Nothing screams vacation food quite like an ice cream. The creamy and cold concoction is the perfect treat on a hot day, and an ice cream sundae is the perfect dessert after a big hot meal in the winter. If you are vacationing in Bend, Oregon, you must try Bonta Natural Artisan Gelato in Bend Oregon, which has some of the most flavorful and delicious treats in town.
Owners Jeff and Juli Labbhart have traveled around the world finding different flavors to incorporate in to their handcrafted gelato. Their small batch gelato is hand-crafted everyday using traditional techniques they learned while studying with several Italian gelato masters. Bontá uses locally sourced and fair-trade ingredients wherever possible. This is all-natural gelato at its best, with no artificial additives or colors.
There are now two Bontá gelato shops in Bend for your enjoyment! The Eastside Tasting Room is located at 924 SE Wilson Avenue and their Downtown Scoop shop is located in downtown Bend at 920 NW Bond Street. Hours for each location vary, so check their website or Facebook page for the most up to date information or give them a call at 541-306-6606.
Although there are a lot of bakeries and candy shops in Bend, you won’t want to leave town without trying some of this shop’s signature gelato. Bontá means goodness in Italian, and that’s exactly what Bontá Natural Artisan Gelato delivers.
Signature Flavors of Gelato in Bend Oregon
It’s going to be hard to choose which flavor to savor once you arrive. Each store has 18 rotating flavors to choose from. Start out with one of their popular signature gelato flavors, you can’t go wrong.
Dulce de Leche & Sea Salt: Violets, French sea salt, and creamy caramel made in-house! Stracciatella: Europe’s most popular gelato flavor, it’s like chocolate chip ice cream only so much better! Peanut Butter & Theo Chocolate Fudge: Peanut butter and chocolate. ‘Nuff said.
One of the tastiest and most unexpected flavors the shop offers is cardamom. Cardamom is a spice that is made from a combination of seeds and has a piquant and citrusy flavor. The robust coffee flavor of the Thump Expresso makes it the quintessential Pacific Northwest treat. Every bite of the Vanilla Bourbon Pecan tastes like pecan pie ala mode from a fine Southern bakery. The Salted Chocolate reminds you of the delicious dark chocolates you may get in the confection shops of France.
Bonta Gelato in Bend Oregon also offers some delicious non-dairy sorbets as well, such as the rich and creamy Chocolate Coconut and the Oregon Boysenberry, which is made with fresh picked berries. And be sure to check out one of their fresh seasonal flavor offerings like Strawberry Rhubarb Swirl or Vegan Sweet Potato Pie! The flavors vary from season to season, but they’re all delicious.
You can enjoy your gelato in a cup or fresh waffle cone. All the flavors taste delicious by themselves, but they also have some tasty toppings such as fresh berry sauces and dark chocolate. They occasionally offer hot apple pie which pairs well with the coconut or vanilla gelatos. Check their Facebook page for seasonal offerings like their Thanksgiving Pumpkin Semifreddo Cake and of course, Pumpkin Spice gelato.
If you can’t make it to the shop, they have a stand at the local farmers’ market. If you want to enjoy the gelato at home, you can get a pint of it at many of the Safeway grocery stores in Oregon. And, if you’re in Bend for a special event – a wedding, family celebration or a business event – think about adding gelato! How much fun would having the Bontá Scoop Truck at your event be? Just add a tabletop gelato case filled with all that lovely gelato goodness will take things to a whole different, delicious level. You can also have your own private group tasting at their Tasting Room!
Where to Stay
Although the gelato in Bend Oregon may be a major draw, there are a lot of other things to do in the area, and you may have to stay a while to see everything. No matter what time of year you visit, there is something to do here in Bend! Of course, we have snow sports – head to Mount Bachelor for downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, and more. And when there’s no snow, you can hike or bike on trails winding alongside streams leading to beautiful waterfalls, through alpine forests or high mountain desert trails. The Deschutes River is great for both lazy tubing and white water rafting through the foamy rapids. Or take it easy and go for a swim in the calm cool Cascade lakes. Or test your fly fishing skills against wily rainbow trout.
Bend Vacation Rentals can find you the perfect place to stay. Our beautiful homes have comfortable furniture, plenty of space, and lots of amenities. Contact us today to learn about great spots for ice cream in Bend Oregon and to book one of our homes! Reserve some of our best luxury cabin rentals on time.