Nothing beats a good old fashioned dollop of ice cream (or sorbet if you’re feeling posh). We bring you six of the UAE’s best.


Pistachio at Bacio Gelato, Dhs19
Al Barsha is not the sort of place you’d expect to find an ice cream parlour serving 12 flavours of ice cream made with fresh milk, cream and fruit. But the pistachio ice cream we tried at Bacio Gelato was delicious.
Al Barsha, Dubai

Tel: (04) 3232949. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates.
Sun to Thur 8am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 10am to 10pm

Cassis and passion fruit at Armani/Deli, Dhs20
Anybody who has enjoyed the brunch at Armani/Deli will know the selection of ice creams and sorbets is top class. Try a scoop of the blackcurrant cassis and one of the passion fruit, topped with bits and bobs of your choosing.

Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Tel: (04) 8883888. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall.
daily 11am to 11pm.


Mister Nico at Gelato Di Bruno, Dhs25
Do you like Snickers? Do you like ice cream? Then you will love Gelato Di Bruno’s Mister Nico. A combination of chocolate, caramel, peanuts and ice cream, it’s our choice for dessert on the go at The Dubai Mall.

Dubai Mall, Downtown, Dubai
Tel: (04) 3308600. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall
Sat to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thur and Fri 10am to 11.30pm.


Espresso at Baker & Spice, Dhs28
One of our favourite cafés serves seven flavours, including a dairy-free coconut ice cream made with coconut milk and topped with coconut sugar. However, the espresso is our pick. It goes nicely with a fresh cup of their Raw coffee.

Souk Al Manzil, Downtown, Dubai
Tel: (04) 4279856.  Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall.
daily 8am to 11pm.


Raspberry sorbet at London Dairy, Dhs19
London Dairy’s bestseller is, rather surprisingly (until you taste it), the raspberry sorbet. Light, bright, served in a cup and topped with almonds and rainbow sprinkles, the little ones will love it. As will the big ones.

Level 1, Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi
Tel: (02) 6818158. Taxi: Marina Mall.
Sat to Thur 10am to 11pm, Fri noon to 11pm.


Pistachio at Baskin Robbins, Dhs18
The most popular order at old favourite Baskin Robbins is two generous scoops of pistachio, served with strawberry sauce (it works, trust us) and submerged under all the toppings you can handle.

Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi
Tel: (02) 6267148. Taxi: Hamdan Street.
Sun to Wed 10am to 1am, Thur to Sat 10am to 2am.