OLUFs Frisklavede Italienske Ispinde – Inventive ice lollies in Østerbro

There are two important things to know about Denmark – truths that exist seemingly in spite of one another. First, it’s a country on the cool end of the weather spectrum (and if you’re reading this in winter, you may think this an understatement!). Second: ice cream is a Big Deal here.

Danes love ice cream. They really, really love it! So much so, that it’s a major seasonal marker. As a fairly regimented country, spring ‘officially’ starts – whether the weather says so or not – on March 1st, and in Copenhagen this is heralded by the opening of all its ice cream parlours. It’s a day we always celebrate by going to one of our favourites, even if we have to do it in snowsuits.

Those favourites include places that serve the enormous, traditional waffle cones with all the very Danish trimmings, and places that pioneer new twists on either flavour or form. OLUFs is one of the second types, and its twists are on both: its fridges aren’t full of scoop-able tubs of creamy flavours, instead it displays jewel-like rows of handmade Italian gelato ispinde (ice lollies). Some are sorbet-based, some are more milky, but most are dipped in a chocolate of some sort – white, milk or dark – and studded with mints, freeze-dried berries, nuts or sprinkles (charmingly called ‘Tivoli’ in Denmark after the Copenhagen’s world-famous amusement park), or laced with spidery trails of chocolate drizzle. For those who might not fancy a full-size lolly, there are usually a few mini versions to one side of the cabinet.

Any day you turn up, there’s no knowing what OLUFs might deliver. Of their standard menu, my children’s favourite is the mango sorbet with dark chocolate drizzle; mine is the kaffe gelato with light chocolate and a scattering of coffee bean pieces. Whatever the selection, it’s all delicious.

Outside OLUFs is a little bench decked out with striped cushions on which to sit and eat your ispind, but you can also meander as you eat, along the low-traffic, colour-splashed row houses of Olufsvej, the street at whose top the shop sits. At its opposite end is Enigma Museum for Post, Tele og Kommunikation and on the other side of that, enormous Fælledparken. Olufsvej is also roughly halfway up Østerbro on the way to the east side of the city’s nearest beach at Svanemøllen, so it’s an easy stop on the way up or back, whether by bus (1A) or bike.

Tue-Thu, 12 noon-8pm; Fri-Sun, 12 noon-9pm; Mon, closed.

Olufsvej 6
2100 København Ø

+45 60 18 50 35
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