Local Dessert Shops To Get Your Ice Cream Fix This Summer

There's always time for ice cream.

Beat the scorching heat this summer with these ice cream shops that will cool down your taste buds and make you want more.

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The summer season can mean a lot of things to people: trips to the beach, much needed vacations, and hangouts with friends and family. But it also brings an increase in temperature, often to sizzling heights that make us want to take a dip in a pool or lock ourselves in an air-conditioned room. But with an increase in temperature also comes the increased craving in something cold and sweet to help cool us down.

Among all the cool drinks and desserts you can try, you can’t go wrong with ice cream. Summer is the perfect excuse to indulge yourself with some cold treat. The crowd favorite dessert both refreshes, satisfies, and comforts during the hottest of summer days. You can enjoy it as a snack, or even as a whole meal (go ahead, no one’s judging). Check out these local ice cream shops to satisfy your next ice cream fix.   


In the mood for some gelato this summer? Then Afters Gelato should be on your must-try list. This favorite among the local gelato crowd offers a wide variety of flavors, from classic to premium, and even vegan. They also sell other desserts like tiramisu for that perfect combo. And they even accept catering, so you can have that sweet treat for your next party or get together.  


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Ice cream is ice cream and is good regardless what form you consume it in. But for those who grew up eating ice cream made the Philippine street style way, you know that it just hits different. This is something that entrepreneur Berna Yang, creative director Vince Uy and designer Jot Losa knows all too well. Together, they share a childhood love for sorbetes and decided to bring those memories back with Apa Sorbetes de Manila. Proudly repping the Pinoy street ice cream, this newely opened endeavor sells classic Pinoy favorites like Ube, Keso, and Mangga that will have you relieving your childhood love of sorbetes. Their colorful packaging and tasty flavors make for a palamig experience that’s uniquely Pinoy.


There’s something about homemade ice cream that just makes it taste special. Whether it be the ingredients used or the efforts of the individual, homemade ice cream just gives us that warm feeling inside while still cooling us off. If you’re looking for that, we suggest you try Chef Baby’s Ice Cream. While not the most expansive menu, they offer classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry that can satisfy any craving.


What began as a passion project has turned into a well-liked local gelato shop noted for its flavor, quality products, and eye-catching servings and packaging. If you want to know what the hype is all about when it comes to gelato, you need to try Crem Gelato.


Chocolate and ice cream are a match made in heaven. You can’t go wrong with having too much chocolate and ice cream in your life and Hail Chocolate is here to satisfy those cravings. They sell quite a few flavors such as favorites Creamy Chocolate and Chocolate Hazelnut, as well as coffee based ice creams. They even have vegan ice cream if you’re looking to indulge while skimping a few extra calories.


This Paranaque-based endeavor prides itself with its specialty ice cream. They offer classic flavors, as well as twists to Filipino favorites. Flavors on offer include Wintermelon Milk Tea, Birthday Cake, Ube, and Buko. And if you can’t find something you like, they also have the option to make your own ice cream flavor.


Another local favorite, Merry Moo Ice Cream has delighted many with their creamy ice cream made with quality locally sourced products. They have a wide variety of flavors on offer from classics like chocolate to their take on local flavors like Chessy Mamon, Turon, and Buko Pie. Merry Moo is also known to collab with other brands to create truly unique flavors such as their latest collab, Triple Cheese Doughnut. It combines Merry Moo ice cream with the classic cheese doughnuts from Lola Nena’s.


Simple flavors are elevated to the next level with this local ice cream shop form Cagayan de Oro. Their artisanal and carbon neutral ice cream comes in a variety of flavors from like Madagascar vanilla, Strawberry jam, milk tea, and milo crunch. You can order from Grab Food, Foodpanda, or their website.


You know what’s better than ice cream? A store that sells churros and ice cream, that’s what. The next time you want you find yourself in SM Mall Of Asia and are looking for a sweet treat, give Nuki a try. Aside from its IG worthy aesthetics, this shop offers customers both freshly cooked churros and freshly churned gelato. Crunchy churros and fresh gelato? Yes please. And don’t worry if you can’t make it to MOA as they also offer deliver within the metro.


It is often said that quality over quantity is the way to go, and that very much applies to Pantry Sisters. This business sells homemade artisan ice cream made with the finest of ingredients. While they only sell a handful of flavors, those who’ve tried it have nothing but good things to say about it. Must tries include Madagascar Vanilla and Lavender. But if you’re in the mood to experiment, you can try their latest flavor, Popcorn. Do note that they only make small batches at a time to if you’re looking to get your hands on a pint, make your order in advance.


Papa Diddi’s gets its name from a father lovingly called Papa Diddi who made ice cream for his kids using ingredients sourced from the farmers he worked with. Now, the business is carrying on that legacy of delicious and lovingly made ice cream to the world. Papa Diddi’s uses carabao’s milk, as well as ingredients sourced from local farmers to make for a wholly local experience. Flavors include the bestselling Tres Leches, Toasted Forbidden Rice, and options inspired by local coffee and fresh fruits.  


There’s a reason why Sebastian’s has been a favorite among ice cream lovers for years. They are known for their artisanal ice cream that come in a variety of flavors. Their varied menu includes more than just ice cream with items like cakes, ice cream sandwiches, and popsicles. While you can’t go wrong with any flavor, we recommend you try out their season flavors, which in this case is strawberry and sampinit, a local berry.


Ice cream is something that can be enjoyed by anyone, period. But if you’re looking to spice and spike your ice cream, then Tipsy Cream Manila has got you covered. For those who frequent the BGC-Rockwell area, this dessert shop might be familiar to you. They sell alcohol infused ice cream that both satisfies and gets the party started. Some of the flavors you can try include strawberry vodka, hot chocolate brandy, and vanilla beer.


Not only does the ice cream from Tomoni Café look great, but it tastes great, too. This café offers soft serve ice cream with a Japanese flair to enjoy on those warm summer days, or any day really. You have classics like vanilla bean as well as more Japanese inspired fair like matcha and black sesame. And if you’re looking to add a little something to your dessert, they also offer a variety of pastries such as macaron ice cream sandwiches and croissants.   


If you’re in the Poblacion area and are craving for a sweet bite that won’t pack on too many pounds, Mahalo Acai should be on your list. While they technically don’t serve ice cream, frozen yogurt can be just as good. With Mahalo Acai, prepare to treat yourself to 100% dairy-free acai-infused frozen yogurt made with almond milk. Yes, that’s a mouthful. But it all adds up to a delicious treat.

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