Hedonistic dollops of deliciousness. Get your fix!
Ice cream is the ultimate summer-in-the-city comfort food. When the craving for a cone of icy scrumptiousness strikes, head to one of these cool spots for an artisanal scoop, sorbetto or soft serve that’ll hit all the right spots (vegan and other special diets catered for, too).
Which are your favourite? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
For “new-school” Italian gelato, this place makes it the traditional way but with modern and local flavours. Stefano Moro grew up in Liguria, Italy, watching his nonna (granny) make it, and he’s continued the rich tradition with the same high standards. It’s freshly made each day from locally sourced produce – flavours might include bacio di dama, pistachio, halva, caramel cookie crumble, Herzoggie cookie or milk tart. There’s also sorbetti made with seasonal fruits such as mango and pomegranate, as well as nuts, spices and chocolate. Moro’s original gold-and-pastel-hued parlour is in the city, and there are branches in Sea Point and Green Point.
Cherry on top All gelatos come with a chocolate-dipped wafer, and make wonderful affogatos when combined with coffee (as the Italians do).
Where to find it 85 Regent Road, Seapoint
Portside Centre Main Road, Green Point
If you’re after gelato with French flair, Yann Rey has dreamed up an array of sophisticated flavours at his slick parlour.Standouts include turmeric latte, matcha tea, jasmine rice and lemongrass, burnt white chocolate, double carrot cake and chocolate tahini. Here, it’s all about the art of ice-cream making, and the parlour is like a minimalist gallery space (hence the name), where the “artworks” get to shine. Yann’s small-batch ice cream is the perfect balance of organic ingredients and all-natural sugars, water, fat and air. We love the Woodstock Quarter outlet, and there is another store in Kloof Street and Unframed trolleys at Heritage Square, V&A Food Market, EGG at Cavendish and various wine farms.
Cherry on top The “tasting flight” of your choice of five flavours. Toppings are noteworthy, too: cardamom dark chocolate sauce, coconut chips, raw-food date caramel, crumbled amaretti…
Contact 063 601 0287, unframedicecream.com
Where to find it 187 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
We’ve had a love affair with “slow foodie” Kate Schrire’s ice cream since we took our first lick back in 2011.Not only is it heaven in a tub, it’s handmade using seasonal, organic, locally sourced ingredients (and served in biodegradable tubs). The Flavour of the Month is much anticipated among intrepid ice-cream lovers who have sampled such delights as jasmine blossom, Rosetta Roastery coffee, blackberry cheesecake, malva pud, koeksister, naartjie choc-chip and black sesame. Toppings include shortbread crumbles, cookie-dough bites and honeycomb crunch. For location alone, The Creamery Café in Mouille Point gets our vote, and there are outlets in Newlands, Constantia, Claremont and Durbanville.
Cherry on top Scoops can also be enjoyed on crispy waffles or soft, warm cookies, or as a classic banana split or sundae.
Contact 021 447 7690, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 2 Park Road, Mouille Point
In 2013, French chef Beran Cristini set out to make “Cape sorbet” with a creamy texture but without using dairy. She started supplying the restaurant trade, and has since expanded to include dairy ice creams, all inspired by what’s in season and local. Her creations have included strawberry and basil, roasted peach, honeycomb, rooibos and ginger – all best enjoyed in her hand-rolled choc-dipped cornetto cones or cups. The café is a little oasis of cool in a hidden courtyard in Woodstock’s bustling “art district”.
Cherry on top Bringing some patissier style, Beran also does toasted brioche ice-cream sandwiches, cornetto, and ice-cream bonbons.
Contact 079 085 5607, email@example.com
Where to find it 48 Albert Road, Side Street Studios, Woodstock
If you want “old-school” Italian gelato, this spot in Hout Bay has been serving it up for almost 30 years. Luigi and Liana Lazzarotto opened the cute, pint-sized parlour and Liana’s son, Fabrizio, is in charge of the family tradition. The gelato is made on site using fresh ingredients,with no flavourings, preservatives or colourants. There is a range of classic, melt-in-the-mouth flavours, with names given in Italian with English translations below. The vanilla (made with Zanzibar pods) is pure joy; there’s also rum and raisin, tiramisu, mascarpone, stracciatella… and tantalising sorbetti too, in lemon, sour cherry, raspberry, litchi and pink grapefruit, to name a few. Occasional special flavours have included black fig and ricotta, Campari, almond and beer, and even eggnog ice cream at Christmas time.
Contact 021 790 2496, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 22 Main Road, Hout Bay
The Ice Café
For ice cream made using a secret family recipe, head to this vintage seaside shop. It’s small, but on a hot summer’s day it pumps out delicious cones by the dozen – even Jamie Oliver has popped in for a lick. The ice cream is made with natural ingredients and no eggs or gelatine. Other than the great prices and huge scoops, we love that they change flavours daily so there’s always some-thing new to try; this might be Black Forest, peanut butter, liquorice, ginger and cinnamon, coconut, Amarula or Turkish delight.
Contact 021 788 1995
Where to find it 92 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Kristen’s Kick-Ass Ice Cream
True to her roots, US-born Kristen Buttress makes hers Philadelphia-style, with milk, cream and sugar – as opposed to the traditional custard base – resulting in something that’s lighter and more textured. (But there are also sugar-free and vegan options.) The menu features top-sellers like choc-chip cookie dough, coconut fudge, salted caramel, roasted cherry and dark chocolate, as well as seasonal flavours such as “Biscoff! Biscoff! Biscoff!”, Horlicks and malt balls). Her pet-friendly parlour at Noordhoek Farm Village is the ideal outing for families, and there’s also an outlet at Constantia Uitsig wine estate, Newlands and Stellenbosch.
Contact 079 265 5108, email@example.com
Where to find it Village Lane, Noordhoek, Constantia Uitsig Heritage Village, 6 Cardiff Castle, Main Street, Newlands + Shop 9B, De Wet Centre, Corner of Bird and, Church Street, Stellenbosch
The Dairy Den
For out-of-the-ordinary soft serve, this pretty parlour swirls its vanilla, chocolate and/or strawberry flavours into black Oreo cones or bright-pink cotton-candy ones. But that’s not all – there are also multi-flavoured “unicorn swirls” (mint, bubblegum, toffee…), and cones can be dunked in Belgian chocolate or caramel, or topped with delicious bits like fudge,cookie crumble, Smarties, honeycomb and nuts. You’ll find other branches in Kenilworth and at Willowbridge. The Sea Point store now serves plant-based soft-serve, too.
Cherry on top They also do doughnuts – try “the Better”, have your soft serve in a doughnut “cone” or as a sandwich between two doughnuts. Or try an ice-cream milkshake!
Contact 076 401 9895, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 148 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Kenilworth Centre + Willowbridge Centre
Crumbs & Cream
Choose two cookies and a generous scoop of ice cream (from around 10 flavours on any day), which is then squished between the biscuits. Think red velvet cookies with choc ice cream or milk tart cookies with yogiberry. Then you add more: sour gummies, toasted marshmallow fluff, peanut butter… The cookies and cones are made on site and from scratch, and the ice cream is proper gelato. Look out for their counter at the Watershed.
Contact 076 812 5307, email@example.com
Where to find it 16 Regent Road, Sea Point
This off-the-beaten-track gem in Belvedere Square has a great selection of ice cream and sorbet flavours made with organic ingredients. Choices include signature s’mores, baklava, salted caramel and many more, with a selection of toppings such as marshmallow fluff, jumbo salted pretzels and so on.
There’s also an immune-boosting creation that includes fresh ginger, turmeric and honey and they recently introduced the very first Boeber- flavoured ice cream (a Cape Malay hot dessert) that pays homage to traditional Cape Town. Ice creams are served in a cup or a pimped sugar cone.
Cherry on top The equally delicious range of halaal and vegan, dairy and sugar-free options.
Contact 068 029 0463, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Shop 1, Belvedere Square Centre, Corner Belvedere + Keurboom Roads, Claremont, Cape Town
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