The Best Places for Ice Cream in Cape Town

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Is there anything more satisfying than a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer’s day? Scratch that – is there anything more satisfying than a scoop or a tub of ice cream? We think not. Get your hands on some of the best ice cream in Cape Town with our list.

Churn It Ice-Cream

New to the ice cream scene is Churn It, an artisanal parlour located in Pinelands. With delicious flavours like refreshing Mango, Coffee & Cacao, Peppermint Tart and more, Churn It sells happiness by the scoop.

Location: 5 Pineworx, Lonsdale Way, Pinelands
Hours: Wed-Sun: 11h00–20h00
Contact: 079 889 5568

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Crumbs & Cream

Crumbs & Cream
The Crumbs & Cream concept brings together two of the most delicious things – giant cookies and creamy ice cream. Co-founders, Shahar Ben Artzi and Or Lahat, have created a local sensation with their delectable cookies, colourful toppings and overall fun vibe. Pick two cookies – it’s tough with choices such as Oreo, rainbow and even vegan – then your ice cream… think caramel fudge, choc mint or yogi berry. Lastly, go crazy with toppings and spreads. Visit your nearest Crumbs & Cream shop or get your fix from one of their many stockist in Cape Town.

Location: Watershed Kiosk, V&A Waterfront | Neelsie Student Centre, 7 De Beer Rd, Stellenbosch | *Stay tuned and check out Crumbs & Cream on Instagram for updates on their Woodstock factory store launch | View stockists
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00–19h00 (V&A Waterfront) | Mon-Sun: 07h00–23h00 (Stellenbosch)
Contact: 081 343 2761 (V&A Waterfront) | 076 458 6445 (Stellenbosch) | Facebook | Instagram

ditto Ice Cream & Waffle House

Vegan ice cream is no stranger to Cape Town, but ditto Ice Cream is one of the first oat milk ice cream parlours to exclusively serve vegan ice cream and offer an allergen-free, plant-based alternative for those looking to stay away from gluten, soy and lactose. They always have new and interesting flavours, served either in a cup or a delicious (freshly made) waffle cone with a range of toppings. Their waffles are also insanely delicious.

Location: 119 Kloof Street, Gardens
Hours: Tues-Thurs & Sun: 09h00–22h00 | Fri & Sat: 09h00–23h00
Contact: Email

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Gelato Mania

Gelato Mania is a family-run Gelateria, which specialises in artisanal gelato. They use an age-old traditional recipe, which guarantees refreshing bursts of exceptional flavours. They are also located all over the place, from Hermanus to Greenpoint to Stellenbosch.

Locations: Shop 152, Ground Floor, V&A Waterfront | Kloof Str Village, 8 Rheede Str, Gardens | 83A Regent Rd, Sea Point | 65 Main Rd, Green Point | View all locations
Hours: Location-dependent | *Visit site below
Contact: 021 914 6376 | Facebook | Instagram

Kristen’s Kick-Ass Ice Cream

In the idyllic setting of the Noordhoek Farm Village, Kristen Batzer-Buttress serves her kick-ass ice cream. Based on an idea of childhood-inspired flavours and combinations, Kristen is scooping up classic flavours like chocolate, made with 70% dark chocolate and cocoa, vanilla and salted caramel – but also has unusual combinations like Rooibos Apricot and Crack Caramel. We were done in by their Coconut Fudge, Coffee & Dark Chocolate, with its rich and creamy combination – outstanding.

Locations: Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane | Constantia Uitsig Heritage Village, Spaanchemat River Road, Constantia | 6 Cardiff Castle, Main St, Newlands
Hours: Location-dependent | *Visit site below
Contact: 079 265 5108 (Noordhoek) | 079 654 9027 (Constantia) | 07 81 481 6715 (Newlands) | Facebook | Instagram

Las Paletas

Las Paletas (Spanish for ‘ice lollies’) offers handmade sorbet and dairy lollies, made in small batches from quality ingredients, such as real fruit, herbs, spices, nuts and real dairy. They are all 100% natural and free from flavourants, colourants, additives and powdered products. They specialise in tropical, out-of-the-ordinary flavours like Coconut Lemonade, Pineapple & Chilli, Sour Mango, and Guava & Cheese. The idea is to surprise, indulge and satisfy customers by constantly offering new, fun flavours.

Location: V&A Waterfront Food Market, The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock | *Visit their website for the full list of stockists
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10h30–19h00 (V&A Waterfront)| Tues-Fri: 10h00–17h00, Sat & Sun: 09h00–16h30 (The Old Biscuit Mill)
Contact: 021 556 1491
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Milk Beach

If a candy store and an ice cream parlour had a baby, that baby would be Milk Beach. Located on Surfer’s Corner in Muizenberg, this trendy ice cream spot is a kid’s dream. Enjoy as many scoops as you like and go crazy with toppings – add candy floss, sour worms, speckled eggs, you name it – or order a pint of your favourite to go. Some flavours include Banana Caramel Swirl, Bubblegum Rainbow, Cookie Monster (you have to visit to find out), and more. The ideal spot for an ice cream date with the kids or after a blissful beach walk.

Location: 52 Beach Rd, Muizenberg
Hours: Mon-Sat: 09h00–18h00 & Sun 09h00–19h00

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Moro Gelato

moro gelatoStep into the enchanting world of Moro Gelato, where the captivating blend of mint green and gold interiors transports you to a fairy tale setting. Their exquisitely elegant look is the first thing you’ll notice and then you’ll fall in love with their chocolate fountains and real-deal Italian gelato, which comes in all sorts of sublime flavours.

Try their Marchese (Tahitian vanilla with caramelised almonds and macadamias), Caramel Cookie Crumble (speculoos cookie crumble with a speculoos spread), Peanut Paradiso, or Tiramisu. Trust us, it’s hard to pick just one.

Locations: 165 Long Street, Cape Town | 85 Regent Road, Sea Point | Shop 2, Portside Centre, Main Rd, Green Point
Hours: Mon-Wed: 12h00–23h00 | Thurs-Sun (and public holidays): 11h00–23h00
Contact: Email | Facebook  | Instagram

Serendipity Creamery

This artisanal ice cream store offers unique flavours, including traditional dessert favourites like boeber, baklava and halwa, to name a few; their menu also has vegan ice cream options. Apart from their ice cream, word has it that Serendipity Creamery sells amazing cheesecake.

Location: Shop 3, Belvedere Square, Belvedere Rd, Claremont
Hours: Mon-Sun: 09h00–18h00
Contact: 068 029 0463 | Instagram

Sinnfull Ice Cream

Located at the harbour, Sinnfull Ice Cream is the ideal treat to end off a visit to the Hout Bay market. This ice cream store offers sinfully delicious flavours. You can’t go wrong with their Very Yummy Choc Chip & Brownie or Addictions ice cream infused with almond and vanilla. Don’t feel like making the trip to Hout Bay? Grab a tub at the Spar in Sea Point or Vredehoek.

Location: Hout Bay Harbour, Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11h00–18h00
Contact: 021 790 8143 | Facebook


the best ice cream in cape town Sorbetiere
According to Beran of Sorbetiere, only sorbet can truly highlight the purity of the fruit. Her sorbets are seasonal and refreshing, but the unique thing about them is the texture. With the best quality fruit, she can make the best quality sorbet with a creamy texture without any dairy – meaning they are completely vegan! They make ice cream from scratch, using the best products available; flavours include a vanilla pod, salted caramel, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and more. You can visit the workshop in Woodstock, where all the sorbets and ice creams are produced.

Location: Side Street Studios, 48 Albert Road, Woodstock
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08h00–16h00 | Sat: 09h00–14h00 (during summer) | Closed Sundays
Contact: 079 085 5607 | Facebook | Instagram

Tapi Tapi

Tapi Tapi ice creamTapi Tapi doesn’t just sell just ice cream, they sell culture by the scoop. Inspired by authentic African ingredients, this hand-crafted ice cream is an ode to the flavours that raised many. Founder, Tapiwa Guzha, honours African ingredients in the most delicious way possible. South African flavours include Koesister and Boeber (spiced vermicelli) ice cream, and indulgent deep-fried amagwinya. Other flavours include Ghanaian-inspired Caramelised Plantain, Sorghum, Ginger and Fire-roasted Peanut. They regularly update their offerings depending on seasonal favourites, so you’re always in for a sweet surprise!

Location: 76 Lower Main Rd, Observatory
Hours: Tues-Fri & Sun: 13h00–19h00 | Sat: 12h00–19h00 | Closed Mondays & during loadshedding
Contact: 0769145614 | Facebook | Instagram

The Creamery

Cape Town’s original ice cream cool kid, The Creamery, is known for their seasonal flavours (such as Blackberry Cheesecake, Garden Mint, and Jasmine Blossom) and their commitment to ethically sourced ingredients. They also offer desserts, including their famous waffles, soft-baked cookies (Double Peanut Butter Swirl, Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip, and Vanilla Raspberry) and banana splits, which can be enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee seated at one of their beautiful cafés.

Locations: Shop 2, New Cumberland Building, Park Road, Mouille Point | Shop 4, Newlands Quarter, Dean Str | Shop 16, Palmyra Junction, Palmyra Road, Claremont | View all locations
Hours: Mon-Sun: 09h00–23h00 | *Visit site below for all operating hours
Contact: 021 434 2455 (Mouille Point) | 021 879 3404 (Newlands)| 021 203 5210 (Claremont) | Facebook | Instagram

The Dairy Den

Owned by sisters, Tasia Donaldson and Lexi Van Kets, The Dairy Den proves that ‘life is sweet’. Whether you’re in the mood for ice cream, doughnuts or soft-served sandwiched doughnuts, you can have it all at The Dairy Den. They also sell plant-based soft serve, available in flavours Vanilla, Nut Crunch and Oreo Crumbs.

Location: 148 Main Rd, Sea Point | Food Court, Kenilworth Centre | Willowbridge Shopping Centre, Bellville | Solly Smiedt St, Goodwood | 95 Main Road, Rondebosch
Hours: Location-dependent | *Visit site below
Contact: 076 401 9895 (Sea Point) | 060 851 3458 (Kenilworth Centre) | 081 859 5860 (Bellville) | 079 510 4916 (Goodwood) |  072 830 7320 (Rondebosch) | Facebook | Instagram


Located on Kloof Street, Unframed serves up unadulterated ice cream indulgence in its purest form. French owner, Yann Rey, and his flavour developer (based in France) have created deliciously unique flavours such as Turmeric Latte and Burnt White Chocolate, as well as a few favourites, Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel, that are always on hand. They have vegan ice cream and sorbet, as well as regular ice cream, plus interesting toppings like raw date caramel and cardamom dark chocolate.

Location: 45C Kloof Street, Gardens | 187 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, and more
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11h00–23h00 (Gardens) | Mon-Fri: 11h00–16h00 (Woodstock)
Contact: 065 913 2005 (Gardens)  | 063 601 0287 (Woodstock) | Facebook | Instagram

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