Penang Island may have been home to many signature local foods like char kuey teow, Hokkien mee and rojak. But the weather can be unforgivably hot in the island city. This is where cooling yourself with a sweet treat a.k.a. dessert is a cool idea. From enjoying the Italian artisanal gelato to homemade ice cream, guilt-free frozen yoghurt and traditional French pastries, here are the Top 10 Places for Desserts in Penang worth checking out.
1) Hema Hema Ice Cream
The long queue is common at Hema Hema Ice Cream, particularly during the weekend. Many Penangites and even patrons from other states have been raving over the rich taste and selections of the ice creams available here. Hema Hema Ice Cream rotates its ice cream flavour every week, meaning you won’t be bored with the same old purchase. You will find classic and premium flavours like Coconut Milk, 70% Chocolate, Burnt Butter & Sage and Blue Tahiti Vanilla. Best enjoyed in a crunchy waffle cone because it’s freshly made in-house.
2) Ciao Gelato
Ciao Gelato is where you can crave something sweet minus the guilt. In other words, they use minimal sugar and the freshest ingredients possible for their Italian artisanal gelato. You can find different flavours such as Pistachio, Chocolate Hazelnut and Matcha. If you have lactose intolerance, you may try some of their dairy-free sorbettos covering Strawberry, Mint & Lime, Pear and Mango, just to name a few.
3) Creameal Handcrafted Ice Cream
Creameal takes no shortcuts when making its ice creams. All of them are lovingly handmade from scratch using only 100% fresh cream, milk and real ingredients. And to ensure you only get the best, each scoop has no common nasties like artificial flavourings and preservatives. Just honest-to-goodness ice cream that tastes rich, creamy and naturally flavourful. They offer various flavours like Mint Chocolate Chip, French Vanilla and Jasmine Green Tea to choose from. You can enjoy the ice cream(s) in a waffle cone, or cup or pair them with one of their signature waffles.
Eyescream. certainly means what the name represents. And that is, their signature charcoal ice cream topped with an eyeball candy. It’s like enjoying a Halloween sweet treat all year long. The candy itself is chewy while the charcoal ice cream has a smoky aroma with the refreshing lightness of coconut taste. They even use activated charcoal and natural coconut as their main ingredients with no added artificial flavourings whatsoever.
5) Rabbit Softserve & Gelato
Rabbit Softserve & Gelato offers different types of recurring and new flavours to tantalise your taste buds. You can look forward to the ever-rotating menu covering from Uji Matcha to Honey Vanilla, Mango Tango Sorbet and Earl Grey Dark Cocoa. And to date since its establishment in 2015, they have crafted over 100 flavours and still counting. For the ultimate indulgence, do try their signature Gelato Crispy Waffle served with a scoop of gelato, fluffy cream, strawberries and honey.
6) Fourspoons Ice Cream Cafe
Operating since 2016, Fourspoons Ice Cream Cafe has two outlets in Gurney Walk and Icon City. Every scoop is deliciously homemade using quality ingredients — all creamy and flavourful with the right amount of sweetness. They have plenty of flavours worth trying here from the classic Vanilla Bean and Mint Chocolate Chip to interesting combos, namely Pink Guava & Passionfruit Sorbet and White Chocolate Raspberry. You can enjoy them in a waffle cone, cup or freshly baked crispy golden waffle.
Muyogi specialises in frozen yoghurt in soft serve and smoothie styles — all of which are made with no added sugar and zero fat. Try their Original Soft Serve, where you can add up to 3 toppings of your choice. They have assorted toppings like almond flakes, biscoff crumbs, mango/strawberry/lychee nata de coco and even haw flakes. Looking to quench your thirst on a hot sunny day? Indulge in one of their refreshing yoghurt smoothies, offering exciting flavours ranging from Strawberry to Lychee Rose, Banana Almond and Hazelnut Chocolate.
8) La Vie En Rose Pâtisserie
La Vie En Rose Pâtisserie’s speciality lies in its traditional French pastries and desserts. Choices are aplenty here, covering the likes of madeleines, beignets and croissants in assorted flavours. One of their must-tries? That would be the crowd-favourite Almond Croissant, offering the soft and buttery croissant with almond-flake goodness. There are more, as dessert lovers can look forward to creamy delights such as the classic Tiramisu and other options like Exotic Tarts, Gâteau au Chocolat and Strawberry Cheesecake.
9) Roots Dessert Bar
The Museum Hotel houses a cafe that specialises in assorted cakes, pastries and desserts. One of Roots Dessert Bar’s signature items has to be the bestselling Watermelon Cake — a refreshing mix of fresh watermelon and strawberries with almond dacquoise, rose cream and beetroot crumb. Definitely a must-try if you happen to stop by at Roots Dessert Bar. Some of the other menu options include Waffles, Sweet Crepe, Chocolate Banana Parfait and if you prefer something local, there’s the Pisang Pengat served with assorted ingredients such as sago, candied peanut and Gula Melaka.
10) Merry Ice Cream
There’s something merry about their ice cream that sparks joy and happiness among many happy customers. Not only are Merry Ice Cream’s frozen desserts all made using fresh and natural ingredients but also offer various exciting flavours to choose from. They cover classic choices like Rich Chocolate, French Vanilla and Pure Strawberry to locally-inspired Tau Fu Fah, Salted Egg Oreo and White Coffee.
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