There’s nothing like a scoop (or three) of creamy gelato on a hot day… but if you’re into ice cream as much as we are, you’ll agree that it can be eaten all year round! We’ve picked our favourite five spots in South Africa to get the dreamiest, tastiest, lip-smacking ice cream.
Royal Danish – Pretoria
Having been around since the 90s, fanatics claim that Royal Danish in Colbyn, Pretoria, is the only place to get your favourite icy treat. Sticking to an age-old Danish recipe, which excludes eggs completely, customers can choose from about 30 delicious flavours, including the signature Royal Copenhagen. It’s also open until 10pm most nights, which makes it the ideal place for when those cravings kick in.
For more information, click here or call 012 430 5719.
Crumbs & Cream – Johannesburg
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Indulge in an ice cream sandwich with a difference. Crumbs & Cream in Illovo, Johannesburg, is one branch of the popular chain that is busy making its way across South Africa. Here, you can really exercise your creativity by creating your own, unique ice cream sandwich. Simply choose two cookies (think Choc Chip, Red Velvet and Brownie), then pick your favourite ice cream (Cookie Monster, Ferrero Rocher or Churros) and top it all off with delectable toppings or even a Nutella injection! It’s open till 11pm daily, so you have plenty of time to get your fix after dinner.
For more information, click here or call 081 343 2761.
The Creamery – Cape Town
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Nestled in the leafy suburb of Newlands, Cape Town, you’ll find one outlet of the ever-popular The Creamery. It offers classic and enticing flavours like Peanut Butter, Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate all year round, but the flavour of the month will have your returning regularly. From Hot Cross Bun (an Easter favourite), Apple Crumble, and Lemon Meringue Pie to Raspberry Ripple, Jasmine Blossom and Coffee Toffee. The brand started as a way to support and celebrate ingredients that are grown naturally on small family farms in the Western Cape – a worthy and delicious cause!
Contact them at 021 447 7690 or click here for more information.
Momenti Artisan Gelato – Durban
Escape from the heat of South Africa’s warmest city by visiting Momenti Artisan Gelato in Morningside, Durban. This dream team whips up premium small-batch gelatos and vegan sorbet and best of all, their incredible creations contain no colourants or flavourants – just pure, fabulous flavour. Opt for the pistachio gelato or fresh black cherry sorbet in a hand-rolled sugar cone, but if you’re feeling adventurous, we recommend the Black Sesame and Honeycomb paired with Golden Turmeric and Fresh Coconut. Outstanding.
Call 072 949 7263 or visit their Facebook page to find out more.
Pete’s Super Natural Ice Cream – Johannesburg
Although not strictly a bricks-and-mortar ice cream joint, Pete’s Super Natural Ice Cream is so good that it certainly deserves a spot on our list. Started by Peta Frysh, this artisanal ice cream uses only hormone-free milk from pasture fed cows, so all the flavours are real and authentic. Choose from exotic tastes such as rose and pomegranate Turkish delight, peanut brittle or torched marshmallows and honeycomb. Find it in pints of ecstasy at the Organic Emporium in Bryanston Shopping Centre, at the Voodoo Lily Café in Birdhaven and at Jackson’s Real Food Market.
Call 083 429 7969 or visit their Facebook page for more.
Compiled by Food and Decor Editor, Claire Badenhorst