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When the Stellenbosch heat hits, the best way to cool down is with an ice cream! Now, no one wants to go on the hunt for ice cream and end up with a too-icy or too-runny cone, or settle for a fast food swirl. So we’ve rounded up our favourite ice cream spots in the Winelands.

Cold Gold Artisan Ice Cream, Stellenbosch


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Cold Gold is one of my favourite ice cream spots — and with good reason! They offer artisan ice creams, sorbets and practically any other frozen treat you can think of. They also pride themselves on not using artificial flavouring or colouring, no stabilizers, no preservatives and no chemicals, while also using locally sourced ingredients! On top of all that, they offer banting, vegan, paleo and ice creams that cater to almost any special dietary requirements, so pretty much everyone will find something for them. Their flavours change according to the season and what ingredients are available, which makes sense since they have over 800 flavours! And best of all? They even do ice cream and wine pairings!

Head over to their website for more info.

Fabio’s Gelato, Stellenbosch

Fabio’s is just around the corner from our office, and since they offer food as well as exceptional ice cream, it’s become a go-to spot for lunch (or just ice cream!) on summer days. Their ice cream flavours also change according to the season and produce that is available. They offer delicious sorbets and real Gelato, as well as ice lollies in a multitude of different flavours. The best thing about them definitely is that you can buy tubs of their handmade gelato to take home with you!

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Clos Malverne, Stellenbosch

Now, Clos Malverne doesn’t focus on ice cream per se, but the ice creams they offer as part of their wine pairing is some of the best I’ve had in the Winelands area. I recently stopped over at Clos Malverne as part of a wine tasting trip I did, which you can read more about here. The ice cream flavours change according to the wines they’re paired with, as well as the seasons, so each different pairing brings out different flavours in the wines as well as in the ice cream.

For more, go to their website.

Myog, Stellenbosch

Yes, I know, Myog is available in Cape Town as well, but this is still one of my favourite ice cream spots. Their frozen yoghurt is 98% fat free, and delicious to boot! And those toppings… You can choose from a wide variety to add to your frozen yoghurt, including cookie crumbles, fruit, nuts, sauces and more! Obviously, this negates the 98% fat free label, but it’s still better than piling toppings on an already sugary and fat-filled ice cream! Their flavours also change regularly, and have included favourites such as lemon, fudge, Nutella, chocolate, cinnamon and pistachio. There’s always something to look forward to!

Head over to their website for more information.

De Villiers Chocolate Café, Franschhoek


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De Villiers Chocolate Café is a must-visit if you’re in Franschhoek. They offer handmade artisan chocolates, delicious, responsibly sourced coffee and — of course — ice cream! They have more than 15 sorbet and ice cream flavours and make their own gluten-free wafer cones fresh every day, so if you have a gluten intolerance you don’t have to settle for a cup, for once. They also offer an ice cream or sorbet tasting, where you can pick any five flavours to enjoy or share with friends.

Head over to their website for more info.

DV Café, Spice Route, Paarl

De Villiers Chocolate Café has branched out to Spice Route in Paarl, where they also offer their delicacies. At their cottage café, they roast their own small batches of coffee from single origins and single estates around the world. To accompany your coffee they have a mouth-watering selection of freshly baked cakes, tarts, brownies and muffins, all entirely gluten free. Then there are their natural homemade ice-cream and sorbets, made in the DV kitchen using their own chocolate and coffee and local produce like fresh strawberries.

Learn more on their website.


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