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Korean and Japanese soft serve places may be proliferating in town, but the big ice-cream winners are homegrown brands. Not only did heartland veterans expand downtown, such as Creamier, specialty gelato makers Birds of Paradise wowed us with their pretty marketing collateral and pop-ups and their cute cafe in Katong. Over at Holland Village, the already-popular Sunday Folks expanded their offerings and became one of the most Instagrammable places in town. Here are nine that have satiated our sweet tooth so far.

Birds of Paradise

Singapore’s new gelato maker has won hearts with delicate, unusual flavors like the white chrysanthemum with cacao nibs, spiced pear and strawberry basil. Their environmentally-conscious, brick-and-mortar café in Katong is equally great—painted in pastel colors and plastered with floral and birds motifs. #01-05 63 East Coast Rd.


The Gillman Barracks outlet of this homegrown ice cream brand is packed on the weekends, thanks to its rotating selection of 18 handcrafted ice-cream flavors that are made from scratch daily. Try premium flavors like the roasted pistachio or local flavors like the sea salt gula Melaka. There are waffles, too. 5A Lock Rd.

The Daily Scoop

This veteran egg-free ice-cream chain offers made-fresh-daily, all-natural ice creams. Fans of local flavors will appreciate their seasonal Mao Shan Wang flavor and the OKAYALah, with kaya flavors. Don’t miss their boozy offerings either, like the lychee martini and the cherry brandy. #01-04 Clementi Arcade, 41 Sunset Way.

Island Creamery

It’s a bit further flung, but they’ve got local palates in mind with flavors including pineapple tart, kopi, teh tarik and pulut hitam. Be sure to shake on heaps of Horlicks and Milo powder for an extra sugar hit. For boozehounds, there’s even Tiger beer sorbet and Kahlua latte. #01-03 Serene Centre, 10 Jln Serene.

Sunday Folks

Chip Bee Gardens’ beloved ice-cream shop has grown: homemade premium ice-creams such as roasted pistachio aside, they do everything from waffle cones, cheesecakes, delicate sundaes and, most recently, chocolates and chocolate truffles, too. #01-52 44 Jalan Merah Saga.

Tom’s Palette

This modest little place in Shaw Leisure Gallery has been making fresh ice-cream daily since 2005, and still has some of the most interesting flavors around: lychee and white wine, oolong tea and chrysanthemum saffron and vanilla, and dozens more. Look out especially for their seasonal specials. They also do ice-cream making classes. #01-25 Shaw Leisure Gallery, 100 Beach Rd.


With five branches around the city, including Siglap and Upper Thomson, this homegrown ice-cream parlor is all about all-natural ingredients, ice-cream batches and a focus on locally inspired and boozy flavors. Try the gula Melaka option with nuggets of chewy attap chee, the spiked orange chocolate bitters and the Baileys and bourbon. 155 Thompson Rd.

Fat Cat Ice Cream Bar

This hipster ice cream bar located in the heart of Bedok central manages to draw crowds with their unique ice-cream flavours sold at affordable prices. Made in-house from scratch, pair ice-cream such as butterbeer, hay & honey and all-time favourite earl grey lavender with their raved charcoal waffle and salted egg yolk sauce. Don’t forget their gourmet plated desserts as well, which you can choose to pair with dessert wines. #01-25 Blk 416, Bedok North Ave. 2

Merely Ice Cream

This cozy shop situated conveniently at Sunshine Plaza is a hit with their handcrafted ice cream made from only the best quality ingredients together with painstaking effort taken to mix-in and swirl their ice-cream. The result is an ultra smooth texture across their original flavours such as Grape Yakult, Ondeh Ondeh and Horlicks Panda. Look out for crazy limited edition flavours they regularly put out such as Seaweed Shoyu Caramel, Pineapple Tart and Popcorn and Potato Chips. #01-13 Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen St.