The Best Places for Ice Cream in Cape Town

Words: Jess Spiro

Is there anything more satisfying than a scoop of ice cream on a hot summers day? Scratch that. Is there anything more than satisfying than a scoop, or a tub, of ice cream full stop? We think not. Get your hands on some of the best ice cream in Cape Town with our list.

*Times are subject to change due to everchanging lockdown regulations 

Best Ice Cream in Cape Town

Unframed

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Located at the bottom of Kloof Street in Cape Town, Unframed serves up unadulterated ice cream indulgence in its purest form. French owner, Yann, and his flavour developer (based in France) have created deliciously unique flavours such as Tumeric Latte and Burnt White Chocolate, as well as always having a few favourites, such as Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel, that are always on hand. There are silky vegan ice creams and sorbets, as well as regular, plus interesting toppings such as raw date caramel and cardamom dark chocolate. You can also boost your body with organic superfood toppings such as raw white mulberries and raw macaroons.

Location: 45C Kloof Street, Cape Town | V&A Food Market
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11h00 – 23h00 | Monday – Thursday 10h00 – 20h00 + Friday – Sunday 10h00 – 21h00
Contact: 063 601 0287 | 065 878 3917

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Kristen’s Kick-Ass Ice Cream

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In the idyllic setting of the Noordhoek Farm Village is Kristen Batzer-Buttress and 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 Earl Grey and Cherry, where the cherry lifts the floral, delicate Earl Grey flavour. We were done in by a tub of Toasted Coconut, Milk Chocolate and Almond, with its buttery, sweet and crunchy combination – outstanding. This is quality ice cream, being homemade with love and with the best ingredients that Kristen can get her hands on.

Location: Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane |  Constantia Uitsig Heritage Market
Hours: Monday – Sunday 09h00 – 17h00 & Wednesday 09h00 – 20h00 |  Monday – Tuesday 09h00 – 17h00, Wednesday – Sunday 09h00 – 20h00
Contact: 072 563 7642 | 021 204 3134

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Moro Gelato

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If you’ve admired a gorgeous gelato cart in pale greens and golds that looks like something out of a storybook, then chances are you’ve come across Moro Gelato. Their exquisitely elegant ice cream cart is the first thing you’ll notice and then you’ll fall in love with their real-deal Italian gelato that comes in all sorts of simply sublime flavours. Try their Marchese (vanilla with caramelised almonds and macadamias), coconut stracciatella or salty caramel popcorn. Trust us, it’s hard to pick just one. Their store on Long Street is every bit as beautiful as their cart, you won’t want to leave.

Location: 165 Long Street, Cape Town | 85 Regent Road, Seapoint | Portside mall, Main Rd, Green Point.
Hours: Mon – Wed 11h00-21h30 | Thurs – Sun 11h00-23h00
Contact: info@morogelato.com

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The Creamery

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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 in one of their beautiful cafés in Newlands, Mouille Point or Salt River.

Location: 163 Beach Rd, Mouille Point, Cape Town | Shop 4, Newlands Quarter, Dean Str | Shop 16, Palmyra Junction, Palmyra Road, Claremont
Hours: Monday – Sunday 09h00 – 23h00
Contact: 021 447 7690

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The Dairy Den

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If you love old school soft serve then you’re in for a treat at The Dairy Den. The little hole-in-the-wall spot in Sea Point is serving up just that but with a contemporary twist and a focus on fun. Expect the soft serve of your dreams, with fun toppings, bright colours, oh and did we mention doughnuts? Yes, The Dairy Den brings two of our favourites together, soft serve and doughnuts. The bright pink and white striped walls and gorgeous sprinkle-clad ice creams and doughnuts make for seriously pretty Instagram-able moments and we just love how we feel like big kids when we’re there.

Location: 148 Main Road, Sea Point
Hours: 10h00-22h30 daily
Contact: 076 401 9895

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Sorbetière

the best ice cream in cape town Sorbetiere
According to Berenne of Sorbetière, 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’re they are completely vegan! They make ice cream from scratch, using the best dairy products available, and these flavours include a vanilla pod, salted caramel, mint chocolate chip ice cream. You can visit the workshop in Woodstock where all the sorbets  & ice creams are produced.

Location: Side Street Studios, 48 Albert Road, Woodstock
Hours: Monday – Friday: 08h30 – 16h00
Contact: 079 085 5607

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Ice Dream

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This Hout Bay gem has been around since 1993 and serves up the best ice cream in the area.  Their ice cream and sorbets are made with fresh ingredients and without additives, preservatives or colourants. Their speciality Zanzibar vanilla pod ice cream is to die for as well as their other delicious specials such as roasted pumpkin, zabione (eggnog) and Campari. You can aso catch them at the Bay Harbour Market on the weekends.

Location: 1 Homeleigh, Main Road, Hout Bay
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10h00 – 18h00
Contact: 021 790 2496

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Las Paletas

Las-Paletas
Las Paletas, (Spanish for ice lollies), are handmade artisan 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 exotic, out of the ordinary flavours like guava & cheese, coconut lemonade, pineapple and chilli, sour mango and peanut butter & jam. The idea is to surprise, indulge and satisfy customers with fun, constantly changing flavours, proving that it’s never too hot or cold for a lolly.

Location: Unit 2, Ebenezer Park, 71 – 73 Killarney Av, Killarney Gardens, Cape Town
Hours: Mon – Fri: 08h30 – 16h30
Contact: 021 556 1491
Please note that Las Paletas is not open on a regular basis and all orders must be placed beforehand

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Cold Gold

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Set up by Janine Van Zyl when she realised a gap in the market for real ice cream free from preservatives, artificial additives and preservatives. She started Cold Gold in a small flat in Stellenbosch and it has now grown to fill an entire store. The range has extended to include an ice cream or sorbet for everyone, be it vegan, banting-friendly, Paleo, or fat-free, Cold Gold has you covered and is available in loads of delicious flavour varieties such as Watermelon Sorbet and Strawberry & Vanilla.

Location: Shop 53 Bosman’s Crossing Square, Distillery Rd, Stellenbosch
Hours: Mon – Fri: 08h00 – 17h00 | Sat: 10h00 – 14h00
Contact: 074 182 5510

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Crumbs and Cream

Crumbs & Cream
The Crumbs and 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 sensation at their Sea Point store with their delectable cookies, colourful toppings and overall fun vibe. Pick two cookies – it’s tough with so many choices such as Oreo, rainbow and even vegan, then your ice cream… think Caramel Fudge, Choc Mint or Yogi Berry, then go crazy with toppings and spreads. It’s a full-on sugar rush for sure, but you can wander down the Sea Point Promenade as you tuck in and work off the calories as you walk.

Location: 16 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town | V&A Waterfront (near Aquarium)
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10h00 – 23h30 | Friday – Saturday 10h00 – 00h00 | Open daily 10h00-19h00
Contact: 081 343 2761

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Gelato Mania

Gelato Mania is a family-run Gelateria, which specializes in Artisanal gelato (traditional home-made Italian style ice cream). They use an age-old traditional recipe, which they guarantee offers refreshing bursts of exceptional flavours. They are also located all over the place, from Hermanus to Greenpoint to Stellenbosch!

Location: Shop 152, Ground Floor V&A | Corner Market Street and Marine Drive, Hermanus | 47 Dean Street, Newlands | Mojo Market, Seapoint | 65 Main Road, Green Point  | Shop 11 Victoria Road | 18 Andringa Street, Stellenbosch
Hours: Monday – Sunday 09h00 – 21h30
Contact: 021 914 6376

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Want to make your own? check out some delicious recipes here.

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