Dispatch From Madrid: Ice Cream’s Out, Fancy Popsicles Are In
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Dispatch From Madrid: Ice Cream’s Out, Fancy Popsicles Are In

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Courtesy of Lolo Polos Artesanos

As Madrid’s heat wave winds down, it’s safe to enjoy the outdoors again. You'll feel like a kid on summer holiday while strolling the streets of Madrid’s super-trendy Malasaña neighborhood with a gourmet popsicle from Lolo Polos.

For about $3 a pop, you can sample a wide array of cooling summer flavors, from time-tested fruit combos such as pineapple and coconut, to more adventurous blends like watermelon and cucumber, mango, yogurt and cardamom, or melon and pepper. All are made with ripe fresh fruit in season, with no preservatives or artificial colors, and very little added sugar. Daily flavors vary depending on what’s in season.

Lolo was launched by sisters Azmina and Ashrafa Khanbai, who wanted to recreate the simple, healthy treats they had growing up in Tanzania, where everything was made fresh and at home.

The tiny shop interior’s pastel stripes—evocative of so many ice cream flavors—and the highly Instagrammable display of vividly colored popsicles lined up in tidy little rows are as popular on social media as they are in the frozen (fruit) flesh on a scorching summer day.

Andrew Ferren is on the Spain beat for Travel + Leisure. He lives in Madrid.

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