Chin Chin Laboratorists

Restaurants , Vegetarian Camden Town
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Chin Chin

Now a fixture of Camden Market, the innovative Chin Chin Labs – where ice-cream is frozen to order amid billowing clouds of liquid nitrogen-generated steam – may not seem as wacky as it once did, but there are always new tourists to surprise, and plenty of regulars happy to queue for the fabulous ice-cream. The menu is commendably short: chocolate, vanilla and two specials – one ice-cream, one dairy-free sorbet.

The latter always astounds with its fat-free creaminess and cool flavours, such as griddled peach, watermelon and dill, or beetroot choc chip. Haute cuisine references are frequent in flavours such as coffee and tobacco, or Guinness caramel with smoked salt. Experimental, yes, but the results are reliably superb. Pimp your tub with a veritable chemistry set of sprinkles and sauces (we liked the white chocolate-coated potato chips with our summery strawberry and hay ice-cream) – you too can be a molecular gastronomist.


Venue name: Chin Chin Laboratorists
Address: 49-50 Camden Lock Place
Opening hours: Open noon-7pm daily
Transport: Tube: Camden Town
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Izzy K

Tiny place in the Camden Lock with literary two tables and a bench in front. Little is also the choice of flavours, but they change daily, so you can always come back. and you will as the combinations of flavours are to die for! The day I came they had Burned Caramel, Pistachio Baklava and Rose, Lemon and Persian Love Sand. I’ve tried all of them with the last one being my favourite. A generous lemon scoop served on a bed of pink rosy sticky fluff sprinkled with pink sherbet and decorated with small dark choc label. It was very summery and refreshing combination. The Baklava was an adventure of textures. It was rich and not too sweet. If you want to go even further, you can order ice cream in a ‘sandwich’ – served with brownies, cookies. etc.

Cristina A

Having lived in London for a while now and loving gelatto, it's suprising that it took me so long to get myself to Chin Chin Labs. But boy oh boy am I glad that I finally did.

Yesterday I headed to Camden Market thinking of sinking my teeth into a cronut (which I did) but as I mentioned my plan to some friends, it quickly evolved from a one-woman trip for self-indulgence to a group expedition in search for the wonderful, wonderful concoctions from Chin Chin Labs. This was thanks to a friend who vists that place so regularly that he may have to pitch a tent next to it soon.

I was intrigued by the Burnt Butter Caramel flavour and could barely contain my excitment as it was prepared. My eyes darted around the shop and tried to take it all in (those nitrogen tanks are pretty cool and the packaged, ice-cream complimentary goodies are sooooo tempting). My friends picked other flavours such as cofee and cake and mango. I sampled (and loved them all).

My favourite was probably the Mango - that fluffly gooey marhsmellow under the icecream is bliss.

So, pencil in some gym time for afterwards and get yourself to Camden and Chin Chin Labs - you'll thank me for it

Eleana P

No foodie visit to Camden is complete without the *required* stop at Chin Chin labs. Yesterday I had the ‘’warmie’’ , a luscious chocolate cookie topped with Madagascar vanilla ice-cream and then drizzled with delicious melting dark chocolate. One was enough to share between two ( if you’re watching your calories!) but I think I will get my very own next time! The full brown-ich is equally delicious and highly recommended!


The user review before mine is totally right is the 'coolest' place in Camden (pun intended) Ha! but it's also the happiest place in Camden in my opinion- aside from the fact that their ice cream is yummy,the staff seem to love what they do and it radiates into every mouthful you have. I went to Chin Chin when they had opened late for Backyard Cinema and it was the addition to an evening that made it a splendid evening!

I made a point of chatting to the manager about the process of LN ice cream and he,very impassioned,regaled the process with animation and verve! So how do they make the ice cream? No clue! 

I also had a special concoction that entailed butterscotch ice cream with marshmallow fluff,topped off with chocolate sauce and caramel popcorn- YUM!!!!

Raoul Duke

This is the most fantastic ice-cream I have ever tasted - definitely not a gimmick at all. I cannot understand those who say the ice-cream lacks flavour - they obviously didn't try the mango and ginger sorbet, which was the most delicious and refreshing thing I have ever tasted. Even their vanilla is divine!


Best ice-cream in London. Not only for the experience, but the top-notch customer service, the creativity of their flavours and above all the great quality ingredients. Cannot recommend enough. They deserve every success.


Best ice cream I have ever bloody tasted! Not to mention a fascinating experience. Would definitely recommend checking this out.

Diana Rodriguez

Ice cream was delicious and a very good explication of the process was given! Would definitely recommend it...