The scoop on Manchester’s best ice cream spots | Manchester Apartments
26 May 2023

The scoop on Manchester’s best ice cream spots

We don’t know about you, but we’re one sunny day away from declaring it officially summer in Manchester — and what better way to celebrate t-shirt weather than to cool off with a sweet treat from one of Manchester’s best ice cream shops?

If you agree, check out our favourites below — believe us, you won’t regret it.


Traditional ice cream

If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to your frozen treats, don’t worry. In Manchester, you’re more than catered for, with the city’s ice cream vendors offering tasty classics alongside their more weird and wonderful flavours.

So, without further ado, here are our favourite, more traditional ice cream parlours — this one’s for you, vanilla fans!

Source: @scoopancoatsmcr


While Scoop! don’t just serve strictly traditional flavours, they really do know how to nail the basics. We’re big fans of their bubblegum, mint choc chip, and, of course, vanilla scoops, as well as what really sets them apart — their toppings. Choose from tasty sprinkles of treats like honeycomb, oreo, marshmallow, and meringue and elevate your classic ice cream this summer.

You can check out Scoop! and their menu over on their Instagram, @scoopancoatsmcr.

Unusual flavours

Now, here’s something for the more adventurous among you — think fun flavours ranging from Pear & Espresso at Ginger’s to Kinderella Sundaes at Black Milk.

If this sounds like a bit of you, take a look at where to find unusual flavours this summer in Manchester below.

Gingers Comfort
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Ginger’s Comfort Emporium

Ginger’s Comfort Emporium was started as a passion project by Claire Kelsey back in 2010, out of a renovated ice cream van. Now a well-loved Afflecks staple, Ginger’s Comfort Emporium are known for their small-batch, inventive flavours, selling seasonal scoops like the vegan Malted Coconut Milk, Chocolate, Ginger and Rosemary, and Brown Butter and Sam’s Bakehouse Pie. One word: drool-worthy.

You can find Ginger’s on Afflecks’ first floor, or check their website to find out which local market they’ll be at next. We’ll see you there!

Black Milk
Source: @blackmilkcereal

Black Milk

If you haven’t heard of Black Milk Cereal, where have you been? These Northern Quarter favourites are renowned for their indulgent desserts as well as their famous sauces, spreads, and treats, available to buy in-store or online.

So, what’s on offer? We’re glad you asked…

Indulgent ice cream shakes, sundaes, and traditional ice cream in flavours ranging from the (more tame) Rum and Raisin to the decidedly more decadent Biscoff, Oreo, and white chocolate. Delicious.

Want to treat yourself at Black Milk? Find out more, order, and check out the menu on their website.

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Lazy Sundae

If you’re looking for something decadent with a twist, Lazy Sundae is the perfect place for you. Selling unusual flavours like Earl Grey Biscoff, Brown Sugar, and Watermelon Oat from their Northern Quarter premises, it’s no surprise that they’re now a Manchester staple — and are planning to expand with a new store in the Arndale.

The best part? Lazy Sundae don’t just stop at inventive ice cream flavours. If you’re not quite fancying a few scoops of the good stuff, Lazy Sundae have you covered, with absolutely mega fluffy pancakes, bubble teas, and iced coffees all on offer too.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to Lazy Sundae’s Insta and try not to drool too much over the menu.

Tried any (or all) of the ice cream icons on our list? Let us know over on our socials @mapartments_.