Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.
  • South African ice cream parlour Unframed has just been rated as the best in the world.
  • In its tubs are funky experimental flavours including some interesting vegan-friendly varieties.
  • Some of the flavours on offer had me sceptical – like the vegan-friendly turmeric and beetroot chocolate flavours.
  • Unframed beat ice parlours that make watermelon ice cream sandwiches and giant chocolate squid ice cream art.
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A South African ice cream parlour franchise called Unframed has just been voted as the best ice cream in the world – and its artisan ice cream, which includes funky experimental flavours and vegan-friendly varietals, is certainly something.

The Cape Town-based ice cream maker topped a list of 50 other ice cream sellers from around the world, according to international travel company Big 7 Travel, which sent tasters around the world and looked at reader votes.

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.

Unframed opened its first store in 2016  when French-born founder Yann Rey gave up a job in banking and joined up with Stephane Auge.  

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Unframed's healthy ice cream is made from scratch with sustainable food. It scored high for keeping its ice creams smooth and rich while experimenting with some unexpected flavours.

We decided to see what the fuss is about, and we were not disappointed.

Unframed stores can be found in the V&A Food Market, Gardens, and in Woodstock in Cape Town.

Google Maps.
Photo Jay Caboz.

The ice creams are beautifully lit in these fridges.


I was sceptical about the vegan-friendly ice creams: beetroot chocolate and ginger; matcha latte, and turmeric.

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.

I’ve had vegan friendly ice cream before and it has been a hard miss for me. 

Jay Caboz
Tumeric latte vegan ice cream. Photo Jay Caboz

But I found Unframed's vegan flavours were some of the smoothest and tastiest I’ve ever had. They tasted just like dairy-based ice cream - it was like fairies were dancing on my taste buds. 


They allowed me to try a healthy sample of each flavour, which not all ice cream parlours do. 

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.


In the end I opted for a scoop of turmeric. 

Photo Caryn Caboz.
Photo Caryn Caboz.

This is a genuine face of contentment. 


The ice creams start at R39 for 1 scoop. 

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.


Unframed beat some truly outrageous ice cream makers...

Milkcow Cafe -Vancouver, Canada.
Milkcow Cafe -Vancouver, Canada. Source Big 7 Travel.

Like the Milkcow Cafe in Vancouver, Canada which makes a watermelon ice cream sandwich.


...and Giapo, which makes this colossal chocolate squid ice cream, based in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Giapo – Auckland, New Zealand
Giapo – Auckland, New Zealand. Source Big 7 Travel.

For the full list you can go to the Big 7 website here.

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