Ice cream shops and Singapore are a match made in heaven – especially now it’s summertime and we need to treat the kids during their school holidays. From water parks and indoor playgrounds in Singapore to splashing out on a makeshift backyard swimming pool – we’re frankly running out of ways to beat the heat. Fortunately, living in a perennially hot island means new ice cream stores are popping up every other minute (it seems).
The HoneyKids team braved the scorching sun and ate ourselves silly to get the scoop on the best ice cream shops in Singapore for local flavours, interesting ice cream mixes and low-fat offerings – all for you lucky readers and your littlies!
Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique
Do it for the ‘gram
The East Coast has even more to offer now with a botanically inspired super-smooth gelato house, smack bang in colourful Katong. Birds of Paradise (pictured top) uses natural ingredients to make refreshing ice-cold treats like Lychee Raspberry fit for our little tropical island! Its thyme cones are freshly made and crispy as ever.
63 East Coast Road, #01-05, The Red House, Singapore 428776; www.facebook.com/bopgelato
More, more gelatos
Crave that childish, sticky feeling of eating a popsicle on the cool grass? Momolato’s got fruity sorbets on sticks to let you revisit your childhood guilt-free.
90 Stamford Road, #01-73, SMU School of Economics and Social Sciences, Singapore 178903; www.momolato.com
A Spoonful of Sugar
Ice cream and waffles!
With decor as whimsical as its baked goods, A Spoonful of Sugar provides a cosy environment for friends and families alike. Watch them ‘cold fry’ up your customised chocolate combo (kids love watching this technique adapted from street food stalls).
4 Changi Village Road, #01-2072, HDB-Changi Village Rov, Singapore 500004; www.facebook.com/aspoonfulofsugarSG
Ben & Jerry’s
What’s your flavour?
Bring the kiddos for a special treat at the quaint Ben & Jerry’s on Dempsey Hill – yes you can get your chocolate hit, but you’ve got to try its Couch Potato (potato chips in ice cream is pretty uh-may-zing!). And let them work off that sugar rush next door at Go-Go Bambini, one of Singapore’s best indoor playgrounds.
Branches in 313@Somerset, Vivocity and Dempsey Hill; www.benjerry.com.sg
Ice-cold comfort food
Head over to Gillman Barracks and let Creamier provide you with the scenic, sun-kissed afternoon you deserve. Creamier is known to whip up some limited edition flavours (check out that scoop of Merry Berries above), but we love the sound of the sweet and salty Sea Salt Gula Melaka (palm sugar) flavour.
Blk 128 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-835, Singapore 310128; 5A Lock Road, Singapore 108927; creamier.com.sg
Ice cream becomes a magic trick
Using liquid nitrogen, 320 Below creates delicious, healthy, customisable flavours that go down easily. So good, you’ll want to take it all home (but don’t leave without the ice-cream sandwich).
Branches at Paya Lebar, Clarke Quay Central, OneKM and Clementi Mall; www.320below.com
Ice Cream in Wonderland
Inspired by the Mad Hatter, this Alice in Wonderland themed cafe transforms comfort food into wacky, unforgettable experiences.
Block 212 Hougang Street 21, #01-333, Singapore 530212; www.hatterstreet.com
An oldie but a goodie
Be spoilt for choice by Baskin Robbins’ myriad flavours and sundaes, from cotton candy to caramel chocolate crunch. If you’re trying to be a little less sinful, try the Caramel Turtle, a caramel swirl swimming with tiny chocolate turtles, for a reduced-fat treat.
Branches in Velocity@Novena Square, Bedok Mall and nex; www.baskinrobbins.com.sg
Ice Cream & Cookie Co
The sweetest sandwiches around
Ice Cream & Cookie Co serves up ice cream cookie sandwiches in ingenious (and extremely moreish) combos like Apple Pie (cinnamon sugar cookies with apple pie ice cream) and Butterscotch Bacon (brown sugar cookies with butterscotch bacon ice cream).
Order online and pickup at 5 Burn Road, #01-01, Singapore 369972; www.icecreamcookieco.com
Neh Neh Pop
An ice cream popsicle extension of hip Middle Eastern Restaurant Artichoke, Neh Neh Pop’s double-coated popsicles come in a combination of locally inspired flavours like Strawberry Pocky, Milo Dinosaur and Mango Sticky Rice. Follow them on Facebook to find out where these addictive creamsicles will be available next.
161 Middle Road, Singapore 188978; www.facebook.com/nehnehpopsg
Happiness in a bite
Chewy rice cake on the outside, sweet ice cream on the inside and packed with flavour all over, Kane Mochi’s ice cream mochi is cute and kid-friendly. Peach is definitely a must-try for its fruity deliciousness!
Branches at the Linkbridge in Bugis+ and East Wing of Waterway Point; www.kanemochi.com.sg
Udders’ Mao Shan Wang durian ice cream is sure to stick with you for a long, long time. Creamy, thick, and pungent – just the way we like it! Durian not your thing? Share a more subtle flavour on toast with the kids – with strawberries on top!
Branches in Timbre+, Siglap, Upper Thomson, Novena, Bukit Timah, Toa Payoh and Gardens by the Bay; www.udders.com.sg
Milk & Honey
The gelato next door!
If you can get past that chunky chocolatey treat above, try Milk & Honey’s Mud Ball Pie donut waffles, or sample the Shy Green Nut (roasted pistachio) for a taste of nutty goodness!
Block 86 Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460086, #01-179; Bukit Batok Hometeam NS Clubhouses, 2 Bukit Batok West Ave 7, Singapore 659003, #01-01/02/03; www.milkhoney.sg
Pretty popsicles – or blue ice-cream
It’s impossible to miss this Tanglin Mall staple: just stroll past and the tempting array of icy desserts will leave you prying your little one (and yourself!) away from the glass. Go on, stop and have a treat.
163 Tanglin Rd, #01-35, Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933; brunetti.com.au/singapore
Diet friendly (really)
It can’t be a cheat day if the snacks are healthy. Sugalight’s sugar-free flavours like purple yam and roasted black sesame just fly off the shelves (free home delivery is provided!).
15 Jalan Tepong, #01-08, Jurong Food Hub, Singapore 619336; www.sugalight.com
Tuck into soft-serve ice cream served with waffles or homemade charcoal cones, delectable ice cream trifles and seasonal treats at this popular (and Instagrammed-to-death) hipster cafe.
44 Jalan Merah Saga, Chip Bee Gardens #01-52; www.sundayfolks.com
A flavour for every palate
Tom’s Palette certainly lives up to its name, offering a palette of unusual flavours including the much-talked-about Salted Egg Yolk and Nasty Mix (salted chocolate and pretzels layered with caramel peanut butter).
100 Beach Rd, #01-25 Shaw Tower, Singapore 189702; www.tomspalette.com.sg
Merely Ice Cream
Merely’s thick and silky ice cream comes in all flavours – Horlicks Panda and Grape Yakult for the kids and a sneaky Lychee Beer for you! Want something more refreshing? We love the look of that melon sorbet.
#01-13 Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189652; www.facebook.com/Merely.Ice.Cream
Froyo gets indulgent
Korean-style Honey Creme is a must-try for froyo lovers – the varieties offered are a combination of fluff and crunch with toppings like cotton candy, honeycomb and popcorn. A blast of textures and flavours suitable for all ages!
313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road, #01-37, Singapore 238895; www.honeycreme-icecream.com
The Daily Scoop
A scoop a day keeps the heat at bay!
The Daily Scoop is a well-loved staple, churning out a range of unique flavours like Nutty Macadamia and Maple Crisp, as well as Wasabi Mango for more unconventional tastes.
Branches in Clementi Arcade, Chip Bee Gardens, Sembawang Cottage and School Of The Arts (SOTA); www.thedailyscoop.com.sg
Latte e Miele
Kick back and relax in this homely cafe. The little ones will find the indoor play area almost as fun as the handcrafted gelatos.
200 Turf Club Road, #01-34B, Bukit Timah, Singapore 287994; www.latteemiele.com.sg