Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream
Paul Ballen has become somewhat of an institution, thanks to his brand of homemade ice cream. This stuff is great and if you haven’t tried it yet, we urge you to drop whatever it is you’re doing and go get some. It’s free from preservatives, additives and chemicals and is made with only the finest ingredients. Once a month, Paul hosts Ice Cream Sundays, where decadent and over the top creations are served. Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream also has two permanent stores – one in Rosebank and one in Melville. So you have no excuse not to get some!
Where: Ice Cream Sundays (once a month at Unit 8 High Road, Bramley, Johannesburg).
27Boxes, 75 3rd Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.
Shop NM11, The Zone @ Rosebank, 177 Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Pete’s Super Natural Ice Cream
If you’re going to indulge in ice cream, make sure it’s good quality stuff. Pete’s Super Natural Ice Cream truly hits the nail on the head – using only hormone-free milk from pasture fed cows, there are no nasties in this dessert. Now, onto the flavours – they’re as wacky as they are decadent. Our fave has got to be the popcorn cream with torched marshmallows and honeycomb.
Where: Organic Emporium, Bryanston Shopping Centre, Corner William Nicol and Ballyclare Drives, Bryanston, Johannesburg.
Voodoo Lily Café, 64 St Andrews Street, Birdhaven, Johannesburg.
La Cremosa has brought a taste of Italy to Joburg. Their artisanal Italian gelato is divine and is made using traditional and authentic Italian family recipes. Honestly, the pistachio ice cream that these guys create is enough to make you lose your mind and eat the whole tub (it happens, okay?). La Cremosa even changed our mind about sorbet – we were never fans until we tried their mango and strawberry flavours… let’s just say we’re hooked!
Where: La Cremosa has a stand at Market on Main every Sunday – 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.
Jackson’s Real Food Market, 317 Bryanston Drive, Bryanston, Johannesburg.
Häagen-Dazs never disappoints. Their brand of ice cream keeps people coming back for more – and for good reason, of course. Indulgent, decadent and ridiculously addictive, their banoffee, vanilla and macadamia nut brittle flavours are enough to satiate anyone’s sweet tooth.
Where: find your nearest branch here.
Tashas Le Park
The Tashas in Hyde Park’s desserts are something else. Sit down and order a trio of ice cream… their wide range of flavours is enough to send you into a sugar coma (in the best way, of course). Just head up to the glass ice cream container and go wild. We suggest closing your eyes and picking the first three you point your finger at… you can’t go wrong here.
Where: Hyde Park Corner, Corner William Nicol Drive and Jan Smuts Avenue, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.
Trieste Café in Greenside serves gelato made according to their 100-year-old family recipe. Bonus: only natural flavourings are added to all their gelato! They make gelato cakes, serve ice cream and waffles and even have ‘steak and egg’ ice cream, which is not steak and egg but rather an Italian speciality, where the dessert is made to look like the classic breakfast meal.
Where: 40 Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg.
Sure, The Smokehouse might not be a spot dedicated to ice cream, but this meaty destination serves up a mean helping of homemade peanut butter ice cream that comes with a hot butterscotch sauce. We are drooling already… aren’t you?
Where: Corner Juta and De Beer Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesubrg.
This ice cream parlour is in Pretoria but it’s so worth the trip… and it’s not even that far from Joburg! The best part about this place is that it’s open at night! They have take home packs (even caramel or chocolate sauce to take home), which will be music to your ears once you taste what they sell! Go for an ice cream and waffle combo… you won’t be sorry!
Where: Corner Bernard Street & Gordon Road, Hatfield, Pretoria.
Sure, The Wolfpack is a burger restaurant but don’t let that stop you from going there purely for their ice cream. The flavours are limited but they will certainly tickle your taste buds. Peanut brittle, honey comb and halva and dom pedro with your choice of liquer. Mmm that halva flavour is calling our name!
Where: 21 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.
Nestled in Craighall is Dolci Café, where you will find authentic Italian gelato that’s served in a bowl with a sugar cone on top. All of the crunch, none of the mess – it works! Check with your waiter regarding flavours but whichever you get, you can rest easy knowing they’ll rid you of your ice cream craving… temporarily, at least. They also serve affogato, which is a shot of espresso poured over ice cream, topped with honey and almond shavings.
Where: 101 Lancaster Avenue, Corner Clarence Avenue, Craighall, Johannesburg.
By Nikki Samakosky
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