‘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
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.
Gela is a unique chain in that two of its three locations are completely vegan, although you wouldn’t know it. The creamy, flavor-packed ice creams offered are so delicious, they will trick you into thinking you’re eating dairy. Offering 18 flavors that rotate by the season, Gela makes innovative almond-milk based creations including saffron and pistachio, chestnut, coffee, Oreo, and cherry chocolate. Gela serves Belgian waffles, crepes, pancakes, and more heavenly desserts, proving that vegans can enjoy the same gourmet snacks that taste just as good as the “real thing.” So grab that vegan or Kosher friend who always skips ice cream outings and beat the heat with a scoop or three of Gela ice cream.
Some things go together perfectly like peanut butter and jelly, or bread and butter. However, in Tel Aviv the rule for everything is even simpler: break the rules. The mastermind team behind Israel’s biggest and most successful restaurant group, R2M, have now decided that you can have your cake and eat it — with ice cream too. Cre’me, situated next to the Bakery branch on Dizengoff, serves up Tinder-perfect matches of cake and ice cream, all decked out with a confetti of toppings. Simplicity is the key here, with everything homemade, using natural sweeteners and all-natural ingredients and 4 flavors at a time. Think high quality Valrhona chocolate, pistachio, mouthwateringly fresh sorbet that changes daily, and of course vanilla ice cream. If all this is not enough, you can also pimp up your ice cream with all-natural meringue cookies, candied nuts, caramel sauce or whatever rocks your sundae—for the list really does go on!
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!
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. Although we can’t imagine anyone tiring of the cold, creamy delicacy, Leggenda also offers French crepes, Belgian waffles, and more tasty treats when you’re looking for something different.
Gelato Factory uses high quality materials from various regions in Italy and abroad in order to create the perfect ice cream right here in Israel. Using seasonal fruits, local granola and Ferrero Rocher chocolates, Gelato Factory ensures a tasty treat. Vegan sorbets use coconut from Thailand, mangoes from India, pineapples from Costa Rica, lemon from Sicily and more. Try ice cream on top of a Belgium waffle or a delicious milkshake. Why go to Italy, when you can sample the best of its desserts right here in Israel?
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. Flavours include brownie, chocolate almonds with caramel, mascarpone ricotta strawberries and tiramisu hazelnut mousse, along with more classic tastes. Try it in a cone or on top of a waffle!
Located in Jaffa, this ice cream shop is known for its real Italian-style ice cream. Made fresh on site, Capitolina uses fresh fruits and ingredients in order to get the highest-quality flavours. Owner Yair traveled to Italy in order to bring the perfect recipe back to Israel, to spread joy with his wife, Or. Capitolina offers a wide variety of flavours, which change daily, meaning you can come back seven times per week and always try something new. Make sure you try the mascarpone, passion fruit or marshmallow flavors, which Capitolina has become known for.
One of the best known ice cream shops in Israel is Iceberg. They affectionately call their product '100 percent low tech', as it’s all made on premises from natural, raw materials with no preservatives. Offering a variety of products for vegans, including almond, halva, hazelnut, rice and coconut milk based options, Iceberg has something for every palate. Iceberg is happy to let you sample, so you can taste all the unique flavours until you find what is right for you. Try the halva-pistachio, guava-mint, lychee-ginger-pecan or one of the other eccentric experiments.
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. Toss in a hidden surprise at the bottom of each cone and an impressive selection of sorbets and you’ll never want to leave this frozen dessert haven.