Penang isn’t just a haven for local food, as you can find plenty of recognisable favourites as well as up-and-coming ice cream shops islandwide. Here are the Top 10 Places For Ice Cream in Penang to satisfy your sweet tooth!
1) Rabbit Softserve
Rabbit Softserve has certainly come a long way since its humble beginnings as a pop-up store back in 2015. Today, you can easily find them in a store located at Jalan Kuala Kangsar. They insist on using only premium ingredients while their soft serve base is sourced directly from Italy. When it comes to flavours, Rabbit Softserve has them in spades with different and sometimes unique offerings on a rotating basis. This includes the likes of Charcoal Black Sesame, Mamak Teh Tarik, Golden Cempedak, Sweet Melon and Honey Sour Plum. To put it simply, you won’t be bored with the same old taste each time you visit Rabbit Softserve.
2) Gusttimo Cafe
Located at Sunshine Square, Gusttimo Cafe specialises in premium Italian gelato. Gelato lovers may want to try their Instagram-ready signature flower gelato — a combination of red velvet and green tea flavours uniquely shaped like a rose. You can also opt for chocolate flavour as an alternative flavour for your flower gelato. Other than gelato, they also serve various desserts such as Korean bingsu, sliced cakes and waffles.
3) Fourspoons Dessert Cafe
At Fourspoons Dessert Cafe, all of their ice creams are made in-house in small batches. This is to ensure freshness while maintaining quality control at the same time. You will find plenty of delicious flavours here, namely Strawberry Cheesecake, Double Dark Chocolate and Butterscotch Macadamia. You can choose to enjoy them in a cup or pair it with their signature waffle, which is also prepared in-house on a daily basis.
4) Inside Scoop
Since the opening of its first Penang store in Queensbay Mall, Penangites no longer have to travel all the way to KL to enjoy the creamy treat of Inside Scoop. This homegrown brand, of course, needs no introduction: their ice creams are all handmade using only premium ingredients with no artificial flavourings or preservatives whatsoever. Some of their bestselling flavours include D24 Durian, Valrhona Chocolate, Mint Chocolate Chip and Vanilla Bean.
5) Urban Artisan Cafe
Ask any Penang ice-cream lover and they would probably point you to Urban Artisan. Best known for its double flavour combos served in a cone or cup, this homegrown ice cream brand definitely has plenty of flavours to choose from. The choices are diverse, with the likes of Nutella, Oceanic Sea Salt, Summer Peach and Taro Yam. All of their ingredients are natural and handcrafted on a daily basis to maintain freshness.
6) Merry Me Ice Cream
One of Merry Me’s unique selling points is their insistence of selling “Malaysian-influenced flavoured ice cream” to the masses. That means you can find well-known local flavours such as Gula Melaka, Teh Tarik, Kaya Toast, Kacang Tumbuk and even Penang’s very own favourite, Tao Sar Piah. And if you are up to it, you might want to try their unique Salted Egg Cookies ice cream.
7) The Safe Room
The Safe Room prides itself in serving “the world’s freshest ice cream” with premium ingredients using liquid nitrogen. And did we mention that their ice creams are handcrafted as well? Some of their available flavours include Fresh Mango, Coconut, Salted Caramel Coffee and Cookies & Cream. You can locate them at 42, Lebuh Campbell in Georgetown.
8) Rollney Penang
Instead of your regular ice cream cone, Rollney’s soft serve is served on a unique chimney cake a.k.a. kürtőskalács (kurtos kalacs) — a Hungarian dough-based pastry baked fresh using cylindrical rotating spits. There are basically three chimney cakes to choose from — Golden Glaze, Cinnamon Sugar and Coconut. The base is then topped with soft serve and topping(s) of your choice. You can find Rollney at 40, Lebuh Leith in Georgetown.
9) The Craftisan
Handcrafted ice cream is what they do best, with The Craftisan’s Asian-inspired offerings such as matcha, durian and coconut. And if you are adventurous enough, do check out their signature tea-infused Tie Kuan Yin gelato with the main ingredient itself specially sourced all the way from Taiwan’s renowned Chang Hsie Shing Tea Shop.
10) Yún • 云
This minimalist ice cream cafe at Medan Lim Cheng Teik specialises in homemade gelato, with available flavours such as Houjicha, French Earl Grey and Wild Berries Yogurt. But if you are a first-timer, don’t forget to try their signature Boba Cup Gelato which consists of double scoops of your favourite gelato flavours with brown sugar syrup, boba pearls, a complimentary topping and a waffle cone served upside down.
That’s not all! More Top 10s in Malaysia are waiting to be discovered!
The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes at TallyPress.com.