Get the inside scoop on the best ice cream parlours in Singapore!
Ice cream and Singapore’s hot weather are made for each other. So it’s great news that many home-grown ice cream shops in Singapore now offer unique and creative flavours. Some specialise in ice cream made from locally inspired ingredients, while others craft out-of-this-world gelato flavours, or offer vegan ice cream. So why not experiment with some new ice cream flavours? Because while classic chocolate ice cream is always a winner, sometimes you want a little something extra.
Here are 22 of the best gelato and ice cream shops in Singapore to satisfy your sweet cravings.
*Disclaimer: At the time of publication, in view of the Phase 2 Heightened Alert measures, dining in is prohibited at all eating establishments until 18 August 2021. Take outs, are still allowed. We’re doing our best to be accurate, but please double check with the restaurants before you visit.
This classic ice cream shop has been selling handcrafted ice creams since 2011. With interchanging flavours and classic best-sellers on the menu, you’ll leave with a smile every time. The ice creams are lusciously creamy, with a good body and a smooth texture.
Check out bestselling flavours like Sea Salt Gula Melaka, its take on salted caramel, but with an Asian twist. Or try Roasted Pistachio ice cream – think savoury-sweet nuttiness of Italian pistachio nuts. Another flavour worth trying is the Thai Milk Tea ice cream, as fragrant and milky as the beverage itself. Because ice cream and waffles go hand-in-hand, you can complement your ice cream with a thick Belgian Waffle ($14).
Address: Block 131 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-02, 310131 / 5A Lock Rd., Gillman Barracks, 108927 / 78 Yong Siak St., #01-18, 163078
Tel: 6262 1087 (Gillman Barracks) / 6221 1076 (Tiong Bahru)
Opening hours: 12 to 10 p.m. (Daily; dine-in only available at Toa Payoh and Gillman Barracks)
2. Tom’s Palette
If you love gelato, Tom’s Palette has over 180 different flavours of gelato, from classic flavours like mango or chocolate gelato through to unorthodox gelato flavours such as Salted Egg Yolk, Nasi Lemak and Mango Sticky Rice ($4 for small cup, $5 for medium cup). Tip: If you’re a student at a polytechnic or university listed on Tom’s Palette’s website, you get 10-percent discount. Sweet deal!
Address: 51 Middle Rd., #01-01, 188959
Tel: 6977 9749
Opening hours: 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)
3. The Dark Gallery
If you’re a fan of chocolate, The Dark Gallery is about to fulfil all your cocoa dreams. Indulge in the world’s finest cocoa crafted into luxurious ice creams and desserts. Check out the Ice Cream Brownie ($14), or S’mores ($14) and even Chocolate Ice Cream Waffles ($18). If so much choice boggles your mind, try the The Dark Gallery’s signature dish, The Chocolate Rhapsody ($19), a chocolate parfait that includes scoops of dark, milk and white chocolate ice cream.
This unique ice cream parlour is tucked away near Keong Saik Road, home of a gazillion restaurants and bars. This makes Apiary the perfect stop for an after-dinner ice cream dessert. An apiary is a home for bees, so the signature flavour here is Apiary ice ceam, a wildflower honey ice cream sprinkled with cocoa nibs ($4.2 for single scoop, $8 for double scoop). The workers here have also been busy bees creating other unusual flavours of ice cream, like the best-selling Blue Milk, a milk based ice cream infused with tropical (nad trendy) blue butterfly pea flowers. It’s a cool pastel blue colour with a creamy taste.
Address: 84 Neil Rd., 088844 / 61 Ang Mo Kio Ave. 8, #01-02, 569814
Tel: 6493 7273 / 69806 296
Opening hours: 12 noon to 10 p.m. (Sun. to Thu.); 12 noon to 11 p.m. (Fri. to Sat.)
5. Birds of Paradise
The scoop here is light-tasting gelato inspired by all the botanical flavours of nature. So as well as the normal fruit gelato, you can find gelato flavoured with flowers, pods, herbs and spices. The gelato girls here are inspired by Southeast Asian flowers, so you’ll find flavours like sweet and fragrant Pandan gelato, or Earl Grey and Lemongrass gelato. Or you can go more fruity with Lychee Raspberry, Peach & Rose or Strawberry Basil gelato. These flavours are delicate, yet bold. We predict one scoop won’t be enough for you.
Birds of Paradise
Address: 63 East Coast Rd., #01-05, 428776 / 78 Airport Blvd., #01-214/215/216, Jewel Changi Airport, 819666
WhatsApp: 9862 3260 (Message only, no calls)
Opening hours: 12 to 10 p.m. (Tue. to Sun.) / 12 to 10 p.m. (Daily)
This homegrown ice cream brand specialises in creative local flavours of icecream, which you can buy in tubs, scoops or piled onto fluffy waffles. The shops are very child-friendly, with little stools for kids, and plenty of elbow room. Adults like the unusual flavours of ice cream, including Champion Chendol, Peanut Butter Crunch and Thai Iced Tea. Udders ice cream is also sold in over 400 retail stores all around the island, so you can buy a tub to eat at home.
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website
7. Sunday Folks
This cult-favourite in Holland Village sells insane towers of soft peaked ice cream in sophisticated flavours like Matcha Mascarpone and Raspberry Rose & Lychee. Unlike some soft ice creams, Sunday Folks use natural ingredients, with no added preservatives. Plus you can top your ice cream with an array of toppings that range from chewy mochi and boba pearls to fruit puree sauces. The waffles are especially good – on weekends this place is packed with courting couples whispering sweet nothing to each other, over crispy waffles topped with ice cream.
Address: 44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-52, Chip Bee Gardens, 278116
Tel: 6479 9166
Opening hours: 2 to 8 p.m. (Tue. to Sun.)
8. Denzy Gelato
This neighbourhood creamery churns its own ice cream and gelato in-house. This attention to detail is why Denzy Gelato was voted Singapore’s Best Gelato at the Singapore Gelato Championship, 2019. Grab a scoop from a wide spectrum of ice cream flavours that range from classics like Vanilla and Dark Chocolate to new-fangled ice cream flavours like Maple Pecan and Cereal Milk. Denzy Gelato also serves specialty coffee, if you enjoy a hot cappuccino with your ice-cream.
Address: 506 Bishan St. 11, #01-404, 570506 / 509 Bedok North St. 3, #01-103, 460509 / 301 Upper Thomson Rd., #03-46/47, 574408
Tel: 8876 4925
Opening hours: 12 noon to 10 p.m. (Daily) / 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. (Mon.); 1 to 10:30 p.m. (Tue. to Thu.); 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Fri. to Sat.) / 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Daily)
9. Dopa Dopa Creamery
Creamy, thick ice cream sandwiched between layers of buttery, crispy croissant – it sounds like a match made in heaven. Dopa Dopa Creamery prides itself on serving premium flavours like Green Tea blended with toasted rice, Lychee Ooolong with Raspberry Bits, and Home Roasted Pistachio. These aren’t the classic ice creams – and when you pair them with a croissant you get a flavour explosion, in the best possible way.
Dopa Dopa Creamery
Address: 29 South Bridge Rd., #01-01, 058665
Tel: 6535 3539
Opening hours: 12 noon to 6 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)
10. Kind Kones
Kind Kones offer all-natural, vegan ice creams that contain no refined sugars, no preservatives and no artificial additives. Their rich flavours are hard to beat, but often have a healthy angle – for example, Almond Brittle Fudge is gluten-free while the Keto Avocado Coconut is packed with healthy oils and antioxidants. Plus, you can top your icy treat off with chocolate hazelnut sauce, pistachios, dairy-free chocolate chips and more. Bonus: Check out Kind Kones’ donuts as well, they’re vegan and gluten-free.
Address: 583 Orchard Rd., #B1-27/K1, Forum Shopping Mall, 238884 / 290 Orchard Rd., #B1-15, The Paragon, 238859
Tel: 9152 8855
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Daily)
At this 100-percent Muslim-owned “soft-serve shack”, Chendol ice cream is the must-order. It’s soft serve ice cream flavoured with gula melaka palm sugar and topped with pieces of green chendol, made from rice flour jelly and coconut milk. The ice cream is topped off with more gula melaka syrup and a sprinkle of coconut. There’s also flavours of the week to check out, so you can be surprised every time you visit. When we visited, the week’s flavour was Ovaltine-flavoured soft-serve ice cream, covered with chocolate sauce and topped with crunchy chocolate cereal and a malted cookie. Too good to share, frankly.
Address: 18 Baghdad St., 199657
Opening hours: 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. (Tue. to Thu.); 12 noon to 10 p.m. (Fri. to Sat.); 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. (Sun.)
12. Merely Ice Cream
This experimental ice cream shop has been around since 2012, serving up small batch ice creams made with quality ingredients. The flavours can be eccentric, but they work – and the menu switches up every few months, so you don’t get bored. When we visited, the new flavour on sale was Horlicks Panda Ice Cream, which is Hello Panda biscuits mixed into a malty ice cream base. Or try ice creams with names like Dirty Chai and Root Beer Float.
Merely Ice Cream
Address: 91 Bencoolen St., #01-13, Sunshine Plaza, 189652 / 1 Tampines Walk, #B1-52, Our Tampines Hub, 528523
Tel: 8874 5760
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Mon. to Thurs.); 12 to 10:30 p.m. (Fri. to Sat.) / 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Mon. to Thurs.); 12:30 to 10 p.m. (Fri. to Sat.)
13. Fatcat Ice Cream Bar
This hip ice cream bar offers rich flavours, made from scratch, using fresh ingredients. The results are ridiculously creamy and flavoursome ice creams. Check out unique scoops such as Pulut Hitam, which contains sweet black rice and coconut. Or you can Apple Yakult or Shoyu Caramel, which is a bit like Salted Caramel, but more interesting. You can also get unique waffles to go with your scoops. The Brown Butter Waffle is rich and caramel-y, while the Black Charcoal Waffle is served with caramel sauce or salted egg yolk sauce (Singapore’s current obsession). It’s been on every Instagram feed in the country, and deservedly so.
Fatcat Ice Cream Bar
Address: 416 Bedok North Ave. 2, #01-25, 460416
Tel: 6241 0830
Opening hours: 1 to 10 p.m. (Sun. to Mon.)
14. Kooks Creamery
If decadence is your dish, Kooks Creamery has the most insane molten lava cookies to pair with ice cream in rich and unusual flavours. If you prefer classic flvours, the store has winners like Italian Dark Chocolate ice cream. BUt if you;re in the mood for a surprise, you can try the eye-catching Blue Chai Hokkaido Milk, which is coloured with Blue Butterfly Pea Flowers and contains hints of jasmine fragrance.
Address: #01-06 Handy Rd., 229233 / 211 Serangoon Ave. 4, #01-02, 550211
Tel: 9006 8748
Opening hours: 3 to 9 p.m. (Daily) / 12 noon to 10 p.m. (Tues. to Thurs. and Sun.); 12 noon to 10 p.m. (Fri. to Sat.)
15. The Daily Scoop
The Daily Scoop is known for a fun variety of flavours, and they change the menu every so often, to keep ice cream fans on their toes. Check out best-seller flavours like Cha Early Grey, Lychee Martini and Kookie Monster. Or go down the fruity route with Strawberry Shortcake and Surprising Coconut. The Daily Scoop chain has stood the test of time – they’re been serving up ice cream since 2004 and they’re all over town.
The Daily Scoop
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website
The gourmands behind Gelatolabo strive for excellent small-batch flavours. They use fresh fruits only, no additives and aim to use local or organic ingredients wherever possible. Popular scoops here include fresh Strawberry & Basil or the Bronte Pistachio & Himalayan Pink Salt. You can also check out bold gourmet flavours such as Yamanashi Peach & Lemongrass or Kyoto Shiso and Yuzu Jelly. If that’s not enough to wow you, your ice cream can be served on Tokyo Mochi Waffles. Servings are petite, but the flavours are so full of flavour, you won’t notice.
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website
Nestled in the indie heartland of Haji Lane, Moosh whip up luscious soft-serve ice creams with bold and rich flavours that look great on your social media feed. Think bright green Ondeh Ondeh or rich brown S’more soft-serve ice cream. Or you can order fruity pink Strawberry Cheesecake or Apple Crumble. The flavours are rich and light at the same time – which is the beauty of soft-serve ice cream.
18. Holy Cow Creamery
Tucked away in the quiet neighbourhood of Yishun, this ice cream parlour is known for its creamy scoops, crisp waffles and ice crems with local Singapore flavours. These waffles are the perfect bed for your ice cream scoop, dense enough to soak up the sweet flavours without getting too soft. Try out the newest local flavour, Rojak, which is based on Singapore’s sour sweet fruit salad. It’s a worthy addition to the other local flavours on offer, like Ondeh Ondeh and Salted Gula Melaka.
Holy Cow Creamery
Address: 292 Yishun St. 22, #01-291, 760292
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Daily)
19. Milk & Honey
Explore the heartlands of Bedok with this humble ice cream parlour making hand-made gelato and ice creams. Check out the best-selling scoops with flavours like Tiramisu, Milk & Honey and Speculoos. We’re fans of the Black Goma, a Japanese black sesame ice cream.
Milk & Honey
Address: Bedok North St. 4, #01-179, Block 86, 460086
Tel: 9646 9290
Opening hours: 12 noon to 10 p.m. (Daily)
We love a hidden gem! Tucked away in Hougang, Lickers offers beautiful hand-crafted ice creams in sophisticated flavours like Hazelnut Truffle, Mao Shan Wang Durian, Honeycomb and Yakult Oreo. If these flavours sounds too challenging, the creamery also offers classic flavours of ice cream like Dark Chocolate and Roasted Pistachio. These ice creams do not use synthetic flavourings or off-the-shelf mixes, so you taste bold flavours with clean notes. Bonus: This ice-cream parlour stays open until 2 a.m, to cater to night crawlers with a sweet tooth.
Address: 124 Hougang Ave. 1, #01-1446, 530124
Opening hours: 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Tues. to Thurs.); 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Fri. to Sat.)
21. The Ice Cream & Cookie. Co
There’s a delicate balance to a good ice cream cookie sandwich. It has to be classic yet indulgent at the same time. You’ll get the perfect ice cream cookie sandwich at this spot, which offers ice cream flavours such as Milk & Cookies, Toasted Marshmallow and Vegan Island Coconut. Plus, it’s worth checking out their tubs of ice cream, which include flavours like Chendol, Onde Onde, Matcha Mochi and Bubble Milk Tea Gelato. Some of these flavours are vegan and gluten-free
You can find the ice creams tubs and ice cream cookie sandwiches at selected retailers such as Fair Price, Cold Storage and Cheers Stores.
The Ice Cream & Cookie.Co
Address: 5 Burn Rd., #01-01, 369972 (Pick-up location)
Tel: 6282 4680
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5p.m. (Mon. to Fri.)
22. Carmen’s Best
This brand from the Philippines has opened an elegant outlet in Singapore, serving very grown-up flavours of ice cream including Pralines and Cream, Milk Tea, Vietnamese Coffee and Butter Pecan. Fun fact: Pope Francis apparently enjoys eating the Brown Butter Almond Brittle.
Address: 13 Stamford Rd., #B1-32, Capitol Singapore, 178905
Tel: 8870 8810
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Tues. to Sun.)
23. Island Creamery
We can’t forget the ice cream parlour that started it all. Island Creamery was opened by Stanley Kwok in 2003, and it’s led the handcrafted ice cream frenzy in Singapore. You can find locally inspired flavours like Pulut Hitam, Teh Tarik and Chendol. If you’re celebrating (or just indulging) you can order an ice cream cake from the website, and specifiy th exact mix of ice cream flavours you want.
Originally by Sara Lyle Bow, Pinky Chng and Cheryl Lim. Additional reporting by Isabel Wibowo, July 2021