For ice coupes I always go to Venezia.
Italian ice-maker Giovanni Olivo and his lovely family from Italy are here for the season (March – Oct/Nov). They offer delicious ‘old fashioned’ ice cream. You can sit in or out on their terrace in front of the shop or just buy a scoop to go at the open window.
I have known Venezia for almost thirty years and appreciate their kitschy interior that never change. The ice cream shop overlooks the Oude Binnenweg and the nice Eendrachtsplein, with Paul McCarthy’s sculpture ‘Santa Claus’, the weekly Tuesday farmers market and a flower stall. It’s lively in this downtown shopping street, which makes it nice to sit there while eating your ice cream.
When I sit indoors, my favorite choice is the small sorbet coupe with a cappuccino on the side. You’ll find the traditional selection of ice creams (including sugar free ones) here and Italian specialties such as Cassata, Spaghetti ice and Tiramisu.
Rotterdam based Dutch writer Ernst van der Kwast wrote The Ice maker (in Dutch, translated in German and English). The story is partly staged around the Eendrachtsplein with the Poetry Festival HQ and Venezia Icecream shop. A good read, but don’t ask Giovanni or his family about details in the book, as it’s all pure fiction ;).