With the the constant warm weather, gelato cafes in Singapore continue to open in various corners, serving sweet treats to cool us down.

The fun thing is many of these gelato shops also serve up varied interesting flavoursinspired by our local culture itself.

‘Pioneer’ ice cream shops such as Udders, Island Creamery, The Daily Scoop, Tom’s Palette and Alfero Artisan Gelato still have their following.

While these are the 10 Newer Gelato Shops found 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. Birds Of Paradise (East Coast Road)

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Butterknife Folk
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)

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 Opens In Singapore
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)

Kosnica SG
61 Duxton Road Singapore 089525
Tel: +65 6904 4086
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Sun

Waffles and Gelato Café At Duxton
Kosnica SG, specializing in waffles and gelato, has opened at 61 Duxton Road.

The gelato café serves a variety of “Premium Gelato” with flavours of Golden Vanilla, Cookies & Cream, Mao Shan Wang, Blueberry Yogurt, Strawberry Cheesecake, Earl Grey and Figs, Matcha Green Tea with Azuki Beans, Sea Salt Caramel with Almonds, and Hazelnut Chocolate Rocher.

A single scoop goes for $5.50, while a double is a $10.00.

The variety of waffles includes Buttermilk, Red Velvet and Matcha Waffles ($11.00, $15.50 with single scoop, $20.00 with double scoops).

Actually, their waffles were a soft pillow texture on the inside, and creamy gelato was not too bad. I reckon the sweetness level could go down a few notches. Kosnica SG (Duxton)

Canvas Gelato
20 Havelock Road, #01-24, Central Square, Singapore 059765
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat, Sun

Quaint Ice Cream Cafe At Central Square
Located near the lift lobby of Central Square, one building next to Central Perk Singapore, Canvas Gelato sells gelato, waffles (soon-to-come), bakes (limited selection) and coffee.

The gelato is priced according to weight, 80g for a Small Cup ($4.20), 120g for a Medium Cup ($6.30) and 180g for a Large Cup ($8.80).

While I enjoyed the Matcha and Latte with a tinge of bitterness from the tea leaves and coffee beans respectively, the texture was slightly on the icy side. Canvas Gelato (Central Square)

Meet & Melt (Orchard)
2 Orchard Link #02-33/34 Scape Singapore 237978
Opening Hours: 2pm – 10pm Daily

Instagrammable Gelato With Lava Toasts
A video of the oozing Lava Toast from Meet & Melt was featured on Insider Food went viral.

Ice cream flavours can be wacky, anything from Salted Egg (not kidding), White Truffle, Chilli Crab to Curry Masala.

Their creations are pretty much the (once) trending desserts such as Charcoal Waffle ($9.90), Shibuya Toasts ($12.90 – $14.90), Over-The-Top Milkshakes ($14.90) and their newest creation.. Charcoal Lava Toasts with sauces of Thai Milk Tea, Thai Green Milk Tea and CURRY lava. Meet & Melt (Scape)

5A Lock Road, Gillman Barracks Singapore 108927 (next to Sundaram Tagore Gallery)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tue-Thu, Sun), 12pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat), Closed Mon

Popular Ice Cream Cafe Opens Another ‘Playground’ At Gillman Barracks
Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffee which started from Toa Payoh, has become one of the most known hipster gelato cafes, as they are known to produce quality artisanal ice creams in small batches .

The menu offerings at the newer Gillman Barracks are similar, with Ice Cream ($3.30 for Single scoop/ $5.60 for Double scoops), Waffle ($6 for Plain/ $8.80 with 1 scoop/ $11.60 with 2 scoops).

Premium flavours would set you back an additional $0.90.

Loved the Macadamia Tropicana ice cream with rich, creamy coconut base, infused with pineapple and macadamia nuts.

Milky with a citrusy touch, the balance was pretty spot on and not overpowering.

Scoop Therapy
11 East Coast Road, The Odeon Katong, Singapore 428722
Opening Hours: 2pm – 10pm (Tue-Thu), 12pm – 12mn (Fri-Sat), 12pm – 10pm (Sun), Closed Mon

Gelato With That Frozen S’more Torched Marshmallow
This café is separated into 2 sections, with an Ice Cream Bar serving 16 flavours each time and a Dessert Station.

Interesting flavours include the Salted Egg Yolk (again), Apple Pie, Butter Beer and Lychee Rose.

A single scoop of ice cream will cost $4 in a cone or a cup and $4.50 for a Charcoal cone. Top up $3 for double scoops and $5 for triple scoops.

Hmm. Trying to imagine how to balance 3 scoops of ice cream in a small ice cream cone.

The Lychee Rose was one of my favourites, with a fragrant floral scent. The Salted Egg Yolk, on the other hand, wasn’t as distinct in its salted egg taste even though it had a grainy texture. Scoop Therapy (East Coast Road)

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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Nicholas Tan @stormscape. Daniel’s Food Diary paid for food reviewed unless otherwise indicated.


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