Ask a Santiaguino where the best ice cream in Chile’s capital is, and chances are they’ll point you in the direction of Emporio La Rosa in Lastarria. Now, the 12-year-old establishment’s innovative approach to ice cream has gained international acclaim.
Well-known food and drink site The Daily Meal has included Emporio La Rosa in its list of “25 Best Ice Cream Parlours in the World.” The list, which visits all corners of the globe from Canada to Australia to Mexico and Europe, highlights the creamery’s distinct tastes as one of its strengths, saying:
“Creative flavors like Earl Grey, dark chocolate with pepper, and rose petal are what keep Chilean customers and tourists coming back to Emporio La Rosa. Save yourself the wait time by ordering at the cash register, then taking your treat to the adjacent park (Parque Forestal).”
According to Emporio La Rosa partner Francisco Undurraga, the concept for the business came after visiting parlours abroad, and discovering that ice cream need not be confined to the regular chocolate/vanilla/strawberry varieties.
“There was no ice cream parlour in the local area, and after our travels we came up with a menu that would differentiate us from other parlours through innovative flavours,” Undurraga told La Tercera.
Among its flavors, the parlour provides a true taste of Chile: the manjar (a sweet filling similar to dolce de leche) variety will satisfy those with a sweet-tooth, miel de ulmo is flavoured with nectar from the native ulmo tree, while chocolate araucano blends coco with flavours from the country’s indigenous Mapuche cuisine. In cold weather, try the hot and spicy chocolate pepperoncino.
As well as the Parque Forestal branch (Merced 291, Lastarria), there are eight other Emporia La Rosa’s in Santiago. Click here for the full list of locations.