Best ice cream in Edinburgh: 6 places to cool down with a cone
marys milk bar

The Fringe is almost upon us and so far the weather has been in our favour. With all that running in the heat between venues, sometimes you need to cool down.

And what better way to mark summer than an ice cream? Here’s our pick of the parlours in Edinburgh.

Mary’s Milk Bar

Residing in the cobbled streets of the Grassmarket, Mary’s is all about the gelato. Having trained in ice cream making in Italy, Mary combines unusual yet scrumptious flavours together using her ‘Flavour Thesaurus.’ Her concoctions have included Beer and Peanuts and White Chocolate and Thyme. A perfect cone for those looking to challenge their tastebuds.

9 Grassmarket (open every day in August),


A haven in the Southside of Edinburgh, Scoopz is a novelty that insists on brightening up your day with a sprinkle of hundreds and thousands. They do a bucket load of wacky toppings including Ferrero Rocher and Oreos. This is the perfect place to let the kids run wild, whilst also indulging in your own topping-covered cone.

25–27 West Nicolson Street, 0131 667 8789,

S. Luca

Considered Edinburgh’s favourite ice cream parlour, S Luca’s two shops – based in Musselburgh and Morningside – always attract a queue during the summer. But the wait is worth it. The company, which was set up over a century ago by Mr Luca Scappaticcio in Musselburgh, has won various awards and its creations include Raspberry Pavlova, Toffee Fudgy Wudgy and Festival Blueberry.

16 Morningside Road, (0131 446 0233) / 32-38 Musselburgh High Street (0131 665 2237),


With a similar selection to S.Luca, Nardini’s expanded from the west coast only last year and now has its own Edinburgh parlour. With 32 delicious flavours including Coconut, Raspberry Ripple and Double Cream Vanilla, you will be totally spoilt for choice. You may even give in and treat yourself to one of the glorious sundaes in their café.

1 Merchiston Place,

Elena Di Rollo

Another ice cream shop with a long history is Di Rollo’s. Established in the 1950s by Italian Domenico Di Rollo, the shop built up its trade in the seaside town of Musselburgh, just like S.Luca across the water. They take pride in their sugary scoops, which include Mint Choc Chip, Banana and a selection of sorbets.

34 Bridge Street, Musselburgh, 0131 6532510,


Finally, for those of us who are watching our waistlines, why not try Frisky’s Frozen Yogurt? The tub of goodness comes in a few yummy flavours including chocolate and natural and can be topped off with fruit, biscuit, sauce and chocolate pieces. They are even opening up Little Frisky (a police box on Rose Street) to catch hungry festival goers in August.

37 Lothian Road / 13 Forrest Road,


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