Indulgent, Delightful or Disgusting (you decide) Ice-cream Flavours

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When it comes to dessert, we don’t play favourites—cold or hot, sweet or tart—we embrace them all. But ice-cream will always have a special place in our hearts—especially those from the Orchard Road ice-cream uncles pushing their carts about.

We don’t want you to waste your calories on mediocre ice-cream. So, we put together a guide to some of Singapore’s popular ice-cream hangouts including one right at our hotel’s doorstep—award-winning Carousel buffet restaurant!


 

Great for Unique Local Flavours

Carousel Buffet Restaurant, Tom’s Palette

Kaya Toast, Salted Egg Yolk and Chendol are some familiar tastes we know and love—but what about when it’s in the form of a cold and creamy treat?

Curious? Head down to Carousel! If you’re all about the Salted Egg Yolk life, you’ll love Carousel’s Salted Egg Yolk ice-cream. The recipe combines savoury bits of salted yolk that add a nice bite. Also give their crowd-pleaser, Chendol a shot. A blend of coconut and swirls of fragrant gula melaka—mmm… a second helping, please!

Carousel Buffet Restaurant

Where: Level 1, 25 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228220

Opening Hours: 12pm - 2pm and 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts: Surprise! We’re located right at the ground floor of the hotel, in the heart of Orchard Road!


 

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For the adventurous, hit up Tom’s Palette. The hole-in-the-wall ice-cream shop offers a wide range of classic and local flavours (including dairy-free ones). Recently, they fearlessly introduced a Nasi Lemak flavoured ice-cream, complete with coconut milk and white chocolate chunks containing bits of ikan bilis, peanuts and spices.

Tom's Palette

Where: 100 Beach Rd, #01-25, Singapore 189702

Opening Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 12 - 9.30pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 12 - 10pm and Sundays, 1 - 7pm

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board 162 or 162M or 167 or 171 or 518 or 700 at Far East Plaza and alight at Raffles Hotel after 7 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Train): Bugis MRT Station, 4 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minute walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts)

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Taxi/GrabCar*): 8-minute drive from the hotel

*GrabCar works similarly to a taxi service — simply book via the kiosk at the hotel and get picked up at the hotel’s entrance.


 

Great for the Chocolate Lovers

Awfully Chocolate

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There’s chocolate ice-cream and then there’s the decadent, endorphin-inducing goodness from Awfully Chocolate.

While Awfully Chocolate is known for a number of chocolate desserts, their hēi ice-cream remains one of their high-raved about menu items for its rich taste and velvety texture.

Fun Fact: The Belgian dark chocolate ice-cream was named hēi (which translates to “black” in Mandarin) because of the little known fact that a Chinese emperor invented ice-cream. The chain even serves their scoops in Chinese takeout containers to remind us of this story!

Awfully Chocolate (Multiple Locations Islandwide)

Closest Store: ION Orchard

Where: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-50, Singapore 238801

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm daily

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Foot): 3-minute walk from the hotel


 

Great for the Ingredient-Conscious

Udders, Mr Bean

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Sweet, yummy and… healthy? Yes, even when you have a vegetarian and dairy-free diet, you can still get your ice-cream cravings sorted at popular ice-cream chain, Udders, and Mr Bean, a soybean-based food and beverage chain with over 63 stores islandwide.

Udders may be popularly known for their liqueur options but if you’re looking for egg-less ice-cream, Udders will be your form of heaven.

Udders (Multiple Locations Islandwide)

Closest Store: Novena

Where: 155 Thomson Road, Singapore 307608

Opening Hours: 12 - 11pm daily (closed on public holidays)

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board Bus 124 or 143 or 162 or 167 or 5 or 54 at Royal Plaza on Scotts and alight at Opp Hotel Royal after 4 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Train): Novena MRT Station, 2 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minute walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts)

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Taxi/GrabCar*): 4-minute drive from the hotel


 

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For a healthier option, try Mr Bean's Soya ice-cream. The ice-cream has been awarded with the Healthier Choice Symbol (under the Singapore Health Promotion Board) every year since it was launched. This soft serve ice cream is delightfully light and soft, a refreshing treat for anyone looking for a relief from the heat!

Mr Bean (Multiple Locations Islandwide)

Closest Store: Dhoby Xchange

Where: Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, 11 Orchard Road, #B1-44, Singapore 238826

Opening Hours: Mondays - Fridays, 7am - 10pm; Saturdays, 7am - 9pm and Sundays, 7.30am - 9pm

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board Bus 124, 162, 167, 171, 190, 518, 700 or 972 at Far East Plaza and alight at Dhoby Ghaut Station after 4 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Train): Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, 2 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minutes walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts)


 

Great for the Indie Vibes

Birds of Paradise, Apiary

If you’ve already read our Katong guide (nice!), you’ll already know about Birds of Paradise. We recently visited the store and fell in love with their White Chrysanthemum gelato all over again—the flecks of cacao nibs really brought out the sweetness in the Chrysanthemum.

Pro Tip: Skip the cup and go for their freshly-made thyme wafer cones. You won’t regret it, we promise!

Birds of Paradise

Where: 63 East Coast Road, #01-05, Singapore 428776

Opening Hours: Tuesdays - Thursdays, 12.30pm - 10pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 12pm - 10.30pm; Sundays, 12.30pm - 10pm; Closed on Mondays

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board Bus 14 or 16 at the bus stop before Orchard Boulevard (“Bef Orchard Blvd”) and alight at “Opp Roxy Sq” after 20 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Taxi/GrabCar*): 15-minute drive from the hotel


 

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When you’re at Apiary you’ll probably notice their cosy ambience and minimal interior. Give their gelato a shot, and you’ll know why there’s a snaking queue outside their door.

Tasting the customer-favourite, Blue Milk, takes you back down memory lane. Its taste is reminiscent to the Singapore childhood snack, White Rabbit Candy. And if there’s one flavour you shouldn’t get attached to, it’s their signature, The Apiary. The owners like to switch things up with this flavour—so whatever version of the gelato you’ve tried probably won’t taste the same during your next visit. One of their previous variations was a yummy combination of honey, vanilla and bee pollen.

Apiary

Where: 84 Neil Road, Singapore 088844

Opening Hours: Sundays - Thursdays, 12 - 10pm, and Fridays and Saturdays, 12 - 11pm

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board Bus 143 at Far East Plaza and alight at the bus stop at New Bridge Centre ("New Bridge Ctr") after 8 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Train): Raffles Place MRT Station, 4 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minute walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts)

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Taxi/GrabCar*): 10-minute drive from the hotel


 

Great for the 'gram

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory, Small Potatoes Ice Creamery

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Softserve made from jersey milk, cream cheese and gouda cheese from Hokkaido, plus a fluffy wedge of cheesecake and a crunchy cheese cream biscuit? Shut Up and Take Our Money!!!

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory

Where: Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-73, Singapore 179103

Opening Hours: 11am - 9.30pm daily

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board Bus 190 at Far East Plaza and alight after Chijmes (“Aft Chijmes”) after 6 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Train): Raffles Place MRT Station, 4 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minute walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts)

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Taxi/GrabCar*): 7-minute drive from the hotel


 

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Cue the oohs and the aahs with the edible gold and silver wrapped around the soft-serve. If you’re feeling extra fancy, Small Potatoes Ice Creamery is where it’s at.

Serving up luscious soft-serve made with fresh ingredients such as Okinawa Purple Potatoes and Hokkaido 3.6 Fresh Milk, the cones come wrapped in a very Instagrammable sheet of edible gold or silver. If you’re not into the gimmicky cone, try out their Small Potato Party which comes with Shiratama Dango (type of chewy Japanese mochi), crispy rice, purple potato sticks, green tea Warabi (jelly-like Japanese confection) and mini sweet potatoes, on top of their signature sweet potato soft-serve.

Small Potatoes Ice Creamery

Where: 313@Somerset. #B3-48, Singapore 238895

Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm daily

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): 124 or 143 or 162 or 162M or 167 or 171 or 190 or 518 or 700 or 700A or 972 at Far East Plaza and alight opposite Mandarin Orchard ("Opp Mandarin Orchard") after 2 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Train): Somerset MRT Station, 1 stop from Orchard MRT Station (3-minute walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts)


 

Great for the Matcha Addicts

Matchaya

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Matchaya proves that you don’t need crazy toppings or flavours to keep the customers coming—you just have to focus on one niche and do it right.

In their case, Matcha was their golden ticket.

Whether it’s Matcha tiramisu, fondue, Kakigōri (Japanese shaved ice dessert) or just a plain ‘ol scoop in a cone, the dessert spot has nailed the art of Matcha. In fact, they're so dedicated to their craft that they use ingredients sourced directly from the Tea Farmers and Tea Masters in Japan.

If you’d like to enjoy the Matcha desserts from the comfort of your home, you’ll also be glad to know that Matchaya offers delivery in Singapore.

Matchaya (Multiple Locations Islandwide)

Closest Store: The Cathay

Where: 2 Handy Road, #01-08, Singapore 229233

Opening Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 1 - 10pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 1 - 10.30pm

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board Bus 124, 162, 167, 171, 190, 518, 700 or 972 at Far East Plaza and alight at Dhoby Ghaut Station after 4 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Train): Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, 2 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minutes walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts)

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Taxi/GrabCar*): 5-minute drive from the hotel


 

BONUS: Traditional Ice-cream Carts

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It’s hard to miss these ice-cream carts with their bright yellow and red umbrellas. When the sun is beating down on your back, a cool creamy treat from the ice-cream uncle will feel especially shiok (Singaporean lingo to show admiration or approval, or an adjective to describe something enjoyable)!

If you’re scratching your head trying to understand some of the Singlish terms used in the image above, fret not! We deciphered it for you:

  • Agak Agak - to make a guess
  • Potong - a popular local ice-cream brand that first emerged in the '60s—the brand is almost 60-years-old!

Multiple Locations Islandwide

Closest Cart: The last we checked, there’s one right outside Ngee Ann City

Where: Outside Ngee Ann City, close to Civic Plaza

Opening Hours: Typically 11am - 7pm

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Foot): 8-minute walk from the hotel

  

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