"Not your average ice cream parlor": five unusual Tel Aviv frozen creations

These frozen fusion creations are the best thing since sliced bread

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By Time Out Israel Writers |

As if the typical Tel Aviv ice cream parlors weren’t life changing enough, the White (pistachio) City has broken the (chocolate) mold this year with out-of-this-world frozen fusions. Imagine a marriage between ooey-gooey cookies and lotus gelato that would send Cookie Monster into cardiac arrest on Allenby Street or an ice-cream-pastry friendship on King George Street so complicated, Woody Allen might rename his cult classic, “When Hungarian Pastry Met Strawberry.” All this to say, these five Tel Aviv establishments have taken the typical twist or two-scoop cone to unimaginable places that every child at heart needs to explore. In the words of Willy Wonka, “Come with me / and you’ll be / in a world of pure imagination…”

Tel Aviv's most creative ice cream parlors


Hungry for Hungarian?

There's only so much gelato one can take before getting bored. Spice up your ice cream experience with Tel Aviv's latest dessert trend: the Ice Kiortoush - a Hungarian horn-shaped pastry filled with soft serve and topped with sensational sauces. Available at Cremerie de L'Éclair.
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Restaurants, Ice cream parlors

Me. Want. Cookeez!

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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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Restaurants, Ice cream parlors

Pastry paradise

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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!

Gelateria Siciliana
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Restaurants, Ice cream parlors

Sicilian satisfaction

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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. A heavenly warm souffle topped with ice cream and whipped cream, homemade taffy, Belgian waffles, Black Forest brownies, and truffles, are just a few of the delicacies you’ll find.

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Restaurants, American

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard

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Shake Out lets you choose your candy bar, your ice cream and your toppings—just let your mind go wild as you concoct the perfect shake. This tiny milkshake joint also serves up healthy fruit smoothies, but if you’re going to go for a sip, go all out at the Shake Out.  

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