Luciano’s ice cream is excellent and it offers a huge variety of ice cream and sorbets. My personal favourite flavours are pistachio, hazelnut and key west lemon pie.
Luciano’s first shop opened in Wassenaar in 1996. What I like about Luciano’s is despite the fact that it won the title “Ice cream parlour of the year” in 2006, Luc still creates new flavours for his clients.
This year, Luciano’s introduced the bubble waffle cone! You have a choice of 6 bubble waffles to choose from. I chose the Tony’s sea salt caramel and it didn’t disappoint at all. For €5.50, the bubble waffle came with 2 scoops of ice cream of your choice, Tony’s Chocolonely chocolate chunks, sea salt caramel pearls, caramel sauce and cream. I loved it but next time, I will definitely share it as it was a huge indulgence for one person.
By the way, the bubble waffle isn’t available at all Luciano branches. Fortunately for me, it is available in the Wassenaar branch.
With summer coming to an end, you should make the most of it and alfresco dine before it gets too cold to do so. Character Gastrobar by Mila in Wassenaar is a great place to do so as the food is really excellent and it’s a great place to people watch. It’s located in the middle of Wassenaar in a square diagonally opposite Luciano’s which attracts the ice cream lovers throughout the day.
Mila has a Specials menu which she changes every week and this depends on the produce that is fresh and in season.
I have had Mila’s steak on several occasions and it is seriously melt in your mouth tender and juicy. Her chips that come with the steak are also really good as they are cooked to perfection – crispy on the outside!
Recently, she had prawns on her special menu that were cooked in Green Egg BBQ that were excellent – smokey but juicy!
It’s a nice cosy restaurant and I like the fact that it’s a casual restaurant. The service is excellent as the staff are attentive and friendly. As this place only opens from Thursday to Sunday, I do suggest that you call ahead to reserve a table to avoid disappointment.
Have you been to De Horsten? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. The northern part of the estate is sandwiched between the N44 and the N448 (Papeweg) that leads to Voorschoten. It has several entrances but its main entrance is from Papeweg. Once you turn into the N448, it’s the first turning on your left. You will see a huge tall gate. I went a few years ago but I have only recently discovered how huge and beautiful it is. It is a very peaceful walk and you have the flexibility of how long you want to walk for. It varies from 1 km to 7.5 km. The paths are wide and level enough for wheelchairs or child buggys. I love the sound of the birds singing, the constant sound of a small creature or bird rustling in the bushes, the bridges, streams, the massive bushes of rhododendrons and seeing the cows in the distance. I even saw several families of ducks with their young ducklings today.
Whenever I walk in De Horsten, I seem to take a slightly different route as there are so many options. But, don’t let that put you off, as no matter which turning you take, you end up either at the Tea Pavilion or the Lookout tower or back to where you started. What’s nice about De Horsten is you are allowed to bring a picnic with you provided you bring your rubbish home. The area I recommend for picnicking would be around the Lookout tower.
I must admit that there’s nothing like ending the walk with a stop at the Tea Pavilion for a drink although the food there isn’t much to rave about. However, do note that the Tea Pavilion isn’t open on Mondays or Tuesdays! Its opening hours are from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00-16:45.
To walk in the estate, you need to buy a day ticket that costs €1 per adult or 50 cents per child aged between 4 to 14. Parking is free.