Kalan Paletas (Renens, Switzerland)

It has been a while since we talked ice cream here! Time for a quick post on a nice ice cream spot now that it is still summer. I randomly noticed Kalan Paletas when passing through Renens (Vaud) train station. Since we have had some pretty warm weather here, I decided to see if they actually had some vegan ice creams, and yes they do!

Kalan Paletas at Renens train station
The cart is a bit tucked away at the station

Kalan Paletas can be found at Renens train station, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday they are in Lausanne at Riponne square, and I believe the ice cream can also be bought in several other places.  I doubt they’ll be open year-round, but I am sure that they will be around for some more months.

Ice creams at Kalan palatas
Ice creams (vegan paletas are marked)

So if you manage to find them, what do they have? Certified organic and fair trade ice cream!  Kalan Paletas brings Mexican paletas to Switzerland. For every ice cream sold, they in turn donate part of the proceedings to NGOs which operate in Mexico.

Dips at Kalan Paletas
Available dips, some are vegan. By the way, how cute is their mascot!

Kalan Paletas offers both vegan and non-vegan options, and the flavours offered are quite special, for example strawberry-mint and hibiscus-raspberry. The ingredients are mostly sourced locally, in Switzerland. The ice cream  or rather Paleta (link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paletero) are more like ice lollies than gelato.

Ice cream at Kalan Paletas
Orange-Rosemary with black chocolate and nuts dip

You pick the flavour and there is the option of adding some toppings, like nuts and chocolate. I tried several of their flavours and they are very nice!

Type of place: Ice cream
Completely vegan: no
Website (French) :  http://kalanpaletas.ch/