When I lived in Berlin, the un shuttering of the ice cream shop across the street signaled the end of winter. No matter what the actual weather was, we bounded down the stairs and enjoyed our organic (Berlin after all) scoop. With an ice cream shop on our doorstep we were set. Nevertheless that didn’t stop us all from trekking around the city to visit new openings – of which there were always loads.
Not so here. Maybe it’s the lack of milk producing cows? (The milk, strike that, the dairy in Berlin is phenomenal.) There are few worth seeking out like Gocce di Latte.
Recently though, there is another address to try called Swiit. Opened by a graphic designer and writer (Giovanni and Tracy). They had owned the property for a while (and still live above it) before deciding that they were going to sell ice cream. An Italian friend churns it for them off site using organic milk and good ingredients.
It’s easy to imagine Swiit as having been someones home. The two round carpets on the floor for example, not some coarse mat to wipe mud off on but aesthetically pleasing and space enhancing.
You will find a lot of flavours familiar to these parts. They won’t taste anything like the other ones you’ve had. For one- they aren’t as sickly sweet. Second, their aroma is subtle not whack you over the head with overbearing synthetic tones.
As the owners also work in the shop, they can share the provenance of a lot of their flavours. The strawberries for their strawberry flavour for example come from Maresme.
Flavourwise, I try a lot. I’m with friends, so I poke my spoon in their tubs in the interest of research. Each is better than the last. Although the most surprising of all is a flavour called Health Bomb which contains carrot but is light and palate cleansing.
It’s a takeaway shop. Your seating choices are the bench that straddles the outside and inside space or the solitary seat inside. You are in the gothic quarter so there is much to see, ice cream cone in hand. Setting upon an excellent scoop of ice cream an mulling things over is not a bad place to be.