12 Must-Try Ice Cream Cafes In Singapore – From Michelin-Listed Birds Of Paradise, Butterknife Folk To Dopa Dopa Creamery
There is just something about ice cream that can lift moods, bring people together, and get adults to think about happy childhood days.
There are many ice cream cafes in Singapore, several specialising in providing local flavours from Chendol, Pulut Hitam to Durian.
Here are 12 Must-Try Ice Cream Cafes In Singapore:
Birds Of Paradise Gelato Boutique
63 East Coast Road #01-05 (Opposite Katong I12 and Roxy Square) Singapore 428776
Tel: +65 9678 6092
Opening Hours: 4:30pm – 10pm (Tues – Fri), 12pm – 10pm (Sat- Sun)
Gelato Of Natural, Delicate Flavours
Birds of Paradise is so named because the shop creates gelato inspired by the botanical flavours of nature.
The small shop at Katong is now constantly filled with customers during the weekends.
Unlike some gelato shops where colours of ice cream are almost-too-artificially vibrant, you would be greeted by pastel-coloured spectrum of flavours.
I loved actually most of the flavours, which included Basil, Lychee Raspberry, Spiced Pear, Mint Cacao, Strawberry Basil, Pandan and White Chrysanthemum. Prices go at $4.70 for a single, $7.70 for double, and $16.00 for pint.
My recommendation would be the floral flavoured White Chrysanthemum with bits of cacao nibs, and delicate Lychee Raspberry.
And do you know that Birds of Paradise is listed in the Michelin Guide (under the “Michelin plate” category)? Birds Of Paradise (East Coast Road)
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238 River Valley Road Singapore 238296
Tel: +65 6734 7855
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Cake Café With Diverse Flavours Of Gelato
Butterknife Folk may have started out being known for their cakes, but their gelato has gained quite a following.
What is special is that their gelato and sorbets are handcrafted in small batches. When a tub runs out, you never know what flavour comes next.
Some of the previous popular flavours include Hojicha, The Daily Grind (loaded with expresso) and Brown Butter Pecan. I had tried some, and they were typically smooth, rich – some flavours worked immediately, some might need time to love
Hint: Chit-chat with the owners, and perhaps you can convince them to create an interesting flavour that is out of the box. Butterknife Folk (River Valley Road)
Creamier Tiong Bahru
78 Yong Siak Road, #01-18, Singapore 163078
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tue-Thu), 12pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat), 12pm – 10pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Popular Ice Cream And Waffles Café
This is Creamier’s 3rd outlet, located within the Tiong Bahru estate at Yong Siak Street – known for the booming cafes scene in the early days.
With a total of 12 flavours available (a smaller selection as compared to the other outlets), interesting ones I noted included Black Glutinous Rice aka Pulut Hitam and Black Charcoal Sesame, as well as the the bestsellers include Earl Grey Lavender and Sea Salt Gula Melaka.
In terms of pricing, a single scoop of ice cream will cost $3.80 and double scoops at $6.60, while premium flavour will be charged at an additional $1.
I had their signature double stacked thick waffles ($6 for waffles/ $3.30 for each scoop of ice cream with waffles) with Pulut Hitam and Rum & Raisin.
Between the two, I preferred the latter with a strong taste of rum and a creamy texture whereas the Pulut Hitam rings a nostalgic feeling of a local traditional dessert except in the form of an ice cream. Creamier (Tiong Bahru)
Dopa Dopa Creamery
29 South Bridge Rd, #01-01, Singapore 058665
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Artisanal Gelato Cafe With Creamy Roasted Pistachio
Dopa Dopa Creamery located at South Bridge Road has been earning generally positive reviews with its gelato churned from scratch, included with natural ingredients such as nuts, fruits and tea leaves.
The small café has limited seating and only serves up 8 different flavours at any one time.
These include home roasted Pistachio, Hazelnut, Ferrero, Green Tea Toasted Rice, Hojicha, Speculoos with Lotus Biscuit, Watermelon Mint and Apple Ginger sorbet.
A single scoop goes for $3.90, while you can also opt for a double or triple ($7.50, $11).
What worked for me was its consistency. You could tell as the server pulled (or scraped) the contents out from the tub – the gelato was creamy, slightly sticky. The colours also looked right, close to the ingredients used to make them. Dopa Dopa (South Bridge Road)
aROMA Gelato Experience
29 Arab Street Singapore 199728 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 9:00pm (Tues – Fri), 10:00am – 9:00pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Smooth, Sticky Italian Gelato At Arab Street
aROMA Gelato Experience specialises in freshly handmade gelato and coffee to go.
There are 4 different cup options – baby ($3.90), small ($5.90), medium ($7.90) and large ($10.90), with an additional 50 cents for premium flavours per scoop, and cone.
The baby size feels expensive, and I would recommend the small piccolo size in which you can include 2 flavours.
Offerings include Vanilla Madagascar, Peppermint with Chocolate, Chocolate, Pistachio Bronte, Coconut, Rum and Raisin, Chocolate with Hazelnuts, Hazelnut Piemonte, and sorbet flavours of Mango Alphonso and Strawberry with Mint.
These change regularly though as aROMA make them fresh in small batches. aROMA Gelato Experience (Arab Street)
84 Neil Road, Singapore 088844
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun-Thu), 12pm – 1am (Fri-Sat)
Rich, Creamy Ice Cream At Neil Road
Apiary at Neil Road is Kinfolk-type interior with white walls, woody element and window ceilings with natural lighting for #OOTD shots.
The menu is kept simple at the moment, with Ice Cream ($3.80 for single/ $7.20 for double/ $10 for triple), Waffles ($4.50 for plain/ $5.50 for charcoal), Tarts ($6), Coffee and Tea.
I saw interesting ice cream flavours such as Despicable – reminded us of “Minions” (Banana, Walnut and brownies), Hojicha (roasted matcha), Bergamot Sorbet (a citrus fruit) and White Peach Sorbet.
On its menu is Nutella topping with additional $1. While this should provide some photogenic Instagram moments, be aware of sugar overload. Apiary (Neil Road)
2 Jalan Bukit Merah #01-5142, Singapore 150002 (Redhill MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9.30pm (Sun-Tue, Thu), 12pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat), Closed Wed
Gelato On Tart Near ABC Market
Located near ABC Market, Geometry has a total of 18 flavours to choose from, expect interesting flavours such as Earl Grey Tie Guan Yin, Mandarin Orange Sorbet and Watermelon Lychee Sorbet.
75% of the flavours were classified under “Premium” flavours at an additional $0.70 per scoop due to the fresh fruits added.
I had a scoop of Bing Bong (not Ping Pong) which resembled that of childhood Paddlepop ice cream on a cone (additional $0.80)
The gelato was smooth and milky, though slightly on the sweeter side.
You can choose a tart for its base, which came with a bling bling wig look-alike candy floss on top of the gelato, made up of salted caramel. Geometry (Jalan Bukit Merah)
Creamery Boutique Singapore
#01-03, 139 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207557
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon-Sun)
Popular Lava Cookie Cafe From Thailand
Using the same recipe from their main outlet in Bangkok, the menu comprises of Lava Cookies ($8.90): Choc-A-Lot, Matcha and Red Devil, Classic Brownie ($7.90), Gelato ($3.80 for single, $6.20 for double, $8.90 for triple scoops).
Their main differentiating factor from other ice cream cafes will be their Lava Cookies – think Lava Cake in cookie form.
All the gelato are made in house, and great to see local flavours such as Piko Piko (Tiramisu with Kopiko candy), Black Dog (Guinness Stout) and Ca.Le.Ho.Yo served with honey. Creamery Boutique Ice Cream (Tyrwhitt Road)
9 King Albert Park #01-09, Singapore 598332 (King Albert Park Station, Downtown Line)
Tel: +65 6928 3043
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon, Tue, Thu), 12pm – 10.30pm (Wed), 12pm – 11pm (Fri-Sun)
Ice Cream Cafe At King Albert Park
Kindred Folk is a cosy two storey cafe serving up handcrafted ice creams, other desserts and fusion pastas at King Albert Park.
In terms of Ice Cream flavours, they included Roasted Rice Milk Tea, Watermelon-Calamansi Sorbet, Cereal Milk, Grapefruit Froyo, Matcha Gao, Sea Salt Gula Coconut, Latte, Pure Hazelnut, to a very interesting Wasabi.
$3.70 per scoop for the basic flavours, and students and residents of KAP Residences get a 10% discount.
I had the Watermelon-Calamansi and Matcha Gao.
Both flavours were true to their name, the former fruity and refreshing yet still thick though it was a sorbet, and the latter richly smooth with obvious matcha bitterness that would linger. Kindred Folk (King Albert Park)
Blk 326 Serangoon Ave 3 #01-378, Singapore 550326
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm (Tue-Thu), 11.30am – 11pm (Fri-Sat), 11.30am – 10pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Taiwanese-Owned Ice Cream Café
Located right opposite to NEX (exit F of Serangoon MRT station), along the stretch of shophouses, is an ice cream creamery opened by the Taiwanese.
Tall ceiling, open-concept kitchen with a homely decoration (red-bricked wall, paintings, kitchen shelves) and staffs who speak in fluent Mandarin with an affectionate touch, which is their distinct characteristic.
For the menu, ice cream is available in single ($3.50) and double ($6.50) scoops, with an additional $1 for premium flavours.
With a total of 18 flavours of ice cream available, interesting and uncommon flavours include Craft Beer IPA, Mont Blanc Chestnut, Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Blackcurrent and Fresh Pink Grapefruit sorbet.
I liked the ice cream here: very smooth, creamy, rich with a velvety texture and as soft as cotton(tail). The flavours are distinct and not overpowering too. Cottontail Creamery (Serangoon)
Lickety Ice Cream & Waffles
34 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199452
Tel: +65 6291 7670
Opening Hours: 12noon – 10pm (Sun to Thu), 12noon – 11pm (Fri & Sat)
Insta-worthy Egglet Desserts
Located at Bussorah Street in the vicinity of Kampong Glam, the pastel-colored shop front stood out amidst the row of Turkish eateries, naturally attracting crowd to satisfy their sweet tooth or hide from the scorching hot weather.
Lickety carries a wide assortment of ice cream flavour ranging from Earl Grey & Fig, Speculoos to more Asian flavors such as Taro Yam & Coconut and Mao Shan Wang Durian.
Single scoop ice cream is available from $4.50 onwards.
You can then build-your-own fanciful egglet waffle (Single Scoop & Topping for $8.90, Double Scoop & Toppings for $11.90) with the choice of buttermilk or red velvet as waffle base and selection of toppings ranging from pocky, marshmallow and fruit loops etc. Lickety Ice Cream & Waffles (Bussorah Street)
Sir Stamford Waffles
Blk 89, Bedok North Street 4, #01-91, Singapore 460089
Tel: +65 9742 8895
Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm (Mon – Thur), 1pm – 12am (Fri – Sun)
Carnival Themed Café With Unicorn Waffles, Near Bedok 85
The folks behind Hatter Street Bakehouse and Café have opened yet another dessert café in the heartlands.
The concept at Sir Stamford Waffles mimics that of Hatter Street and their now-defunct café Oh My Tian – carnival-like colours and theme and all things whimsical.
The most Instagram-worthy of their lot of Signature Waffles would most probably be the Pulau Unikorn ($14), added with unicorn accessories.
The lavender blackberry ice cream stood out with distinct tones of lavender, while the toasted marshmallow ice cream was just alright and not that memorable. Sir Stamford Waffles (Bedok North)
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