Ranking alongside the wheel as one of humankind’s greatest inventions, ice cream has left an indelible mark on our world. Since we’re such suckers for ice-cream and with tropical heat the perfect excuse to indulge, we’re sharing our cheat sheet. Here’s where to get the best ice cream in Singapore, (sticky) fingers crossed.

Soft-Serve and Froyo

Soft serve ice cream is generally smoother and less milky than regular ice cream due to an introduction of air during the freezing process. Froyo (frozen yoghurt) technically isn’t ice cream, but is nonetheless satisfying in Singapore’s sweltering climes. But enough of the boring talk.

Sunday Folks

Sunday Folks, Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore
Hop on the express train to dessert heaven at Sunday Folks, where delicate swirls of soft serve ice cream are gently placed on crisp layers of fluffy waffles. Customers can choose from flavours such as Summer Strawberries, Roasted Pistachio, and Earl Grey Lavender, as well as take their picks from a collection of drool-worthy cakes.

Sunday Folks is located at 44 Jalan Merah Saga, Chip Bee Gardens #01-52, Singapore 278116, p.+65 6479 9166. Open Tue-Thu 1pm – 10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm – 11pm, Sun 12pm – 10pm. 

Tsujiri Tea House

Tsujiri Tea House, Tras Street, Singapore

An excellent producer of matcha desserts in Singapore, this Kyoto tea house is an established brand in Japan and a popular hangout spot for all who love green tea. Their soft serve variety of ice cream is served on its own, as a drink topping, or as a parfait. Whichever you choose, it’s going to be matcha heaven.

Tsujiri Tea House is located at 100 Tras St, Singapore 079027, p. +65 6543 6110. Open daily 10am – 10pm. Click here for other outlets.

Matchaya

You can never have enough Japanese soft serve in Singapore, especially when it’s to beat the heat at Matchaya. A variety of flavours are available like Hokkaido Milk, Goma, and Houjicha. Along with the classic Matcha, you will never tire of trying this authentic Japanese delicacy.

Matchaya is located at Icon Village #01-72, 12 Gopeng Street, Singapore 078877. Open daily 12pm – 8pm; The Cathay #01-08, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233. Open Sun-Thu 1pm – 10pm, Fri-Sat 1pm – 10.30pm. 

Llao Llao (Reopening in June 2018)

Llao Llao, Singapore

No introduction needed – this Spanish dessert giant announced its arrival in Singapore with its successful blend of sliced fruits, sugary toppings, yummy sauces, and frozen yoghurt, leading to an explosion of snaking queues across some 20 outlets in the city. If you haven’t tried it, now’s the time since people, in all likelihood, are chasing another trend now.

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Frozen By A Thousand Blessings

Australia’s first self-serve frozen yoghurt bar finds a home in Toa Payoh. Using biodynamic milk & yoghurt, the froyo is creamier with a wide variety of toppings to choose from: chia seeds, fresh fruit, and flax seeds, along with fruit flavoured pearls that add a burst of added flavour to your yoghurt!

Frozen by a thousand blessings is located at Blk 126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-551, Singapore 310126, p. +65 6259 8028. Open Mon-Thu 12pm – 10pm, Fri 12pm – 10.30pm, Sat 11.30am – 10.30pm, Sun 11.30am – 10pm.

Gelato

Italians prefer a lower fat content in their ice cream by increasing the proportion of whole milk to cream. With less air content and served at a lower temperature, it results in added richness and an intensified flavour profile (doesn’t mean it’s healthier tho’, sorry!)

Birds Of Paradise

Oriental flavours like spiced pear and vanilla fig makes Birds of Paradise stand out among the rest. Their expert use of herbs and flowers to create flavours like white chrysanthemum, lemongrass ginger, strawberry basil, and even pandan goes unrivalled. For the full experience, their crispy thyme cone adds a lovely touch.

Birds of Paradise is located at 63 East Coast Road #01-05, Singapore 428776, p. +65 9678 6092. Open Tue-Thu, Sun 12pm – 10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm – 10.30pm. 

Alfero Artisan Gelato

Alfero Artisan Gelato, Singapore

Flag bearers of the artisanal gelato movement in Singapore, Alfero Artisan Gelato consistently dishes out marquee servings of high quality ice cream. Their flavours might not be the most imaginative, but does it really matter when all you’re looking for is a solid scoop of gelato?

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Milk & Honey Gelato

Milk & Honey Gelato, Singapore

Part of the recent heartland café craze, Milk & Honey Gelato is a modest ice cream parlour that has outlets in the east and west of Singapore. Their Bedok outlet specialises in handcrafted gelato and waffles but their café at the Bukit Batok Hometeam NS clubhouse adds plated desserts, salads, and sandwiches for good measure.

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Momolato

Momolato, Stamford Road, Singapore

If you’re looking for local flavours in your gelato, Momolato could just be the place for you. This petite shop at SMU rejigs the traditional Italian style of ice cream with Singaporean-esque flavours such as Mount Mao Mao (Mao Shan Wang durian) and Shiok! (coconut gula melaka). Their Instagram-worthy popsicles are also a great way to combat the heat. Read our review here.

Visit the Momolato website for more information. 

Molecular

Molecular gastronomy is basically the fantasy world of cooking, where culinary experts utilise all the fundamental principles of science to develop innovative and unique food dishes.

Fatcat Ice Cream Bar

Fatcat Ice Cream Bar, Bedok North, Singapore

With constantly revolving dessert choices and an emphasis on gastronomic ingenuity, Bedok North’s FatCat Ice Cream Bar may just be the number one aristocrat in the heartlands. Their plated dessert menu offers different variations of amuse bouche such as a Mojito Cocktail Sphere, a Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake, and fluffy Charcoal Waffles topped with Ice Cream, and drizzled in Salted Egg Yolk Sauce.

Fatcat Ice Cream Bar is located at Blk 416 Bedok North Avenue 2 #01-25, Singapore 460416, p. +65 6241 0830. Open Mon, Wed-Thu 1pm – 10pm, Fri 1pm – 11pm, Sat 12pm – 11pm, Sun 12pm – 10pm. 

Ice Queen

Ice Queen, Katong, Singapore

Located in the heart of Katong, this fairytale-inspired shop happens to be a staunch believer of the liquid nitrogen technique. Used mainly for rapid freezing of ice cream particles, Ice Queen serves your dessert extra cold, the perfect way to combat Singapore’s relentless heat. Customers can expect safe, but solid flavours such as Chendol, Japan Hour (Matcha), Nuts about Nutella, and Mango Sticky Rice.

Ice Queen is located at One Raffles Place #B1-21 Singapore 048616, p. +65 9845 1976. Mon-Fri 7.30am – 8.30pm.

320 Below

320 Below, Tanjong Katong, Singapore

320 Below isn’t just a pioneer of nitro ice cream in Singapore; they like to get their hands dirty as well. With the use of nitrogen gas and raw ingredients, these ice cream specialists make everything from scratch on daily basis, whether it’s a sour sorbet or a refreshing yogurt.

320 Below is located at 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #01-27 Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817, p. +65 6221 6272. Open daily 11am – 10pm. 

Vegan

Brownice Italian Vegan Ice Cream

Vegans and lactose-intolerent people no longer have to deny themselves this cold sweet treat with Brownice Ice Cream. All 16 flavours offered are made using organic brown rice milk, organic evaporated cane juice, fresh fruits, and nuts. Expect a cross between ice cream and sorbet in terms of texture – they still pack a full flavour punch!

Brownice Italian Vegan Ice Cream is located at 319 Jurong East Street 31, #10-58, Singapore 600319, p. +65 6266 5691. Open Sun-Thu 12pm – 9pm, Fri-Sat 12pm – 9.30pm; 8 Sin Ming Road, Sin Ming Centre #01-03, Singapore 575628, p. +65  6456 6431. Open Sun-Thu 12pm – 10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm – 10.30pm.

Other Quality Stores

Just a need a dose of regular ice cream? Here are some solid places to check out.

Udders

Udders, Singapore

With an emphasis on adult flavours, it comes as no surprise to see Udders evolve from a humble artisanal outlet to one of Singapore’s biggest household names. The multi-chain ice cream giant specialises in numerous alcohol-infused treats, with Bailey’s & Bourbon, Rum Rum Raisin, and Butterscotch Whisky good examples of how these folks love their desserts.

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Tom’s Palette

Tom's Palette, Beach Road, Singapore

Having been scooping ice cream since 2005, Tom’s Palette is an old-timer in Singapore’s dessert scene, and a definite pioneer in pushing the boundaries of ice cream flavours (think Tofu & Dates and Wasabi Lime). If you’re not the adventurous sort, these guys also offer quality servings of your regular chocolate and vanilla.

Tom’s Palette is located at 100 Beach Road #01-25, Singapore 189702, p.+65 6296 5239. Open Mon-Thu 12pm – 9.30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm – 10pm, Sun 1pm – 7pm. 

Creamier

Creamier, Toa Payoh, Singapore

Located in one of Singapore’s oldest estates, Creamier is an unpretentious café with a knack of dishing out supreme servings of high calibre ice cream. Once you’re done mopping up their frozen bits of goodness, wash it all down with freshly roasted coffee.

Creamier is located at 128 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-835, Singapore 310128, p. +65 6250 1476. Open Tue-Thu, Sun 12pm – 10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm – 11pm. Click here for other outlets. 

The Daily Scoop

The Daily Scoop, Singapore

Passionate craftsmen and dedicated professionals, The Daily Scoop has been churning out freshly made ice cream every day since 2004. With more than 45 different flavours available to pick from, we’re not exaggerating when we say you’re spoilt for choice. Best of all? If you’ve missed out on a particular flavour, just hit these guys up on their online store and they’ll deliver it straight to your doorstep.

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Holy Cow Creamery

Holy Cow Creamery, Yishun, Singapore

Residents of Yishun, we apologise for revealing  your neighbourhood’s best kept secret. An honest-to-goodness ice cream parlour in the north of Singapore, Holy Cow Creamery has become a hot hangout spot for café hoppers with its fail-safe recipe of tasty desserts and thirst-quenching milkshakes.

Holy Cow Creamery is located at 292 Yishun St 22 #01-291, Singapore 760292. Open Tue-Thu, Sun 11.30am – 10pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am – 11pm. 

Suzette

A popular dessert spot at the Esplanade, Suzette also does rich, creamy ice cream with classic flavours like Salted Caramel, Earl Grey Tea and Vanilla Bean. Add a delicious scoop of ice cream to your coffee for an extra decadent treat or get the homemade waffles that come with a single scoop along with maple syrup and fresh fruit to share.

Suzette is located at 8 Raffles Avenue #01-13 Esplanade Mall, Singapore 038981, p. +65 9652 5092. Open Mon-Thur 12pm – 7pm, Fri-Sat 12pm – 11pm, Sun 12pm – 9.30pm. 

The Dark Gallery

Head down to The Dark Gallery for the ultimate artisanal treat. Churned in small batches daily, their deliciously rich ice cream only contains high-quality ingredients. Their signature single origin chocolate ice cream makes for a delectable dessert any time of the day.

The Dark Gallery is located at Millenia Walk #01-K5, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596, p. +65 6255 0368. Open daily from 11am-9.30pm; Takashimaya Shopping Centre #B2-29, Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 38873, p. +65 6935 2603. Open daily from 11am – 10pm.

Merely Handcrafted Ice Cream

Merely is an institution at Sunshine Plaza known for its interesting authentic flavours. One of the creamiest handcrafted ice creams around, their pistachio ice cream uses premium pistachios from Italy while their classic chocolate flavour is made with premium Valrhona Cocoa Powder. Not a mere ice cream shop, Merely is a must!

Merely is located at Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen Street #01-13 Singapore 189652, p.+65 6238 0890. Open Mon-Thu 12pm – 10.30pm Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm; Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk B1-52, Singapore 528523. Open Mon-Sun 12pm – 10pm. 

2am: dessertbar

Almost too beautiful to eat, the exquisite creations served at 2am: dessertbar are as much a treat for the eyes as the taste buds. Expect a good mix of sorbet and ice cream flavours that can be enjoyed either individually or as part of a dessert ensemble like the Chocolate H2O and Cacao Forest.

2am: dessertbar is located at 21a Lorong Liput, Holland Village, Singapore 277733, p. +65 6291 9727. Open Tue-Fri 3pm – 2am, Sat-Sun 2pm – 2am. 

Top Image: Creamier