Affogato Gelato e Caffe
36 Queensferry Street
Overall score: ★★★★☆
I’ve known about the legendary Affogato for a while, but now the warmer weather is coming in it’s the perfect time to try their sweet delights. As soon as you walk in the door, you’ll notice a big round ice cream freezer (AKA “The spinning drum of ice cream dreams”) with oodles of traditional and adventurous flavours to choose from.
This place is so popular that as soon as the sun is out, the queues start to form, so be prepared to wait a little while for your little scoop (or two) of heaven.
Trust me – it’s worth it.
Vegan choices at Affogato Edinburgh
It’s great that one of the best ice cream places in town caters for vegans. When we visited, around half of the 18 flavours were dairy-free! These included pistachio, chocolate sorbet, cookies and cream, raspberry sorbet, chocolate orange, coconut, and lots more. The lovely lady who served me reeled off the flavours far too quickly for me to take notes, but they do change every day. The dairy-free flavours aren’t clearly labelled at the moment, so the best thing to do is just ask. Don’t be scared to ask for a wee taste if you are struggling to choose! 😉
Want something a bit more substantial? Affogato also do vegan waffles, so why not treat yourself to one with your favourite ice cream flavour and a couple of toppings? At the moment, the vegan toppings are pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, banana, cherries, coconut, chocolate shavings, chocolate cookie bits and honeycomb. You also have a decent selection of sauces to choose from: raspberry; cherry; maple syrup; speculoos and salted caramel. Again, all this information is behind the counter so just ask if you want to make sure.
I decided to go cookie crazy with my waffle, with cookies and cream flavour ice cream and chocolate cookie bits. The ice cream was absolutely delicious, and while the waffle would have been a bit dry on its own, the delicious sauce really made the whole thing work. Speculoos has a flavour like Biscoff biscuits (which are also vegan by the way – you’re welcome) and it tasted absolutely divine with the waffle.
Depending on what toppings you get on your waffle, you’re looking at £4-£6, which isn’t bad for a decent feed. Perfect if you need to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Good food deserves great company. Thank you very much to my fellow vegan blogger chums Michelle and Lucie for joining me on this visit to Affogato – you can find them at DIY Shopaholic and Tetris and (Cheese)cakes. Go and check ’em oot!
Menu info: ★★★☆☆
Value for money: ★★★★☆