Mumbai, Sunday afternoon, temperature is 35 degrees and humidity is at 60 percent. Summer is here but worry not. Indulging in humongous scoops of creamy and flavored ice is exactly what you need to survive this scorching heat and cool your body. Welcome this heat blast by chilling at Mumbai’s favorite ice cream spots mentioned below – because summer is just an excuse to pamper your craving of multiple scoops of ice creams towered in fresh waffle cones!
Who doesn’t know Naturals Ice Cream? Established in 1994 with a small shop in Juhu, Naturals Ice Cream is Mumbaikars’ favorite dessert, especially amongst the travelers in the city. It is famous for its rich and creamy traditional hand-churned ice creams, prepared without any preservatives. Its specialty lies in seasonal fresh fruit ice cream scoops with fruit bites. The seasonal creamy mango ice cream cannot be missed!
Similar to Naturals Ice Cream, Apsara Ice Cream also specializes in premium hand-churned (sancha) ice creams with fruits and dry fruits, but with different flavors when compared to Naturals. Apsara Ice Cream offers a wide range of products, from its iconic sancha ice creams to milkshakes, kulfis and sorbets! Its Funky Ferrero and Brownie Blast ice cream blended with crunchy chocolate bites provide an utmost sinful pleasure, taking you on a guilt trip. Special summer delights include Guava Glory, Trippy Targola, Pan Pasand, rose and mint ice creams, and also kiwi and Thandai sorbets.
Bachelorr’s is a popular roadside stall near Charni Road in South Mumbai, known for its delicious roadside foodstuff and large variety of sinful desserts and milkshakes. It is an ideal stopover for a post-dinner feast, with chilled and perfectly blended chocolate milkshakes, ice creams, and its iconic seasonal fruit creams. Ever heard of spicy ice cream? Its world-famous green chili ice cream adds a dash of spice on your tongue while relishing the sweetened and iced cream. Other favorites include an entire range of yogurts, milkshakes, and fruit creams, especially choco chip, black currant, and mango.
This place is a landmark for one of the best Royal Faloodas in town, with its over-a-century-old recipe. A typical food order at Badshah includes its buttery pav bhaji, followed by the famous faloodas. Highly recommended flavors include strawberry, mango, and malai kulfi falooda.
Badshah’s Faloodas, Dr DN Road, Crawford Market, Mumbai, India, +91 22 2342 1943
When it comes to kulfis in North Mumbai, Sanjay has the best candy kulfis. It is one of the oldest shops known for selling instant homemade kulfis, directly from the molds prepared on roadside carts. The candy kulfis are so delicious and light that nobody can eat just one. The classic malai and pista thin stick candy totally make summers worth it!
Isn’t slurping on a bowl of colorful and flavorful ice a pure summer delight? Hop in at Pooja Malai Gola Centre in Ghatkopar, a small stall at Khau Galli, for a perfect cooler on a summer evening. It offers the most exotic and innovative varieties of malai golas apart from the regular street-style ‘chuskis.’ Digging into a bowl of colorful malai gola topped with dry fruits is a journey in itself, with every bite offering a different flavor and texture.
By Krutika Maniar
Krutika Maniar is a banker and investor by profession; traveller and food lover by passion. She writes and shares her travel tales and food trails.