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Established all the way back in 1927, just five miles from Porthmadog in the village of Criccieth, Cadwaladers has been an incredibly popular ice cream stop for almost ninety years now. Their ice cream cafés and coffee shops have been slowly taking over the rest of the United Kingdom, but for a taste of the original and the best, you have to make your way down to Porthmadog.

Their famous vanilla ice cream was the first one developed, and it still contains its one secret ingredient that makes it unique – this is the one to try if you want to see what makes Cadwaladers so popular. However, their range of varieties and flavours has exploded in choice – these days, you can sample everything from Strawberry and Mint Choc Chip to Bubblegum or Pecan & Caramel Swirl. The hardest thing about visiting Cadwaladers is deciding what to try. Oh, and did we mention the recipe is 93% fat free?

Ice cream isn’t all they do, by the way. They have a few varieties of sorbet, too, but if you’d prefer something a little warmer, their coffee is made using their own bespoke espresso blend, with Arabica and Robusta beans. Or you could get the best of both worlds and have a delicious affogato!


Image Source: CC-by-SA 2.0 by Mike Pennington.


Based within Porthmadog town itself, located just off the high street, Cadwaladers isn't hard to find. There is central town parking available within walking distance. 

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