Helados is one of the first food words I learned in Spanish. It means ice cream and seems to be included in every language’s list of “words you learn in the beginner level class”. It could be because ice cream is a universal favorite.
I once made ice cream by myself for a school project. The result? A layer of frozen cream and another of frozen chocolate. It was tasty, earned me a decent grade but it can’t compare to the ice cream I’ve had in South America.
Here are 5 places to have ice cream in South America:
1. Emporio la Rosa: Santiago Chile
Even though it was approaching winter in the southern hemisphere, it was surprisingly hot in Chile’s capital city. After a walking tour of the city, the perfect place to rest was at an ice cream store- Emporio la Rosa’s original location at Parque Forestal. When walking past the store during our tour, our guide said to definitely try their ice cream because they have some interesting flavors like rose petal and black pepper!
With ice cream in hand, we sat at the outdoor seating area which was busy with people eating lunch and cooling off with their delicious ice cream.
2. Rapa Nui: Bariloche Argentina
It’s impossible not to eat chocolate while visiting the chocolate capital city of Argentina. But what about chocolate ice cream? You can’t miss having chocolate ice cream especially at Rapa Nui Chocolates store.
This three scoops of ice cream with chocolate sauce drizzled on top was 25 Argentinian pesos and totally worth it.
3. Grido Helado: Montevideo Uruguay
Just a block or so away from our apartment in Montevideo’s Pocitos neighborhood was a Grido Helado. It was one of our first days in Uruguay so I didn’t know then that there are several locations throughout South America.
When we walked into the store, I noticed it was very clean. My grandma and aunt were visiting us at the time so we ordered an ice cream cake called Selva Helada torta.
It was like any other ice cream cake but it was a nice treat to start our two months of traveling in Uruguay.
4. Freddo: Buenos Aires Argentina
Freddo is an Argentinian ice cream chain and you’ll find several locations while walking around Buenos Aires. I had no intention of going there for ice cream until I had a conversation with someone on Twitter. They highly recommended trying Freddo’s maracuya (passion fruit) flavor.
While at a mall, I spotted a Freddo at the food court among several cafes and took the opportunity to try the highly recommended flavor. This was three months into traveling in South America and after two weeks of intense Spanish classes in Montevideo. I felt so happy that I was able to order the ice cream in Spanish like a local.
And my Spanish was rewarded with two scoops of maracuya ice cream in a cup! It’s a fruity and a bit tangy flavor with added passion fruit seeds.
As usual, I tweeted about my experience. And months later while back in the US, I received a random tweet from Freddo sharing my picture of the maracuya ice cream which reminded me of great memories made during our eight months in South America.
5. Dolce Morte: Buenos Aires Argentina
Unlike Freddo, you won’t find Dolce Morte everywhere in Buenos Aires. It’s only in Elena, one of the world’s best restaurants, that you can taste Dolce Morte which is hands down one of the best ice creams I’ve tasted.
Dolce Morte is Elena restaurant’s very own ice cream brand that was created by pastry chef Joaquín Grimaldi. I was treated with it during my birthday dinner– the perfect way to end one of the best dining experiences in South America.
Where have you had the best ice cream? Leave a comment below!