10 best ice cream shops in JB

Savouring an ice cream serves as a refreshing break from the relentless heat, especially in the tropical climate of Malaysia, namely Johor Bahru. In my opinion, indulging in ice cream is the ultimate remedy. Whether you prefer timeless flavours or innovative blends, ice cream establishments offer a delightful treat for every palate.

Curious about the top ice cream spots in town? I’ve got you covered with a curated list of the 10 best ice cream shops in JB!

1. Creamery Boutique Ice Creams JB

Creamery Boutique Ice Creams JB - Store front

Creamery Boutique Ice Creams JB boasts freshly-baked lava cookies and artisanal ice creams, handcrafted daily by their Creamery team. Despite being open Sun to Thu from 1pm to 9pm, and Fri to Sat from 1pm to 10pm, their reputation around Taman Mount Austin is unmatched for its cosy environment and friendly staff. The neon sign with the motto “Ice Cream Solves Everything” is sure to catch the attention of avid Instagrammers.

Creamery Boutique Ice Creams JB - Ice Cream

With one generous scoop of ice cream on a freshly-baked cookie of your choice, you will surely be enamoured to see ice cream flavours like Volcano Salted Egg Lava, Monster Matcha, Red Devil Lemon Cream Cheese Lava, and the famous Choc-o-lot, all for an average price of RM18.90

One popular choice is the Thai Milk Tea Ice Cream with Matcha Lava Cookie (RM 16.90). The idea of having ice cream to cool me off on a hot day, along with it being melted into a warm, gooey cookie, certainly paints a delicious picture in my mind!

33, Jalan Austin Heights 8/3, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
+6012 451 3357
Sun to Thu: 1pm – 9pm
Fri & Sat: 1pm – 10pm
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2. The Ice-Cream Project (TIP)

TIP - Store front

Who said ice cream had to be simple? For The Ice-Cream Project (TIP) at Jalan Dhoby, they create their cream-based ice creams from fresh milk daily, then employ a generous dash of liquid nitrogen to quickly freeze the dairy into freshly-churned ice cream, masterfully textured and sealed in all the flavour. The visual of cool smoke billowing from one’s ice cream cup is certainly an image worth relishing (and posting).

TIP - Ice cream

The selections of flavours range from classics like Butterscotch and Chocolate to more diverse ones like Raspberry Granola and Rocher Fudge. For the steep price of RM59.90 per pint, customers are sure to get their money’s worth, as each container is packed to the brim with 480ml of creamy goodness.

TIP also employs seasonal flavours, such as the recently sold-out Pistachio and Pink Salt, which go at RM89.90 a pint. Customers who plan to eat on-the-go can also order crunchy Belgian Butter Waffles (RM10 per piece) or Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies (RM3 per piece).

31, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
+607 207 2021
Daily: 12pm – 10pm
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3. Udders Ice Cream

Udders Ice Cream - Store front
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Originating from Singapore, Udders Ice Cream located in Mid Valley Southkey offers top-tier ice cream crafted from premium ingredients, presenting a collection of 19 distinct flavours. Among them stands out Singapore’s best ice cream flavour: Mao Shan Wang (RM24). Crafted from authentic Mao Shan Wang durian, it’s a delightful choice for enthusiasts seeking a blend of aromatic, sweet, and slightly bitter notes.

Udders Ice Cream - Ice Cream
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Udders prides itself on its distinctive array of ice cream flavours, leaving patrons craving more. A must-try is their Tiramisu (RM18) flavour, transforming the beloved dessert into a mouthwatering ice cream exclusive to Malaysia.

Additionally, indulge in the Kyoto Matcha, capturing the deep, earthy tones of ceremonial-grade matcha. And let’s not overlook the enticing scoops of Pistachio Power and the robust Awesomely Chocolate.

Other unique flavours offered at this quirky ice cream parlour include Mochi, Nyonya Kueh, Milo Dinosaur, Bandung Raspberry Ripple, Summer Strawberry, Betul-betul Chendol, and the classic Cookies & Cream, among others.

LG-22K, The Mall Midvalley, 1, Persiaran Southkey 1, Southkey, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor
Daily: 10am – 10pm
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4. Rabbit Softserve & Gelato JB

Rabbit Softserve & Gelato JB - Store front

Located in Taman Sentosa, Rabbit Softserve & Gelato JB promises their customers many mouthwatering choices of ice creams to soothe themselves on a hot day. Open from 11.30am to 7pm, their shop boasts cute minimalist rabbit designs with a soft white ambience, after customers enter a glass door leading to the cafe’s beautiful interior.

Rabbit Softserve & Gelato JB - Softserve

They consistently put out new Flavours of the Week ranging from RM11 to RM15, which they upload on their Facebook and Instagram. Some notable mentions have been the Butterbeerz Softserve, Brazil Coffee Softserve, and the Milo Dinosaur, among others. The one that really caught my eye was the Snowy Strawberry Softserve flavour of the week— just looking at the menu certainly gave me an itch to try their ice creams!

Rabbit Softserve & Gelato JB - Matchamisu
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Besides ice creams, Rabbit Softserve & Gelato JB also serve meals such as their Signature Crispy Chicken Don (RM20), house-made Aglio Olio with Grilled Chicken (RM23), and their newest invention involving a mixture of matcha and tiramisu: Matchamisu (RM19)! For anyone seeking a cosy spot for a date, this appears to be an excellent choice for a delightful brunch outing.

254, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
+6012 566 9733
Daily: 11.30am – 7pm
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5. Big Bowl Ice

Big Bowl Ice - Store front

With 3 outlets across JB, Big Bowl Ice’s main outlet at Taman Pelangi Jaya keeps the ice cream competition cool with shaved ice and plentiful toppings in a humongous bowl. Open from 1pm to 10pm, they proudly embrace the name ‘Ice Specialists’, showcasing their love for the shaved ice community with almost a hundred variations on the menu.

Big Bowl Ice - Ice Cream

Given the multitude of price ranges available, there’s surely a price point that caters to everyone’s palate preferences. Some choose the recommended Milk Snow Ice with Oreo (RM13.70), while others opt for the Mango and Lychee Snow Ice (RM14.40). Numerous online pictures display the patrons’ wonderful indulgence, all sharing a common trait— abundant servings of mangoes!

If customers choose to stray from the shaved ice, they can also order waffles such as the Chocoberry Waffle (RM19.40), or dip into the new Lotus series, which include Biscoff Waffles (RM18.90) and Biscoff Frappes (RM12.90).

Taman Pelangi Jaya outlet
28, Jalan Abiad 1, Taman Pelangi Jaya, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
+607 336 1934
Daily: 1pm – 10pm

Taman Impian Emas outlet
22, Jalan Impian Emas 7, Taman Impian Emas, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
+607 511 2345
Daily: 12pm – 8.30pm

Taman Seri Orkid outlet
​​6, Jln Seri Orkid 35, Taman Seri Orkid, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
+6016 712 0226
Fri to Sun: 12pm – 9.30pm
Mon & Tue: 1pm – 9.30pm
Closed on Wed & Thu


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6. The Cool Cat Ice Cream

The Cool Cat Ice Cream - Store front

For those who live around Jalan Yahya Awal, this cafe may be familiar for more than just its ice cream offerings. With a beautiful glass enclosure and aesthetically pleasing shelves, puzzle games, and an acoustic guitar, The Cool Cat Ice Cream is the cafe equivalent of a lounging cat.

It certainly caters to a younger demographic, being near the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Youth Centre, but I can certainly see people of all ages coming together to enjoy a relaxing ice cream.

The Cool Cat Ice Cream - Ice cream

The Cool Cat’s homemade ice cream is loaded in a rectangular cup and filled with an assortment of toppings, such as a mini pretzel, ice cream cone, and even a mini syringe with The Cool Cat’s homemade Chocolate Syrup (RM11.90). It’s certainly an experience, and the ice cream is reputed to be less sweet to cater to the taste buds of the average consumer.

For those who need a beverage, The Cool Cat also serves drinks like Malted Chocolate, Mango, and Strawberrylicious, all for the price of RM9.90.

Jalan Yahya Awal, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
+6013 812 3452
Thu to Tue: 1pm – 8.30pm
Wed: 12pm – 8.30pm
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7. Inside Scoop

Inside Scoop - Store front

Experience the love of artisanal ice cream at Taman Mount Austin, where Inside Scoop delivers exceptional quality at an affordable price point. Open from 12.30pm to 10pm, Inside Scoop focuses not just on its ice creams, but also on its waffles and ice cream cakes, making it perfect for any occasion. The shop is decorated with beautifully painted murals of ice creams and the establishment’s iconic yellow, making it a treat for the eyes.

Inside Scoop - Ice Cream

Trust in Inside Scoop to be constantly innovating, aside from their usual flavours like Chocolate and Vanilla, they’ve also dabbled in Christmas Special flavours, such as Strawberry Shortcake and Red Velvet. Previous special flavours include Masala Chai ice cream for Deepavali, and Matcha Latte flavour for Merdeka Day, and all for the same price of RM12.50 for a single scoop!

Inside Scoop - Waffles & ice cream

Waffles can also be added to your order to give it some extra flair. Choose from signature waffles such as Peanut Butter Chocolate, Nutella, and Bananathese can bring up the price of a single scoop to RM18.50.

To cater to the coffee lovers out there, they also serve a variety of coffees, from an extravagant Caramel Latte (RM11 for hot, RM13 for iced) to a simple Cappuccino (RM9 for hot, RM11 for iced).

41, Jalan Austin Heights 8/1, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
+6011 1199 8943
Mon to Thu: 12.30pm – 10pm
Fri to Sun: 12.30pm – 10.45pm
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8. Godiva

Godiva - Store front

Godiva takes the cake at Johor Premium Outlets with its classic ice creams. Godiva prides itself as a mainstay of chocolate indulgence, and its legendary chocolates and luxurious drinks are served from 10am to 10pm, daily.

Godiva - Softserve

Despite all the packaged chocolates, Godiva’s ice cream soft serve comes in only 3 flavours, Dark Chocolate Soft Serve, Vanilla White Chocolate Soft Serve and Twist Chocolate Soft Serve. Thankfully, they are all priced the same, at RM 23 for one cone of luxury soft-serve ice cream. It should be noted that only selected Godiva boutiques offer this soft-serve ice cream, so count yourself lucky to get a cone for yourself!

Besides their soft serve, Godiva also serves drinks such as Hot Chocolate (RM23), Dark Chocolate Decadence (RM23), Dark Mint Chocolate (RM23), Dark Chocolate Raspberry (RM23), and Milk Chocolate Decadence (RM23).

Johor Premium Outlets, Suite 238 01, Bandar Indahpura, 81000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Daily: 10am – 10pm
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9. Umami Softserve

Umami Softserve - Store front

For matcha lovers, UMAMI Softserve in the heart of Paradigm Mall is the place to go. Its charming design and adorable Japanese desserts have captured the attention of numerous visitors who frequent the mall and surrounding shops. As it’s located within the mall, the opening hours are from 10am to 10pm.

Umami Softserve - Softserve

The Uji Matcha Softserve is a fan favourite, which is served in a cup (RM12), cone (RM13), wafer bowl (RM15), or a large parfait (RM18). For those who aim to snack at home, the takeaway tubs consist of other flavours, such as Black Sesame and Yuzu Yogurt, all for the price of RM27

Should you prefer something other than soft serve, UMAMI also offers Warabi Mochi, with 8 pieces of a single flavour of Kinako, Matcha, or Black Sesame for RM13.90. You can also indulge in 12 pieces divided into 3 flavours for RM18.90. Drinks also include staples such as the Matcha Latte (RM14) and Matcha Float (RM17).

Lot J3-32 City Square, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
+6016 739 6515
Mon to Sat: 10.30am – 10pm
Sun: 10.30am – 9.45pm
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10. McKenzie Scoop

McKenzie Scoop - Store front

Now, how about some ice cream with a touch of alcohol? McKenzie Scoop specialises in both ice creams and pastries alike, with a motto that they are not a ‘traditional’ ice cream shop. Using bricks on the walls and floors to give the shop a more homely atmosphere, customers around Taman Nusa Sentral will be in for a treat.

McKenzie Scoop - Ice cream

Choose 3 different scoop sizes such as single scoop ice cream (RM15), double scoop ice cream (RM16), and triple scoop ice cream (RM17). Don’t forget to choose your flavour of ice cream, which includes Whisky Sour, Rum Raisin, Strawberry Dream or Belgian Chocolate. The alcoholic variants run a little pricier, around RM23, whilst the non-alcoholic flavours are more affordable.

McKenzie Scoop - Cake

Their pastries and cakes are also to-die-for, as McKenzie Scoop serves up interesting choices, such as Light Rum Burnt Cheese Cake (from RM72), and Hokkaido Matcha Mango (from RM88). One thing is for sure— a taste of these delicacies will be one you will never forget!

65, Jln Sentral 24, Taman Nusa Sentral, 79100 Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia
+6016 726 1379
Thu to Tue: 11am – 6pm
Closed on Wed
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