Paris: ‘Godfather’ of Berthillon ice cream dies

The founder of the world famous Berthillon ice cream shop on Paris's iconic Ile Saint-Louis has died, the store announced on Monday. Raymond Berthillon, whose shop is considered by many to serve up the best "glaces" in Paris, died aged 90.

Paris: 'Godfather' of Berthillon ice cream dies
Visitors queue to get a tasqte of the famous Berthillon ice cream. Photo: Malcolm Manners/Flickr

A magnet for hot and flustered tourists, the Berthillon shop this year celebrated 60 years since its first scoop and has been run by three generations of the same family since Raymond opened it at the age of 30.

It is still run by the same family and has become known around the world for its ice cream, made only with natural ingredients.

"He made his ice creams only with high quality ingredients: whole milk, eggs, cream that he went to buy at dawn from the Les Halles market," the store's site said.

His product has been tasted by millions of tourists as well as numerous VIPs over the years, including former US president Bill Clinton, pictured here enjoying the famous ice cream.

The shop is fabled among visitors to Paris with many guides claiming that there's nowhere better in the French capital to pick up an ice cream.

"If you have only one ice cream cone in Paris, make sure it comes from Berthillon, the long-standing grande dame of glaces," reads the travel website Paris by Mouth.

A commenter on Google wrote: "Do you really need me to tell you to go here and eat ice cream? Every guide book you buy will tell you to. For good reason. The ice cream is awesome."

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