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Where to find the most satisfying ice cream in Pretoria

There’s nothing like a scoop (or five) of cold and creamy goodness to celebrate summer in the capital city. Of course, there’s more to the art of ice-cream enjoyment than simply cooling down on a hot summer’s day: it’s a form of self-expression. Cup or cone? With sauce, or sommer net so? We went hunting for the best gelato this side of the N1 and found something for every taste.

Aroma Gelato and Waffle Lounge (Brooklyn)

This trendy little spot off Lynnwood Road opened its doors in 2012 and has officially graduated from being the new kid on the block to becoming a local institution. The word gelato isn’t used gratuitously here: it’s all about using top-class ingredients to create a superb product that would be equally at home on the streets of Rome. Chocaholics will love unusual flavours like Ferrero Rocher, Lunch Bar and Nutella, while the Salted Caramel is set to become a firm new favourite. When the temperature reaches the mid-30s, nothing hits the spot like a cool sorbet. Try the blood orange, grapefruit or mango for some refreshing goodness sans the cream factor. Oh, and the waffles are scrumptious too.

 

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Corner Shop Neighbourhood Café (Waterkloof Heights)

The Waterkloof Heights centre houses several much-loved dining spots, with newcomer Corner Shop opening its doors in August 2018. This chilled-out café is fast gaining a reputation for rustling up a mean harvest table, and what better way to top off a tasty lunch than with a lip-smacking scoop of ice cream? The nougat and peanut butter flavours are particularly velvety, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for more surprising offerings like Turkish delight and milk tart. Look out for the hammock-style swings outside, which invite locals to dial up the laze factor and take summer-time chilling to epic new heights. They’re pet-friendly, so bring your pooch.

Filos Kitchen Coffee Bar Deli (Lynwood)

This bright and breezy eatery opened its doors in late 2017. With plenty of outside seating and a tranquil setting on the grounds of the Pretoria Hellenic Community, Filos prides itself on serving hearty Greek fare. But don’t let that deter your inner ice cream junkie; it’s not just about dolmades and moussaka around here – Filos happily serves some of the best ice cream in town, supplied by KinGelato. The Pistachio is bold and delicious, and banters will be glad to get their mitts on gluten-free options such as stracciatella, caramello and cioccolato.

Haägen-Dazs (Brooklyn)

Olympic runner Don Kardong once wrote: “Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.” Ain’t that the truth. Ice cream brand Haägen-Dazs has been saving the world from the dark forces for close to six decades, elevating the humble scoop to super-power status. Although the Brooklyn Mall store has closed down, Haägen-Dazs fans can still grab a cone (or a cup) from the Haägen-Dazs truck on Brooklyn Square. Evergreen favourites are salted caramel and the best dulce de leche gelato outside of Argentina.

 

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Old Town Italy (Menlyn)

The gelato bar at Old Town Italy is a thing of joy and beauty. Since opening its doors in 2016, this Italian restaurant and food emporium has delighted many an ice cream fan with sublime and surprising flavours like mandarin, watermelon, gingerbread biscuit and Amarena cherry. If you’re unlikely to get your ice-cream fix in Italy anytime soon, this is the next best thing.

 

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Royal Danish (Colbyn)

Royal Danish is the spot to get your artisanal ice-cream fix in the greater 012 area. Where other gelaterias have come and gone, Royal Danish has been around since the 90s. The classic vanilla and chocolate options are simply exquisite, while royal pecan and Copenhagen are two must-try signature flavours that have stood the test of time. For something unusually delectable, ask for a scoop of fig jam gelato. They also have vegan options – including chocolate, espresso, vanilla and plenty of others – made from a base of coconut cream. Royal Danish is open until late in the evening, which makes it the perfect spot for an ice-cream date.

Did we miss your favourite spot in Jozi churning out ice-cream or gelato of incredible quality? Let us know in the comments section below!

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