Gelateria Danieli

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Covent Garden

This small branch of the mini-chain, the first West End venture for Gelateria Danieli, opened in 2012. Despite the name, it isn’t much of a café but rather a takeaway shop with one small table inside – though on a sunny day, you’ll find a few more bistro tables on the pavement outside.

On our visit, 18 flavours were offered, yet none of the more original ices served at the Richmond outlet (the likes of cinnamon, caramel and date, or mulberry) was available. Instead, the choice was from Italian classics such as coffee, stracciatella or pistachio. Though disappointing, this was probably a good thing as a sign warns, ‘Only one taster’: not much help if you aren’t sure what you might get.

Danieli’s strength is in the creaminess of its ice-cream; even the sorbets are creamy (and mostly dairy based). Our highlights were a perfectly balanced rum and raisin and a silky tiramisu featuring delectable chunks of coffee-soaked ladyfingers.


Venue name: Gelateria Danieli
Address: 222 Shaftesbury Avenue
Opening hours: Open Summer 10am-10pm Mon-Sat; 11am-7pm Sun. Winter 10am-6pm Mon-Sat; 11am-6pm Sun. Times may vary, phone to check
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Holborn
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