Because Dubai often achieves record high temperatures, visitors and locals alike will be pleased to know there are numerous world-class ice cream stores dotted around Dubai to scratch that sweet-tooth craving while also keeping customers cool in the midday heat!
Unsurprisingly, due to the stiff competition in the Dubai service/restaurant industry, only world class ice cream stores are deemed worthwhile of the “best ice cream stores in Dubai”, this includes global franchises which are renowned for vastly improving their quality and service for the Dubai market!
Let’s explore eleven of the best ice cream stores Dubai has to offer in greater detail below:
1. Ice Cream Lab
Although it may be odd to begin a list of the best ice cream shops in Dubai with an international franchise, the popularity of Ice Cream Lab, the uniqueness of its dining experience, and the overwhelmingly positive reviews at its location in Downtown Dubai make it a must-visit!
Furthermore, despite having a global presence of over 22 stores worldwide, Ice Cream Lab began in the UAE, making it a fitting start to our list!
Unlike traditional ice cream stores, Ice Cream Lab gets customers invested in the ice cream-making process by allowing customers to customize their own fresh ice cream from various ingredients.
How fresh, do you ask? Well, considering the ice cream products are made on-site with liquid nitrogen, we would say very fresh!
However, should you opt for premade ice cream designs, the Ice Cream Lab has some unique flavors/products to try, such as Lotus Experiment, Salt Lick Crunch, and Mix Fruit Bosco Strawberry.
Furthermore, most of the Ice Cream Lab’s flavors/products are available as milkshakes as well!
- Address: Unit SF – 130 – 09 – Financial Center Rd – Downtown Dubai
- Opening hours: 10 am – 1 am every day
- Website: https://www.icecreamlab.ae/
- Phone number: +971 4 330 8831
2. Cold Stone Creamery
Similar to the Ice Cream Lab, one of the main appeals of Cold Stone Creamery is the creation of fresh ice cream in-store on their signature cold slabs. Not only does this mean customers are treated to freshly churned/frozen ice cream, but it also gives them control over how the ice cream is made!
Namely, customers can choose from twelve different ice cream flavors (including vegan options) and various ingredients to create the perfect, customized blend!
Furthermore, many Cold Stone Creamery outfits have exciting season ice cream flavors such as eggnog or pumpkin cheesecake!
- Address: Unit SF – 143 – Financial Center Rd – Downtown Dubai
- Opening hours: 9 am – 12 am (Monday to Saturday), and 9am – 1am (Sunday)
- Website: https://www.coldstonecreamery.com/stores/22772
- Phone number: +971 55 213 6400
Not to be overshadowed by the Ice Cream Lab, the aptly named Scoopi also uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze their ice creams, providing customers with an unmatched level of freshness and a unique experience to enjoy.
However, Scoopi differentiates itself by producing premium, luxury ice cream flavors, including but not limited to saffron pistachio, charcoal, mango Graham, paan, Kachi Keri, matcha, dates, and Italian black truffle.
Scoopi also has an extensive range of artisanal chocolates and milkshakes to indulge your sweet tooth. However, the most ambitious item on their menu by far is the Black Diamond.
Recognized as one of the most expensive ice creams in the world, the Black Diamond is handcrafted with some of the finest ingredients available, including Madagascan vanilla beans, Iranian saffron, and Italian black truffle slices, and garnished with edible 23-carat-gold flakes. All of which come packaged in a take-home gold bowl and silver spoon!
With such luxuries on offer, it’s no wonder Scoopi was awarded Best Luxury Ice Cream in the Middle East in 2018 and 2020 by the Luxury Lifestyle Awards!
- Address: Jumeirah St – Jumeirah – Jumeirah 3
- Opening hours: 2 pm – 1:30 am (Sunday to Wednesday) and 3 pm – 2:30 am (Thursday to Saturday)
- Website: https://scoopicafe.com/
- Phone number: +971 50 113 8497
What started over 300 years in Turkey has grown into an international phenomenon, with global Mado storefronts. The appeal of Mado’s ice cream is its adherence to the Turkish tradition of ice cream making known as Karsambac.
Although Mado has evolved Karsambac with the use of modern machinery and new techniques, they adhere to the tried and tested tradition of sourcing milk from animals fed on thyme and orchids from atop the hills of Ahirdagi, Turkey.
Furthermore, all fruit-flavored ice cream from Mado is made using naturally sourced, preservative fruits such as organic cherries and lemons. The end result is healthy, flavorful, and fresh ice cream.
Along with savory dishes and traditional Turkish desserts, Mado’s menu includes various ice cream platters to help new customers become accustomed to this unique method of ice cream and all the flavor profiles on offer!
Mado also encourages creativity through approximately twenty-four ice cream flavors to choose from their layer ice cream menu, as well as various toppings, powders, and sauces.
- Address: Unit GS – 039, Unit GS – 039 – 1, Unit GS – 039 – 2 – Financial Center Rd – Downtown Dubai
- Opening hours: 9 am to 1 am every day
- Website: https://www.mado.ae/
- Phone number: +971 4 388 2588
5. Morelli’s Gelato
Situated across Jumeirah Beach on Bluewaters Island, Morelli’s Gelato is the perfect spot to grab an ice cream on a hot beach day (which in Dubai are aplenty!)
Recognized for exceptional service and quality since its founding in Scotland in 1907 by Italian immigrants Giuseppe and Mario Morelli, Morelli’s Gelato has maintained its adherence to Italian ice cream-making tradition.
Therefore, all ice cream products are made fresh in-store in honor of the style, texture, and flavor profile of Italian Gelato. However, despite its traditional heritage and old-world charm, Morelli’s Gelato seeks to incorporate authentic flavors from across the globe into its products.
Some examples include Caribbean chocolate, Indian mangos, and Kenyan coffee. Fortunately, these ingredients are also vital components of other popular menu items such as their coffee and milkshakes!
- Address: Bluewaters Island Dubai Unit HA-007
- Opening hours: 10 am – 11 pm (Saturday to Wednesday), and 10 am – 3 am (Thursday to Friday)
- Website: https://www.morellisgelato.com/dubai-bluewaters-island
- Phone number: + 971 – 4568 9850
Although, at first glance, Salt may just appear to be the run-of-the-mill food truck with staples like burgers and French fries, it’s actually home to some of the most beloved ice cream for locals that know about this hidden gem; in Kite Beach!
The appeal of Salt is it combines the simple beach staple of soft-serve ice cream with some world-class ingredients to merge an old-world classic with a modern, tasty twist – this includes the option to combine multiple flavors of soft serve into a hybrid soft serve!
Whether you opt for classic Salt favorites or decide to partake in some seasonal variants, Salt is bound to scratch that urge for gourmet soft serves on a hot summer’s day on the beach!
- Address: Kite Beach – Street 2 C – Umm Suqeim – Jumeirah 3
- Opening hours: 8 am – 3 am every day
- Website: https://www.findsalt.com/
- Phone number: +971 55 996 5802
Although Dubai is famous as an international hub for global businesses, people, and cuisines, there’s something extra special about visiting a foreign country/city and being exposed to its own unique culture, customs, and cuisines.
Fortunately, Nouq meets this requirement by being the only ice cream store on this list that exclusively uses camel milk in its products! Although this may seem like a wholly foreign concept to some palates, camel milk has been used for centuries and is renowned for being healthier than cow’s milk while being suitable for people who are lactose intolerant.
While Nouq is home to traditional ice cream flavors like vanilla and chocolate, newcomers are encouraged to expand their tastes to more Middle Eastern variants to complement the use of camel’s milk.
Therefore, patrons should look toward flavors such as Emirati date, baklava, and Arabic majestic!
- Address: Sheikh Hamdan Building 1, Al Qusais
- Opening hours: 8 am – 2 am every day
- Website: https://nouq.ae/
- Phone number: +97143096846
M’OISHI is a new take on the ancient Japanese confectionary of mochi (a sweet, chewy rice cake.) Namely, that M’OISHI involves the introduction of ice cream into the center of traditional mochi cakes, resulting in a unique blend between a chewy powdery exterior and a soft, melt-in-your-mouth interior! Consequently, this is a must-visit store for adventurous diners!
Consequently, because of this merger of flavor profiles, all M’OISHI’s flavors are described as “double flavors,” including but not limited to traditional ice cream variants such as double vanilla and double chocolate, along with more traditional mochi flavors like double litchi or double yuzu.
Along with their unique ice cream/mochi combinations, M’OISHI’s menu also features traditional desserts such as milkshakes, as well as traditional Japanese/Asian-inspired treats like bubble tea!
Finally, although its storefronts across ten different locations in Dubai feature seating, M’OISHI prides itself on business-to-customer delivery and/or business-to-business catering for ease of access.
- Address: 33 Al Safa St – Al Wasl
- Opening hours: 10 am – 12 am (Sunday to Wednesday), and 10 am – 1 am (Thursday to Saturday)
- Website: https://moishi.com/home-uae/
- Phone number: +971 4 438 3100
9. The Brooklyn Creamery
As the name implies, The Brooklyn Creamery began in Brooklyn, New York, in 2016, where it quickly grew into a global franchise with storefronts in over seven different countries (including the UAE!)
Unlike other ice cream stores/products on this list that encourages moderation to counter the more indulgent and high-calorie food options on offer, The Brooklyn Creamery differentiates itself by providing healthier, low-calorie ice cream options to its customers.
Fortunately, none of the flavors are lost with their low-calorie options, although they do feature “Mood Booster” ice cream with slightly more calories and notably stronger flavor profiles such as chocolate, hazelnut, and coffee.
Furthermore, The Brooklyn Creamery offers other dietary products such as vegan ice cream, keto ice cream, and high-protein ice cream!
- Address: 349V+J43 – Jumeirah Lakes Towers
- Opening hours: 9 am – 6:00 pm (Sunday to Thursday), and closed (Friday to Saturday)
- Website: https://thebrooklyncreamery.ae/
- Phone number: +971 6 533 2153
As one of the largest ice cream franchises in the world, it’s no surprise that Häagen-Dazs has a large footprint in Dubai.
While other ice cream stores on this list, as well as franchises not mentioned, may opt for various new-age techniques to differentiate themselves from the competition, Häagen-Dazs has always stuck to its philosophy of sourcing the finest ingredients in the world.
Therefore, while Häagen-Dazs may not be a “must-visit” when exploring ice cream stores in Dubai, their quality, consistency, and attention to detail make them a family favorite that has earned them the recognition they deserve!
Along with in-store ice cream products and takeaway products, Häagen-Dazs also features a wide variety of sorbet and frozen yogurt for patrons to enjoy!
- Address: Dubai, Festival City, P.O.B.O.X, 3139
- Opening hours: 10 am – 12 am (Thursday to Saturday), and 10 am – 10 pm (Sunday to Wednesday)
- Website: https://en.haagendazs.ae/
- Phone number: +971 4 251 4921
Ending our list with the largest ice cream store franchise in the world, Baskin-Roberts is an American franchise whose global presence has substantially evolved and expanded since its founding in 1945.
Although Basin-Robbins is well known for its large variety of flavors, some of their best flavors can only be experienced in-store, including but not limited to gold medal ribbon, baseball nut, love portion #31, and citrus twist lemon.
Furthermore, Baskin-Robbins has a signature sundae menu to complement Dubai landmarks/culture, such as the Al Dahabi Sundae or the Burj Al Emlaaq!
- Address: Unit SF – 130 – 24 – Financial Center Rd – Downtown Dubai
- Opening hours: 10 am – 12 am (Sunday to Wednesday), 10 am – 12:30 am (Thursday and Saturday), and 10 am – 1 am (Friday)
- Website: https://www.baskinrobbinsmea.com/en/delivery-service/ae/
- Phone number: +971 4 330 8310