South African summers are hot. Really hot.
But thankfully one little ice cream shop in Cape Town has all the gelato cool in world you need to beat the heat. Ranking at number one on the 50 Best Ice Cream Parlours In The World list, is the Mother City's very own Unframed Ice Cream.
The list was curated by Big 7 Travel, which gives this artisanal ice cream maker - and its healthy ice creams (yes healthy!) made from scratch - the five-scoop nod.
- Licc – York, United Kingdom
- Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery – Toronto,
- CanadaFRYST – Stockholm,Sweden
- Gelato Messina Circular Quay – Sydney,Australia
- Churn – Phoenix, Arizona,USA
- Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique – SingaporeEmilia Cremeria – Parma,
- ItalyGiapo – Auckland,New Zealand
- Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy – Chico, California, US
Check out the full list here and let us know which ice-cream parlor is your favorite.
What earned Unframed Ice Cream the top spot on the list are their dairy-based, fruit-based sorbets and nut-based vegan options. They also incorporate an array of superfoods as toppings and flavours like their famous “Blue Coconut” made with Blue Spirulina. But if you want the classic flavors, they've got you covered in that department as well.
What’s good: Blue coconut
Where: V&A Waterfront, V&A Food Market
I scream, you scream, we all scream for...
So now that we know nothing beats the cool, creamy taste of ice cream in summer - we giving a few more options to indulge your taste buds around SA.
So in honour of the humble sugar cones, the swirls of vanilla and strawberry, the bits of caramel crunch and the chocolate coated cups - here are 20+ of the Best Ice Cream parlours across SA.
Cape Town & surrounds
Sea Breeze Ice Cream
What’s good: Strawberry and Vanilla soft serve
Where: Beach Blvd, Table View
What’s good: Vanilla soft serve
Where: Empire, 80 Beach Rd, Muizenberg
What’s good: Seasonal flavours, plus cookie dough and sea salt caramel scoops
Where: 97 Durham Avenue, Salt River OR Shop 4, Newlands Quarter, Dean Street, Newlands OR 163 Beach Road (opposite the maze), Mouille Point
What’s good: All the local flavours like rooibos and lemon or fig and Pinotage
Where: Side Street Studios, 48 Albert Road, Woodstock
The Nice Company
What's good: Try their dark chocolate or raspberry or rose flavours
Where: 46 Bell Crescent, Westlake
Sea Point Promenade Ice Cream shop – Icezeit
What's good: The Greek frozen yogurt soft serve
Where: 397 Sea Point Promenade, Sea Point
What's good: Something seasonal
Where: 7 Church Street, Stellenbosch
What's good: Try the grapefruit and lemon sorbet
Where: Main Rd, Hout Bay
What's good: Try the liquorice flavour
Where: Colyn Rd, Kalk Bay
Sinfull Ice Cream Emporium
What's good: Choose from flavours like condensed milk, espresso, butter pecan, Turkish delight and more
Where: Harbour Road, Hout Bay
What's good: Hazelnut & meringue, Zebra (vanilla & Nutella) and plain vanilla with melted chocolate...
Where: 23 Queen Victoria Street, Stanford and in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
LegenDairy Handmade Ice Cream
What's good: Seasonal flavours are available, but the vanilla bean and toasted meringue remains one of the best
Where: Freedom Café is amongst a few retailers selling the ice creams
ERA Ice Cream
What's good: Try Frida Kahlo's Coffee Liqueur flavour
Where: Cowey Park, 8 Problem Mkhize Road
Scoop Handmade Ice Cream
What's good: The salted caramel flavour is out of this world
Where: Unit 2, The Litchi Orchard, Seaforth Avenue, Foxhills, Salt Rock
Ballina Ice Cream
What's good: The Chilli & Dark Chocolate is amazing... They also have sugar free options
Where: Lot 75, 6 Impala Ridge Drive, Drummond, Valley of 1000 Hills
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Other Coastal Towns
Friesland Milk Bar - East London
What's good: The tutti fruity and butterscotch flavours are delicious... they also make the best milkshakes
Where: 49 Tennyson Street Quigney, East London, Eastern Cape
Vanilla Dream Ice Cream Parlour – Jeffrey’s Bay
What's good: A rum-and-raisin scoop
Where: 19 Da Gama Rd, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape
Inland - Joburg and Pretoria
Royal Danish Homemade Ice Cream
What's good: Try an old-school soda float
Where: Corner of Gordon Road and Bernard Street, Pretoria
What's good: The sorbets are to die for, as are the Italian classics like Stracciatella (Vanilla & choc chips), Amaretto and Pistaccho
Where: Oaklands Shopping Centre, Oaklands, Johannesburg
Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream
What's good: Try the White Chocolate & Passion Fruit or Red Velvet flavours
Where: 5 17th street Orange Grove, Johannesburg
*Compiled by Thutolore Tsatsane
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