Paradis Ice Cream Café in the Claremont Village opened Dec. 4, putting a Danish spin on the classic ice cream shop.
Paradis is named after two Danish words: para and dis, that together mean “paradise ice cream.”
The shop first opened in Denmark featuring its Danish traditional desserts, and now ice cream as well.
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“Paradis has a really unique flavor,” said alumna Alicia Rodriguez, who has been working in the shop since their opening. “Everything is delivered fresh every morning.”
She added that the authentic Danish ice cream is a creamy mix between Italian gelato and American ice cream, made with state of the art Italian gelato machines, and only fresh ingredients.
“It’s a really nice place to take the kids after school,” said Caroline Medina, mother of two from Claremont. “I get to treat myself to some coffee and the kids love all the ice cream flavors. It’s a nice spot to relax at after a long day.”
The Claremont location creates lattes with artwork in the foam. Using steamed milk, they can personalize the art on top of the latte with any picture the customer wants.
Manager Keren Blout said a customer favorite is their warm danish served with your choice of ice cream inside.
They also serve traditional Flodeboller, which is a marshmallow covered in milk and dark chocolate.
Some other menu items include sundaes, floats, milkshakes, cold brew frappes, coffee and affogato, an ice cream dish with one scoop of ice cream covered in a rich espresso shot.
“The owners of Paradis originally worked in coffee so all of the coffees at Paradis are top quality beans brewed fresh everyday,” Blout said.
The shop, located at 1 N. Indian Hill Blvd. #D101 in Claremont, seats about 25 and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
“I like that it is open a little bit later than the other shops in Claremont,” Harvey Mudd student Drea Conner said. “It’s a cool place to come get a coffee or ice cream.”
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