The inside scoop on Dubai's best ice cream parlors

Written by Bethan Hurst-Haynes

Ice cream has a history that spans thousands of years and it has appeared in various forms since the 2nd Century B.C. References of “fruit ices” and desserts formed from mountain snow packed with honey can be found in the histories of King Solomon, Julius Caesar and Charles I. It was first made available to the public in 1660 and has continued to evolve. Nowadays, it’s a staple treat favorite across the world available in thousands of flavor combinations. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the best ice cream available in Dubai.

The 5 Best Coffee Shops in Dubai

 
1. Cold Stone Creamery 2. House of Pops
3. Baskin Robbins 4. Gelato Divino
5. Surge Coffee 6. Haagen-Dazs

1. Cold Stone Creamery

 

We start our list with a brand that’s been in Dubai for over 30 years - Cold Stone Creamery. Their solid reputation is built on their enthusiastic staff who are known to volley scoops of ice cream from one end of the store to the other, all whilst belting out songs. As well as ice cream, their menu has cakes and shakes and their flavorsome concoctions are available in various sizes, cones and scoops.

All of their ice cream is made fresh on site daily and their vast range of flavours can be finished with a selection of 20 toppings including sprinkles, peanut butter cups and fruit. If you’re not in the mood to choose, just take one of their signature creations - we highly recommend Mud Pie Mojo. If you mix and match flavours, they will be skillfully blended on their cold granite stone.

Cold Stone has 23 branches across the UAE, we think the Atlantis outlet is the best - its fantastic team more than make up for its small size. You can also order online and via delivery platforms so there’s no reason not to get your ice cream fix.

Cold Stone Creamery

2. House of Pops

 

House of Pops was created by “soulful foodies with a passion for authentic taste, natural flavours and environmental friendliness”. Each of their ice pops comes in compostable packaging as part of their commitment to being kind to the planet.

They have 20 flavours, including 4 keto-friendly options - all of their pops are vegan and allergen-free (but please ask for an ingredient list to be sure, if you have specific dietary requirements). You can order directly on their website, via delivery platforms or you can purchase in-person at their various cart locations. They are invested in community activities, parties and festivals and offer catering options from a cart, bike or fridge - the perfect way to cool off and hydrate.

House of Pops

3. Baskin Robbins

 

With 850 stores across the UAE, Baskin Robbins is the most prolific name on our list (they are also the world’s biggest chain of specialty ice cream shops). They have over 1300 flavours in their library and pioneered the 31 flavor concept - one for every day of the month.

Speaking of flavors, they certainly think outside the box - as well as the ones you’d expect they’ve also offered some that are certainly unique - ‘Dill Pickle’ was marketed specifically to pregnant women! To go with their vast numbers of flavours and stores, they also hold some world records, including the Guiness record for ‘largest cup of ice cream’ which weighed in at 8,865lbs - you might need a couple of friends to help you finish it!

If you’re in the mood for some classic Baskin Robbins deliciousness, it’s not hard to get your hands on - as well as their stores you can order online, via delivery platforms or grab a tub from your local supermarket. Enjoy!

Baskin Robbins

4. Gelato Divino

 

Although gelato looks a lot like ice cream, and the translation from Italian means ice cream, we are assured that they are definitively not the same thing. Originally a small family-owned company based in the North West of Italy, Gelato Divino was taken over by a private investment group and brought to the UAE in 2009. Since then, they have expanded around the Middle East and into the UK.

Each of their 55 UAE outlets stocks their 150 flavours, with something to tempt every palette. All of the gelato is made fresh daily in their centralised facility, and transported around Dubai. We’re reliably informed that gelato differs from ice cream in that it uses low fat milk, obviously reducing the overall fat content. The manufacturing process also incorporates less air into the product creating a dense, yet smooth and creamy treat. If you can’t get to one of their locations in person, you can still get your fix by ordering via a delivery platform.

Gelato Divino

5. Projeto Acai

 

If ice cream and gelato aren’t your thing (we don’t judge) then consider Acai. Predominantly from Brazil, the small purple berries are harvested from a specific type of Palm tree and blended into a puree, usually with banana and served cold, topped with granola, nuts or fruits.

Projeto Acai is driven by the dream of “sharing the magical taste and nutritional benefits of Acai” with all of Dubai and they have a strong focus on local, organic produce (where possible) - Their granola and peanut butter is made in-house. Their 6 permanent locations in the UAE were decorated by Dubai-based Brazilian-born artist Tarsila Schubert and have a cool, jungle jazz vibe which you can recreate at home with their Spotify playlist.

They aren’t just about Acai however - their menu has a great selection of sandwiches, poke bowls and salads to ensure even the savoury lovers are satisfied. We highly recommend the ‘classico’ acai bowl for first timers, choose from one of three different sizes. Their entire menu is available to order online.

Projeto Acai

6. Haagen-Dazs

 

Undoubtedly one of the most instantly recognisable ice cream brands in the world, Haagen-Dazs is synonymous with luxury ice cream and is no longer just available in stores - you can also get your fix by ordering via a delivery platform or visiting one of their cafes.

Haagen-Dazs has been in production since 1960 and its founder was notorious for attention to detail - it took him 6 years to be satisfied with their strawberry ice cream recipe. With that level of dedication, it’s no wonder celebrities line up to endorse it. The brand now offers 22 classic ice cream and sorbet flavours, all of which are available in their 8 UAE outlets, complemented by a select range of toppings.

Haagen-Dazs

Whether you’re a cone or cup, crazy flavour or classic vanilla, there is sure to be something in this list that you’ll love. Outlets for these brands are spread across Dubai so you’re never far from your next fix - if you want to make sure you’re particularly close to one, please contact our Private Client Advisors who can show you a selection of the best properties nearby.