Raymond Berthillon, famed Parisian ice cream maker, dies at 90

A long line for a scoop of famed ice cream Berthillon on Ile Saint-Louis, Paris.
A long line for a scoop of famed ice cream Berthillon on Ile Saint-Louis, Paris. RFI/T. D. Badia

Raymond Berthillon, the founder of Paris’s famed Berthillon ice cream shop on the iconic Ile Saint-Louis, died Saturday. He was 90. His death was announced by the Berthillion shop on Monday.


Billed as the capital’s finest ice cream, throngs of tourists are known to flock to the store and its logo can be seen in cafés around town who serve the all-natural ice cream.

This year, the shop celebrated 60 years since Berthillon served his first scoop at the age of 30.

Back in the early 1950s, Berthillon operated a hotel at the same location where is ice cream shop stands today.

One day, the business-savvy Berthillon brought out an ice cream maker that he had purchased a few years earlier – unbeknownst to him that what he would create would quickly become a runaway success.

While it was first popular among local school children, his ice cream made only with fresh milk, sugar, cream and eggs, quickly made a name around time.

Seven years later, in 1961, the famous restaurant critics Henri Gault and Christian Millau referred to him as “This amazing ice cream maker who hides in a bistro on Ile Saint-Louis.”

With a world-wide reputation and must-go-spot for tourists, three generations of his family have carried on Berthillon’s tradition and continue to run the company.



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