‘Ice, ice baby’ – the best ice cream parlors in Tel Aviv

Cool down with these ice cream parlors mixing up unique flavor combinations from around the world

By Jennifer Greenberg
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‘I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream’. When it comes to the frozen dairy treat that every kid loves, Tel Aviv has got the best of the best. With exotic flavour combinations like cardamom to those unique to Israel like halva and even vegan options, we’ve got it all! Try the trending dessert option that is ice cream sandwiches...especially delicious after a night out in the White City. You don’t have to be a child to enjoy the creamy deliciousness topped with mounds of fruit, nuts and chocolate, drenched in streams of sauces and sprinkled with rainbow jimmies and love. It’s all right here in our sweet-tooth’s guide to ice cream parlours in Tel Aviv.

The tastiest ice cream parlors in Tel Aviv

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Anita © Ben Yuster
Restaurants, Ice cream parlors

Anita

Neve Tzedek

Anita’s world-famous boutique serves up 100% hand-made ice cream, made from natural ingredients. With over 150 flavours of frozen yogurts, sorbets and organic sugar-free, fat-free, soy-based and real-cream options, Anita has something for everyone. With mouth-watering toppings, such as fresh fruit, syrups, premium chocolates and homemade jams, Anita’s is a treat that can’t be beat! Anita’s locally sourced ingredients ensure the freshest, highest quality desserts. 

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Art glideria
© Daniela Contini
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Arte Glideria

Nachalat Binyamin

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” Pop into Arte Glideria and treat yourself to this Sicilian slice of heaven on Nachalat Binyamin. Arte Glideria’s staff are wonderfully friendly, and, if you can catch them at the right moment, are keen to show you their “laboratory”” at the back of the shop where they concoct their signature flavors. 

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Otello © Anatoly Michaello
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Otello Gelato

Tel Aviv City Center

When it comes to gelato, Tel Aviv has already secured its key players. Locals love consistency, but once in awhile, a dark horse steps onto the tracks. Otello Gelato, the shiny new Dizengoff ice cream parlor, is that dark horse. Don’t just peer through the huge glass-panelled windows, step inside and choose from a panoply of flavors ranging from salted peanut to all the chocolatey combinations your heart desires. But that’s not all, what really sets Otello apart is their two glorious chocolate fountains–one milk and one white–running at all times. 

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Leggenda
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Leggenda

White City

Leggenda has a simple mission: to provide the highest quality, flavorful ice cream crafted daily to all who walk through its doors. Handmade each morning in each of the chain’s branches, the ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato, and other desserts contain an extra serving of love. The rich, aromatic creations come in a variety of flavors and styles, including sugarless and dairy free options perfect for the hot Israeli summer. 

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Vaniglia
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Vaniglia

Old North

Vaniglia offers a variety of desserts, including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, vegan ice creams and Belgium waffles. With exciting flavours such as whiskey cream, 10 spices, chocolate orange, marshmallow, blood orange and pomegranate, Vaniglia has a taste for every mood. Vaniglia gathers inspiration and raw materials from around the world, in order to ensure they use the best there is to offer. What started out as a small venture has turned into a chain with many locations around Israel, making Vaniglia easy to enjoy no matter where your travels take you! 

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Cookeez
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Cookeez

Tel Aviv City Center

A favorite for late-night ice cream cravings, Cookeez stays open late to satisfy your post-partying sweet tooth drunchies. Just passing by Cookeez is an invitation to enter; the mouth-watering aroma of fresh-baked cookies is unavoidable. With tons of flavours of cookies to mix and match with your ice cream and galore, Cookeez is a delectable treat. Cookeez offers dairy-free and gluten-free options, allowing everyone to enjoy its magic! For those just looking for a small snack, order a plain cookie or a cup of ice cream, but we recommend the ice-cream sandwich combination. Take-away boxes of cookies are also available, perfect for your next party or Shabbat dinner.

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Buza
© Yuli Gordinski
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Buza

Sarona

A deep love for raw materials, tastes, smells, people and of course, ice cream, drives Buza to create. Buza celebrates cooperation and is a joint venture between a Jewish and an Arab Israeli. They strive to maintain relationships with local suppliers in order to ensure the highest quality products. Buza is unique for its specialty cones, including cinnamon and cardamom, savory chocolate and more. They sell seasonal flavours, such as plum, lychee or fig. Visitors to Kibbutz Sasa, where the Buza visitor center is located, can participate in ice-cream making workshops to learn the craft for themselves. 

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Gelateria Siciliana FB page
Restaurants, Ice cream parlors

Gelateria Siciliana

Tel Aviv City Center

Gelateria Siciliana Ice Cream Shop offers a unique Sicilian atmosphere coupled with refreshing ice cream, classic coffees, and fanciful desserts. The ice cream is made daily in shop, with sorbet and dairy-free options, in a variety of creative flavors including Belgian chocolate, Ferrero Rocher, espresso, Halva, New York Cheesecake, chocolate whiskey, guava, lychee and mint, and more. If you’re craving something more than ice cream, grab a cappuccino and one of the many incredible desserts offered in shop. 

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Golda © Elad Baranga
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Golda

White City

Golda is a chain with several locations across Israel specializing in fresh Italian gelato, yogurt, and ice cream. Their unique flavor combinations include Hershey’s chocolate, Catalan cream, mint and arak sorbet, banana and kiwi, and a plethora of other selections. With so many creative options, there’s something for everyone – be sure to ask for samples before you choose. Try a fluffy and warm Belgian waffle with a scoop of ice cream on top paired with an aromatic coffee for a treat that will leave your senses tingling with joy. 

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Cremerie de L'Eclair
© Tomer Levy
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Cremerie de L'Eclair

Tel Aviv City Center

Walking by Cremerie de L’Eclair your senses are hit with the smells of baking pastries and sugary sweet ice creams. This heavenly dessert spot serves sixty tasty ice cream flavors and French pastries, such as Eclair puffs, croissants, brioches, and cookies, with warm chocolate, nuts, and other toppings. Most of the dishes cost only NIS 18, making the prices hard to say no to. Located in the busiest part of the bustling King George Street, Cremerie de L'Eclair is just minutes away from the Dizengoff bar scene, and late night hours ensure that those Thursday 4 am "drunchies" are satisfied.

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