The weather in Ho Chi Minh City is almost always sunny and warm. That’s one of the reasons why so many people love to travel here and some even end up staying for a much longer time. There’s a lot going on in the biggest city of Vietnam. The best way to explore the city is by foot, but if the heat is too much for you, there’s plenty of public transportation options such as motorbike taxis.
When in Ho Chi Minh City, you should take a tour to Cu Chi Tunnels, visit the War Museum, walk around in Bui Vien Street, which is also called the “Backpacker Area” because of the amount of travelers who goes here. There’s plenty of things to do see in Ho Chi Minh City, and when the weather gets extra hot, you’ll want to cool yourself down after walking around the city. What better way to do that then by treating yourself for a delicious ice-cream? If you’re a big fan of ice-cream, you’ll be happy to know you have plenty of options here, everything from artisanal gelato to shaved ice sundaes, you just have to pick and choose. Here are the best ice-cream shops in Ho Chi Minh City and where you can find them.
1. Ralf’s Artisan Gelato
Since the store opened in 2016, it has become one of the most popular ice-cream spots in Ho Chi Minh City. The gelato here is creamy and smooth with tons of different flavors to choose from. They use all-natural ingredients which makes their gelato even tastier. Most of the flavors are Italian-inspired but you can also find some more unique Vietnamese flavors such as fish sauce and pho. It might sound strange, but it’s actually delicious. You must visit this ice-cream parlor when you’re in town.
2. Fanny Ice Cream
Fanny has locations all over the country and is one of Vietnam’s leading producers of ice cream. Besides ice cream, they also offer crepes, big fondue platters and cyclo-shaped sundaes. The ice cream is all-natural and tastes magnificent. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, making your ice cream experience even better.
3. Osterberg Ice Cream
Want to try ice cream flavors from all over the world? Head over to the Thao Dien neighbourhood and go for an Osterberg Ice Cream. It’s Danish owned and has a wide range of flavors that will make you come back again and again. There’s simply so much to try! If you’re allergic to diary or you’re on a vegan diet, there’s plenty of dairy and sugar-free options here too. And the taste is just as good, sometimes even better, than the regular ones.
4. La Dolce Vita
Everyone knows that Italian gelato is one of the best in the world and now you can find it in Ho Chi Minh City! The ice cream parlour is owned by a Sicilian expat who decided he wanted to bring italian gelato to the big city. If you’re a big ice cream fan, you must visit La Dolce Vita. Try their ca phe sua da gelato, which is their Vietnamese coffee flavored ice-cream that will knock your socks off.
5. Kem Nhan Chu Tam
Probably one of the cheapest places in Ho Chi Minh city for ice cream, this lovely family-owned ice cream parlour offers more fruity flavors such as soursop, longan and coconut. Every scoop is served with crushed peanuts and a hidden longan berry, which might take you by surprise at first. The ice cream here is refreshing, tasty, with a wide range of flavors that you can try. Delicious!
6. Roseice Saigon
The trendy ice cream roses has taken over the world and now everyone wants their ice cream to look like a work of art. Luckily, you can also get a beautiful rose shaped ice-cream in Ho Chi Minh City. Make your way to Roseice to get both a delicious ice cream and a beautiful one. But hurry – take a photo of it before it melts away! The cute, little parlour is a very popular spot amongst the younger crowd and you’ll know you’ve come to the right place when you see the queues.
Before flying to Vietnam, make sure that you apply for a Vietnam visa in order to enter the country. This is required by all who is not on the visa exempt list. You can do it either online, which is the most preferred option by travelers, or go to your nearest Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. If you choose the online option, you can apply for either a Visa on Arrival or the E-Visa. Please note that the latter is only eligible for certain countries.