Cape Town’s ice cream is so good and plentiful, you could practically live off of it for a week (or three) without ever having to visit the same place twice. We’ve done extensive research to narrow down the top ten ice cream spots in town. Eat now, thank us later.
1. The Creamery – Newlands, Mouille Point, Palmyra Junction
With trusty favourites like Peanut Butter, Rosetta Roastery Coffee, Sea Salt Caramel, Sweet Cream, and 65% Chocolate you know you’ll always find creamy greatness at one of the Creamery branches in Cape Town. Every month they have a new flavour to try, and try you must! Each branch also has an ice-cream covered treat on offer, like warm waffles in Newlands or freshly baked cookies in Mouille Point. They’re also at popular markets like the V&A Waterfront’s Food Market and the Earth Fair Markets in the CBD on Thursdays, so you have a good excuse to try every flavour.
If there is one nation who knows how to do things with flair, it’s the Italians. One taste of this Gelato will make you feel like you’re being serenaded by an Italian with your feet in the Trevi Fountain. Their Gelato is freshly made with local produce and spices and their vegan-friendly sorbet might bring tears of joy to your eyes. Their pastel-coloured parlour on Long Street is Wes Anderson perfection and they’re open till late. Plus they have chocolate fountains with dark and white chocolate pouring like a waterfall as you’re reading this. They’re also at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at the V&A Waterfront on Saturdays.
There are at least a hundred reasons you should visit the idyllic Franschhoek Valley, one of the top ten being the delicious ice cream at De Villiers Chocolate. This bean to bar chocolate company focuses on ethically and sustainably sourced products used to make the most incredible truffles, confectionery, chocolate thins, bars and of course, ice cream. They have 15 flavours of ice cream and sorbet to choose from and their own gluten-free cones made fresh daily. Their café also offers chocolate and ice cream tasting so you can really taste why there is no place quite like De Villiers Chocolate anywhere else in the world. Once you’ve tried the ice cream, take a chocolate salami, dark chocolate pizza, or bag of spiced drinking chocolate beans home with you to spread the love.
Unframed puts the “art” in “artisanal” with their ice cream flavours that cater to the sophisticated palette. They also have a big variety for vegans and the lactose intolerant, which has made them a favourite on trendy Kloof Street. They make their ice cream from scratch using seasonal ingredients, meaning their offering is rich in taste and mostly guilt-free. They have ten rotating flavours with at least two sorbets and three vegan offerings available at all time. Whether you’re looking for something sweet or spicy, you’re guaranteed to find a smooth and tasty flavour to meet your needs.
5. Gelato Mania – Hermanus, Camps Bay, Cavendish Square, the V&A Waterfront, and Green Point.
Ice cream lovers will feel right at home in one of the five branches of this family-run gelateria in Hermanus, Camps Bay, Cavendish Square, the V&A Waterfront, and Green Point. They have bragging rights to the biggest selection of traditional home-made Italian style ice cream in South Africa, so you’re spoilt for choice. They also serve waffles and pancakes as well as diabetic and banting friendly gelato. Their fruity sorbets are perfect for hot summer days.
Sea Point’s new sweet spot offers delicious soft serves in black Oreo cones that will make you feel like a kid again. Approach with caution though, because once you are there you will most definitely have to try one of their gourmet doughnuts too. The unicorn swirl with its sprinkles and pop of colour comes highly recommended. Their pink Instagram-friendly store on Main Road is just a few minutes away from the promenade.
Made without any preservatives, flavourants, colourants or added fats, the gelato from Ice Dream is made with only the freshest ingredients. This gelateria in Hout Bay has dreamy classic flavours as well as some available on special request like Amarula, Roasted Pumpkin, Mascarpone & Almond and Beer. Their dairy free Sorbeto is made with seasonal fruits like sweet melon, litchi, lemon, strawberry and pink grapefruit. Established in 1993, the brother and sister-run gelateria has a recipe for success that has won over many Capetonians and visitors to Hout Bay.
Fall in love with handmade premium ice cream in flavours like Butter Pecan, Aero, Cookies & Cream, Milo, Saffron & Pistachio and White Choc Poppy Seed. Their freshly baked waffles, brownies, decadent hot chocolate and double thick milkshakes will also have you swooning if you have a sweet tooth. Find them at the beautiful Hout Bay Harbour behind the Snoekies.
When you think of ice cream you might not necessarily think of ice lollies, but Las Paletas’ artisanal lollies are sure to change that. Their handmade artisan sorbet and dairy lollies are made in small batches using 100% natural products like real fruit, herbs, spices, and nuts. With flavours like coconut lemonade, pineapple, and chilli and gooseberry cheesecake, you best be prepared for something quite extraordinary. They’re stocked at many popular shops and restaurants around town, so you can grab a few and head to the beach where you’re bound to make everyone around you have food envy.
This unassuming spot on Sea Point Main Road offers jaw-dropping ice cream as well as Belgian waffles, Bar One or chocolate covered Strawberry milkshakes, pancakes and hot drinks. They’ve been around since 1954, so you know they know what they’re doing when it comes to creamy and dreamy delights. Their scoops are huge, meaning you get great value for money and you get to live the dream just a little bit longer.