With so much food to choose from, (and so many places to choose from once you’ve finally decided what you want to eat), it can be hard to pick where best to spend your money in Brighton. So to help our fellow Brightonians and day trippers out, we’re here to present you with the creme de la creme of Brighton’s finest foods. This week on the agenda: Ice cream. As a seaside destination you’d expect the people of Brighton to be fond of Mr Whippy’s on the seafront but if you venture into the city you’ll find plenty of authentic Italian styled gelato places too… But which is the best?
Gelato Gusto @ Gardner St
Possibly the most well known ice cream eatery on our list, Gelato Gusto is located in the heart of the North Laines and is always popular with tourists and visitors. With queues all the way to Hell’s Kitchen in Summertime, is it really worth the hype? Describing themselves as a “traditional Italian ice cream parlour with an inviting and stylish atmosphere” this seems to be where you ought to go if you want a taste of Italy. Their gelato is made fresh everyday from milk and cream made locally in Sussex, so they definitely get some bonus points for that! Offering 20 everchanging flavours of gelato as well as sorbet, desserts and freshly ground coffee, this place has everything any ice cream lover could want – they even serve waffles! Although not the most affordable of places, you definitely pay for what you get here. PS, they even have something called a “gelato burger” on the menu.
Google reviews rating: 4.4
Boho Gelato @ Pool Valley
Another firm favourite, Boho Gelato is a microfactory and ice cream shop. Boasting over 325 different flavours, they make all their ice cream fresh on the premises using locally produced milk and cream. From cones to cups to take home boxes, they even serve ice cream cake! This particular gelato parlour also has an a-list admirer in the form of YouTube sensation, Zoella (aka Zoe Sugg). She tweeted about the eatery last year saying, “I’m completely obsessed with
@bohogelato & this is going to be a serious issue”. This ice cream parlour is also vegan friendly, so nobody has to miss out on delicious gelato!
Google reviews rating: 4.6
Scoop & Crumb @ East St
Established in 2007, Scoop & Crumb aims to “provide an exciting place to enjoy and indulge in quality ice cream creations” according to their website. Since opening they have won both local and national awards for their ice creams. They also claim that if they don’t make it, they source it locally, in regards to their ingredients as that’s the most ethical way. Offering a vibrant interior, this gelato parlour prides itself on a variety of delicious desserts and freshly made coffee. They even offer 15% off for students as well as other offers and a loyalty card!
Google review rating: 4.4
JoJo’s Gelato @ Western Rd
Located in Hove, JoJo’s Gelato describe themselves as “purveyors of fine Italian gelato”. They pride themselves on their super smooth ice cream which is achieved by using more milk than cream. Apparently this offers more intense flavours than the fattier American-style ice cream. Putting pride into their work, their gelato is delicately mixed rather than quickly churned resulting in less air thus more pleasure. This classic gelato eatery offers over 50 flavours as well as a selection of desserts including milkshakes and waffles, so there should be lots to choose from.
Google review rating: 4.3
La Mucca Nera @ St James St
Relatively new to Brighton, La Mucca Nera is an Italian gelateria, pasticceria (patisserie) and wine bar located in the heart of Kemptown. Owned by a couple consisting of Italian Fabrizio and Brightonian Michelle, they hoped to set up a truly authentic Italian ice cream parlour that served the best in Brighton. After returning from Italy the pair decided they wanted to create an authentic gelateria that could serve the best coffee, the best pastries and a good Aperol spritz. With ever-changing flavours, their gelato and sorbet is made fresh daily. This family run place prides itself on traditional Italian recipes passed on through Fabrizio’s family, so if you’ve been searching for authenticity, look no further.
Google review rating: 5