Our top five picks of devilishly delicious and nutritious gelato parlours in K11 MUSEA.
TEXT: CoBo Editorial
IMAGES: Courtesy of K11 MUSEA
If you have a fondness for artisanal ice cream, then Baekmidang’s constellation of desserts gets the scoop. Their signature milk gelato is made with 100% organic milk, evoking a fresh, creamy taste with every mouthful. Baekmidang has provenance too: capitalizing on the rich knowledge of milk products from its parent company, Namyang Dairy Product. It uses this to elevate the notion of ice cream and cones into higher gastronomic and visual realms. Note too, the art; Baekmidang’s interior feels like a geometric Mondrian moodboard shrine to ice creamery.
Originally founded in 2016 on Hong Kong’s Gough Street as a juice emporium, Dama advocates for holistic wellness and vegetarian diets whilst bettering animal welfare and protecting the earth. Oh, and Dama also conjures up the chicest-looking plant-based gelatos you’ve ever seen—think Dragon Fruit & Mango, Oat Milk Affogato, and Durian & Matcha Affogatos. If Chanel has its “LBD,” the “little black dress,” then Dama has its “BHA,” the Black Hawaii Affogato, a svelte noir cone which features bamboo charcoal, coconut, cocoa, espresso and ice cream. Meanwhile, explore their abundant vegan offerings, with specialties including the Yamamasa Koyamaen Matcha and Hokkaido Tokachi Red Bean cone.
Using over 90 years of Nordic dairy technology and premium free-range dairy cattle, Ekselence creates wonderfully creamy masterpieces using only the most choice of ingredients. Each scoop of gelato is an ambrosial wonder that is rich in flavour, yet all-natural and free of preservatives and artificial additives. The Lavender and Blueberry choices are delightfully fragrant with delicate taste that is flavourful without being overwhelming. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, choose from a plethora of other decadent options including Coconut & Almond, White Chocolate & Raspberry, Pistachio, Chocolate Brownie and Salted Caramel. And at just 288kcal per tub, the only thing you’ll need to worry about is floating away.
Dood Bottega Gelateria
Billing itself as the “only genuine artisan gelato in Hong Kong,” Dood Bottega Gelateria evokes the soft, airy yet luxurious texture of the best Italian gelato across its diverse inventory of icy iterations and flavours. From Japan Black Sesame, French Vanilla, Mango, Chestnut and Coffee cones, to Passion Fruit, Lime Sorbetto, Egypt Orange Sorbetto, Big Pineapple & Hojicha (roasted green tea), Earl Grey Sorbetto, Strawberry Cheesecake Gelato, Upgraded Pistachio and so on, the options are endless, and able to be enjoyed from the futuristic setting of its space-age gelato parlour. For the real Dood touch, try the gelato brioche, which are baked freshly in-store and make for a perfect pairing with ice cream.
For the chocoholics looking to satisfy their most decadent, guilty pleasures, it seems only natural to lift summer spirits with Belgium chocolatier Godiva’s gelato. The gelato maker concocts such velvety elixirs as Dark Chocolate Pear, White Chocolate Peach, Vanilla Cocoa, Earl Grey and Chocolate Chip, along with its more conventional Belgian Dark Chocolate confections. And if you’d prefer to drink as opposed to eat these devilishly delicious creations, there really are such muses as “Chocolixirs,” freshly made-to-order in a range of flavours, from zesty Lemon White Chocolate, nutty Almond White Chocolate, and fruity Blueberry White Chocolate, to 72% Dark Chocolate, 50% Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, or Mint Dark Chocolate. Go style divas, Godiva.