Malaysia is known for its hot and humid weather. The best way to cool down and brighten up your day is by indulging yourself with a frozen treat. Ice cream parlours have become very popular among foodies who frequently stop by to try the distinctive flavours and new creations. Check out the best ice cream parlours in Kuala Lumpur.
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Two buddies, a former engineer and a medical student, set up ice cream parlour Joy St in Bangsar. The gelato is made fresh in-house everyday with high quality ingredients. You can have a taste test before choosing your flavours. Grab your gelato and sit on the quirky wooden benches of Joy St. Try the Red Velvet, Tiramisu, and popular Earl Grey ice cream. For something a little more refreshing try the sorbet ice creams: Watermelon & Lychee and Mango & Lime.
Opening in Bangsar before franchising across Klang Valley, Inside Scoop is known for its unique local flavours including the popular D24 (Durian). Other flavours to try are Teh Tarik (Pulled Milk Tea), Cempedak (Jackfruit), Milo, and Horlicks. If you like your ice cream with a kick try the Smoked Cognac and XO Cranberry or go for something fruity like Pink Grapefruit Sorbet and Strawberry Yoghurt. You can have your ice cream served in cup, cone, or on buttermilk waffles. If you are in a rush, you can order your ice cream to be delivered to your doorstep or for pickup at Inside Scoop.
Inside Scoop opened sister parlour, The Ice Cream Bar, in the suburb neighbourhood of Desa Sri Hartamas. Known for their artisanal ice creams and minimal interior, most of their recipes are alcohol-infused including Whisky Cream, XO Cranberry, Bailey’s, Whisky & Nuts, Smoked Cognac, and Beer. The non-alcoholic flavours are Dragonfruit Sorbet, Teh Tarik, Kopi Peng (Iced Coffee), Almond Butterscotch, Mint Straccciatella (mint ice cream with chocolate shavings), White Truffle Chocolate with Sea Salt, Pistachio, and Hazelnut. You can have your ice cream with coffee, a root beer float, and even craft beers. You can also have them to takeaway.
Founders of Raisin’ the Roof, Serina and Ishpal Bajaj, recently expanded their business by launching an all-vegan ice cream parlour, Kind Kones, the first in Southeast Asia. Kind Kones serves 100% natural vegan ice cream, using coconut milk and nuts as their base. They continuously come up with different flavours that are free from dairy, egg, refined sugar, emulsifier, preservative, additives, and artificial flavouring & colouring. 12 of 30 different flavours are served daily including Raspberry Mango Coconut, Golden Milk with turmeric and candied ginger, and Mocha Almond Choc Chip. Suitable for those who have allergies and are health-conscious.
Whimsical serves smooth Cielo Dolci gelato. Besides the classic flavours like Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel, their savoury flavours include the popular Nasi Lemak Gelato. They frequently come out interesting flavours especially during festive seasons such as Sweet Potato, Coconut Gula Melaka (Coconut and Palm Sugar), Matcha & White Chocolate (selected as Gelato World Tour Winner) and Hay & Honey. Have your ice cream together with dishes such as Rise & Shine (Big Breakfast), salad, French Toast, waffles, or Cotton Candy Affogato.
Softsrve has opened a mini concept store at Pavilion where you get to mix and match from four flavours with your choice of three toppings (such as toasted vanilla marshmallow, chocolate coated honeycomb, chocolate truffle, caramelised breakfast cereal, and other treats). Served in a cup or cone, your personalised soft serve is Instagram worthy. They sell four different flavours every month. This month’s flavours include Watermelon Sorbet and Oolong Tea. Keep your eye on Facebook and Instagram as they announced interesting flavours each month.
Inspired by Thailand’s street food favourite, Sangkaya coconut ice cream is made with coconut milk as its base. They started in Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur’s popular food street and have expanded across Malaysia. Enjoy them in a cup, cone or in an actual coconut served with coconut flesh and various toppings such as sweet corn, cornflakes, and toasted coconut flakes. They also have local flavours like Kaya (Coconut Spread), Teh Tarik, and Gula Melaka (Palm Sugar).
Hailing from Italy, the globally known Morelli’s Gelato came to Malaysia to serve their high quality ice cream in eye-catching creations including sundaes (such as Berry Pavlova, Banana Royale, and Pina Colada). Customers are given a choice from 18 different flavours made and served every day. Treat yourself with a Banana Split (served with two big scoops of ice cream, banana, chocolate swirl stick, wafer biscuit, and colourful sprinkles) or Bailey’s Espresso (coffee gelato served with Bailey’s with a shot of espresso).
Have a sweet treat after shopping in KLCC and Lot 10. Savour Happy Crème’s premium milky soft serve ice cream served in a cup with your favourite toppings. The intriguing names of each ice cream are based on the toppings added to the ice cream. Catchy names are Summer Time (peach cube and peach syrup) and Sweet Pillow (marshmallow and strawberry syrup), and Sugar Rush (meringue and Oreo crumbs). Add more sweetness by trying their honeycomb, homemade brownies, and Victoria Sponge Cake.
Jersey Jack Gelato is within walking distance of the busy Jalan Changkat. Made of Jersey milk from Bright Cow dairy farm in Sungai Buloh, Jersey Jack Gelato founder Anthony Gowler (a former mining engineer) and Emeline Aubry came up with classic favourites and Malaysian flavours. Jersey Jack Gelato has more than 45 flavours and they introduce new flavours every month. They also sell their ice cream at various locations around the city centre from their special tricycle. You can find out where they are by following them on Instagram.