Top ice cream parlours in Vaucluse
With the hot days we dream of freshness, celebrating the return of ice cream menus, with recipes competing in originality. Vaucluse is home to attractive establishments, sometimes famous, sometimes little-known. Here is a short gourmet tour of Vaucluse (for these very difficult decisions, we have called on the talents of gourmand friends, who have told us their top establishments)! And yes, let’s forget about our summer body for the moment.
In the Luberon
In Cucuron, sit on the terrace by the pond, under the plane trees, at La Glacière, recognisable by its blue doors. We are tempted by all the flavours, with a special mention for the Luberon bowl (honey, melon, lavender) and the lemon-basil and “cremino” (hazelnut and praline) flavours!
An unmissable, truly gourmet monument is L’Art Glacier in Ansouis. If we had to choose a King of ice cream parlours, this would undoubtedly be it, with over 50 flavours of artisanal ice creams and sorbets (also available to take away), offered in “Rubis”, “Gerschwin”, “Ibiza”, “Vivaldi”, “L’Art Glacier” and “flying saucer” bowls (with 18 flavours!) to share.
In Lourmarin, at the heart of the village, taste the “Ice Cream of Provence” at RAVÍ which selects ingredients directly from local producers to create its ice cream and sorbet recipes.
In Bonnieux, Le Tinel is especially known for its ice cream with calissons, melon, orange and candied fruit from Pays d’Apt.
Finally, in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, take a break at Maison Frèto. “This is the story of 3 friends, Robin, Théo and Loic: FRÈTO, is simply the definition of “brother” in Catalan and “friendly pat” in Provençal.” The ice creams are artisanal and made locally. We recommend the strawberry ice cream from La Finca in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
Around the Ventoux
At Nougats Silvain, in Saint-Didier, artisanal ice creams are served alongside nougats and other sweets for which the establishment is known. We sit down on the pretty little terrace for a bowl of “Vacherin”, “Paysan nougatier”, “Envie d’été”, “Tête-à-tête” ice cream…
Confiserie Clavel in Carpentras, is a local institution known for its berlingots, meringues, sweets, and of course, ice cream (strawberry, lemon, nougat, macaroon, pistachio, vanilla…)! You can savour them while enjoying the view of the majestic 18th century facade of the Inguimbertine Library-Museum.
In Sault, at the tea room of Nougaterie Boyer (a local gourmet monument) you can let yourself be tempted by a nougat or lavender ice cream!
Glacier du Mont-Ventoux in Bedoin, with its verbena (very refreshing), mirabelle plum, coconut and peanut flavours, deserves a special mention for all its sorbets, because they are like biting into freshly picked fruit! (Remember to bring cash, because this ice cream parlour does not accept card payments)
In Monteux, Le Palais Gourmand is well-named and also has a famous establishment in Avignon, both offering a wide range of artisanal ice creams and sorbets.
L’atelier Llorens in Pernes-les-Fontaines, is a true temple of delicacies where pots and bowls are created according to the many flavours and desires of the moment. Still in Pernes-les-Fontaines, La Biscuiterie de Laurent also offers all kinds of pastries and savoury pies for lunch, with a beautiful terrace near Porte Notre-Dame, and Le Petit Prince a dit is a bookshop/tea room which offers ice cream during the summer!
In Sérignan-du Comtat and in Valréas, the chocolatier “Chocola.T” offers ice cream throughout the summer. You will find them in its foodtruck, present at the markets of northern Vaucluse and the Enclave des Papes.
And of course, in Vaison la Romaine, don’t miss Léone artisan glacier, a must thanks to the recipes of Xavier Picard, who makes artisanal ice creams with fresh whole milk and sorbets with fruits from the region.
Our favourite spots
Bergerie de Saint-Gens in Beaucet. That’s right, it’s not an ice cream parlour, but Margherita and Nathanaël make and sell a delicious organic sheep milk ice cream to enjoy there or to take away.
In Provence Côté Rhône
In Bollène, Révélations Epicerie Fine is a gourmet establishment that locals particularly like, and which offers a nice menu of delicious ice creams, an invitation to enjoy the finer things in life.
In Orange, Régal Tendance (an institution that even the Gault&Millau guide praises!) delights both the taste buds (with its ice creams made on site) and the eyes, with its terrace facing the ancient theatre. Here there are over 30 flavours on the menu, from great classics (strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, pear, melon, chocolate) to original recipes – Mont-Ventoux with coconut oil, Régalade with hazelnut paste, Nougat and even Crumble…
Still in the city of Princes, Regusto (which locals say is a rising star) tantalises the palate with its large menu, with a special mention for lemon meringue pie ice cream, organic rosemary ice cream and organic mint ice cream (both picked by them).
La Princière, has two essential addresses – the historic house at Place des Corps Saints, and a second shop at 19/21 Avenue de la République. Here, all the sorbets are vegan and gluten-free, and among the original recipes is orange blossom yoghurt, nougatine, chocolate sorbet – all to be enjoyed in traditional scoops or in extravagant bowls!
Made in the city of the Papes, Sÿba vegetable ice creams offer vegans (and gourmands) moments of pure indulgence, for example with sorbets of fruits from the Rhône Valley, from local production (strawberries, apricots, melons, pears, figs), Menton lemons, and Matcha green tea, hazelnut praline and chocolate mint ice creams…
To savour them, there is not a dedicated shop, but there are points of sale all over the department: Le Nid, Le Petit Pot, Cœur d’artichaut, Moloko (Avignon), Macellio (Le Pontet), Maison Moga (L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue), Le Polychrome (Monteux), Vrac Me Too (Cavaillon)…
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Article réalisé en collaboration avec les offices de tourisme de la région