Summer calls for a few scoops of bliss, and in Cape Town, the ice cream options are endless.
We hit the city streets, from laid-back suburbs to bustling waterfronts, to share some of Cape Town’s best ice cream spots to enjoy this summer. These include:
Nestled on bustling Belvedere Square, Serendipity is a charming local creamery that offers a bold, vibrant and uniquely decadent menu. Treat yourself to a selection of artisanal ice creams, authentic Italian ice creams and sumptuous sorbets in a picturesque, family-friendly setting. Every day, their in-store ice cream masters transform the freshest ingredients into extraordinary creations. Try their Boeber, Baklava or Signature S’more flavored ice creams during your visit. Serendipity also offers dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free sorbet options.
Location: Boutique 3, place du Belvédère, chemin du Belvédère, Claremont
Price: From R30
Contact: Visit serendip.co.za/
Dream of ice
Open since 1993, Ice Dream is a hot spot in Hout Bay during the summer season. This authentic, family-run Italian gelateria has been delighting its customers with delicious “old-fashioned” ice creams and sorbets for almost three decades. Everything is prepared in-store, with only the freshest ingredients ending up in every mouthwatering bite. Savor mouth-watering stracciatella or sorbetti in flavors of lemon, morello cherry, raspberry, lychee and pink grapefruit, to name a few. Sometimes unique flavors sneak onto the menu. Vegan and banting ice cream options are also available at Ice Dream.
Location: 1 Homeleigh Centre, Main Road, Hout Bay
Price: From R25
Contact: Call +27 21 790 2496 or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Take your taste buds on a frosty journey with Milk Beach, a local gem in the heart of Cape Town’s surfing suburb of Muizenberg. Sweet tooths can come for smiles, laughter and sweet treats without the guilt. Treat yourself to golden Belgian waffles, decadent shakes and cotton candy cones with unicorn poop creations. Vegan options are also available
Location: 54, chemin Beach, Muizenberg
Price: From R39
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Ditto Ice Cream & Waffle House
Cape Town’s first fully vegan ice cream parlor, Ditto, is a 100% plant-based establishment. This attraction uses oat milk and chunks of fresh ingredients to create delicious, original flavors. Try their mouth-watering Passionella, Marvelous Mango and Very Vanilla. Or treat yourself to their signature Dreamy Cookies and Creamy, Hunkin Chunkin Chocolate, Peanut Butter Bomb or their flavor of the month. You can also create your own decadent waffle with dollops of delicious ice cream and top off your masterpiece with a choice of 20 toppings. Part of the Ditto experience is the element of surprise, as they rotate their 30 flavors every two weeks, ensuring that each visit is fresh, fun and completely new.
Location: 119 rue Kloof, Gardens
Price: From R36. This is a cashless establishment; only card payments are accepted)
Contact: Call +27 67 807 4170
Venetian ice cream
Venezia is a small, retro-style ice cream parlor nestled in Sea Point. Known as one of the oldest Italian ice cream parlors in the Mother City, Venezia offers a variety of delicious creamy butter ice creams for your enjoyment. Thanks to their unique artisanal process and predominantly South African ingredients, you can enjoy affordable Italian treats throughout the summer holidays. Think honey hazelnut, black cherry nougat, caramel fudge and more.
Location: 92 Main Road, Sea Point
Price: From R35
Contact: Call +27 81 707 4493
Kristen’s Kick-Ass Ice Cream
On a mission to make everyone’s day a little brighter, a little sweeter, and a little more awesome, Kristen’s Kick-Ass Ice Cream is a small churn with a big fan base. Located in various locations throughout the city, visitors can experience more than 40 flavors of ice cream depending on the season, from brownies, cookies and cream to almond brittle and peppermint bark. Kristen’s Kick-Ass Ice Cream is handcrafted in small batches using the highest quality local dairy and sustainable ingredients, hand-picked and sourced from Africa. Although most of their ice cream is made with milk, cream and sugar, they also offer sugar-free options (using xylitol), as well as delicious vegan flavors.
– Noordhoek Agricultural Village, Village Lane, Noordhoek
– Constantia Uitsig Heritage Village, Spaanchemat River Road, Constantia
– 6 Cardiff Castle, Main Street, Newlands
Price: From R22
Contact: Call +27 79 265 5108 (Noordhoek), +27 79 654 9027 (Constantia) and +27 81 481 6715 (Newlands)
Vanni Plaine Ice Cream
Embark on a tasty journey through the vibrant neighborhoods of Mitchells Plain with Ice Cream Vanni Plain, a proudly Cape Town ice cream company based in Strandfontein. Westridge, Portland, Rocklands, and Beacon Valley aren’t just popular local areas: they’re also the delicious names for some of Vanni Plain’s gourmet ice creams. With every scoop, Vanni Plain pays homage to its roots, celebrating one of the Mother City’s most beloved neighborhoods.
Location: Wajid’s Chicken Tikka and Takeaway at Admirals Dr, Strandfontein
Price: From R20
Contact: Call 064 421 8961
Unframed at Time Out Market Cape Town
The Unframed team of ice cream makers is on a mission to bring a little more happiness to the world. Their new ice cream parlor at Time Out Market Cape Town offers ice cream lovers the same beloved treats in a gourmet market setting. Some of the flavors to try include White Chocolate with Lemon Infused Olive Oil, Beetroot Ginger Chocolate, and Medjool Dates with Orange Blossom. Vegan options are also available.
Woodstock neighborhood: 187 Sir Lowry Road
Cape Town Time Out Market: The Old Power Station, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kloof Street Gardens: 45C, Kloof Street
Allora Franschhoek: 34, chemin Huguenot, Franschhoek
Spire Farm: Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
Delaire Graff: Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch
Price: From R40
Contact: Visit www.unframedicecream.com