Whether you love soft serve or sorbets, we’ve found the coolest spots to go for an ice-cream date with the kiddos.
Ice-cream shops and Singapore are a match made in heaven considering the year-round summer weather! And one of our favourite ways to beat the heat? Ice cream! Fortunately, living on 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!
Natural and dairy-free
Okay, it might be a bit odd to start this one off with something healthy and guilt-free rather than completely indulgent. But we have to mention the brand new ice cream outlet Kind Kones in Tanglin. The ice-creams are free from dairy, soy, refined sugar, egg, preservatives and any artificial additives. Grab a table by the chalkboard and let the kiddos get creative!
Lot B1-27/K1, Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884
Inspired by the ice-creams in Okinawa, Aqua S takes soft serve to a new level with its original sea salt flavour. Munchkins will love the bright blue colour… it’s definitely striking! Aqua S also has two additional flavours that change each fortnight, such as wild berries, chocolate hazelnut and melon. Keep an eye on its social media channels to see if one of your fave flavours pops up.
#B1-01 Orchard Xchange, above Orchard MRT Station, 437 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238878
Cool off with a scoop or two at Denzy Gelato in Bishan. The gelateria is award-winning: it’s been crowned Singapore’s Best Gelato! Have a taste of its unusual flavour, pear, ginger and gingerflower… sounds refreshing!
506 Bishan Street 11, #01-404, Singapore 570506
Cold Stone Creamery
Create your own flavour
Cold Stone Creamery doesn’t just serve freshly made the best ice cream in signature flavours including Chocolate Devotion. It also rolls out whacky new flavours such as Crackerjack: freshly made popcorn ice-cream mixed with salted caramel crunch and topped with cheese popcorn. Jazz it up even more if you’re so inclined by picking a selection of mix-ins to create your perfect scoop of deliciousness. Ice cream near you, in a jiffy.
Various locations around Singapore
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 the middle of colourful Katong. Birds of Paradise uses natural ingredients to make refreshing ice-cold treats, including our fave, Lychee Raspberry – great for our little tropical island! Its thyme cones are freshly made, crispy and oh-so perfect.
East Coast Road: 63 East Coast Road, #01-05, The Red House, Singapore 428776, Jewel Changi: 78 Airport Boulevard #01-214/215/216, Singapore 819666
Little Ice Cream Kafé
Tanjong Katong delight
We all scream for ice-cream! If you’re pounding the pavements of East Coast Road and working up a sweat, duck into Little Ice Cream Kafé (LICK) on Tanjong Katong Road. The munchkins will love staring at the flavours – and tasting them, of course! As for you, you’ll get to try local flavours such as Milo dinosaur, teh tarik and gula melaka.
258 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437046
Pretty popsicles that take us back to our childhood
Fruit sorbet popsicles by Momolato are soooo pretty we can’t get enough of them – plus they instantly transport us back to the carefree childhood days of eating ice lollies (and making a big mess) on a patch of grass with friends. Extra thumbs up for being a healthy option the whole fam can enjoy on a regular basis! Momolato focuses more on wholesale and supplying to hotels and cafes around Singapore – check out where you can get some of their gelatos and popsicles here. If you wish to indulge at home, you can order directly from their website, but the shipping cost is a bit eye-watering!
3021 Ubi Ave 2, Singapore 408897
A Spoonful of Sugar
Ice-cream and waffles!
With décor 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) and then dive in for the delicious result. Come hungry!
Opposite Daiso, Downtown East, #01-K106 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Ben & Jerry’s
What’s your flavour?
Bring the kiddos for a special treat at Ben & Jerry’s outlets around Singapore where you can get your chocolate hit, while the lactose intolerant among us can indulge in its non-dairy options. It’s a perfect icy treat if you’ve braved the heat and headed to the zoo, the Night Safari or Jurong Bird Park. The best news? You can enjoy ice-cream delivered to your door by ordering from supermarkets: Redmart, Cold Storage and Fair Price all stock it. Nom!
Branches in [email protected], Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park
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Ice-cold comfort food
Head over to Gillman Barracks (a great pitstop from the Southern Ridges Walk) and let Creamier provide you with the scenic, sun-kissed afternoon you deserve. Bringing the kids is purely optional. Creamier is known to whip up some limited-edition flavours, but we love the unusual yet heavenly Sea Salt Gula Melaka flavour.
Gillman Barracks: 5a Lock Road, Singapore 108927; Toa Payoh: Blk 131 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-02, Singapore 310131; Tiong Bahru: 78 Yong Siak St, #01-18, Singapore 163078
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. Whether it’s a cone or a tub, it’s guaranteed goodness.
Branches in Bedok Mall, Harbourfront Centre, NEX Serangoon, Northpoint Singapore and Punggol Oasis Terraces;
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 English Earl (Earl Grey tea infused ice-cream between two chewy lemon zest cookies) and Toasted Marshmallow (hand-torched marshmallow ice-cream between two chewy brown sugar cookies). Pick-up has currently been suspended due to the Covid-19 situation; check the website for updates.
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! A great shout if you’re at Jewel Changi’s Canopy Park!
Branches at the Linkbridge in Bugis+ and Jewel Changi
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! Pre-packaged cups and pints are also available at NTUC FairPrice Xpress outlets and Cheers outlets around town.
Branches in Bukit Timah, Upper Thomson, Novena, Kovan and Beach Road
Pretty popsicles – or blue ice-cream
It’s impossible to miss this Tanglin Mall staple. Just stroll past Brunetti 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
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Tuck into soft-serve ice cream served with waffles or homemade charcoal cones, delectable trifles and seasonal treats at this popular (and Instagrammed-to-death) hipster cafe. At Sunday Folks, we’re all about the Milo Dinosaur: ice-cream topped with chocolate wafer balls, homemade cocoa sand and Milo powder. If that’s not a blast from the past, we don’t know what is!
44 Jalan Merah Saga, Chip Bee Gardens #01-52
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). To reduce community exposure, the shop is only open for pre-orders at present. Check the site for updates as the reopening continues!
51 Middle Road, #01-01, Singapore 188959
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.
Sunshine Plaza, #01-13 Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189652 and Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk B1-52, Singapore 528523
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 Macadamia White Chip and Maple Crisp, as well as Chilli Choc for more unconventional tastes.
Branches in Clementi Arcade, Chip Bee Gardens, Sembawang Cottage and School Of The Arts (SOTA)
New Zealand Natural
All natural ice-cream
The refreshing taste of NZN’s ice-cream is one the whole family will want in on. Made from natural ingredients and fresh milk all the way from New Zealand, our personal fave flavour is the 99% fat-free mango sorbet. Look out for a tub to take home at the local grocery store if you can’t get to an outlet!
Great World: Unit #B1-K121, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994 and Parkway Parade: 80 Marine Parade Road, #01-K1, Singapore 449269
Delish halal ice-cream
Pastel’s the name of the game at Lickety. Whether you like your ice-cream in a cup or eaten crêpe style with a fluffy egglet, this Halal-Swedish eatery won’t disappoint! Head down to Haji Lane and look for the turquoise storefront – you can’t miss it!
34 Bussorah St, Singapore 199452
Bonus: Perennial favourite Black Tap at Marina Bay Sands has ice-cream milkshakes to die for. The portions are huge – we suggest sharing! We like the cake shake, which has a vanilla-frosted rim with rainbow sprinkles topped with a funfetti cake slice, whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and a cherry.