Best Gelato In The Twin Cities

November 8, 2010 12:14 AM

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Gelato is ice cream’s slimmer cousin. Made from the same stuff as ice cream – milk, sugar and cream– gelato contains less butterfat and sugar than ice cream but remains extremely tasty. Because of the way it’s frozen, which forms delicate and delicious ice crystals, gelato has more intense flavors than ice cream but doesn’t keep as long. If you’ve never had it, you’re missing out. 

This list below highlights some of the best gelato in the Twin Cities in no particular order.

Jackson’s Coffee and Gelato

820 Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 824-4164
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If you’re in Minneapolis on a lazy afternoon, get some gelato at Jackson’s, where you can enjoy it behind the shop’s lovely windows people watching or day dreaming. And if you’ve never tasted gelato, Jackson’s offers free samples.

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Fat Lorenzo’s

5600 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 822-2040
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After grabbing some hoagies or pasta, dig into some of Fat Lorenzo’s homemade gelato. Its blood orange flavor is the most popular, but the flavors change all the time.

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Ring Mountain Creamery Cafe

1965 Cliff Lake Road
Eagan, MN 55122
(651) 454-7464

Ring Mountain offers more than 100 flavors of gelato – from their uber-popular chocolate to strawberry cheese cake to stracciatella (Italian chocolate chip). With so much to offer, you’re sure to find a flavor you love. (Ring Mountain also serves ice cream).

Luna Rossa

402 Main St.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 323-2493
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For a weekend treat in Stillwater, stop by Luna Rossa and see which flavors of homemade gelato they’ve got that weekend. While there, explore the 10,000 square feet of caves, which locals say are haunted, connected to the shop.

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Café Kem

2524 Nicollet Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 208-0254

Owned by the delightful family behind Jasmine Deli and Jasmine 26, Café Kem offers homemade gelato to go with some Vietnamese coffee (drip brewed coffee with sweetened condensed milk) and sandwiches (Bahn Mi). And for all the vegans out there, Kem also has soy-based flavors.

-Jonathon Sharp is an intern with

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