TREATS TO BEAT THE HEAT THIS SUMMER
Kurepu is a funky new Japanese spot on Hudayriat Island’s boardwalk and a perfect pitstop for a yummy frozen treat and it's pocket-friendly!
Their signature item is their Japanese crepes with your choice of either vanilla or matcha ice cream (AED30 - 35) and they are spectacular, with deluxe signature options also available.
You have to try the crepe topped with matcha ice cream as Kurepu gets this ice cream bang on! The mellow umami flavour of the matcha compliments the creamy sweetness perfectly and it doesn’t stop there: Kurepu also offers delicious mochis (AED10), soft serve cones (AED15) & bowls (AED25) with toppings, refreshing bubble teas (AED22-25) and whole cut fruit (AED25).
With affordable prices and lots on offer to beat the heat, this is a great one for the whole family!
Daily | 10AM - 12AM
056 406 0545
Al Nahyan Camp Area
Yazi Cafe is one of those aesthetically pleasing neutral tone cafes with gorgeous Instagrammable interiors and this summer their mango and salted caramel ice creams will satisfy both your cravings and your wallet. With their generous portion sizes and affordable price tags, you can’t go wrong.
You can opt for either sweet or refreshing, or even better, try both as the mango hits all the fruity notes with mango pieces and sauce layered in the cup and the salted caramel has a mapley sweet finish perfectly contrasted with salty pretzel toppings. Whilst Yazi refers to them as ice creams, we find the texture to be pretty much more of a soft serve/sorbet consistency.
If you’re in the area, or looking for a stellar, value-for-money frozen treat that’s not going to break the bank, head to Yazi Cafe. They also do fantastic iced coffees!
Time: Daily 10AM - 12AM
Price: AED20 Mango AED25 Salted caramel
Contact: 056 406 0545
THE GALLERIA AT AL MARYAH
This may be the closest you'll get to real Italian gelato in Abu Dhabi! Get some proper, creamy gelato served in a cone or a cup and in whatever flavour you choose. We enjoyed the nocciola (hazelnut) and the pistachio best but there's going to be a flavour just for you!
Open: 10AM - 12AM
Price: AED68 for 2 cones, with 2 scoops each
Located opposite Cafe Del Mar in prime waterfront real estate on Yas Bay promenade, Pop City is a summer staple destination for refreshing frozen treats. Offering a vibrant, Instagrammable and delicious range of homemade popsicles you can’t go wrong with one of these to beat the heat!
The best thing about them? They retain their flavour right down to the last drop and they’re made with premium ingredients and real fruit so that freshness oozes out, of course, leaving you wanting more. Highly recommend the Yas Bay P1 underground parking and nipping out to one of the golf buggies that are on standby to hitch a ride around the corner!
Our favourite flavours include: creamy coconut, raspberry & passionfruit, lychee, nutella and fivesicle (layers of strawberry, mango, lemon, zesty blueberry and lychee sorbet)
Open: Daily | 10am - 11pm
Price: AED 20-25 per treat
Contact: 055 555 555
KHALIFA CITY A, RAHA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
MARSA AL BATEEN
Saddle’s new limited edition summer ice creams and sorbets served in real fruit have to go on your frozen treat hit list, because the pineapple & coconut flavours are things of tropical dreams! It’s giving mentally you’re in Hawaii, but physically you're rocking up to a food truck!
Besides the obvious cool factor of being served in real fruit, Saddle gets the balance of flavours between creamy coconut and sweet yet tart pineapple spot on. It's irresistible, delicious and perfect for summer and would be a great end to your meal at Saddle House or if you just feel like a cold treat.
Open: Daily | 7:30AM - 12:30AM
Price: AED 39 | Coconut, AED 42 | Pineapple
Contact: 050 394 4802
THE FOUNTAINS, YAS MALL
A funky and fun little spot for the kids and big kids alike, this make-your-own frozen yoghurt concept is the perfect stop for families browsing the mall, a kiddos birthday party treat or for anyone that wants to unleash their creativity on a tub of yummy fro-yo.
Simply pick your cup size and make your way around the fabulously colourful flavours, filling up your cup with your favourites as you go - your cup will quite literally be full of happiness!
They also have a variety of yummy fruit, sweets and luxury toppings for you to stack on top - a kind of frozen tetris if you will. How far can you go?!
Open: Daily | 12PM - 10PM
Price: Pay by weight
Contact: 02 491 2228
YAS MALL, CORNICHE, MUSHRIF MALL, AL WAHDA MALL
Coldstone Creamery serves a wacky wizardry of ice cream: it's like Willy Wonka's factory, but for frozen goodness! With their delectable mix-ins and ice-creamy concoctions, Coldstone transforms traditional flavours into your own sweet and more-ish creation, one bite and you'll be floating on a cloud of sheer ice cream ecstasy!
They also not only taste premium, but look the part - snap a pic, because no doubt you’ll demolish one fast and if you’re lucky, your Coldstone server may even perform some gravity-defying ice cream tricks adding even more pizzazz to your already stellar ice cream experience!
Coldstone also offers ice cream cakes, milkshakes, waffles and other yummy chilly desserts!
Open: 12PM - 10PM
Contact: 02 491 2228
La Torta cake and dessert shop, an if-you-know-you-know space for Nahyan Campers, has partnered with Chimnos to put a great twist on authentic Hungarian chimney cakes.
They’ve swapped out your traditional cone for a chimney cake topped with chocolate dip and filled with delicious soft serve - pure genius!
Our favourites are their mixed chocolate (AED23.10) that is packed with a chocolate and vanilla duo soft serve and decorated with a Flake, as well as the salted caramel flavour (AED24.15) with vanilla soft serve and decorated with caramel sauce, pretzels and popcorn. You can also opt for more plain flavours or ice cream sandwiches (AED15.75) too, that still keep the same Hungarian bread recipe but they serve as boats for the yummy soft serve!
If you’re a fan of chimney cake and need your fix here in the UAE, run, don’t wak - La Torta’s got you covered.
Open: Daily | 9AM - 10PM
Contact: 02 441 2223
SOFT CREAM AFFOGATO AT ARABICA
AVAILABLE AT: CORNICHE, MARSA AL BATEEN, ABU DHABI MALL, YAS MALL, AL SEEF VILLAGE MALL
Want ice cream for breakfast? This is the way!
Whether you're a coffee aficionado or simply a soft serve lover, Arabica's soft cream affogato is the perfect marriage of flavors that will satisfy your cravings and leave you longing for another blissful spoonful.
Arabica's soft cream affogato is a heavenly delight that combines the best of both worlds: rich, creamy soft serve and a shot of excellent Arabica coffee. The velvety smooth soft serve, made in-house with premium ingredients, serves as the perfect canvas for the bold flavours of Arabica coffee.
Thank you Arabica, for being the first coffee chain to introduce soft serve affogato. When Arabia and Italy collide, the result is magic!
Open: 6.30AM - 2AM, store dependent
Price: AED 20
Contact: 02 677 7335