After the story of four British tourists getting charged £54 for four ice creams in Rome hit the news, we see where you could go for less… and still have change for a knickerbocker glory!
1. Strasbourg, France from £32
Who needs ice cream when you can spend your money on beer? If being the home of the European Parliament isn't reason enough to take a city in Strasbourg, then what about beer? Yes? Ok then, there are also loads of pubs: is that better? Head to the historic Grande Île where drinking establishments include the educational Académie de la Bière.
2. Brussels Charleroi, Belgium from £34
After the recent episode, fans of BBC’s The Apprentice will be keen to get on the trend for flavoured beer. Follow the winning boys’ team to Belgium to taste some fine examples. Peach is popular in France and Belgium right now, so try that, or go for classics like cherry and chocolate. You could be more adventurous with chicory or even tropical-tasting ninkeberry, which we’d never even heard of before, but sounds ace.
3. Milan-Bergamo, Italy from £39
You won’t have to try too hard to spend £54 on ice cream over a weekend in Milan. There’ll be plenty of places where you’ll be tempted to pick up a gelato, especially in the usually-hot summer months. Milan-Bergamo airport is actually nearer Bergamo than Milan, and it's another city with gorgeous gelati. Indulge in a Stracciatella at La Marianna, and see our article on other stuff to eat in Bergamo.
4. Berlin, Germany from £40
While June in Berlin doesn’t guaranteed ice cream weather, if the mercury rises, the sun gets on its hat, and all that, then the Berliners love to get outside to enjoy themselves. Between now and June there’ll probably be a new hip venue opened somewhere along the River Spree. Work up an appetite for an ice cream, or a beer, at Badeschiff, a floating public swimming pool in the river, with bar, DJs and much summer madness.
5. Barcelona, Spain from £44
Who needs ice cream when you spend your money on… ice cream with eyes? Actually, it can get pretty draining doing the sights on a summer city break in Barca, so pop into Happy Pills for totally the strangest ice cream dishes you’ve ever seen (and eaten). Is this so wrong it’s right? Or just wrong? Or just crazy?