These aren’t your usual ice cream flavors!
Sebastian’s Ice Cream is popular for its absurd artisanal flavors— take Green Mango & Bagoong, Sapin-Sapin, and Champorado & Dilis for example. This Valentines, Sebastian’s is bringing back a collection of punny ice cream flavors that celebrate love and appropriately describe the struggles of being single.
One of their standouts is the quintessentially bitter “Unresolved Issues” flavor, which if you haven’t already guessed, is an ampalaya sorbet garnished with candied ampalaya bits.
For a better and less bitter ending, “Closure” may be your best bet. It’s a Genmaicha Tea made with Japanese Green Tea leaves and popped roasted brown rice to soothe your sorrows.
For new beginnings, the search is over— get yourself a “Matinong Girlfriend” made with Cerveza Negra, notes of toffee, caramel, and coffee. It’s also loaded with honey-roasted peanuts made in-house and coated in bittersweet chocolate for a more substantial flavor profile!
And lastly, if you’re looking for someone complex but clever, get yourself a “Matinong Boyfriend“— a dark chocolate orange ice cream made with orange zest and a hint of rum, garnished with candied hazelnuts spiced with cinnamon!
Looking for a more comprehensive list of ice cream shops within the city? Check this out and see what you can find:
Your Guide to the Best Ice Cream Shops in Metro Manila
Ice cream is a classic, delicious, cool dessert that everyone loves and enjoys. Whether it’s vanilla, chocolate, or crazy flavors like milk tea or cold brew coffee, you can never deny yourself a delicious cup of ice cream.
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There’s tons of places to get ice cream in the metro, and we at Booky are here to help out! We’ve listed down the best places to get ice cream in Metro Manila. Explore and try various types of ice cream from Gelato, to Organic Ice Cream, to Soft Serves, and more!
Black Scoop Cafe – multiple branches
Serving up soft-serve innovations such as milk tea ice cream and the like, there’s no doubt that Black Scoop – built by the sweet-toothed geniuses behind Infinitea – will give you flavor adventures worth the brain freeze.
Fun fact: Every so often, they release new flavors which are definitely a must-try! Some of the flavors they've released in the past are: Nido, Nutella, Sakura, Yakult, and White Rabbit!
Claim your Buy 1 Get 1 Classic Milk Tea Swirl with One Topping for only ₱135 at certain branches. To add, they also have other Buy 1 Get 1 milk tea drinks with Booky!
Cold Stone Creamery – multiple branches
One of the most popular ice cream and dessert chains in the country, Cold Stone Creamery is a crowd favorite when it comes to cool, fresh-made, and flavorful treats. From out-of-this-world ice cream to satisfying smoothies and more, you’re definitely in for a tasty time at Cold Stone Creamery!
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% Arabica – multiple branches
In celebration of the opening of their second branch located in The Podium, % Arabica introduced their new coffee-flavoured dessert, Espresso Ice Cream, that’s only available at this branch; it’s made with % Arabica’s Signature Japan % Arabica blend.
You can get one for P135 and is served in an espresso-sized cup.
Sebastian’s Ice Cream – multiple branches
Sebastian’s is a pioneer in serving premier artisanal ice creams in Manila. It is always at the forefront of innovative flavors and dessert fusions and lately have added a new exciting flavour! They now have Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream called, Buzz Balls that’s made from SGD coffee, Sagada Beans, brewed for 24 hours and the ice cream itself is hand-dipped in mocha chocolate. Yum!
Elait – multiple branches
Been dying to try the rolled ice cream you see on FB? No need to go to the street vendors of Thailand. Instead go to Elait, a dessert shop that offers up rolled ice cream infused with your favorite sweet treats and sauces.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory – multiple branches
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is a confectionery that serves a wide variety of cakes, ice cream, and chocolate-dipped sweet treats! With desserts made in clear view, you know that their ingredients are fresh and store-made!
Buy 1 Get 1 Signature Triple Chocolate Serve for only
Manila Creamery – multiple branches
Manila Creamery was born out of Jason & Paolo’s goal to produce and bring world-class gelato to Manila, while keeping its roots by offering flavors that are uniquely Filipino. Their Mangga’t Suman is wildly popular in weekend markets. It is made with sticky rice flavored ice cream, topped with mangoes and their homemade latik sauce. Another unique flavor is the Turon and Tinutong Rice.
Papa Diddi’s – multiple branches
This Maginhawa dessert haven certainly knows how to spice things up! Try their Davao Meets Bicol Ice Cream, it’s made of rich Davao chocolate ice cream with a hint of Bicol’s sili flavor that’s sure to get you curious.
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get an ice cream sandwich for
P150P99 and Tres Leches + Any Ice Cream Flavor for only ₱80!
Tsujiri – multiple branches
Tsujiri is a Japanese matcha brand from Uji Kyoto, Japan that has been around for over 155 years. It was first established in 1860 by Riemon Tsuji who made it his mission to improve the tea industry by using the finest quality of Uji matcha and Gyokuro tea leaves.
Insider tip: Get Buy 1 Get 1 Matcha Strawberry Boba Latte for ₱250 with the Booky App!
The Lost Bread – multiple branches
The Lost Bread is a homegrown dessert cafe specializing in French toasts and milkshakes. Their name, ‘The Lost Bread’, is a direct translation of ‘pain de perdu’, the stale bread used to make French toast.
Insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Craft Your Own Soft-Serve Cone for
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Cara Mia Cakes & Gelato offers frozen sweets and treats. They also have refrigerated cakes like Pistachio Cioccolato, Midnight Dream and Chocolate S’mores.
Emack & Bolio’s – multiple branches
Hailing all the way from Boston, Emack & Bolio’s is a popular chain of ice cream stores that was founded by Robert Rook back in 1975.So what makes Emack & Bolio’s unique? Their ice cream and yogurt are made from live culture and non-fat milk.
Fun Fact: With Booky, you can get Buy 1 Get 1 Single, Double, and Triple Scoops in Signature Marshmallow Cones for less!
Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats – multiple branches
What was once a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Kapitolyo, now has several other branches in the metro. They’re famous for their tasty and affordable steaks, but they actually started out selling homemade ice cream. Popular flavors include the Half-Baked Madagascar and Javan Hot Chocolate.
Dairy Queen – multiple branches
The queen of satisfying ice creams, Dairy Queen brings you blizzards, ice cream cake, dilly mars, and more.
Insider tip: Enjoy 2 Regular Oreo Blizzards for only
P150P120, 2 Cappuccino Frappes for only ₱230₱189, and 2 Vanilla Cones for only ₱90₱65!
XOXO Ice Cream – multiple branches
Get loaded rolled ice cream that feels likes hugs and kisses at XOXO Ice Cream!
Insider tip: Get Buy 1 Get 1 XOXO Ice Creams for
P390P195 at their branches at Greenbelt and NAIA 3!
Morelli’s Gelato – multiple branches
Touted as “the ultimate fresh gelato experience,” Morelli’s Gelato was founded by Giuseppe Morelli in 1907. It serves luxury gelato, Kilimanjaro coffee, and other desserts. Popular flavors include Hazelnut, Caramel Dulce de Leche.
The Farmacy – multiple branches
From the same people that brought us Wildflour, The Farmacy is an old-fashioned ice cream parlour that serves homemade ice cream and soda. All of their ice cream are freshly made on site so you are guaranteed an authentic and sweet experience. They also serve meals, sodas, coffee, and alcoholic drinks too.
Insider tip: Get up to ₱100 off your bill with Booky!
Cafe SeolHwa Bingsu – multiple branches
Cafe Seolhwa is a Korean dessert cafe serving snowflake ‘bingsu’ or shave iced dessert topped with chopped fruits, condensed milk, fruit syrup and beans.
Mio Gelati – Ayala Malls Vertis North
Mio Gelati offers different flavored gelato like vanilla, salted caramel, Milo dinosaur, as well as smoresicles and milkshakes.
Joseph’s Craft Ice Cream – Shangri-la Plaza Mall
You should stick-o round for this one! Enjoy a mix of everyone’s common favorites in this amazing flavor. Specializing in nitrogen-blasting, Joseph’s ice cream hand-crafts each cup of their ice cream upon order. Other flavors to try include Mango Basil and Coffee Latte.
Carousel Creamery – Greenhills
Carousel Creamery is a dessert parlour that features a grand display of 101 classic and whimsical flavors of premium handcrafted ice cream, made in small batches. It first caught the attention of foodies with its unique Butter & Popcorn flavor. But why stop there? Try other flavors like Garlic Nuts and Beer, Wasabi, Chocolate Chili, Blue Cheese, Red Pepper Walnut and more.
Carmen’s Best Ice Cream – Salcedo Village | Rockwell Center
While their most popular flavor is salted caramel, you shouldn’t ignore their other equally amazing and unique flavors like Turkish Baklava, Malted Milk, Cereal Milk and Eggnog!
Fun Fact: This local favorite is also available in Hong Kong!
Claim 2 for ₱250 Mix and Match Cheese Single Scoop, 2 for ₱510 Sundaes, and 2 for ₱350 Milkshakes!
Bono Artisanal Gelato – SM Aura
Bono Gelato is an Italian gelateria that only serves what’s fresh and in season. Their ice creams are handcrafted daily and in small batches only. No preservatives or any canned items are used. Bono, which is a wordplay on the Italian word ‘buono’, means good.
Dessert Table – Eden Food Hall
Dessert Table PH specializes in unique soft-serve ice cream with flavors like Thai Milk Tea, Taiwanese Milk Tea, and Milo Dinosaur. You can also find baked goods from Bellefleur by Beatrix. They are located at the Eden Food Hall in BGC, food space that features 12+ brands who started out in Mercato and Legaspi Market.
Gelatissimo – Serendra
Gelatissimo is an authentic Italian gelato specialty shop that offers a wide variety of flavors including signature creations, coffee, cakes, and more.
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