The best ice cream spots in Cape Town

Cape Town really knows how to do summer. Lazy beach days and sunsets on the Promenade, cocktail parties, crisp Sauvignon Blanc and seafood next to the sparkling ocean. And ice cream. Summer really isn’t summer without ice cream. So here’s the scoop on the coolest spots to treat yourself this season.

Unframed Ice Cream

Unframed Ice Cream opened on Kloof Street late in 2016. These days you’ll see people queuing for a scoop of some or other interesting flavour on their way home from work. Unframed makes small batches of ice cream using real, sustainable ingredients, including a range of superfoods as toppings. They offer 10 flavours on display that rotate according to season and as inspiration strikes, and they promise to offer at least 2 sorbets and 3 vegan flavours all the time. Try them out, they are seriously delicious.

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Cookies & Cream

Cookies & Cream opened their first shop in Cape Town this year, scooping home-made ice cream, smacked between freshly baked cookies or folded into a fluffy bubble waffle. Cookies & Cream (not to be confused with Crumbs & Cream) was established in 2014 with the goal to create seriously good treats using real ingredients, so their ice cream is still made the old fashioned way using milk, fresh cream, eggs, sugar and natural flavourings.

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The Creamery

The creamery was probably the spot that started my personal obsession with craft ice cream. They create ice cream from scratch using seasonal ingredients that have been sustainably produced, and sourced from local farms as far as possible. They have flavours like 65% Chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel (my favourite), Rosetta Rostery Coffee and Sweet Cream that are available all year round. Add to this seasonal goodies like Coconut Pineapple, Honey Rooibos, Ginger Choc Chip and Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread. Yes, it is worth drooling over. Scoop them up at their cafés in Newlands, Mouille Point or Palmyra Junction.

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Myog

Myog was started in 2011 as a spot that would offer only the best, genuine frozen yogurt. They avoid artificial additives as far as possible and their stores and products have been designed to have a minimal impact on the environment, with bamboo furniture, LED lights, and recyclable cups. Aside from the really delicious froyo, you can add a range of interesting toppings including fresh fruit that they chop up on a daily basis. Try some almond, coconut and fresh mango.

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Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins opened their first South African store at the end of 2016, with people queuing to try this iconic American brand. BaskinRobbins was founded in 1945 by ice cream enthusiasts and brothers-in-law Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins in Glendale, California. Today BaskinRobbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, best known for the “31 flavours” concept – one for every day of the month. Since they’re such a big company, I was a bit skeptical when I tried my first scoop but everything I tried was really yummy. I’m especially fond of their Pralines & Cream variant. They have a couple of shops but their stand at the Mojo Market in Sea Point is my favourite.

1 Comment

  1. Donae August 29, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Nice guide! I LOVE ice cream and have just discovered 3 Degrees on belvedere Rd – yummy yummy homemade ice cream – will add the FB link on your post.

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