Few other marriages in human history are as deliciously harmonious as hot weather and cold ice cream. And now that the Cape is bathed in the glorious rays of the spring-going-on-summer sun, it’s only smart that you know where to get your next creamy treat. Here are our favourite ice-cream shops in Cape Town.
Ice Dream, Hout Bay
For Italian gelato that is so authentic that even the proprietor warbles in a thick Northern Italian accent, look no further than IceDream in Hout Bay. All the ice cream is made on site in their tiny kitchen by passionate owners Liana and Fabrizio. There is a handsome variety of ice-creams and sorbets to choose from, including pink grapefruit, sour cherry, pistachio, peanut butter and the most delicious vanilla ice-cream, made with vanilla pods from Zanzibar.
Where: Homeleigh Place, Main Road, Hout Bay
Unframed, Kloof Street and V&A Food Market
Unframed is an artisanal ice cream maker, which essentially means healthy ice cream made from scratch in small batches, from real and sustainable foods. Their lofty goal is to make the world’s best ice cream (you can be the judge of that), including dairy-based, fruit-based sorbets, and nut-based vegan options. They also incorporate an array of superfoods as toppings and flavours like their famous “Blue Coconut” made with Blue Spirulina. Unframed is all about all-natural taste, perfect texture, classics with a twist, and innovations that taste amazing.
Where: 45C Kloof Street Cape Town and V&A Food Market, V&A Waterfront
The Creamery, many outlets
With dessert cafés all over Cape Town, as well as market scoop stalls at some of the city’s most beloved markets, delicious ice cream is never more than a short drive away. The Creamery makes honest-to-goodness, made-from-scratch natural ice cream from ingredients sourced, wherever possible, from local family farms. There is a deep environmental consciousness in what they do, placing emphasis on local, sustainable, and seasonal foods, which naturally results in ice creams that are pretty damn good!
Where: Dean Street, Newlands | Beach Road, Mouille Point | Palmyra Road, Claremont | Shop 18, Durbanville Village Square, Durbanville | Market on the Wharf | The Neighbourgoods Market | Earth Fair Market
Le Delizie, Newlands
Le Delizie is a little piece of Italy in Newland’s Dean Street Arcade, where owners Adriana and Massimo create the traditional flavours of their native land in the form of handmade chocolates, torrone (nougat), and Gelato. All the gelati are eggless, except for Crema della Nonna (Granny’s Cream), which uses egg yolk. Try their gelato bonbons (Italian kisses), tiramisu and cherry-cream ice cream, and the specially moulded ice-cream cakes!
Where: Dean Street Arcade Mall, 1 Main Street, Newlands
At Sorbetière, French Chef Beran Cristini brings her “je ne sais quoi” to every ice-cream creation, taking her cue from nature and local products to craft artisan sorbet and ice cream in seasonal flavours. Sorbetière’s dairy-free, vegan-friendly sorbets are made from 70 to 80% fresh fruit and a water base, while its ice creams use fresh milk and natural ingredients, with no artificial flavours or colorants. So, whether your taste buds are adventurous or traditional, your palate is sure to be pleased here!
Where: 48 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town | also available from various stores, wine farms, restaurants, and cafés around Cape Town, including Honest Chocolate Café, South China Dim Sum, Gogo’s Deli, Mama Africa, The Duchess of Wisbeach, Cooked, Manna Epicure, and Burrata.
Moro Gelato, Long Street
Moro Gelato – the loving child of Stefano Moro and Heine van Wyk who met in Milan years ago – makes gelato the same way it’s done in Italy. And as in the Italian tradition, they offer their delicious wares for sale from a pozzetti out of their beautiful carts or at their shop on Long Street. Gelato is a freshly made from fresh and pure local ingredients on a daily basis. They use fresh milk and cream and their sorbetti are made in their kitchen from juicy seasonal fruit.
Where: 165 Long St, Cape Town City Centre | also available at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market on Saturdays
Kristen’s Kick-Ass Ice Cream, Noordhoek and Constantia Village Market
“A balanced diet is an ice cream in both hands”
Kristen’s Kick-As Ice Cream crafts small batch, artisanal ice-cream, slow-churned in Noordhoek, Constantia, and Trou Aux Biches, Mauritius (so you just know where you’re getting your ice cream fix on your next island holiday!) It’s an American style ice cream scoop shop focused on serving texture driven, small batch ice cream with a renewed focus to flavour and palate. Kristen Buttress’ dedication to quality is tireless, and she is constantly developing and perfecting her recipes. Flavours to try include pecans and praline, ginger cream, fresh basil and praline pine nuts, and boozy (lime and gin, and Aegir porter with dark chocolate covered pretzels).
Where: Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Noordhoek | Constantia Uitsig Heritage Village, Spaanschemat River Road
The Dairy Den, Sea Point
Opened in October 2017 on Sea Point’s busy main road, The Dairy Den was inspired by Tasia Donaldson and Lexi Van Kets’ fond childhood memories of ice-cream cones, toppings, and drips. Today, this soft-serve ice cream, doughnut, milkshake (served double thick), and coffee shop is making countless other children’s dreams come true! Try ‘The Belter’, a doughnut wrapped around the soft serve of your choice, doused in a selection of toppings. The Nutella-filled donut pops are also always a hit.
“We’re all about creating fun and affordable treats, with a trendy edge that the whole family can enjoy!”
Where: 148 Main Road, Sea Point
Tashas Waffle House, Constantia
If you love your waffles, you’d be excused for thinking that you’d died and gone to heaven. Tashas’ Waffle House and ice cream parlour has a decidedly vintage feel with its 50s-inspired pastel palette, and serves absolutely delicious, designer waffles, gelato, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and milkshakes. Oh, and feel free to pile on your favourite toppings, such as Turkish delight, wafers, smarties, and cherry sauce.
“I believe that memorable moments are made with beautiful meals, engagingly delivered in exquisite environments. At Tashas we strive to bring all of these things together for you to enjoy.”
Where: Shop 55, Constantia Village, Constantia Main Road
Cold Gold Artisan Ice Cream & Sorbet, Stellenbosch
Cold Gold is an artisan producer of ice creams, sorbets, and practically any frozen fantasy! Based in Stellenbosch, all of their products are prepared from fresh, organic, seasonal, and local ingredients sourced from local farms and small producers in the winelands (NO artificial flavouring and colouring, stabilizers, preservatives, or chemicals). Cold Gold believes that everybody should have their dream dessert and eat it, even those with special dietary requirements. So, from Paleo dieters to vegans (or traditionalists all about full cream, dairy realness), the Cold Gold’s treasure freezer does it all in over 800 flavours.
Where: Wingerd Vista Restaurant, Delvera Estate, R44, between Stellenbosch and Paarl | also available from Lanzerac Wine Estate, Nederburg Wine Estate (wine and ice-cream pairings), Oude Werf Restaurant, and Drum Restaurant on Dorp street.
Crumbs and Cream, Sea Point
Crumbs & Cream has taken Cape Town by storm and has customers flocking to get their hands on their delectable cookie and ice-cream sandwiches. The brand was a dream come true for the two entrepreneurial sisters, Shahar Ben Artzi and Or Lahat, who followed their heart (and their taste buds) to create the fun-filled, exciting and successful dessert café in only a few short months. How does it work? Create your own personalised ice cream sandwich by choosing any two cookies from their ever-changing variety of freshly baked cookies. Then pick your ice cream of choice and decide on any of their tasty toppings and spreads!
Where: 16 Regent Road, Sea Point (available on Uber Eats, too!)
More Ice-cream shops, gelaterias, frozen yoghurt, and sorbet cafés well worth a lick…
Ice Café, Kalk Bay
Icezeit, Sea Point
Créme de Levain, Stellenbosch
Gelato Mania, multiple outlets
Häagen-Dazs, V&A Waterfront
Las Paletas, Gardens
Myog Frozen Yoghurt, Sea Point, Kloof, Stellenbosch
Fabio’s Gelato, Stellenbosch
And some additional vegan options…