Not just for astronauts! Five places to try molecular ice cream in CDMX

For some years now, molecular cuisine has been one of the emerging trends in the world of gastronomy. As we wrote in 2022, this concept first appeared in 1988 in a publication by French scientist Hervé This and his Hungarian colleague Nicholas Kurti, called Molecular Gastronomy. While many chefs around the world have created unique dishes using this technique, one of the best experiences arrives in the form of molecular ice cream.

Photo: @icecreamnationmx

Through instant freezing with liquid nitrogen, this classic dessert achieves an incredibly smooth and creamy texture that melts against the palate. In addition, the creation process is fun and can be appreciated directly at the table or at the bar of the ice cream parlor, turning a simple treat into a full on experience of personalized ice cream.

So, if you want to step outside of the conventional and treat yourself to a new kind of sweet, here are five places to taste molecular ice cream in Mexico City.


Photo: Porfirio’s

This well known establishment for Mexican cuisine incorporated the fun and innovative concept of molecular ice cream into its menu last year. At Porfirio’s you can try vanilla or caramel flavors accompanied by a choice of four toppings – Turin white chocolate sprinkles, M&M’s, shredded coconut, or peanut butter.

Presidente Masaryk 214, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo

T. 55 5280 1494

IG. @porfiriosrestaurante

Helado Suave de la Vida

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A hidden secret in the San Pedro de Los Pinos neighborhood, this ice cream parlor is a must during these heat waves. Check out their hazelnut or banana cream ice cream with a variety of toppings like kiwi, blackberry, currant, and mango. The small terrace is an ideal place to sit and  enjoy a good book with your afternoon treat.

Calle 15 100, San Pedro de Los Pinos, Benito Juárez

T. 55 4012 6642

IG. @heladosuavedelavida

Ice Cream Nation

Photo: @icecreamnationmx

At Ice Cream Nation everything is made on the spot with liquid nitrogen, that is, everything happens at -196ºC. Candyland is the star of the show, with semi-sweet chocolate, Turin bunny, Ferrero, Kinder Bueno, and Kit Kat. But if that feels too much like a diabetic coma in the making, then we can recommend just the vanilla flavor with chocolate. You won’t regret it!

Mérida 122, Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc

T. 55 5264 1327

IG. @icecreamnationmx

Frozen Lab

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At Frozen Lab your palate will have a, shall we say, different experience. Here you will find molecular ice cream balls that gradually melt in your mouth. Among the traditional and the innovative, we suggest raspberry, bubblegum, mango, dragon fruit, pistachio, or cotton candy.

Check their website for your nearest location

IG. @frozen_lab


Photo: @iliosrestaurante

You’d never imagine finding a nitrogen dessert at this traditional Greek food restaurant. Amidst the decor inspired by the rugged beauty of the Greek peninsula, you can enjoy their Vanilla Below Zero Baklava, a molecular ice cream prepared at the table with baklava pieces, pistachio powder, and other toppings.

Presidente Masaryk 311, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo

T. 55 9688 6866

IG. @iliosrestaurante

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