Maybe you’ve grown up in Mumbai, maybe you have hailed from another city, but what unites us all is the desire for good dessert. And say what you will, nothing beats the Indian popsicle – a cold creamy kulfi on a hot sweltering day.

Here is a list to keep in handy of homegrown local kulfi spots which do it the best.

Parsi Dairy Farm

Parsi Dairy Farm has been packing flavours and memories in their food for over a century in Mumbai, and their kulfis are no exception. They offer a variety of flavours {starting at INR 48} including kesar, kesar pista, chocolate, strawberry, sitaphal, and more. They add absolutely no preservatives or emulsifiers and so, have some of the creamiest and freshest kulfi out there.

#LBBTip: You can also order it off Zomato, Scootsy or Swiggy. Just saying.

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Badshah, Crawford Market

No one passing Crawford Market can overlook the large crowd around Badshah. That’s because they make the best faloodas in town according to popular consensus, for INR 80 a pop. But in the middle of all these royal drinks such as the Badshahi Falooda {with melted kulfi in it}, don’t forget to ask for a good ol’ cup of kulfi. Keep in mind that they only do deliveries to only very nearby areas.

Photo source: Kalaiselvi Murugesan [CC BY-SA-4.0]

Photo source: Kalaiselvi Murugesan [CC BY-SA-4.0]

Kailash Parbat, Colaba

When you feel some kulfi craving coming on, just head to any Kailash Parbat near you – and there most likely would be one at least {with a new one opening in Bandra only recently as well}. The options are the falooda kulfi and malai kulfi, which are really rich in flavour and end the heavy meal on a satisfying note, just for INR 70.

Photo source: Kailash Parbat

Photo source: Kailash Parbat

Himalaya, Sion

Stop your auto, get off the station, and whatever else to this small all-vegetarian joint in Sion. The offering is a malai kulfi rabdi falooda {almost a tongue-twister}, a kulfi topped with generous portions of falooda and rabdi, all served for INR 45 upward. Want more? Ask for a malai medium or even a kulfi in badam pista or kesar pista right away.

In case rabdi is your poison of choice, you can add it as an extra to the dish, or pack it for later.

#LBBTip: It’s located very near Shanmukhanand Hall in Sion East.

New Kulfi Centre, Chowpatty

Done with Chowpatty’s chaat and stared poignantly at the sea for a while now? Let’s all let go of the pretense and do what we really came here for – gobble up more kulfi for INR 40.

New Kulfi Centre offers more than 25 flavours and it might get a bit mind-boggling, all these choices. We say, go for the chocolate chip kulfi this time. They also offer sugar-free dry fruit kulfi here, so you could take some back for your grandparents too. It’s a really small shop which you might miss if you don’t aim for it.

#LBBTip: You may also go to Kapoor Kulfi in Marine Lines for round two.

Photo courtesy: Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Sanjay Ice Cream, Malad

Although out of the way for some, Sanjay Ice Cream is one of the lesser known but highly enjoyed kulfi spots in the city, selling kulfis for INR 39 upward. Their speciality is seasonal flavours. Made from whatever fruit is in season, their flavours include guava, mango and water melon. Have it by the slice, like a popsicle or in a take-home tub – as you please. However, they do the classic kesar pista, malai or even a rabdi falooda kulfi pretty well too.

#LBBTip: You can order a box of assorted kulfis at home when there are too many people coming over and there’s too little time.

Photo courtesy: Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Baba Falooda, Mahim

Baba Falooda, the all-seeing, all-making and all-knowing falooda entity in Mahim is everyone’s favourite. Again, while the many ice-cream and falooda options may befuddle some, we have our dessert priorities set when we go there.

So, falooda or kulfi? It’s a no-brainer, really, as Their Baba Special Falooda gives the best of both worlds with a falooda with cut pieces of kulfi floating on top for INR 100. It also has dry fruits and is one of the best we can recommend. We also like their quick service and neat packaging.

Photo source: Idbimahaveer via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Photo source: Idbimahaveer via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Elco Arcade, Bandra

Bandra folks, Elco Arcade is a great spot if kulfi is the want of the hour. Apart from the classic offerings {which start at INR 90}, they even have a three in one kulfi, with black currant, tutti frutti and butterscotch flavours.

Photo source: Snowpea&bokchoi via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

Photo source: Snowpea&bokchoi via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

Gupta Ice Cream, Byculla

Come here for roasted almond kulfi at Byculla. It’s really delicious and a great value for money. The malai chikki kulfi also seems an interesting option for a day we’d like to experiment a little, with a kulfi stick starting at INR 25.

#LBBTip: They deliver all across South Bombay if the order is at least 2 kg.

Featured photo: Athul Prasad/LBB