Black Vanilla

Restaurants, Ice-cream parlours Greenwich
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Black Vanilla

Please note, Black Vanilla is now closed. Time Out Eating & Drinking editors, August 2016.

After opening a first ice cream parlour in Blackheath, Black Vanilla's second branch (opened January 2012) sits between three of Greenwich's tourist hotspots: the Cutty Sark, the Old Royal Naval College and Greenwich indoor market. The new branch is close to some fine river views, and the horizons of the owners seem to have expanded too. It's not just ice creams, sorbets and a selection of baked goods on offer - afternoon and champagne teas as well as simple food platters are served on the first floor.


Venue name: Black Vanilla
Address: 5 College Approach
SE10 9HY
Opening hours: Open noon-6pm Tues-Fri; noon-6pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Greenwich rail/DLR or Maze Hill rail
Price: From £3 to £5 per scoop
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Elizabeth Morgan
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Went in to try new Christmas flavours tried mince pie and the only word I can describe this was AMAZING. Some of the best gelato I have ever tasted and the staff were incredibly friendly and gave lots of free tasters.

Staff Writer

Never fails to deliver on a summer's day, when you need something to save you from the crowds. The selection is top draw and although it can get busy itself, it's definitely worth a visit as a treat after something from the street food stalls in the market.


I've been going to Black Vanilla for years and keep meaning to write a review for them, seeing them I'm Ocado reminded me! So great to see this gorgeous, delicious lump of joy doing so well (and being a local gal i'm pretty proud to see home-grown brands taking on the world!! ;) ). Best of luck guys, I find it hard to believe you won't smash the competition, the product and service is head and shoulders above the competition. x


Found Black Vanilla right next to Greenwich market and was really impressed with the gelato and coffee. I had a double espresso which was smooth and rich was pleased to see Allpress on the menu which is hard to find. Had the bronte pistachio which was full of flavour and the best pistachio that I have tasted by far in any ice cream establishment definitely worth the extra 50p.


Had the spicy Chai yesterday at the Greenwich branch, it was superb creamy with an incredible spicy ting at the end. My friend had the dark chocolate sorbet which was fab and something I have not seen before. We definitely be back to Black Vanilla as they also have a bar upstairs too!

Kelly Welland

Most definitely the best gelato in London. Had the wonderful salted caramel and tasted the dark chocolate Sorbetto which had no dairy and was amazing. Taking my boyfriend there this weekend :-)

0 of 1 found helpful

Not really impressed, the ice cream was OK but very expensive and the staff were snooty, almost arrogant. Will save my money and go elsewhere. Shame.

0 of 1 found helpful

Uh, the ice cream flavors were all overly sweet, flat and generally unimpressive, same goes for coffee and service.