best ice cream parlours in Asia

The 50 Best Ice Cream Parlours In Asia

Whatever your flavour, whatever your style – be it simple gelato, soft serve or something loaded with toppings – we’ve rounded up the 50 best ice cream parlours in Asia. These are the true superstars of the ice cream making world.

There are certain foodie treats in life that can bring so much joy to people all over the world, and ice cream is one that is pretty much universally loved.

From the smallest toddlers to old age pensioners, that first delicious lick of a creamy scoop can make all of us instantly forget all our problems. Something created with such simple ingredients that instantly brings a smile to all our faces…

Go on…go for three scoops instead of two. You won’t regret it!

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50th. FELL + COLE – Seoul, South Korea

If you’re in Seoul you simply have to try this adorable ice cream parlour. It opened in 2011 to much fanfare for its artisanal ice cream, made in small batches using local and organic ingredients.

Tempting flavours (which change seasonally) include Vegan Dark Chocolate, Mango Coconut or Lemon Cream.

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49th. Nice Cream – Taipei, Taiwan

This vegan gelateria in Zhongxiao Dunhua will convince any ice cream lover that you don’t need dairy for creamy, tasty scoops. Nice Cream is 100% plant based and uses high-quality local fruit and no artificial colours.

The only problem you’ll have after visiting is planning your next return as quick as possible.

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48th. The Ice Cream Bar – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Ice Cream Bar is a local Malaysian ice cream parlour that churns smooth and creamy ice cream from scratch in small batches. They make creative Malaysian-inspired flavours such as Durian, as well as classics like chocolate.

Choose from over 70 flavours on rotation – you’ll be a fan for life.

Check out The 7 Best Pizzas In Kuala Lumpur

47th. Natural Ice Cream – Delhi, India

Going strong since 1984 in Mumbai, Natural Ice Cream has been a champion of India’s ice cream scene, making artisan ice creams using only fruits, dry fruits, chocolates, milk and sugar.

Ice cream that is so good you consider going back and getting a second one.

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46th. Eddy’s Ice Cream – Tokyo, Japan

Eddy’s Ice Cream serves up super  Instragrammable ice cream, specialising in creamy soft serve. You can add on all sorts of toppings that taste just as good as they look: chocolate teddy bears, unicorns and flamingos.

It’s one of the cutest and the best ice cream parlours in Asia.

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45th. Urban Artisan Cafe – Penang, Malaysia

Rainbow soft serve? Yes please! There’s 10 flavours of soft serve to choose from here, in colourful and delicious options. Feast on Royal Blueberry, Honey Green Tea or Black Sesame Butter Nut Gelato.

Nothing beats getting in line on a hot day and knowing you are going to get one of their delicious ice creams. Pure joy.

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44th. Boulevard Gelato & Coffee – Da Nang, Vietnam

Boulevard Gelato is a cute cafe in old town area of Da Nang that does rich, smooth Italian-style gelato. Chow down on cones filled to the brim with creamy ice cream, fresh fruits and tasty sauces.

You can either sit in and have some scoops and a coffee inside, or grab a cone and go and wander this stunning city.

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43rd. Gelato Factory – Bali, Indonesia

Gelato Factory is the real deal when it comes to all-natural, full-flavour ice cream: they use fresh milk, fresh cream and fresh seasonal local fruit to create not only a gluten free product, but one that’s also free from hydrogenated fat and artificial colourings.

Unique flavours such as Durian Sorbet or Chilli Chocolate means everyone leaves a happy customer.

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42nd. Emack & Bolio’s – Hong Kong

This multi-award winning American ice cream store came to HK in 2015 and has been one of the best ice cream parlours in Asia ever since. They call themselves “the rock stars of the ice cream world” and we have to agree!

Their cones are funky and colourful and the flavours super creative.

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41st. JAM Rolled Ice Cream – Colombo, Sri Lanka

This cute ice cream shop is a super bright and colourful place; the perfect place to bring the family for a treat. A huge selection of colourful and tasty flavours means there is something here for everybody.

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40th. Giani Ice-Cream Store – Mumbai, India

Looking for a sweet treat in Mumbai? Giani Ice Cream is the place to go. There’s a delicious range of ice cream, faluda kulfi, Italian gelato and sorbet in all sorts of flavours.

Choose from Belgian Chocolate, Coffee and Walnut or a colourful Tutty Fruitti sundae!

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39th. Chapman Ice Cream – Lahore, Pakistan

They pride themselves on serving the absolute best quality ice cream every single day in store. There is also a focus on only sourcing the very best ingredients.

The end result? An ice cream that is rich, pure and delicious. The only problem is that once you taste ice cream here no other scoop will come close ever again.

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38th. g.l.t gelato – Seoul, South Korea

Making ice cream is a craft and these are a group of artists who are at the very top of their game. Their passion for every single scoop that they serve is clear.

It’s properly rich Italian gelato, making it a local favourite and one of the best ice cream parlours in Asia.

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37th. Sebastian’s Ice Cream – Manila, The Philippines

Sebastian’s Ice Cream are constantly pushing themselves to give their customers a new ice cream experience. This is the sort of place you dreamed of being let loose in when a kid. Ice cream sandwiches, huge flavours and tons of original toppings make this a totally brilliant and unique place to visit.

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36th. Torry’s Ice Cream – Phuket, Thailand

Torry’s Ice Cream is all about amazing flavours: there’s Thai Dessert, Roast Banana, Durian, and Chocolate Peanut butter, to name a few. They also have tasty boozy ice creams such as Jack Daniels Chocolate or Irish Coffee.

For a real treat, order your favourite flavour of macaron as a cute and delicious topping for your ice cream.

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35th. Twisting Scoops – Kathmandu, Nepal

Twisting Scoops serves up unique Turkish-style ice cream. This ice cream is unlike anything you have experienced. The traditional serving is plain ice cream with a sprinkling of powdered pistachio, served with a knife and fork, as it’s not easily scooped with a spoon.

It sounds odd, but it’s amazing – the ice cream melts as soon as you lick it yet stays perfectly frozen in the cup.

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34th. Jersey Jack Gelato – Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

Jersey Jack Gelato are serious ice cream professionals; their milk comes from a single heard Jersey cows, renowned the world over for their quality. There’s over 70 flavours to choose from such as Spiced Pumpkin or New York Cheesecake.

Keep an eye out for the charming Mobile 1930’s Victorian era inspired Gelato Tricycles which you’ll spot around the city!

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33rd. Ralf’s Artisan Gelato – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ralf’s still makes their gelato fresh from scratch every day. They use fresh, high quality local products or high quality imported products such as hazelnuts, pistachios from Italy, vanilla beans from Madagascar, chocolate and cocoa powder from France, Belgium to name but a few.

Their ice cream is very Italian in style and the flavours are lush, rich and utterly delicious. Creamy scoops await!

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32nd. The Daily Scoop – Singapore

The Daily Scoop makes their ice cream in-store daily, creating flavours from local ingredients, luscious seasonal fresh fruits, aromatic vanilla beans, fragrant honey, specialty blend coffee and sweet liqueur.

Lots of different varieties means that you will be well within your rights to go back for a second scoop. No matter what flavour you choose they are all silky smooth and made daily.

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31st. Niice Cream – Delhi, India

Niice Cream has a huge range of flavours that are super imaginative and made using the freshest ingredients available.

The only problems you will have here is picking the scoops you want. With flavours this great, you’ll be keen to order them all. Our top pick? Order the indulgent Snickers!

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30th. Luneurs – Shanghai, China

Luneurs has wonderful selection of original gelatos with a big focus on fresh fruit and berries.

It’s also a beautiful store with clean lines that feels like walking into a designer boutique or Apple store. The ice cream is so good you’ll be back again and again for one of these irresistible cones.

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29th. Delikat Gelato – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A wonderful place to come for those of you with a sweet tooth. They do great waffles, cakes and sweets but in reality you are only here for the ice cream.

It’s a super friendly place where they not only make the best ice cream you could ever imagine, but also always serve it with a smile. The perfect place to bring the family or a group of kids for a seriously tasty treat.

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28th. Scream – Karachi, Pakistan

Bright colours, slick decor and pumping tunes, but most of all some of the most colourful and flavoursome ice cream you will ever taste. If only all ice cream shops were this imaginative and exciting.

There’s classic flavours as well as liquid nitrogen and bubble waffles cones to name but a few of their tricks.

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27th. Shiroichi Shinsaibashi – Osaka, Japan

Shiroichi serves “nama ice” (fresh ice cream) that is all about the use of natural ingredients. It looks like soft serve ice cream, but it doesn’t use fresh cream or additives, so it has a lighter texture. Order a topping of Shiroichi’s organic brown sugar to finish it to perfection.

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26th. Oddies Foodies – Hong Kong

This small takeaway-only ice cream shop is actually one of the best ice cream parlours in Asia. They have fun creating new ways to serve their ice cream, from street food style to premium ice cream theme desserts.

The core product is fantastic, with classic flavours and serious creaminess.

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25th. Wuyutai – Beijing, China

Wuyutai is a household name known to almost every tea lover in Beijing. First established in 1887, Wuyutai is an iconic green tea company that also serves amazing matcha ice cream.

Their flavours are unique and original and you’ll find yourself really struggling for choice. Maybe have three scoops instead of two?

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24th. Club Gelato – Dhaka, Bangladesh

Club Gelato produces fresh ice cream daily in their modern laboratory using the finest ingredients from Italy, blended with fresh milk for a beautifully creamy ice cream.

They have some regular flavours that never leave the menu and a large extra selection that are on rotation. Never a dull moment here.

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23rd. iScream – Dubai, UAE

iScream is a funky and hyper-Instagrammable ice cream spot where you can take a world tour of flavours such as Curry, Halawa, Ube, Emirati coffee, Saffron and even a FLAMING Wasabi. It’s different, fun and oh-so tasty.

There’s also soft serve ice cream which comes in some pretty rad flavours. Definitely get their most well-known cold treat which is the watermelon ice cream sandwich.

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22nd. Guss Damn Good – Bangkok, Thailand

Guss Damn Good is an ice cream store that takes inspiration from the gelato scene in Boston, where flavours are wild and whacky. There’s over 40 flavours on rotation – if you spot the  Love is Love (beetroot-coloured lemon ice cream with lemon curd and butter crumbs), order it!

The gelato is every bit as good and authentic as any scoops you’d eat in Italy. A world-class ice cream experience.

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21st. GOMAYA KUKI – Tokyo, Japan

Love sesame ice cream? Consider this your new favourite place. Gomaya Kuki aims to serve the richest sesame ice cream in the world, using plenty of traditional sesame from a traditional sesame manufacturer.

In fact, they use 9,000 sesame seeds in one ice cream!

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20th. Ragusa Es Italia – Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta’s famous Italian ice cream cafe is one the oldest ice cream parlours in the country, and has been serving its loyal fans since 1932.

All ice creams are made with pure 100% natural ingredients,  with in-season flavours available. One lick of these delicious scoops and you will see why it’s still as popular today as it was almost 100 years ago.

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19th. Cold Stick Gelato – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Cool down from the heat with a scoop or two of some of the 32 flavours on offer at this Riyadh ice cream parlour. Cold Stick Gelato produces Italian ice cream according to the highest standards for truly gourmet scoops.

Their ice cream is incredibly rich, creamy and smooth.

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18th. Island Creamery – Singapore

Island Creamery was Singapore’s first ice-cream parlour that produces freshly made premium ice cream, proudly featuring local flavours. It opened in 2004 and is still a firm favourite among locals and visitors alike.

You’ll become addicted to their unique flavours – some of which include the famous Teh Tarik, Pulut Hitam and Pineapple Tart.

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17th. FATCAT Ice Cream Bar – Singapore

This stylish ice cream bar serves chef-made ice-cream made from fresh ingredients, from Vanilla and Butterscotch to their famed Watermelon Soju and Harry Potter-inspired Butter Beer.

Picking just one flavour will be the toughest thing you’ll do all week, so chances are you’re gonna have to come back. Be sure to try their charcoal waffles with the signature salted egg yolk sauce.

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16th. Via Tokyo – Hong Kong

Via Tokyo serves traditional and quality Japanese desserts and soft serves. All ice creams are made with pure 100% natural ingredients,  with in-season flavours available.

Can’t decide? The Earl Grey soft cream flavour made with Assam tea and hints of bergamot is an instant winner.

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15th. Gelato Italia – Hanoi, Vietnam

Gelato Italia perfectly brings together the fuller and creamier texture of Italian gelato and the exotic flavours of Southeast Asia. . They achieve this by only using super high-end products, and you can be sure you’ll quickly become a regular after tasting it for the first time. Divine.

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14th. Gelato Dal Cuore – Shanghai, China

This premium ice cream parlour in the Jingan district is one of the best ice cream parlours in Asia, thanks to their rich and smooth gelato and homemade waffle cones. There’s about 16 flavours to choose from, such as pear oolong, pineapple Sichuan peppercorn and white chrysanthemum, as well as salted caramel, pistachio and Amarena cherry.

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13th. Gusto Gelato – Bali, Indonesia

This fantastic gelateria knows that there is no good gelato without great ingredients, so they use only the freshest ingredients that are in season, and make all ice cream on site. They have hands down the best range of ice-creams and sherbets in Bali.

Chocolate, nuts and caramel feature heavily; once you experience these once you’ll be hooked for life.

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12th. Ice Cream Lab – Dubai, UAE

Ice Cream Lab’s idea revolves around the molecular gastronomy freezing concept, using liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze fresh ingredients into ice cream. The end result? You’ll be stunned as liquid nitrogen flows into the bowl, expands in the air as smoke and then evaporates right in front of your eyes, leaving fresh ice cream behind.

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11th. Elephant Grounds – Hong Kong

This hip coffee store has some great brews, but it’s the attention to detail in their ice cream and ice cream sandwiches that make them really stand out. Treat yourself with hand churned ice cream cookie sandwiches in a variety of creative flavours.

They’re almost too beautiful to eat – almost. 

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10th. Classic Ice Cream Parlour – New Delhi, India

As the name suggests, Classic Ice Cream Parlour has all the traditional favourites, but it also serves up some funky treats. Choose from cones or cups in a great range of flavours that are superb value for money.

A must-try refreshing treat when the heat strikes in the city.

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9th. Go Coffee & Ice Cream – Bangkok, Thailand

Go Coffee & Ice Cream is a cute bakery that serves up some amazing waffle cones and homemade ice creams. They are super creative with their flavours, so you can come here again and again to try something new. Think: Breakfast Cereal ice-cream or Mayongchid sorbet.

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8th. Baires Ice Cream – Taipei, Taiwan

This Argentinian artisan ice cream store is all about incredibly creative (and delicious!) flavours. Feast on generous scoops of Whiskey Praline Pecans, Kinder Bueno ice cream with Nutella or a refreshing Mojito sorbet.

One lick and you’ll see why this is one of the best ice cream parlours in the world.

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7th. Milano Ice Cream – Bangalore, India

Milano Ice Cream does scoops the Italian way – rich, creamy and full of flavour. You can get their scoops on waffle cones, cups, as topping on crepes, in sundaes or even shaped like a beautiful flower.

Flavours include a tempting Whiskey Irish Creme or indulgent Dark Chocolate. An ice cream lover’s dream parlour.

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6th. Eat Darling Eat – Hong Kong

Eat Darling Eat is a modern Chinese dessert shop that brings you your favourite childhood Hong Kong desserts and sweet treats with a twist. There’s pineapple buns, tong sui and egg tarts, but the ice cream is a real shining star.

There’s Taro ice cream and an unusual Sichuan pepper ice cream with candied bacon.

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5th. Suzukien Asakusa – Tokyo, Japan

Suzukien is famous for serving up the most intense matcha tea flavoured gelato in the world. Opened in 1853, the tea shop is famous among locals and its ice cream has spread far and wide thanks to social media.

There’s seven different strengths of matcha ice cream to choose from. We suggest going to whole hog and getting the strongest.

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4th. Apsara Ice Creams – Mumbai, India

Aspara Ice Creams has been going strong since 1971, thanks to its dedication to natural ingredients and unique flavours. From its iconic sancha ice creams, to milkshakes, kulfis and sorbets, you’re sure to find the perfect scoop here.

Get yours in a colourful sprinkle cone for extra enjoyment.

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3rd. The Lost Bread – Manila, The Philippines

The Lost Bread brought serious funk to Manila with their exceptional ice creams and desserts – there’s soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes, and French toast cubes. Soft serve flavours include Blue Vanilla with Chocolate & Caramel Popcorn or Milk Tea with an ‘injection’ of raw honey.

Easily one of the best ice cream parlours in Asia.

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2nd. Parfait – Seoul, South Korea

32 Parfait is soft serve on steroids – these bad boys are three times taller than any other soft serve cone you’ve ever seen. The 32 cm-tall cones are a must-try when in Seoul, but it’s so much more than a novelty.

The ice cream itself is super creamy and absolutely delicious. An essential inclusion for among the best ice cream parlours in the world.

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1st. Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique – Singapore

They serve up dozens of different flavours that are all unique to the store, so it’s worth traversing the entire planet to try this place out.

Try the  White Chrysanthemum and Sea-Salt Hojicha in their signature fragrant Thyme Cone. No matter what flavour you choose they are all silky smooth and made daily. It’s no wonder it’s the top winner of the best ice cream parlours in Asia.

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