At one time supermarket ice cream was the only common source for ice cream. Now specialty ice cream boutiques abound and San Francisco has many good ones - Mitchells and Bi-Rite being two of my local favorites. Click here for the article.
The best, sadly (for us) is made by Berthillon in Paris. Their main store on an island in the center of Paris at 31 rue St. Louis-en-l'Ile near Notre Dame Cathedral, seems to always have a line. Once on the island, just follow the crowd and you will find it. This is definitely worth the wait.
If you don't want to stand in line, many cafes also serve Berthillon ice cream. The photo above was taken at Le Petit Cler on Rue Cler, another great street of markets and cafes. If you're enticed to go to Paris to try it, check out David Lebovitz's blog, My Paris. Great guide of places to eat and go.
Chris found a place in Berkeley that rivals Berthillon. Horray! It's called ICI and I had the panforte ice cream. It was one of the best ice creams I've ever tasted. The June 24, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle had an article on the best ice cream to be found in the Bay Area. Mitchells came out on top. Bi-Rite and ICI are also listed. See the article here.
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