I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! As the summer is rolling right along and the heat is intensifying, a cup of dairy goodness is what we need. We’ve rounded up the cream of the crop (get it?) from artisanal flavors to old-time favorites. Let’s survive and enjoy the summer with ten of the best ice creams in Manila!
1. Morelli’s Gelato
Let’s start with the most traditional kind of ice cream. Originating in Italy, gelato basically means more milk and less cream. Morelli’s definitely knows the difference and that’s why they’ve been in business for more than 100 years.
They source their ingredients locally and abroad and a scoop will start you off at PHP 130. The Caramel Dulce de Leche is their must-try but Pistachio and Hazelnut are good choices too!
2. Bono Artisanal Gelato
What makes Bono Artisanal Gelato one of the best ice creams in Manila is the fact that it’s homegrown. And unlike most gelato shops where the selection is proudly displayed in glass cases, Bono keeps theirs tucked away. They won’t keep their ice cream for more than 20 hours, keeping the gelato fresh and natural.
Bono is the more affordable choice with small cups at only PHP 85 and tubs at PHP 850! Try their Movie Night (potato chip), Milo Dinosaur or Baci (dark chocolate) when you visit.
3. Carousel Creamery
If you’re looking for offbeat flavors, well you only have 101 to choose from here. Of course, they stock the classics such as Chocolate and Coffee, but why not try beer-flavored ice cream? Or chicharon-flavored ice cream for that matter?
Go wild with their crazy concoctions and don’t worry about trying more than one, Carousel Creamery is generous with samples! On your first go, you might want to check out the Bacon n’ Cheese, but a sampler of five will only cost you PHP 395. Plus, you can always go back to taste 96 more!
4. Sebastian’s Ice Cream
Let’s keep the craziness going! Landing on our list of the best ice creams in Manila, Sebastian’s Ice Cream is a pioneer in artisanal Pinoy flavors. Ever wondered what Green Mango at Bagoong might taste like as an ice cream? What about Champarado at Tuyo?
Sebastian’s does local flavors proudly! Make it a date at PHP 300 for two and try both of these favorites. If you’re not feeling too adventurous, then you can opt for their Vanilla or Salted Caramel.
5. Papa Diddi’s
Straight from the farm is as natural as it can get. That’s why Paul Perez, owner of Papa Diddi’s made it a point to continue his father’s legacy of healthy goodness. They make their ice cream in little batches, creating the freshest products that turn into fruity and interesting flavors!
If you’re looking to cut down on the sugar, rest assured that Papa Diddi’s offers delights such as Roasted Strawberry, Mango Ginger, and eve Roasted Forbidden Rice (bestseller). Try the indulgence size and get three flavors at just PHP 95!
168 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Other branch at Sapphire Bloc Bldg., Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
6. Merry Moo
Carrying on the homemade tradition of the best ice creams in Manila is Merry Moo! From the name alone, you already want to get a scoop or two! Kelvin Ngo and his team source their milk from Laguna dairy farms, making their artisanal creations naturally creamy.
Their bestseller is the Sea Salt Caramel, but you might also want to try unique flavors like Candied Bacon or Pop Rocks & Mallows! It’s only PHP 70 per cup for a classic like their Sea Salt, and PHP 75 for a premium cup like Pop Rocks & Mallows!
SM North EDSA, North Avenue corner EDSA, Quezon City
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Other branches at SM Megamall, SM Aura, Legazpi Sunday Market, Midnight Mercato Market, and Salcedo Saturday Market
After a dose of artisanal, let’s go back for a second to old-time goodies. Farmacy keeps things simple with American classics such as floats, banana splits, and ice cream sandwiches. Its selection consists of well-loved flavors like Vanilla and Cookie Dough.
But if you’re looking for a good time, try some of their alcohol- infused shakes. Besides its specialties and sundaes, you can enjoy the ambiance with its pharmacy-inspired interior, perfect for your IG snaps and stories! You can order a pint to-go for PHP 350, a sundae for PHP 270, or a milkshake for PHP 260.
8. Mad Mark’s
Known for its American frozen desserts, Mad Mark’s is easily one of the best ice creams in Manila. They get their high-quality ingredients from Madagascar, Sumatra, and Java, and their flavors are named right after those places! The most popular one has to be the Half-Baked Madagascar.
A single scoop will cost you PHP 95 but for sure, one scoop won’t be enough. Go ahead and get a double scoop for PHP 185 and try the Javan Hot Chocolate as well. Their servings are generous anyway, so these ice creams are definitely for sharing.
9. Kool Kids
Now the act you’ve all been waiting for. Any ice cream shop that uses liquid nitrogen has to be one of the coolest. Kool Kids puts on a show for its customers as they freeze custard into ice cream right before your eyes! This creates a softer, smoother version of the treat and the flavors, bolder.
The Yuzu is a crowd favorite, with its distinct Japanese lime taste at PHP 150 for a regular. If you still have room, you should also try the Nuts 4 Nutella FroDough (PHP 90), which is liquid nitrogen ice cream squeezed in between a baked doughnut!
10. The Iscreamist
What makes this place even cooler than its liquid nitrogen delights, is the bowls they come in. They will have you screaming, “Oh, science!” We’re pretty sure The Iscreamist was the first of its kind and one of the best ice creams in Manila to be found.
Have a look for yourself when you’re up north in Teacher’s Village. It’s one of Maginhawa’s most popular dessert spots and gets packed quick! So make sure to come earlier on in the day and try their Dragon’s Breath Smores for only PHP 79!
And there you go! We hope you get your fill of creamy goodness to beat the heat this summer with the best ice creams in Manila!