We've found the 10 best ice cream cafes in Singapore that serve both taste and aesthetics. The list also includes halal, dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free and vegan options.
Keep reading to check them out!
One of the most established ice cream cafés in Singapore, Creamier is loved for their simple yet delicious handcrafted ice creams and sorbets.
They offer 12 flavours of ice cream (single: $3.30, double: $6.60) including the must-try Sea Salt Gula Melaka, Roasted Pistachio and Earl Grey Lavender. You can also have your ice cream on top of fragrant waffles ($6) with chewy middles.
Their three cafes have a laid-back industrial chic interior design with wooden furniture and hanging bulb lights.
This shop must be ironically named as their ice cream and waffles are not merely dessert items. The ice cream come in a large variety of flavours that are all creamy and decadent without being too heavy while the waffles are crispy on the outside and moist on the inside.
Some popular ice cream flavours are Salted Butterscotch and Oreo Milk (single: $3.30, double: $5.60, triple: $7.90, +$2.80 for waffle). There are also interesting flavours like Grape Yakult Yoghurt, Thai Milk Tea and Kopi Peng.
If you're not in the mood for waffles, get your ice cream in the crunchy cones which have a subtle sweet aftertaste.
Their Sunshine Plaza outlet has a seating area with a minimalist design and pops of yellow.
#3 Kind Kones
To the lactose intolerant ice cream cravers, this one is for you. Kind Kones serves all-natural vegan ice cream that doesn't contain dairy, eggs, refined sugar and other artificial additives. They also offer many gluten-free and nut-free options.
Although their ice cream is dairy-free, they still have a rich and creamy taste that's just as satisfying as traditional dairy ice cream. Go for classic flavours like the Salted Chocolate Chip and French Vanilla or try the more unique ones like Matcha Coconut, Lychee & Pink Guava Sorbet and Pretzel Party (single: $4.90, double: $6.50).
The health-conscious with a sweet tooth can also indulge with less guilt here as they serve a selection of desserts that contain less sugar and fat than conventional versions.
Address: 583 Orchard Rd, #B1-27, Singapore 238884
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm daily
Apiary, pronounced eh-pee-er-ree, serves homemade ice cream that has a wonderfully smooth, creamy texture and rich flavour.
Some of our top flavour picks are Caramelised Strawberry, Baileys & Brownies and Despicable, a banana ice cream with toasted walnuts and brownies (single: $4.20, double: $8, triple: $11). They also have a few non-dairy sorbet flavours like Alphonso Mango and Lychee Yuzu.
Their Plain waffles ($6) are flavoured with brown butter which gives them a rich, nutty taste while the Charcoal waffles ($6.50) have a crispy bite and sweet flavour with hints of vanilla.
You can also add on a brownie ($7) which has a warm, chewy texture similar to a lava cake, a brioche bun ($3) or a cone ($1).
Address: 84 Neil Road, Singapore 088844
Opening hours: Mon to Thur & Sun: 12 - 10pm , Sat: 12 - 11pm
#5 Tom's Palette
If you love trying new and unusual ice cream flavours, Tom's Palette is the place to go. Some of their more creative flavours are Salted Egg Yolk, Hainanese Kaya and the hilariously-named Ang Moh Carrot Cake (single: $5, double: $.7.70).
If you prefer the more classic flavours, go for their popular Granny's Favourite, a chocolate malt gelato with cookie dough and chocolate chips. Add a French Waffle ($7) or Brownie Waffle ($7.50) for a more filling dessert.
Coffee lovers can opt for their Affogato ($7.50) where a scoop of gelato is drowned in a shot of espresso and drizzled with chocolate sauce. For the tea lovers out there, try the Teaffogato ($7.50) which has gelato on top of a brown sugar blondie with cold brewed tea.
Address: 51 Middle Rd, #01-01, Singapore 188959
Opening hours: Mon to Thur: 12 - 9.30pm, Fri & Sat: 12- 10pm, Sun: 1 - 7pm
#6 Gelato Labo
Gelato Labo is another ice cream spot to try if you like creative flavours. Their selection of artisan ice cream flavours rotates regularly so you can always expect something new. Some of the innovative ones are Pineapple, Colombian Cold Brew & Cookie Butter Bits and Kyoto Shiso & Yuzu Jelly (single: $5, double: $8).
You can opt to have your ice cream in a cup, a lavender-flavoured cone ($1.40) or with a Tokyo Mochi Waffle ($6.60). The waffles have a crispy outer with Japanese mochi inside that has a satisfying chewy texture.
While their Cavan Road outlet is mainly a grab-and-go gelato parlour with limited seating, their second outlet at Faber Drive has a dining space furnished in a minimalist, street style vibe with colourful decor like Bearbricks and skateboards.
Address: two locations, 108 Faber Drive & 11 Cavan Road
Opening hours: Mon, Tues & Thur: 1 - 10pm; Fri to Sun: 1 - 10.30pm; Closed on Wednesdays.
#7 The Daily Scoop
The Daily Scoop offers affordable artisanal ice cream in a wide variety of flavours. Some of their most popular ones are Cha Earl Grey, Salted Mac & Choc, Kookie Monster and Strawberry Shortcake (single: $3.80, double: $5).
You can also have your choice of ice cream with a waffle, chocolate fudge brownie or apple crumble ($7.80), and add on maple syrup or sea salt caramel sauce ($0.50).
Their ice cream is on the lighter side - perfect if you have a hankering for dessert after a full meal.
#8 Three's A Crowd Cafe
This halal-certified cafe is best known for their freshly made ice cream (classic: $3.50/scoop, premium: $4.5/scoop) on top of hearty and perfectly fluffy waffles.
Besides the traditional vanilla and chocolate, they also offer unique flavours like Unicorn Pop, Yuzu Yoghurt and Grapefruit & Berry which has a pretty millennial pink colour from beetroot. There are also a few waffle flavours including the Classic ($6), Churros ($8) and Horlicks ($9).
Their menu also has brunch items, cakes, milkshakes and other drinks.
Three's A Crowd Cafe
Address: 802 Tampines Ave 4, #01-11, Singapore 520802
Opening hours: Mon to Fri & Sun: 11am - 10.30pm, Sat: 11am - 12am
#9 Creamery Boutique Ice Creams
This is another reasonably priced artisan ice cream spot to add to your bucket list.
Originating in Bangkok, Creamery Boutique Ice Creams is loved for their delicious ice cream on top of soft lava cookies with warm oozing fillings. While that sounds like an overwhelmingly rich combination, it somehow works as both the ice cream and cookies are not too sweet and the flavours complement each other well.
Their ice cream flavours range from classics like My Chocolate - dark chocolate, to unique flavours like Secret Garden - garden tea and bamboo charcoal, and Brit Pop - turkey bacon and egg (single: $3.80, double: $6.20, tripe: $8.30).
There are also a few cookie flavours to choose from including Brownie ($7.90), Red Devil - a red velvet cookie with cream cheese lava ($8.90), and Volcano - a black cookie with salted egg lava ($9.90). These cookie sets come with a scoop of ice cream.
Creamery Boutique Ice Creams
Address: #01-03 139 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207557
Opening hours: Mon & Tues: 12.30 - 10pm; Wed: 12.30 - 9pm; Fri: 12.30 - 1o.30pm; Sat: 12 - 9pm; Sun: 12 - 10pm; Closed on Thursdays.
If you have a weakness of all-things pastel, you'll love this Muslim-owned ice cream shop that's decked out in bright pastel colours and neon lights.
Presented like a bouquet, their ice cream is just as Instagrammable as the interior. Egglet waffles wrap around ice cream with colourful toppings of marshmallow and Pocky sticks (single: $8.90, double: $11.90).
You can also go for the ice cream without waffles (single: $4.50) which also has that 'gram worthy pastel aesthetic.
Taste wise, the ice cream isn't quite as impressive as its looks. Then again, the quality is still pretty good, prices aren't exorbitant, and there's a good range of flavours to choose from, so we'd say this ice cream cafe is worth a visit.
Address: 34 Bussorah St, Singapore 199452
Opening hours: Mon to Thur & Sun: 11am - 10pm, Fri & Sat: 11am - 11pm
Bonus: Matchaya serves a mean matcha soft serve ice cream, they're also on of our picks for the best tea cafes in Singapore. Smoocht is another good one for dairy-free ice cream while halal-certified HEY SUGAR has specialty ice cream on waffles and is one of the Insta-worthy pink cafes in Singapore. Birds of Paradise has great flavours and thyme-infused cones worth queuing for if you don't mind standing while eating.
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Text by: GirlStyle SG