With Summer on our doorstep, and getting those bikini bodies beach ready is top priority, I can’t help but get excited for an excuse to be indulging in more of my favourite frozen treat; ICE-CREAM. Although in my case summer is no justification to indulge in this creamy creation. As the weather gets hotter, here is your opportunity to cool down.
I took it upon myself to spend my Sunday searching for the ultimate frozen hero. A task I didn’t take lightly. Here’s the scoop on the not-to-be-missed ice-cream cafes in and surrounding the Mother City.
1. Window in the Wall
Technically this gem of a place has no name, being my favourite go-to, and worth the drive all the way to Simon’s Town. Ranking #1 in my humble opinion is the ‘window in the wall’. Walking along Kleintuin Road towards Boulders Beach, you’ll spot an old stone building with a window in a wall, this store serves seasonal flavours of ice-creams and sorbets, milkshakes, freshly pressed juices and coffee. You may place your order through the window, there is also a whimsical ‘hidden’ garden next to the building where you can sit, relax and enjoy your dessert as well as an entrance round the back. The ice-cream and sorbets have no artificial flavours, are alcohol and gelatine free and there are a few dairy-free options as well.
2. The Creamery
The Creamery is fast becoming Cape Town’s local jewel. With beautifully extended hours to help satisfy those late night cravings, the most crispy Belgium waffles, hot, chewy cookies and a variety of toppings to enhance your ice-cream experience, how can you even attempt to resist. Additional to their classic range, they keep introducing new flavours each month with seasonal and sustainably produced local ingredients. With cafes at Newlands, Mouille Point and Palmyra Junction and Scoop Stalls at the V&A Food Market, Neighbourgoods Market and Earthfair St George’s Mall there is no excuse to miss out this particularly delightful experience. I give them bonus points because of their more than generous sizes of their scoops, so generous in fact that you can opt to take half&half (2 flavours for the price of 1).
3. Dairy Den
Sea Point sees the introduction of an amazing concept café, dedicated to all things Soft Serve and Doughnuts. The menu includes an ice-cream cone made with Oreo cookies and even one made of doughnut. The combination of warm doughnut and cold Soft serve is one that takes your taste buds on an epic adventure. The Soft serve is kept simple with only the options of vanilla and chocolate but various dips and toppings are available to customise your experience. Doughnuts include everything from the classics ‘cinnamon sugar’ to gourmet ‘brownie’ and ‘cookies and cream’.
4. Cookies and Cream
Next up in our search for the perfect frozen treat, Cookies and Cream. Ideally situated in the Cape Town CBD, the American diner-style store serves a limited amount of ice-cream flavours that can be ordered alone or accompanied between two soft, chewy cookies or in a bubble waffle cone which has been all the craze recently. They offer a variety of topping to make your order even more delectable. Cookies and cream pride themselves with their superior quality of handmade ice-cream, made using only fresh local ingredients and organic eggs.
From the humble beginnings as an ice-cream sandwich truck at the V&A Waterfront, Crumbs & Cream has come a long way. Visiting the flagship store in Sea Point, this store is all about the ‘sandwich’. With a variety of cookies and ice-cream flavours available, the combinations are endless. They keep introducing new flavours to keep the regulars excited. Each ice-cream sandwich is created with two cookies that are perfectly balanced between hard and soft to get the ideal texture of moistness and crumble and squeezed in-between a is a scoop of creamy, cold delight.
6. Baskin Robbins
Cape Town has finally introduced Africa to the world’s largest chain of ice-cream speciality shops. Pulling out all the stops, Baskin Robbins opened its doors to the delighted public and has been expanding ever since. You can find stores in Canal Walk, Sea Point, Tokai, Sunningdale and Bellville. The amount of flavours to choose from makes it extremely hard to make up your mind (there will definitely be something for everyone), the generous portion size and the reasonable price all make this brand one to stay.
7. Häagen dazs
Last but not least we arrive at Häagen Dazs. This international, premium brand is no stranger to anyone. They have perfected their ice-cream and sorbet flavours so that you can’t get anything more faultless to treat your senses. With its luxurious and silky texture and delightful flavours, Häagen Dazs can do no wrong. Although on the higher end of the pricing spectrum and the small sizes of their scoops, the quality you get never falters. They also offer a variety of hot and cold drinks, fondues and desserts to satisfy any craving you may have. They are conveniently located inside the V&A Waterfront Mall and an upcoming store soon to be opening at Canal Walk.
Other Options for Ice Cream in Cape Town
The Western Cape is truly blessed to have such a variety of ice-cream stores that all deserve recognition in their own right.
Unfortunately, this was all that I managed in 1 day. There is however many other praised joints that I have missed. Some due to the alcoholic flavours they churn and others because I just hadn’t enough time. Below is a list of as many ice-cream cafes I could find, if I have missed a few, let me know in the comments below!
- 3 degrees Ice Cream Emporium, Rondebosch
- Unframed Ice Cream, Kloof Street
- Maro Gelato, Woodstock
- Le delizie, Newlands
- Shweshwe, Stellenbosch
- Sorbetière, Woodstock
- Addictions, Camps Bay
- De Villiers Artisan Chocolate, Paarl and Franschhoek
- Crème de Levain, Stellenbosch
- Gelato Mania, V&A Waterfront, Green Point, Hermanus, Camps Bay, Franschhoek, Somerset Mall, Canal Walk and Cavendish Square
- Las Paletas, Killarney Gardens
- Tasha’s Waffle House, Constantia
- Cold Gold, Stellenbosch
- IceDream, Hout Bay
- The Ice Cream Guys, Earth Fair Food Market Tokai, Cape Point Vineyards, Constantia Waldorf Organic Market, and Kirstenbosch Craft Market
- Myog frozen yoghurt, Gardens; Sea Point; Stellenbosch and CBD
- Wakaberry, Somerset West
- FrozenYo, Bloubergstrand
- Kirsten’s Kick Ass Ice-cream, Noordhoek
- Ice Cream Ninjas, Somerset West
- Don Gelato, V&A food market
- Sinnfull Ice Cream, Hout Bay
- N2ice Cream Lab, Milnerton
- Lanzerac Ice Cream, Lanzerac Wine Estatead, Stellenbosch
- Venezia, Sea Point
- The Ice Café, Kalk Bay
- Icezeit, Sea Point Pavilion