It's summertime, and let's face it: when the heatwave strikes spending twenty minutes researching 'best ice-creams in Bristol' is the last thing anyone wants to do.
We're here to help. At Air360 we have compiled a list of our favourite independent ice cream parlours in Bristol, so that we can make that decision that little bit easier for you!
31 College Green, Bristol BS1 5TB
Based opposite College Green and crowned 'the gelato of dreams' on Tripadvisor, Swoon is a local favourite. In fact, Swoon is so well loved that they have now opened venues in Bath, Oxford, and Selfridges Food Hall in London, having originated as a small Italian-owned venture in 2016. As well as the extensive range of flavours, Swoon offers Gelato Cakes and coffees.
Additional info: Vegan options available.
Image: Provided for use by Swoon Gelato
Oliver's Ice Cream Parlour
Unit 7, Cargo 2, Museum Street, Wapping Wharf, Bristol BS1 6ZA
Oliver's Ice Cream Parlour is a family-run business based in Wapping Wharf, just around the corner from MShed. Alongside their menu of delectable ice cream flavours (dairy and vegan!), they also have a wide selection of cakes, waffles, smoothies, milkshakes and coffees, so whatever you're craving, you can be sure Oliver's Ice Cream Parlous has it.
Additional info: Vegan options and gluten-free cones.
Image: Oliver's Ice Cream Parlour website
Chew Moo's Ice Cream Co.
Chew Moo's Ice Cream Co. Graylands Farm, Upton Lane, Dundry, Bristol, BS41 8NR
Taking a step away from the bustling city centre, Chew Moo's is situated on the Dundry Hills, with views overlooking the Chew Valley. Chew Moo's is not only an ice-cream parlour, but a farm, and they use their own fresh produce to make their homemade ice creams! As well as their top-of-the-range ice cream parlour this family-run farm offers free tours and animal meets; the perfect day out in Somerset's countryside... especially if you have kids in tow!
Additional info: Vegan option of creamy homemade 'fruit-ices' made with hand-picked fruits.
Image: Chew Moo's website
Tarrs Ice Cream Ltd
Avon, 2 Sandown Rd, Brislington, Bristol BS4 3PN
With over 100 years of ice-cream making experience, this family-run business has been trading out of Bristol for four generations, starting in 1920 with Bristol-born Alfred Tarr. Tarr's ice-cream is designed as a take-away shop so there is no seating inside, It's hard to believe that the Tarr family started selling their ice-creams from a pony and cart on Bristol's Downs.
Additional info: Takeaway only. Vanilla ice cream is suitable for diabetics and all ice cream is gluten free. Allergens list available on website.
Image: Tarrs Ice Cream website
24 College Green, Bristol BS1 5TB
If you're looking for indulgence, Cowbee is the place for you. Think Creams or Kaspas, but independent and exclusive to Bristol. Located at the bottom of Park Street, Cowbee is the perfect pick-me-up after a long afternoon exploring Harbourside or Cabot Circus. With an unending selection of Ice-Cream Sundays, waffles, pancakes, milkshakes and more, you can't go far wrong with Cowbee.
And the cherry on top of the gelato? Their honey is sourced from their very own bees!
Additional info: Gluten-Free and Vegan waffles, and homemade honey!