Summer arrives in Doha with a bang, without any prior notice. Taps spit out boiling water, cars heat up, make up melts off your face and everyone cancels outdoor plans. The right way to survive this 45’C weather is by eating ice cream. In my humble opinion, it should be a main food group, so you can eat it all you want without feeling guilty! Those who agree please comment below, so we can start a petition.
Anyway, we all know about the mainstream ice cream parlours here but there are some hidden gems in Qatar you may not know of. So, I have compiled a list of places that are a must visit this summer. They are all very different, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you want to check them all out.
Take 20 minutes out of your hectic lives, grab your key, call your friends and family and take them out for a treat. It's good to take a break and enjoy the moment. The following ice cream spots let you do exactly that:
Going to HALO is an experience you won’t forget anytime soon. For starters, they serve Avocado ice cream in an Avocado and Mango ice cream, you guessed it, in a Mango. Not only is this dessert great to satisfy your sweet tooth, it is an instagrammable opportunity. However, if you're like me, you'll probably eat it before you can even take out your phone. I mean, it’s ice cream. Who has the patience to wait? They also serve other ice-creams, doughnuts and coffee topped with ice cream.
How did people find out about good food before social media blessed our lives? Thank God, we live in 2019. And, all the information is available at one click. Now you don’t have to wishfully watch insider dessert videos and dream about that one particular ice cream, because this one's in Doha. Woohoo! It's a watermelon ice cream served in an actual watermelon slice decorated with chocolate chips. The best part is that they have a bunch of locations in Doha so regardless of where you live, you can enjoy it. Feel free to thank me in the comments or just spread the word. Your friends will love you for this.
If you're an ice cream connoisseur, you would know all about the different textures that ice creams have. Soft serve is the smooth, creamy sister of your main stream ice cream. This particular parlour serves it in a cone which can be decorated with cereal, marshmallows etc. It comes in various flavours like coconut, vanilla and even charcoal. The best part is that they serve the black charcoal ice cream in a black waffle cone. 10/10 for presentation!
Stick house serves a variety of popsicles that you can dip in chocolate. You can customise it to your liking, depending on whether you prefer white or milk chocolate. They also offer fruit popsicles which include flavours like mango, kiwi, strawberry, watermelon etc. Not a lot of places in Doha serve fruit based, dairy free options. So, this one's a total steal. It’s a great place for a quick, economical treat after work or any time of the day.
Nitrogen based food is the new rage these days. N2 offers Nitrogen ice cream in flavours of your choice with a number of toppings like fruits, jellies, nuts, etc. They have gluten free crepes and lactose free ice creams. So, no one is left out from enjoying this delicious summer treat. Nitro Magic is prepared in front of you in a cloud of nitro vapour. Some of the Nitro Magic flavours include salted caramel popcorn, red velvet cheesecake and candy floss delight. You can take your kids here for a birthday treat since kids love unique and fun experiences.
One last bonus inclusion for all of you wonderful people. You can thank me later for this.
If you've been to Hungary, you may have eaten their popular dessert called the chimney cake. If you haven’t eaten it there, you can taste one here in Qatar. The cherry on top is that the chimney cake is used as a cone for ice cream. What more do you want in life?
Let me tell you that writing this article was no easy feat. How I am still sitting at my desk typing away and not at one of these places enjoying ice cream, is a mystery to me too.
What is your favourite ice cream flavour? Let us know in the comments and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!
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