Farewell Creamier Toa Payoh! Here 8 other ice cream spots in the area worth a visit.



It is with a heavy heart that we write this note to announce the closure of our Creamier Toa Payoh shop on 30 June 2019. We still remember that funny, tingly feeling of trepidation and excitement on the morning of 19 November 2011 as we hung our shop’s welcome sign for the very first time. This is our first Creamier café located at Blk 128 Toa Payoh Lorong 1. We opened this tiny ice cream café in 2011 with a vision of creating a cosy space to enjoy moments of happiness. Our café has been part of the bustling Toa Payoh Market since, and we have been so fortunate to be part of such a vibrant community for almost eight years. Our gratitude goes to our landlady, who has given us this opportunity to fulfil a dream to spread happiness through ice creams, to our market neighbours who have shared their fresh produce with us, and to everyone who has passed through our tiny doorway over the last 88 months. We thank our many staff members—both past and present. We couldn’t be prouder to witness their journey from learning to deliver the best experience in our café, to now making their mark in their respective industries. The effort spent learning to scoop the perfect scoop of ice cream, to bake fresh waffles on irons heated to a searing 200°C, to pull a delicious shot of espresso—all the while trying be efficient and providing genuine hospitality. Many times, we may miss the mark, but we never give up on trying to improve ourselves and deliver the Creamier experience we want you to enjoy. We do not know yet whether Toa Payoh will still have a place for Creamier (any leads for a good space will be much appreciated—you can drop us an email at info@creamier.com.sg). As a farewell gift, we will be creating a special flavour to commemorate our little heartland shop. What we will definitely miss the most is the community—from the kids running around, the friendly faces of our neighbours, and our regulars whose favourite ice cream flavours we know by heart. When you are craving our handcrafted ice creams and waffles, you can still find us at Gillman Barracks and Tiong Bahru. We hope Creamier continues to bring you many more moments of happiness and joy in the years to come.

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Farewell, Creamier Toa Payoh!

Two weeks ago, heartland neighbourhood ice cream parlour Creamier announced that it will be shuttering its pioneer outlet at Blk 128 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, breaking the hearts of those who have been patronising it from the very beginning. Its last day is slated for 30 June 2019.

Nestled within a sleepy area in the Toa Payoh estate under a HDB block, the independent ice cream and coffee lifestyle cafe is known for its delicious handcrafted ice cream flavours and house-made waffles. Since it opened its doors in October 2011, Creamier has become a familiar feature of the neighbourhood and gained a loyal following over the years.

Heading down to visit their first ever outlet before the last day of operations? You'll be treated to a special flavour – the white rabbit candy ice cream – concocted by the ice cream makers as a farewell gift!

The exact reason for its closure wasn't stated, but Creamier fans would be delighted to know that it still has two outlets at Gillman Barracks and Tiong Bahru.

If you stay, study or work near Toa Payoh and are still looking for your ice cream fix alternatives, don't worry - all is not lost. Here's our list of other great ice cream places in the area!



1. Shrove Tuesday



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Just a mere 15-minute walk from Creamier, Shrove Tuesday is another cosy cafe snuggled under a HDB flat. It offers a variety of desserts, such as ice cream, waffles, cakes, pastries, and other light bites.

What sets their waffles apart from other cafes is that it uses a yeast raised batter, enhancing the lightness and crispiness of their waffles. It also adds a hint of acidity, which pairs perfectly with their artisan gelato. Their Nyonya Cendol Waffles ($12.90) with two scoops of chendol gelato and vanilla soft serve, topped with adzuki beans, chendol jelly and grated coconut is an all-time crowd-pleaser.

Shrove Tuesday is at #01-32 Blk 94 Lorong Toa Payoh, S310094. Tel: 6258 2254.



2. Salted Caramel



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Situated in the Upper Thomson enclave since 2011, Salted Cramel has been a favourite go-to dessert place for both youths and adults. The ice cream parlour prides itself on handcrafting ice cream free from artificial enhancers and preservatives and just as its name suggests, you've got to try its salted caramel flavour.

Despite its popularity, you'll be surprised at the wallet-friendly prices of their ice creams ($3.80 for single scoop, $6.80 for double, and $9.80 for triple). You can also pair your favourite flavours with a soft, crispy waffle for $10.40, or get a tub for takeaway to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Extra brownie points to them for opening til 2am on Fridays and Saturdays!

Salted Caramel is at 246F Upper Thomson Rd, S574370. Tel: 6753 1718.


3. Brownice Italian Vegan Ice Cream



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Are you vegan or lactose intolerant? Then Brownice – the first local dessert place to serve vegan-friendly and dairy-free ice cream made from organic brown rice – is perfect for you.

Offering one of the best vegan ice creams in Singapore, Brownice's ice creams ($3.50 for single scoop and $6.50 for double) are made up of organic crystal brown rice, organic evaporated sugar cane juice, real fruit and pure nut butters.

Also, each scoop only contains 80 to 140 calories, one-third the calories of regular ice creams! So feel free to indulge to your heart's content without feeling guilty.

Brownice Italian Vegan Ice Cream is at #01-03 Sin Ming Centre, 8 Sin Ming Rd, S575628. Tel: 6456 6431.


4. Les Patisseries



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Nothing's better than being greeted by the sweet aroma of freshly baked pastries upon entering a cafe. Devoted to selling French delicacies, Les Patisseries has been around since 2014 and is a popul.ar hang out spot among Singaporeans.

Alongside the cafe's great ambience and minimalistic interior design, it also serves an impressive variety of ice cream and waffle flavours. We recommend getting the Thai Milk Tea & Earl Grey Waffle ($15.90), which is topped with two scoops of thai milk tea ice cream, condensed milk and macaron.

The cafe is also open till 1:30am on Fridays and Saturdays, perfect if you have a sudden craving for ice cream at night.

Les Patisseries is at 222 Upper Thomson Rd, S574354. Tel: 9744 0504.


5. Denzy Gelato



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Located right beisde Bsihan's bus interchange, Denzy Gelato churns their ice cream in-house and offers a wide spectrum of flavours from basic ones such as vanilla and thai milk tea, to new-fangled ones such as Persian Prince (almon and saffron), as well as Elderflower Mojito. Their ice creams are sold at $3.80 for single scoop, $6.40 for double and an additional $1 for premium flavours.

They also serve specialty coffee, if you like having ice cream with a cup of joe.

Denzy Gelato is at #01-404 506 Bishan Street 11, S570506. Tel: 9249 6372.


6. Udders (Upper Thomson)



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A household name in Singapore, Udders is a local homegrown ice cream shop with four outlets to their name. The popular store offers a range of flavours from liquer, to Asian-inspired, and to cosmopolitan flavours. 

If you like liqueur in your ice cream, Udders will be right up your alley, starring bestsellers mixed with liqueurs such as rum, bourbon, cognac, and whiskey. Not a fan of liqueur? They're also known for other crowd-pleasers such as Mao Shan Wang Durian and Snickers Mars Honeycomb Vanilla.

Udders has several outlets. Click here for locations.


7. The Dream Cafe



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Another cafe nestled amidst the quiet laid-back charms of Toa Payoh, The Dream Cafe is a humble and casual place that sells premium gelato, Belgian waffles and light snacks. Their Combo 1 ($13) comprises a waffle, a molten chocolate lava cake and a scoop of gelato of your choice, or you can get a single scoop for $4.

Offering free wi-fi, it's a quaint place if you want to get some work done or just unwind. They're also open to private bookings if you need a venue for an event.

The Dream Cafe is at #01-1016 Blk 163 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, S310163. Tel: 6258 3120.


8. The Larder Cafe



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Sitting quietly along Toa Payoh Central, The Larder Cafe serves quality Western fare – such as pastas, burgers, steaks and more - and drinks! But don't neglect their dessert menu - they also whip up a mean Buttermilk Waffle ($12), topped with two scoops of classic ice cream flavours of your choice. This friendly and chill cafe makes for a nice hang out spot with your mates!

The Larder Cafe is at #01-124 177 Toa Payoh Central, S310177. Tel: 6253 6382.


Written by Cheryl Lim.