Cruz. Flavours here range from the quintessentially Spanish (goat’s cheese and quince jam, cream cheese with figs in PX sherry) to international favourites like salted caramel (surprisingly few places offer this), along with no less than six chocolate varieties, including lactose-free and cherries in brandy. You can also taste a nod to history with Sevilla Mora (Moorish Seville – walnut, raisin, orange and cinnamon) and Medina (orange, ginger and cinnamon).