Where to find all-natural fruity and floral ice creams in Singapore
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If there's anything that hits home, it's Asian-inspired ice cream flavours. This cosy ice cream cafe is famed for its refreshing watermelon-calamansi sorbet. The secret lies in local calamansi lime instead of just regular lime for a distinct flavour profile. There's also mango lassi, a flavour uncommon to most establishments on our shores. Made with Greek yogurt, it embodies a rich flavour and creamy texture.
9 King Albert Park, #01-09, Tel: 6928 3043
Opening hours: (Tues, Wed, Thus, Sun) 12pm-10pm, (Fri-Sat) 12pm-11pm
Never mind its Instagrammable wall, the real reason for Birds of Paradise's cult following is undoubtedly its creamy and smooth botanical gelato. Inspired by the main theme of botany, gelatos here are created from ingredients like fruits, flowers, herbs, spice, nuts and pods — sans any off-the-shelf gelato products and flavourings. Unique flavours include strawberry basil, spiced pear, lemongrass ginger and masala spice. How to complete your experience here? Make sure to house your scoop in one of their house-made thyme cones. After all, its wafting aroma in the shop should be tempting enough.
63 East Coast Rd, #01-05, Tel: 9678 6092
Opening hours: (Tues, Wed, Thus, Sun) 12pm-10pm, (Fri-Sat) 12pm-10.30pm
Since 2005, this shop has been making ice cream from scratch using the freshest ingredients such as eggs, milk, cream and sugar. Tucked away in a small space at Beach Road's Shaw Centre, Tom's Palette creates one new flavour of ice cream a month. It's all about innovation and updating the menu here. Apart from serving wacky and uncommon flavours including savoury ones like "Cheong fun" sauce with Rocky Road and "Ang moh carrot cake", owner Chronos Chan specialises in creating quality ice cream out of everyday and local ingredients. Fruit flavours that they have rolled out include banana with honey, papaya, apple custard, passionfruit and yuzu. They also have added to their range a lovely floral flavour — the honey lavender — and we promise it does not taste anything like air freshener.
100 Beach Road #01-25, Tel: 6296 5239
Opening hours: (Mon-Thurs) 12pm-9.30pm, (Fri-Sat) 12pm-10pm, (Sun) 1pm-7pm
Bedok is not hipster central, but Fatcat Ice Cream bar stands as one of the coolest spots to hang out over ice cream and coffee. Opened about three years ago, they are known for their made-from-scratch ice creams and gourmet charcoal waffles. We recommend trying their original brown butter waffles with one of the 18 ultra smooth and creamy ice creams on display. Their fruity ice creams are spiked with alcohol, such as the white peach sangria, and watermelon soju. There's also a tangy grapefruit campari sorbet if you want something refreshing. Fatcat rotates their flavours very often so you may get ice creams perfumed with smoked oolong and pu er teas along the way.
Blk 416 Bedok North Ave 2, #01-25, Tel: 6241 0830
Opening hours: (Mon, Wed, Thurs) 1pm-10pm, (Fri) 1pm-11pm, (Sat-Sun), 12pm-11pm