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The Best Ice Cream Parlors in Cape Town, South Africa

With its perfect seaside views and sweltering hot summer days, Cape Town is the ideal place for a self-indulgent, double scoop of refreshing ice cream. With a variety of different parlours to choose from, each offering their own unique twist on the traditional trade, your taste buds will be spoilt for choice. If you prefer a low fat treat that’s equally tasty, there are even a number of frozen yogurt joints that may tempt you.

Helado!|©LWYang/ Flickr
Helado!|©LWYang/ Flickr

The Creamery Café

Good for you, and for your conscience, The Creamery crafts organic ice creams, whose flavours are subject to seasonal availability, are handmade by your personal ice cream barista. Using sustainably produced ingredients sourced from local farms, the café offers a variety of classic ice cream flavours including 65 percent chocolate, peanut butter, rosetta roastery coffee and sea-salt caramel. The other ice creams, however, are a range of fascinating concessions such as Cinnamon & Apple Jam. So, intrepid ice cream explorers, it is time for you to take a chance and try something new.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 12.00pm – 6.00pm

Salt River: Unit G2, PALS Building, 97 Durham Avenue, Salt River, South Africa +27 (0) 21 447 7690

Newlands: Shop 4, Newlands Quarter Dean Street, Newlands, South Africa +27 (0) 21 686 3975

An ice cream dessert|©Lotus Head/ Wikicommons
An ice cream dessert|©Lotus Head/ Wikicommons

Gelato Mania

Situated right on the docks in Green Point, Gelato Mania is a unique gelateria that serves fresh, homemade gelato in handmade waffle cones. Using only the highest quality ingredients, Gelato Mania ensures that their product, which takes 72 hours to make, is free of animal and vegetable fats, alcohol, gelatine, preservatives or artificial colorants. Even the full cream cow’s milk they use is hormone free. Offering the largest variety of gelato in one parlour, Gelato Mania’s -14˚C gelatos and sorbets come in a number of divine flavours such as Turkish Delight, After Eight Mint and Tiramisu. Determined not to leave anyone out, Gelato Mania even offers a chocolate gelato for diabetics.

Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 12.15pm – 10.30pm

65 Main Road, Green Point Cape Town, South Africa +27 (0) 60 915 5106 

IceCream 0811 1097| © Ross Elliott/Flickr
IceCream 0811 1097| © Ross Elliott/Flickr

Sinnfull Ice Cream

Set on the backdrop of the serene Atlantic Ocean, Sinnfull has seen the creation of more than 450 unique flavours, awarding the ice cream parlour a place in the Guinness Book of Records. All of these flavours are hand-made by founder Britta Sinn whose love of ice cream originated from her days working in her parents’ Italian ice cream parlour. Supplying local restaurants and hotels, Britta is even, on occasion, able to make ice cream flavours to order. Some particular local favourites include the wickedly indulgent White Chocolate & Poppy Seed or the surprisingly spicy Saffron & Pistachio.

Opening hours: Fri-Sun: 11.00am – 6.00pm

Harbour Rd, Hout Bay Harbour, Cape Town, South Africa +27 (0) 21 790 8143 

Ice Cream with berries| © Susanne Nilsson/Flickr
Ice Cream with berries| © Susanne Nilsson/Flickr


A treat for froyo (frozen yoghurt) lovers who are out and about in the Mother City, Myog is an eco-loving, fat hating, frozen yogurt joint. Watching their footprint, the store is designed to have maximum sustainability with recycled serving pots and energy saver equipment so you can enjoy guilt free frozen yoghurt. With locally sourced dairy products and natural ingredients, you can be sure that your healthy snack is also supporting the local community. Choose from any of the classic froyo flavours, including refreshing strawberry or tempting chocolate.

Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 9.00am – 12.00am

50 Kloof Street Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa +27 (0) 21 422 1484

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (with Sprinkles)| © Austin Kirk /Flickr
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (with Sprinkles)| © Austin Kirk /Flickr

Cold Gold

Not just serving scoops, this artisan heaven of all things frozen are masters at producing traditional favourites such as sorbet, ice cream sandwiches and even ice cream cookies, all in the flavour of your choice! The sheer range of speciality ice creams is staggering asCold Gold believes in never excluding anyone from the dessert table. Whatever your dietary requirement, be sure there is an ice cream and a flavour to fit it with over 500 flavours created since the parlour opened. With weekly flavour favourites, you can be sure that everything comes highly recommended and your choice won’t be easy. A particular flavour to try is the Pear, Vanilla & Macadamia ice cream or maybe the Cabernet franc & Cape Fig sorbet if you are feeling more ice than cream. It’s a little beyond the city limits, in Stellenbosch, but if you;re on the road, Cold Gold is well worth a pit stop.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 8.00am – 5.00pm

Distillery Rd, Stellenbosch, South Africa +27 (0) 74 182 5510

By Seanagh Palmer-Pilgrim

Source: culturetrip


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