One of the best things about being an adult is being able to eat ice cream. When ever you like. You can even order it as a starter if you fancy and sometimes I do. As a family we love stopping by a new place, finding the best spots and some new ones. We take ice cream pretty seriously around here and we wanted to share our favourite spots with you.
Mary’s Milk Bar – The Grassmarket.
If you haven’t heard of Marys Milk Bar by now, then where on earth have you been? It is filled with classic flavours of gelato and then some completely obscure but delicious ones, like mince pie, goats cheese & plum or one of my favourites Tea and Jam. They even have a signature Milk flavour and its lush! They sit right at the bottom of the Grassmarket with a pretty nice view of the castle, it’s a bit of an instagram hot spot, its become something of a hit with tourists and in the summer the queues can get a little bit crazy and zigzag all the way up the street during the festival. But I promise its always worth it!
S. Lucas Ice Cream – Musselburgh.
This place is right at the end of the highstreet in Musselburgh (also Morningside) – Lucas was always a favourite of ours as kids and our parents before us, its been around since 1908! While the interior could be doing with a bit of an update and the seating arrangements could be improved, it can get a bit squishy, but the ice cream is delicious and you never have to wait too long to be seated! They classic Vanilla is dreamy, or you can go for something more fun like Scottish Irn Bru sorbet, Biscoff or cherry greek yoghurt. You could go for days and never get the same flavour twice.
Kaspas – Gorgie.
Georgie’s not a place we go often as its miles on the other side of town, but thought we would give it a bash last week. We were not disappointed. If you ever wanted a full menu of sundaes, crepes, waffles or hot cookies with a dollop of ice cream, this is your place. Its not far from The City Farm, so could be a great little treat after seeing the animals. We kind of wish we had visited a little sooner and will be back as often as we can over the summer. It’s a thumbs up from Lucy!
The Beach House – Portobello Promenade.
This was our ice cream hot spot last year. We would jump in the car after dinner, get a big scoop of sorbet and sit on the wall outside because the tables inside were jam packed. The sorbets are vegan friendly and this was one of our favourites when the twins were little, their milk intolerance was a little tough to manage and these guys always had a pretty big dairy free option, the Green Apple sorbet is delicious!
Crolla’s Gelateria – The Shore, Leith.
We never really have an excuse to wander around Leith, theres not a huge amount to do with the kids and it can get a bit busy. But, The Shore has a heap of lovely cafes and shops you can wander around. Crolla’s being one of them. Waffles, hot cookies and sundaes, it has a really good selection. AND Coldstone… you know the fancy ones ones you see on instagram of them being scooped around on a flat surface with a metal slice? Those. And it was delicious!
Got one to add to the list? We are slowly making our way around Edinburgh and would love to know if you have a favourite spot too, one we’ve missed. Or if you’ve been to one of our favourites!