Last Updated: December 18, 2015
If you don’t like ice cream I am afraid you are no friend of mine. My love for this timeless sweet, creamy dessert borderlines on unhealthy obsession.
I love discovering and trying ice cream and gelato places all around Singapore, sampling new and seasonal flavors and indulging in my favorite morning, noon and night treat.
In Singapore, I was quickly disheartened once I discovered the price of ice cream sold at the supermarket. I was bound and determined to not let that deter me from beloved confidant, so I was off to discover the best local, small batch, indie ice creams and gelato Singapore has to offer.
Don’t let copy cats fool you! This sweet institution is only found at HometeamNS and Bedok. Milk & Honey is known for their warm, delicious and unique ‘donut waffles’ topped with any variety of their homemade gelatos. Popular creations include the Mud Ball Pie (cookie monster gelato covered in Oreo crumble) and the Peanut Butter Jelly (Bananut gelato with peanut and chocolate chunks).
If you are looking for something simple, try a cup of their namesake flavor, Milk & Honey, or any of their classic or more unique flavors. Milk & Honey checks all the boxes; local, handmade, passionate about what they do and extremely yummy and satisfying.
With soft, warm waffles and an array of both fan favorite and unique flavors, it’s no wonder FATCAT often has waiting time for a table and additional wait time for your much anticipated order. With over 30 flavors to choose from there is something for everyone – and each flavor is just as good as the next.
Popular choices include the Beer Batter, Sea Salt Matcha, Banana Caramel and Watermelon Soju ice cream.
Put anything on top of a charcoal gourmet waffle with salted egg yolk and you’re in for a treat.
Located in Ang Mo Kio, Double Scoops offers homemade, artisianal gelato in a variety of flavors. Popular local favorites include the Sea Salt Gula Melaka, D24 Durian Sorbet and Thai Milk Tea. Double Scoops also offers their gelato in multiple variations that include on top of a classic cone, gourmet waffle, in a shake, float and even paired with espresso.
Double Scoops boasts their gelato is created 100% fresh and uses 0% artificial flavors and ingredients. Yum.
With many locations around Singapore, The Daily Scoop has obviously become an ice cream lovers favorite around the island. With humble beginnings in a small cafe, The Daily Scoop has expanded with daily homemade flavors that are available with a brownie, freshly baked waffle, milkshake, or fizzy soda floats.
Popular flavors include Cha Earl Gray, Lychee Martini and Chili Choc and are all made with natural, local ingredients. Online ordering is also available.
Sweet, simple and to the point – Salted Caramel makes handcrafted ice cream using no artificial flavors and high quality ingredients. Pair your flavor choice with a with soft, crispy waffle or get a tub for take away to enjoy in the comforts of your own home.
Creamier is an independent establishment known for serving up tasty treats using their own original recipes and processes. The number of flavors available here is slightly smaller than other places, as Creamier focuses in the tedious process of perfecting their classic, seasonal and very unique limited edition flavors.
They truly embrace the concept of handcrafted goodness, which you can easily taste in all of their ice cream creations.
One of the pioneers of local ice creams, Udders offers a wide range of ice cream creations from simple scoops to floats to ice cream Christmas log cakes. Some Udders locations also offer a varied food menu making your sweet treat all the more satisfying.
The continued expansion of Udders is a testament to Singaporeans love for this locally grown ice cream parlor. Udders really gets into the spirit of bringing joy to their customers and love what they do.
Tucked away in the back of Shaw Tower S, Tom’s Palette is not one of the more flashy ice cream joints, but their stellar creations and unique flavors speak for themselves.
With weekly specials, this local, small batch creamery offers a wide variety of Singaporean favorites such as black sesame, salted egg yoke and durian plus many, many more. The hidden jem is definitely worth a try.
There is an increasing trend of boutique dessert suppliers in Singapore that sell their goods wholesale rather than having an individual store or two. The Ice Cream & Cookie Co. is a delicious example of this movement. Getting their start by selling ice cream sandwiches at farmers markets and pop up events, they now sell a full variety of artisanal desserts. Their original ice cream sandwich (which comes in an impressive range of flavors) remains the shining star in my eyes.
Keep your eyes peeled, as I have seen little freezer carts of these sweet treats all around the island from boutique clothing stores to hipster cafes and everywhere in between. Anytime is a good time for an ice cream sandwich if you ask me.
Another supplier without a proper store front, Neh Neh pops are as delicious as they are pretty. Neh Neh Pops dress up the standard ice cream popsicle with its double-coated, unique creations such as Rocky Road (complete with Fruity Pebbles cereal), Strawberry Pokie, Mango Sticky Rice and Cherry Cheesecake flavors.
Keep a look out for these pretty pops at they appear for various amounts of time at pop up events and hip eateries such as Artichoke, Common Man Coffee Roasters, The Butchers Club and a variety of special events – you won’t regret it.