Cape Town’s dreamiest ice-cream shops

Summer is here and luckily the Mother City is brimming with ice-cream parlours and gelato shops to satisfy those sugary urges on sweltering days. Here’s where to get your next scoop in Cape Town.

The Creamery  (Mouille Point, Newlands, Palmyra Junction, Durbanville)
This dedicated ice-cream parlour doesn’t skimp on the creativity with its range of scoops. Flavours change with the seasons, but you’ll always find 65% chocolate, sea salt caramel, peanut butter, sweet cream, and Rosetta Roastery coffee on offer. Granadilla choc chip, chocolate cake, peanut cluster, malva pud and milk tart also make appearances. Try your scoop on top of a golden waffle with a toasted marshmallow and chocolate sauce.


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The Dairy Den (Sea Point)
This soft-serve and doughnut bar serves all things sweet and indulgent. The soft serves here are swirled in flavours of vanilla, chocolate rocky road topped with peanut brittle, and a combo of strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. The soft serve can also come sprinkled with choc-mint chunks, marshmallows, caramel popcorn or even some mini doughnuts for a touch of extra sweetness. Get yours in a pink cone or the classic wafer cone.


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IceDream (Hout Bay)
Take a drive to this little dessert gem and grab a decadent gelato to go before heading to the beach or driving up to Chappies. The pastel-coloured shop, owned by Italian brother-and-sister duo Liana and Luigi Lazzarotto, churns out fresh batches of creamy desserts daily. Flavours include Zanzibar vanilla, hazelnut, mint-choc chip, rum and raisin, tiramisu and peanut butter.

Kristen’s Kickass Ice Cream (Noordhoek)
This quaint scoop shop opened its doors just last year but has already gained a devoted following, with over 40 flavours on the menu, all of which are made from scratch with free-range cream, milk, and hand-made ingredients. Owner Kristen Batzer even makes her own marshmallows, honeycomb, fudge-and-praline sauce, oatmeal-crunch streusel, jams and peanut butter. Popular flavours include cookies and cream with home-made Oreos; sea-salt caramel with dry-roasted cane sugar and Maldon smoked sea salt; garden-mint chocolate chip with fresh mint leaves; brown sugar cream with caramelised figs; and a play on a deconstructed Bounty Bar with coconut cream, milk chocolate and almonds.


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Le Delizie (Newlands)
This little southern suburbs gem keeps locals happy with its artisanal gelato made on site. Flavours include coffee, blackberry, classic chocolate, hazelnut, stracciatella, and rum and raisin. Also be sure to try their home-made nougat, sorbets, and glorious gelato cakes made to order.

Moro Gelato (City Bowl)
Moro Gelato has relocated from Woodstock to Long Street in Cape Town, making it that much easier for city-bowl hedonists to indulge in their favourite summer treat. The gelato flavours range from pure pistachio to buttery salted-caramel popcorn, blond chocolate and salted lime. The sorbets, made using seasonal fruit, are not to be overlooked either. Moro offers three cup sizes: a small cup gives you a choice of up to two flavours; a medium, three flavours; and a large, four.


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Sorbetiere (Woodstock)
Sorbetiere prepares sorbet and ice cream inspired by the seasons, sourcing ingredients from fruit farms around the Western Cape. Sorbet flavours change constantly, but you can expect innovative options such as strawberry and mint, strawberry and basil, and G&T. Ice-cream flavours include salted caramel, chocolate, coffee and fresh mint with chocolate chips. You’ll also find vegan options like sweet melon and roasted peach.

Unframed Ice Cream (Gardens)
All the flavours at this parlour are constructed with a scientific level of precision to give a perfectly smooth texture while still being light. Flavours may include peanut butter, Valhrona sea-salt chocolate, and a burnt Valhrona white chocolate that tastes like caramel. Order a scoop on a sugar cone or in a cup and choose from toppings like dirty sea-salt caramel, crumbled raw coconut macaroons from Moonbeam or crumbled Amaretti biscuits.


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