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20 Of The Best Local Ice Cream Spots To Hit Up This Summer

Cool down with these tasty treats!
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Summer is arguably one of the best times to be in the Philippines. Whether it’s spent lounging on any of our gorgeous beaches, or enjoying the urban nightlife—people are clearly more at ease this time of year. But summer does have a cost: the sweltering heat!

Especially in the city, the blazing sun and oppressive humidity can really put a damper on things. Fortunately, we have ice creamand lots of it! So, we’ve put together this list of frozen dessert spots to hit up whenever you need help staying chill in the coming months.

  1. Sebastian's Ice Cream

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    With flavors such as mango, ampalaya, and even champorado with dilis, Sebastian’s Ice Cream celebrates Filipino ingredients in every cone. But it doesn’t end there! They have classic chocolate and berry flavors too. And if you’re more into ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, or even banana splitsthis ice cream store’s multiple branches is sure to satisfy your craving.

  2. Carousel Creamery

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    Carousel Creamery is known for its decadent ice cream, but they also serve meals. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you could theoretically spend all day indulging your sweet tooth here. And with 101 flavors to choose from, you actually might need all day to go through them all!

  3. Big Scoop Ice Cream

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    To feel like a kid again, head over to one of Big Scoop Ice Cream’s branches. Having been around for over 50 years, this is the place to go for classic treats like halo-halo and sundaes. They also have great local flavors and non-fat options. 

  4. Papa Diddi's Handcrafted Ice Cream

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    All-natural and lovingly handmade with local ingredients, Papa Diddi’s ice cream isn’t just delicious, it also supports Filipino farmers! So, go ahead, perform your patriotic duty and grab a sweet scoop or thick shake.

  5. Hobing Korean Dessert Cafe

    If you want a decadent dessert that is also on the lighter side, try the snowy Korean version of halo-halo called bing su. One of the best places to indulge in this icy treat is at any of Hobing’s many branches in the metro. For something refreshing, try the strawberry or mango bing su. But if you want something richer, we recommend the the salted caramel bing su.

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  6. Mad Mark's Creamery and Good Eats

    Known for both their steaks and their ice cream, Mad Mark’s is the perfect place to wind down a summer evening with a group of friendsespecially if they can’t agree on what to eat! Instead of reaching a stalemate, get the best of both worlds top off a savory meal with cool, creamy sweetness at Mad Mark’s.

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  7. Farmacy Ice Cream and Soda Fountain

    For those Riverdale chock-lit shoppe vibes, check out Farmacy’s 4th Street branch in BGC. This classic soda pop shop is designed like an old-time apothecary, complete with high stools, hand-painted signboards, and delicious milkshakes. They also serve food and drinks if you’re looking to enjoy the cute ambiance for a while.

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  8. St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert

    For an over-the-top dessert experience, head over to St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert. Although they serve healthy snacks like chia bowls, the draw here is their sweet treats. Try the Salted Caramel Popcorn Waffle Shake or their ice-cream-and-candy-topped crepes!

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  9. Gelatissimo

    Gelatissimo branches nationwide have launched their Insta-worthy Retro Summer flavor seriesfeaturing pastel creams topped with dreamy sprinkles. But if you’re looking for more classic flavors, don’t worry! They’re still offering crowd favorites like Strawberry Cheesecake and Veronese Chocolate.

  10. Magnolia Flavor House

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    Let’s be honest Magnolia ice cream and Philippine summer are practically synonymous. So, what better place to cool down in the tropical heat, than at the brand’s flagship store? While it’s a sleek, modern setting, it hasn’t lost any of its nostalgic charm.

  11. Honey Creme

    For Korean-style soft ice cream, try Honey Cremea Taiwanese brand, which has recently set up shop in SM North Edsa. You can mix and match premium toppings and flavors for a silky, milky treat.
  12. Merry Moo

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    Locally-sourced and sustainable, the ingredients that local ice cream company Merry Moo uses are both incredibly delicious and great for the economy and environment. And in addition to their standalone shops and kiosks, they distribute their yummy pints in select grocery storesso you can take the goodness home with you!
  13. Pinkberry

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    For a healthier alternative to ice cream, try the frozen yogurt at Pinkberry. Topped with everything from fresh fruit, to mochi, to bubble wafflesit’s got everything you love about ice cream, minus the guilt.

  14. BONO Gelato

    BONO’s claim to fame is that they hand-craft their gelato fresh daily, with all-natural ingredients. So each bite of gelato you get here is packed with high-quality flavor. Even their name is a mark of how confident they are in their product. BONO was derived from the Italian word “buono” which means “good.”

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  15. Dippin' Dots

    Nineties kids might remember when Dippin’ Dots blew our minds with this un-melting “ice cream of the future.” Of course, decades later, we’ve realized that there are some things that can’t be replaced -- the good old ice cream cone being one of them. But still, there’s something exciting about this snack. And like any icon, it’s due for a comeback.

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  16. Adam’s Seriously Good Ice Cream

    You can get Adam’s Seriously Good Ice Cream at food fairs like the Legazpi Sunday Market in Makati, or by making an order by phone or email. It might seem like a hassle, but this all-natural ice cream hand-made with French cream and tons of passion is definitely worth it. They also have sugar-free options for the health conscious.

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  17. Rita's Italian Ice

    Italian ice and frozen custard might not be a familiar dessert names to Filipinos, but once the snowy sweetness hits our tongues, it’s difficult to understand why it took so long for this treat to reach us. Thankfully, Rita’s is finally here, offering classic and local flavors all year round.

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  18. New Zealand Natural

    Offering ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet, New Zealand Natural boasts products that are created from the freshest ingredients sourced from the unpolluted pastures of the country it is named for. Their award-winning flavors such as Strawberry Surprise and Hokey Pokey (Butterscotch) are worth trying!

  19. Ice Flower

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    Serving up some bing su realness, Ice Flower in Alabang is where to go if you’re looking for a summery dessert in the south. With flavors like Blueberry Cheese, Black Sesame, and Green Teathis spot’s wide variety stands out from the other Korean dessert places in the metro. Even if you don’t think you like bing su, you’re sure to find something that will satisfy you on their long, comprehensive menu.

  20. Cold Stone Creamery

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    Who doesn’t love a customizable ice cream cone? With Cold Stone Creamery’s infinite flavor combinations of ice cream, toppings, and conesthere’s something here for everyone. And if you don’t feel creative, you can just pick from a number of ready-made combos like Birthday Cake Remixwhich features cake batter ice cream, brownie, fudge, and rainbow sprinklesor the aptly named Oreo Overload.

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