SA ice cream parlour named best in the world + 20 top ice cream spots to visit this summer

South African summers are hot. Really hot. 

But thankfully one little ice cream shop in Cape Town has all the gelato cool in world you need to beat the heat.  Ranking at number one on the 50 Best Ice Cream Parlours In The World list, is the Mother City's very own  Unframed Ice Cream

The list was curated by Big 7 Travel, which gives this artisanal ice cream maker - and its healthy ice creams (yes healthy!) made from scratch - the five-scoop nod.   

  • Licc – York, United Kingdom
  • Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery – Toronto,
  • CanadaFRYST – Stockholm,Sweden
  • Gelato Messina Circular Quay – Sydney,Australia
  • Churn – Phoenix, Arizona,USA
  • Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique – SingaporeEmilia Cremeria – Parma,
  • ItalyGiapo – Auckland,New Zealand
  • Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy – Chico, California, US

Check out the full list here and let us know which ice-cream parlor is your favorite. 

What earned Unframed Ice Cream the top spot on the list are their dairy-based, fruit-based sorbets and nut-based vegan options. They also incorporate an array of superfoods as toppings and flavours like their famous “Blue Coconut” made with Blue Spirulina. But if you want the classic flavors, they've got you covered in that department as well.

What’s good: Blue coconut

Where: V&A Waterfront, V&A Food Market

I scream, you scream, we all scream for...

So now that we know nothing beats the cool, creamy taste of ice cream in summer - we giving a few more options to indulge your taste buds around SA.

So in honour of the humble sugar cones, the swirls of vanilla and strawberry, the bits of caramel crunch and the chocolate coated cups  - here are 20+ of the Best Ice Cream parlours across SA. 

Cape Town & surrounds

Sea Breeze Ice Cream

What’s good: Strawberry and Vanilla soft serve

Where: Beach Blvd, Table View


What’s good: Vanilla soft serve

Where: Empire, 80 Beach Rd, Muizenberg

The creamery

What’s good: Seasonal flavours, plus cookie dough and sea salt caramel scoops

Where: 97 Durham Avenue, Salt River OR Shop 4, Newlands Quarter, Dean Street, Newlands OR 163 Beach Road (opposite the maze), Mouille Point


What’s good: All the local flavours like rooibos and lemon or fig and Pinotage

Where: Side Street Studios, 48 Albert Road, Woodstock

The Nice Company

What's good: Try their dark chocolate or raspberry or rose flavours

Where: 46 Bell Crescent, Westlake

Sea Point Promenade Ice Cream shop – Icezeit

What's good: The Greek frozen yogurt soft serve

Where: 397 Sea Point Promenade, Sea Point

Fanny Chanel

What's good: Something seasonal

Where: 7 Church Street, Stellenbosch


Don Gelato

What's good: Hazelnut & meringue, Zebra (vanilla & Nutella) and plain vanilla with melted chocolate...

Where: 23 Queen Victoria Street, Stanford and in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town


LegenDairy Handmade Ice Cream

What's good: Seasonal flavours are available, but the vanilla bean and toasted meringue remains one of the best

Where: Freedom Café is amongst a few retailers selling the ice creams

ERA Ice Cream

What's good: Try Frida Kahlo's Coffee Liqueur flavour

Where: Cowey Park, 8 Problem Mkhize Road

Scoop Handmade Ice Cream

What's good: The salted caramel flavour is out of this world

Where: Unit 2, The Litchi Orchard, Seaforth Avenue, Foxhills, Salt Rock

Ballina Ice Cream

What's good: The Chilli & Dark Chocolate is amazing... They also have sugar free options

Where: Lot 75, 6 Impala Ridge Drive, Drummond, Valley of 1000 Hills

READ: City Guide: Ice cream wrapped in French macaron shells and Victorian architecture in Durban's Morningside neighbourhood 

Other Coastal Towns

Friesland Milk Bar - East London

What's good: The tutti fruity and butterscotch flavours are delicious... they also make the best milkshakes

Where: 49 Tennyson Street Quigney, East London, Eastern Cape

Vanilla Dream Ice Cream Parlour – Jeffrey’s Bay

What's good: A rum-and-raisin scoop

Where: 19 Da Gama Rd, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape

Inland - Joburg and Pretoria

Royal Danish Homemade Ice Cream

What's good: Try an old-school soda float

Where: Corner of Gordon Road and Bernard Street, Pretoria

Tortellino D’Oro

What's good: The sorbets are to die for, as are the Italian classics like Stracciatella (Vanilla & choc chips), Amaretto and Pistaccho

Where: Oaklands Shopping Centre, Oaklands, Johannesburg

Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream

What's good: Try the White Chocolate & Passion Fruit or Red Velvet flavours

Where: 5 17th street Orange Grove, Johannesburg

*Compiled by Thutolore Tsatsane 

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