There is no way to rank the “best” Ice cream in Lagos because each Ice cream shop is unique and good in its own ways. I mean, how can Ice cream be bad??

Apparently, Gelato is different from Ice Cream as Gelato uses more milk than cream and less air to bring out the flavors more. Gelato also contains less fat than Ice cream.

Quick confession: I’m not someone you can really trust with a pint of ice cream left in the freezer. If it’s there, it’s pretty certain I’ll eat it – and often too much at once.

This sticky-fingered guide to the best ice creams in Lagos takes you from glorious gelati in luxurious ice cream parlours to mini shops serving delicious creamy scoops. Here are the best places in the City of Lagos to indulge a sweet tooth.

  • Hans and Rene 

Hans and Rene is an incredibly instagram worthy ice cream shop with six outlets scattered across Lagos. This Nigerian owned brand is the first Nigerian Gelateria and they serve various interesting flavors of Gelato and Sorbet, including interesting flavors like the Agbalumo Sorbet.

You can taste their attention to quality: each bite is packed with surprising flavor, whether you opt for a creamy, salted butter caramel, dark, bitter chocolate, sweet summery strawberry or intensely acidic yuzu. I especially like their sorbets for how true-to-the-fruit they are, and because they tend to contain pieces of fruit that somehow make it more satisfying.

Hans and Rene also serve delicious pastries such as donuts, muffins, cupcakes, macaroons and brownies. 

My pick – Stracciatella (N800), Salted Caramel (N800), Vanilla Gelato (N800) and White Chocolate Mint (N850)

Address: Lennox Mall, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

(Hans and Rene is also available in 5 other locations within Lagos)

Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm daily

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  • Cold Stone

This Ice Cream Franchise that’s present all over the world, planted its roots in Lagos since 2012 and still remains the most popular Ice Cream Shop in Lagos. 

You can either get any of their signature creations, or create your own cup or cone of ice cream by choosing from various flavors and toppings. Their dramatic process of preparing and presenting the ice cream is quite interesting and has become notorious over time.

Cold stone also serves other ice cream based foods, from yoghurts and smoothies to shakes and cakes. The Franchise is usually mostly paired in the same location with its sister Franchise Brand – Dominos, so if you’re up for a belly full of ice cream and pizza, then you’re in luck! 

My Pick – All Lovin’ No Oven (N1800), with crushed chocolate waffles (N500)

Address – 69, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1 (Coldstone is also available in over 25 locations within Lagos)

Opening Hours: 9am – Midnight (Thursdays to Saturdays) and 9am – 10:30 (Sundays to Wednesdays)

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  • IceCream Factory

The Ice Cream Factory is a premier dessert restaurant offering luxury ice cream. They have over 30 flavors which can be overwhelming but it also means you can keep going back to try more flavors. The most popular flavor at Ice Cream Factory is Dulce de leche and it also happens to be my favorite.

In addition to ice cream, they also serve delicious Milkshakes, Crepes, Cookies, Cakes and Brownies. They sure have so many ways to satisfy your sweet tooth!

The Lekki Phase 1 branch of Ice cream factory is also popularly used as a workspace or meeting place for Entrepreneurs and Freelancers, as they are welcoming in that regard and even offer free WiFi to users of the space. 

My pick – Dulce de Leche (N700), Toffee (N700) and Chocolate chips cookie (N400)

Address: 5, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. (Ice Cream Factory is also available in 2 other locations within Lagos)

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily.

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  • Cactus

Cactus is not just an ice cream shop, it’s a Restaurant with a bakery and Gelato Parlour, located in Victoria Island and founded far back in the 90s.

There’s a diverse mix of Gelato and sorbets available, covering both classics and more obscure flavors. Cactus offers a soft serve Gelato which is so creamy and delicious, in different familiar flavors, and some interesting flavors like the Suya Gelato. Their gelato stick is definitely a must try.

The Restaurant has a modern, sophisticated design and offers a great view of the Lagos Lagoon from its terrace. Asides the Gelato Parlour, Cactus Restaurant also has a wide variety of foods and baked goods.

My Pick: Vanilla Gelato Stick (N1500), Vanilla Gelato Scoop (N750) and Tiramisu Gelato Scoop (N750)

Address: 20, 24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria Island, Lagos. 

Opening Hours: 7am to 10pm daily.

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  • Maison Kayser 

Maison Kayser may be a newcomer in the Lagos Icecream and dessert scene, but is definitely a well-known brand across the world, owned by the renowned French baker Eric Kayser.

On visiting, the Maison Kayser space graces you with clean, sophisticated interior decor. The display of the Gelato in the glass case is the most enticing I’ve ever seen and would more than likely leave you in a temporary state of confusion over what flavors to choose. 

In addition to their sweet, soft and chewy base, Maison Kayser also steals the spotlight with unique flavors like snickers, milk and cereal, and sea salt caramel.

However, Maison Kayser is more than just an icecream shop, it’s also a restaurant and a bakery. While you are here, make sure you don’t miss out on their other delectable treats.

My Pick: Baileys (N750), White Chocolate (N750), Oreos (N750) and 3 chocolate (N750)

Address: 864 Bishop Aboyade Cole St, Victoria Island, Lagos.

(Mason Kayser is also available in one more location in Ikoyi)

Opening Hours: 7am – 11:30pm (Thursdays to Sundays) and 7am – 10pm (Mondays to Wednesdays)

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This article was written by Mercy Imiegha

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