It makes sense. Singapore is hot all year round, and soft serve ice creams and froyo (frozen yogurts) should do well. The only question is, what took us so long?
In Korea and Taiwan, soft serves and fryoso have caused snaking queues from dessert shops to within mini-marts. Yes, go to a Family Mart and get in line for a tall vanilla serve.
Here are some 15 of the best places you can find soft serves and frozen yogurt in Singapore. Time to be more than Under Happy and start queuing llao, we mean liao.
44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-52, Chip Bee Gardens
Opening Hours: 4pm – 10pm (Tues-Fri), 12pm -10pm (Sat-Sun). Closed Mon
Best tasting flavours
From the originators of Creamier at Toa Payoh, Sunday Folk’s ice creams ($7.20) are freshly churned and served in a delicious handmade charcoal cone. Their flavours are distinct, from the popular favourites of Earl Grey Lavender and Sea Salt Gula Melaka, to the tried-and-tested Roasted Pistachio and Summer Strawberries. Most hipster looking. Will sweat if you come during the weekends.
ION Orchard, #B4-64 Orchard Turn (Orchard MRT)
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Best value for money
Better known for their Japanese collagen soy puddings and Hokkaido milk drinks, AmaSoy’s newly introduced Matcha Softserve is great value for money at $2.50 per cone for its promotional price. $2.50!!! The texture is milky and smooth, as good as those you would get in Japanese restaurants, matched with a subtle delicate taste of green tea. Also try the new matcha and Hokkaido Milk twist with Churros! (Read: AmaSoy)
PoMo, 1 Selegie Road #01-04, Singapore 188306
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
The 100% homegrown froyo brand (support local!) is a combination of the familiar frozen yogurt with deconstructed desserts. Flavours are exciting and varied, such as Red Velvet Parfait (with real red velvet cake crumbs), Matcha Black Sesame Crumble, Mango Sticky Rice, Watermelon Rose, Salted Caramel Fudge, Chocolate Caramel Fudge and Apple Berry Pie ($6.90). (Read: Nookie Yogurt)
175 Bencoolen Street, #01-56 Burlington Square, Singapore 189649 (10 min walk from Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon-Sat), 12pm – 6pm (Sun)
Yogurt With Art
After graduation from Carpigiani Gelato University, Owner Lee Hwai Chi set up this dessert shop offering froyo cup in 3 sizes: Small cup with plain froyo ($3.20) or 1 topping ($4.20), Medium cup with 2 toppings ($5.20) and Large cup with 3 toppings ($6.20). Froyo fans may actually enjoy Yogart’s version if you prefer something with a more sourish taste.
The Bakery Chef
Blk 161 Bukit Merah Central #01-3711, Singapore 150161
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon-Thurs), 10am – 9pm (Fri-Sun)
Singapore’s Aqua S
The cake makers are going into softserve. With the light blue Sea Salt flavour mixed with Gula Melaka ($4.50, $1 extra for cotton candy), this looks and sounds suspiciously like Sydney’s Aqua S. The texture is wonderful. We preferred the blue side, the Gula Melaka needs to be more pronounced.
Milk & Honey
180 Kitchener Road, #02-K14 City Square Mall, Singapore 208539
Milk & Honey serves yogurt parfaits where many toppings such as macaron, marshmallows, crumbles, meringue, and chocolates are handcrafted by their dessert chef with “5 star hotel experience”. There is an element of fun where customers can design their own parfaits which are available in regular, petite or mini sized. Quick! Instagram your creations before they melt.
Blk 85B Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #01-332B, Singapore 312085 (15 min walk from Toa Payoh MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm
The softserve with a moustache, made of butter cookie or chocolate. Coming from Taiwan Kaohsiung, expect different flavours every week which can range from Heavy Chocolate, Cool Mint, Oolong Tea, Milk Tea, Matcha and Black Sesame. We liked the Heavy Chocolate + Mint combination (reminds us of After 8), though not all flavours were as outstanding.
The Cathay, 2 Handy Road #01-03 Singapore 229233
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.50pm (Sun – Thu), 11.30am – 10.50pm (Fri, Sat, and eve of PH)
Milkcow’s signature soft serve is made with 100% organic milk sourced from Italian dairy farms, topped with ingredients such as organic honeycomb, nuts, Oreo crumbles, snow drop cotton candy with jelly beans, and Affogato. Milkcow won in terms of smoothness, milkiness and taste which was not overly sweet. (Read: Milk Cow)
313 Orchard Road, 313@Somerset #01-37 Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT, next to 313 taxi stand)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Best texture. Longest queue. Also most “over-rated”
Queue time can stretch anything from 10 to 40 min. The texture of Honey Creme was lovely – rich and milky, so smooth it could glide down the throat. Taste wise, the ice cream wasn’t overly sweet. But at $5.90 for a Caramel Popcorn, it can be a small and expensive cup. Many say it’s “over-rated”, but the lines are still going strong. (Read: Honey Creme 313 @ Somerset)
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @Stormscape>
30 Bali Lane Singapore Singapore 189866 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm, Closed Tues
Life after Honey Comb
The boys from Stateland Café next door diversified into Korean style soft serve and frozen yogurt Honey Comb, which didn’t quite work. Opps. Brother Bird (What kind of a name is this?) flew into the picture, offering softserve such as Butter and Honeydew Sago ($5.50). Warning: They melt fast.
Thank you @elainegirlgirl for the photo
The Cold Pantry
131 Rangoon Road Singapore 218409
Opening Hours: 12-9pm (Mon, Wed-Thurs), 12pm-10pm (Fri-Sun), Closed Tues
Most interesting flavours
Thai Milk Tea yogurt? Take my money! The Cold Pantry which took over the shop space of Liberty Coffee serves froyo with home-made ‘honeycomb’ – not quite the real deal. They created the ‘honeycomb’ themselves. The Cold Pantry offers weird flavours, like their Movie Date ($5.90) with nacho chips and popcorn. Serious.
11 Sin Ming Road (Thomson V Two) Singapore 575629
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon-Thurs), 12pm-1am (Fri-Sat), 12pm-11pm (Sun)
First in Singapore – Yogurt & Honeycomb
Beegurt is probably the first in Singapore to combine the two – frozen yogurt and raw honeycomb. Their special honeycomb with yoghurt ($6.80) allows you to choose from 2 toppings from a variety such as fresh fruits, nuts and cheesecake. Also one of those shops that opens past midnight during weekends. Wait! Who eats froyo at 1am? You?
100 Tras Street, #01-14 Singapore 079027 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Other outlets at 313 Somerset and The Central Clarke Quay
For fans of Matcha, this 150-year old Japanese Tea House comes from Uji, Kyoto. Its Tsujiri Parfait ($7.50) may be a tad pricey for its size and quick to melt, it is definitely one delightful dessert you do not mind having again and again if you are a matcha fan. The humble shop now serve a new BIG O-maccha ($5) or Vanilla Soft Ice Cream ($4.80) topped with shiratama and anko red bean. Itadakimasu!
Basement 2, Takashimaya Department Store, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238873
Most pricey and indulgent
We know Godiva. But how many know about their rich and indulgent creamy chocolate soft serve ($8) with smooth chocolate sauce. For chocolate lovers, you won’t want to miss this. One of my favourite soft serves around, only available at Takashimaya branch. Warning: $8 can be gone in a mouthful.
313 @ Somerset #B3-55, Plaza Singapura #01-22A, Singapore Polytechnic Food Court 3, Marina Square Shopping Mall Marina Link #B1-04, NTU, NUH, Bugis+, Wisma Atria, Causeway Point
Most fast expanding
Save the best for last. Founded in Spain only during 2009, the brand is expanding at an amazing rate. Made from skimmed milk at the moment of serving, its Sanum ($6.50) is cleverly topped with fresh fruits, crunchy bits such as cereal, and drizzled with sauces. This gives people the perception it’s healthy. Perception. Oh well, I liked its texture, and having more fruits doesn’t hurt.
The queues are still going on, and on, and on.
So which soft serve and froyo makes you “Above Happy”?
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