Summer ain’t summer without ice-cream !
When the sun shines brightly from clear blue skies and we’ve slipped into our sandals – that’s the time for ice-cream. Time to slow down, time to switch to holiday mode, to stroll around town and cool off at one of Östersund’s ice-creamiest places. Visit the websites or Facebook pages for opening hours.
Majas café & glassbar
Östersund’s newest ice-cream parlour offers all kinds of ice-cream and milkshakes. They sell both Sia ice-cream and Italian gelato from Renates patisserie in Krokom. Choose one of the 30 different flavours and top it with whatever you want; sauce, sweets, meringue or perhaps sticky chocolate cake. On the ice-cream menu, you’ll find creations like Popcorn dream, Banana split, Meringue whirl and Cassiopeja, which is salty, sweet and sour. You can also order coffee-based drinks with ice-cream, “Cola float” with soda, ice and ice-cream, and freakshakes, which are milkshakes with extra everything.
Norra station café and roastery
Norra station café and roastery is located in one of Östersund’s pretty courtyards that you access from the pedestrian street or Hamngatan. They make their own, popular ice-cream that can be enjoyed as it comes, or in one of the three Grande Combo flavour combinations. Choose from home-made caramel sauce with almond chips, meadowsweet syrup with lingonberries and mint, or home-made chocolate sauce with Valrhona chocolate and meringue. They also do a Saturday special; The Bacon is an ice-cream with crispy bacon from Slaktar’n and home-made caramel sauce. Doesn’t it sound amazing?!
Stocke Titt Café
If you want to eat an ice-cream while enjoying the best of views of Lake Storsjön and the mountains, then head to Stocke Titt on Frösön. You can sit for a while or go for a stroll in the fantastically beautiful surroundings. Or take your ice-cream up into the tower for an even more spectacular view.
On a warm summer day, Badhusparken is the place to be. Right here in the heart of the city, you can while away the hours watching the boats, birds and people go by. Pop in to Badhusparken café for a huge soft ice-cream or a couple of flavoured scoops sprinkled with toppings or sauce.
Wedemarks Konditori & Bageri
At the traditional Wedemarks café they make their own creamy, Italian gelato. Of course, they have the classics such as strawberry, vanilla and chocolate, but they also experiment with their own flavours. The picks of the personnel are the whiskey ice-cream and the pineapple ice-cream. They also have vegan ice-cream and sorbets, so just about everyone can enjoy a really chilled out summer.
Hamngatan 12 café & bistro
One of the city’s recently opened inner courtyards is home to Hamngatan 12 café & bistro, where you can buy the award-winning gelato from Glassbaren in Bräcke. The ice-cream is made from organic milk and cream and comes in amazing flavours. Wonder into the courtyard, take a seat in the sunshine and savour ice-cream at its best.
Ice-cream outings a little further afield
Glassbaren in Bräcke
You’ll find Glassbaren in a beautiful old wooden building, right on the main road in Bräcke. They make their own prize-winning Italian Gelato from organic milk and cream – and in 2019 Glassbaren won the Swedish ice-cream championships. When you step inside it is like going to the home of an older friend or relative. You can sit in the “kitchen” or the “lounge” and both rooms are full of furniture and old stuff that makes you think of a childhood visit to grandma. Order your favourite flavour at the counter, sink into a sofa and simply enjoy…
Facebook: search for Glassbaren i Bräcke and they will pop up.
Kossan in Berg
At Hoverberg near Svenstavik some 60 km south of Östersund, there’s a summer café and farm dairy called Kossan. It is run by a couple of farmers who have decided to make ice-cream from their own farm milk. Irish cream, cola-citron, strawberry, chocolate and cherry are just some of the flavours. If you’re not in the area of Hoverberg, you can order Kossan’s ice-cream via REKO-ring in Östersund. Look up Reko-ring Östersund on Facebook and book your ice-cream delivery for the next pick-up time.
A cool tip: Ice-cream in a flask!
Ice-cream is one of the best things ever, especially on a really hot summer day. But what if you fancy an ice-cream after a lovely jog or during a family outing and there’s nowhere nearby to buy one? Here’s the answer: ice-cream in a food flask. Scoop the ice-cream directly from the tub into the flask, pack your bag and off you go. When it’s time for a break, just open up and enjoy. By then the ice-cream will have a perfect creamy consistency, and your snack break will have a whole new dimension to it.