Top five ice cream joints in Manchester

Sun's out and you want something more luxurious than a Solero. Here are five of our favourite fine purveyors of ice cream in Manchester

Feature by Chris Ogden | 13 May 2016

While Manchester isn’t a city known for its beach weather, it is lucky enough to be home to some seriously good frozen desserts. Here are The Skinny’s five picks for the best places to grab an ice cream or frozen yoghurt in Manchester this summer. 

Slice Pizza & Bread Bar

While ice cream isn’t their raison d’etre, Northern Quarter pizzeria Slice offer the continental experience in abundance, allowing you to eat al fresco in Stevenson Square with a cup of their custom-made gelato. Their rotating lineup is impressive too, varying from classic flavours such as raspberry ripple to the experimental Key lime pie.

1a Stevenson Sq, Northern Quarter, M1 1DN

Ginger’s Comfort Emporium

Usually found in an ice cream van during Town Hall’s festival season, Ginger’s now own a diner on the first floor in Affleck’s Palace. Known for their extremely popular ‘Chorlton Crack’, a lush salted caramel and peanut butter combo, Ginger’s wild and wonderful flavours can be obtained at the diner in a toasted brioche, affogato style or in a milkshake.

Affleck’s, First Floor, 52 Church St, M4 1PW


Don’t let the humble exterior fool you. Oasis is a Chorlton ice cream institution which also offers a variety of sorbets, frozen yoghurt and slushes. Open until 11pm, it’s good at attracting a local late night crowd: just the ticket when you have a craving to satisfy without having to settle for a tub of Ben & Jerry’s. 

Manchester Rd, Chorlton, M21 9GA


OK, it isn’t strictly ice cream, but we can’t ignore Yogberries’ fro-yo. Based in Hale, this fat-free frozen yoghurt chain sell their yoghurt in natural or seasonal flavours, served with a plethora of fresh fruit or a handful of treats from their pick and mix. Perfect when you want something sweet without feeling guilty.

2-4 Victoria Rd, Hale, Cheshire, WA15 9AF

Teatime Collective

One for the dairy-free crowd. Found just off Hulme Park, this vegan cafe and ice cream parlour provide soya-based delights for those hankering ice cream without the cream, along with a great selection of vegetarian breakfast and lunch options. They’re known for frequenting festivals and will be at Chorlton Vegan Fair and Parklife this summer.

St Wilfrid’s Enterprise Centre, Royce Rd, Hulme, M15 5BJ