After DFD’s last ice cream post on 12 Must-Try Ice Cream Cafes In Singapore, I realised that there are no less than 15 NEW gelato cafes that opened in Singapore the last year.
This could partly be the love of a cooling gelato in hot and humid Singapore, and such cafes make a great place to hang out for waffles and dessert after meal-times.
One thing for sure, these gelato cafes (many of them indie players) are churning out exciting flavours, anything from Chicken Rice, Mala, Burnt White Chocolate to Osmanthus.
Here are 10 NEW Gelato Cafes that opened in Singapore within the last year:
Funan #02-02, 107 North Bridge Road Singapore 179105
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Gelato Shop With Creative Flavours At Funan
Butterknife Folk has been slowly building its fanbase through its wacky, creative flavours.
The one unique thing is the gelato shop changes its flavours ALL THE TIME.
So if you really enjoy something, better get a tub back or come back the next day, or you may never get to try it again. It happened to me before
This is one of those gelato shops I would head back once in a while, just to be surprised. And my recommendation is, be very open in trying out new things and not just stick to the tried-and-tested.
Scoops are priced at $5 single and $9 for double. Some of the previously introduced flavours launched include Ondeh Ondeh, Goma, Citrus Bitters, Blueberry Lavender, Dulce & Banana, Jasmine Tea Amarena, Madagascan Vanilla, Roasted Pistachio, and Brown Butter Pecan.
And the once-in-a-while Chicken Rice Gelato and Mala. I last saw a Chee Cheong Fun Gelato. For real. Yes, no? Butterknife Folk (Funan)
Carmen’s Best Ice Cream
13 Stamford Rd, #B1-32 Capitol Singapore
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Fri, Sun), 11am – 10pm (Sat)
Famous Premium Ice Cream Brand From The Philippines
Premium ice cream brand Carmen’s Best from The Philippines has opened its first overseas store, setting camp at Capitol Singapore (previously known as “Capitol Piazza”).
Every flavour is inspired by real stories from Paco’s global travels, from the signature flavour “He’s Not Worth It” to seasonal ones like Cheese, Strawberry, Ube, and Brazilian Coffee.
Other popular must-taste flavours include Pistachio, Dark Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Butter Pecan, Cookies & Cream, and Cookie Dough.
Start with a single flavour at $4.90 per scoop, or go for 2 scoops at $5.90 (pick two flavours).
Want a freshly-made waffle cone to go with your ice cream? Just add $0.60 and you’re good to go. Eating on the go? Get a pint for $16.00, enough for a satisfying binge.
Try the Pistachio flavour, a barometer for quality artisanal ice cream. You can tell from its taste and texture there’s no cutting corners when it comes to using premium quality ingredients.
Made with pistachios sourced from Sicily, Italy, known for their bolder, more intense flavour, this ice cream incorporates 100% pure pistachio with whole pistachio bits for that extra crunch. Carmen’s Best (Capitol Singapore)
Monarchs & Milkweed Gelato
802 North Bridge Road, #01-01, Singapore 198770
Tel: +65 9665 7534
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Gelato Cafe With Unique Flavours Such As Burnt White Chocolate
“Monarchs & Milkweed Gelato” does not have the conventional name, and may take a while for people to remember.
The name came about as the owners fell in love with the Milkweed flower. Upon research, they learnt that the flower is integral to the existence of the Monarch butterfly species.
The gelato is made in small batches, with interesting and unique flavours such as Brown Butter Sage, Burnt White Chocolate, Soursop Mint, Ispahan, Roasted Sesame, Sea Salt Gula Jawa, Rhubarb Buttermilk, Soursop Mint to Lavender.
They also offer the more ‘conventional’ flavours such as Match, Tahitian Vanilla, Lavender, Chocolate Sorbet, and Pistachio.
When I tried the Brown Butter Sage, it had a delightful, creamy texture, and the flavours were pronounced but not overwhelming.
Just right on the sweetness level that you feel like you could have more. Monarchs & Milkweed Gelato (North Bridge Road)
506 Bishan Street 11, #01-404, Singapore 570506 (Bishan MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10.30pm (Mon – Sun)
Gelato Cafe Found At Bishan Bus Interchange Offering Unique Flavours
Located in the Bishan heartland right beside the bus interchange, Denzy offers a cozy and fuss-free space with about 20 seats.
All gelato is churned in-house, with ingredients made from scratch.
For example, the almond and macadamia nut pastes are created by stone grinding for 10 hours; while the yoghurt is sous-vide to make yoghurt based gelato.
Similar to other ice cream and gelato bars, Gelato (Single $3.60/ Double $6.40/ Premium flavour additional $1), Waffles ($5), Cone (additional $0.50) and Coffee (Black $4, White $4.50) are offered on their menu.
What makes them different from other ice cream places is the variety of flavours here, some of which are quite less-commonly-seen and interesting.
Instead of classic flavours such as Vanilla, Thai Milk Tea and Rum & Raisin, signature flavours include Persian Prince made from almond and saffron; Blondie Beach using white chocolate, lime & salt; and Elderflower Mojito Sorbet which is actually non-alcoholic. Denzy (Bishan)
Sweet Cheeks Gelato
37 Tai Thong Crescent Singapore 347862 (Potong Pasir MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Sun – Thurs), 12pm – 1am (Fri – Sat)
Gelato Cafe Has Delicious Crispy Waffles And Interesting Flavours
Started by 3 fresh graduates from SMU and with an Italy-trained chef handcrafting fresh gelato flavours daily, I think Sweet Cheeks Gelato does have some differentiating factors.
Sweet Cheeks Gelato offer a number of classic favourites such as Hazelnut with Nutella Swirl and Honeycomb, Sweet Cheeks, and also stocks less conventional options like Cinnamon Brown Bread, Coconut Mango Sorbet, Ricotta with Pistachio as well as Honey Chrysanthemum with Cacao Nibs.
Well, Chrysanthemum with Cacao Nibs may just remind you of … Birds Of Paradise?
For people who love some added textures and crunch in your ice cream (well Ben & Jerry’s style), then you could enjoy ingredients such as honeycomb biscuits, fresh coconut milk, house-made toasted brown bread, and roasted pistachio bits added within varied flavours. Sweet Cheeks Gelato (Tai Thong)
Block 36 Circuit Road, #01-414, Singapore 370036
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Undiscovered Ice Cream Parlour With ‘Sakura Tree’
Located right opposite Circuit Road Market & Food Centre and underneath a HDB block, Wishes Cafe is a relatively cosy cafe with a 20-seaters space.
Even though the interior is less elaborated, there is an eye-catching component in its interior – a tall pink sakura tree which spans across the entire ceiling that creates a homely ambience.
Not real but from Taobao of course, but it makes some photographic moments.
With a total of 12 flavours available at any one time, all ice cream are freshly churned in-house. A single scoop of ice cream will cost $3.50, and double scoops is priced at $6.
Classic flavours include Vanilla, Sesame, Rum & Raisin, Pistachio and Cookies & Cream whereas interesting ones are Japanese Sweet Potato and Kum Quat sorbet (a citrus fruit).
I particularly enjoyed the texture of the ice cream which is non-icy and more creamy. Wishes Café (Macpherson)
Gather the Misfits
217 Rangoon Road Singapore 218457 (near to Farrer Park MRT Station)
Tel: +65 9298 7291
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues
Hidden Cozy Café At Rangoon Road
The location may be slightly hard to find, near Mrs Pho House and (Old) Lai Huat Seafood Restaurant, diagonally opposite Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh.
The highlight of Gather the Misfits is Earl Grey Waffle with Pandan Ice Cream ($9.50).
What was kind of special was that the waffles being round and flat looked like one of those old-school ones sold at the neighbourhood shops (I don’t mean this in a bad way), with a pleasant chewy bite in the middle.
The house-made pandan ice cream added a delicate sweetness and fragrance, though the earl grey could have been quite over-shadowed in this case.
One Stone Three Birds
443 Clementi Avenue 3, #01-71, Singapore 120443
Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Gelato Cafe At Clementi With Osmanthus & Chrysanthemum Flavour
Located right beside Clementi Mall, One Stone Three Birds or “onestonethreebirds” is a small, cozy space offer takeout gelato that is made in-house.
As for the name One Stone Three Birds, unfortunately there is no fancy story behind this. The one stone represents a common goal, while the three birds refer to the three investors behind the store.
The owners listen to their customers’ opinions and suggestions. A flavour – Yinn’s Osmanthus & Chrysanthemum was actually named after their customer, and it was one of the flavours that stood out the most.
The Black Sesame Gelato ($3.80 for single scoop, $7.00 for double scoop) was one of my favourites.
The sesame seeds were roasted in house before gelato production, hence the intense sesame fragrance.
You can also taste the texture of the sesame seeds in this, which provides an elevated gelato experience. One Stone Three Birds (Clementi)
Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffee
Blk 131 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-02, Singapore 310131
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Popular Ice Cream Shop Reopens At Toa Payoh
So Creamier Toa Payoh has closed and has reopened at Toa Payoh again. (Actually, we all kind of suspected this would happen.), located Blk 131 Toa Payoh Lorong 1.
Known for its creamy, rich and larger than average scoops of ice cream on crispy waffles, it has done well enough to open up branches at Gillman Barracks and Tiong Bahru; along with its sister-café Sunday Folks at Holland Village.
Popular flavours they have been selling include Thai Milk Tea, Black Glutinous Rice aka Pulut Hitam, Black Charcoal Sesame, Earl Grey Lavender and Sea Salt Gula Melaka.
The thick Belgian style waffle is known to be buttery and fragrant, imparted from using market fresh local eggs, fresh cream and pure butter.
There is an option to include optional toppings at an additional $1, similar to its sister outlet, Sunday Folks. Creamier (Toa Payoh)
Obsessive Chocolat Desire (OCD) Cafe
529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-2353, Singapore 560529
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thu), 12pm – 1am (Fri – Sat), 2pm – 10pm (Sun)
OCD Cafe Opens Till 1AM Fri & Sat
Not Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, but Obsessive Chocolat Desire – for the love of both chocolates and ice cream.
The pricing is wallet-friendly, plus their ice creams are not categorised into normal and premium flavours like many other ice cream parlours.
Ice cream is priced at $3.60 for a single scoop, $7 for double scoops, additional $1 for cone and $4 for a normal or sesame waffle.
16 flavours are available at any one time ranging from their signature chocolate flavours (as their name implies) to classic ones such as Vanilla and Strawberry Cheesecake.
The highlight is definitely their five choices of chocolate ice cream from different origins: Madagascar 33% Milk, Ecuador 40% Milk, Belgium Dark 60%, Brazil 72% Dark, Africa 85% Dark.
The Sesame Waffle ($4) was an interesting find since it is not common to find one in Singapore.
Made with a crispy exterior contrasted with fluffy interior, the sesame waffle was fragrant on its own and complemented well with the richer ice cream flavours. OCD Café (Ang Mo Kio)
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