What can be a better companion when sightseeing in summer than ice cream? Here are five recommended ice cream shops in Osaka that serve sweet and cold ice cream.
In Japan, the soft serve ice cream that uses milk as main ingredient is called “soft cream”. Sweden is the soft cream shop that is run by the comprehensive soft serve ice cream manufacturer Nissei. Here, they constantly have around eight flavors of soft cream, along with rich parfaits and sundaes, among other delicacies. Out of all its products, however, the Cremia (515 JPY (incl. tax)) is quite the hit. This ultra-thick soft serve ice cream contains 25% of fresh cream and is characterized by its silky and delicate texture. The Cremia is definitely one of the items in Sweden’s menu that anybody with a sweet tooth must try at least once.
2. Ganso Icedog
Ganso Icedog is an innovative shop where you can buy soft serve ice cream on fried bread. This shop’s leading product, the Icedog (350 JPY), is the kind of ice cream in which thick soft serve ice cream that is made by mixing milk and fresh cream is put in between special bread that is only fried upon order. You will surely get addicted to that exquisite balance between the piping hot bread and the cool soft serve ice cream! The cotton seed oil that is used in frying the bread for the Icedog is a high-quality oil rich in Vitamin E that is also called the king of salad oils. Thanks to that, it is not heavy on the stomach and is incredibly compatible to soft serve ice cream. So, if you are ever in Osaka and you want to eat ice cream, you have to try the Icedog.
2. Ganso Icedog
3. GELATERIA MARGHERA
GELATERIA MARGHERA is a Milan-based shop that opened its first international branch in Tokyo in 2013. Thereafter, it launched its only branch in the Kansai region at Osaka’s Namba area. This shop is famous for its Gelato (500 – 550 JPY per flavor) that comes in a variety of flavors, and the Biscotti (500 – 550 JPY) in which the gelato is sandwiched in a biscuit. And if you love nuts, you will probably not have enough of the Hazelnut (500 JPY), hazelnut gelato that is coated with hazelnuts and dark chocolate. In any case, they have a lot of rich gelatos that will give you a taste of the distinct flavors of their ingredients to your heart’s content!
3. GELATERIA MARGHERA
PALETAS is a shop dedicated to frozen fruit bars. This shop, which uses carefully selected local ingredients, has been gaining popularity thanks to the cute appearance of its products. With about 20 types constantly on display in front of the shop, its Frozen Fruit Bars (400 – 580 JPY) may vary depending on the season since they use seasonal ingredients, but you will almost feel like a kid in a candy store when you see how colorful and fancy they all look! The Mix East (480 JPY) is especially famous here. Using apple juice as base, this fruit bar contains large pieces of apple, orange, pineapple, kiwi and grapefruit. PALETAS is said to be very particular about its recipe that uses natural sweetness and juices, and not aroma chemicals and artificial colorings, in order to draw out the true flavors of the ingredients. These fruit bars are refreshing, so they are recommended for giving you vitamins especially during hot summer days.
Shiroichi serves "nama ice" (fresh ice cream) that is particular about the use of natural ingredients. It looks like soft serve ice cream, but it does not use fresh cream and additives, so it has a light and refreshing texture. When you order nama ice (390 JPY), you can choose between a cone or cup, and if pay an additional 50 JPY, you can even have your ice cream topped with Shiroichi’s original organic brown sugar syrup. The use of nonhomogenized milk with high milkfat content gives this ice cream a different texture that will make you feel like you area drinking an icy glass of milk when you are eating it! There is no doubt that even those who do not like sweet stuff will find the nama ice here delicious.
Isn’t ice cream a great idea? So, when you feel tired from walking and you want to take a short rest, go soothe your tired body with an ice cream from one of these places!
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