Tapi Tapi is a one of a kind ice cream parlour in Observatory, Cape Town. The parlour uses ice cream and frozen treats as a way to tell stories of Africa’s scents, flavours, cultures and history. Local flavours from South Africa can be enjoyed as well as flavours inspired by cultures from other African countries and lifestyles.
Dr Tapiwa Guzha, the founder of Tapi Tapi, uses his desserts to share African cultural practices, rituals and folklore. Flavours are inspired by cuisines such as the salty Zimbabwean snack maputi, the Cape Malayan koeksister, botanical flavours like blackjack and baobab and many more.
Some of his unique offerings include the Amagwinya ice cream with deep-fried vetkoek dough, the avocado ginger and lime flavoured ice cream, and the Rondo ice cream, which is made with edible clay and vanilla. An ice cream medley is available to order from the cafe to taste their unique and wide range of ice cream flavours all at once.
The cafe has an online shop for those wishing to stay at home and also offers vegan ice cream options. Tapi Tapi also has a food accessibility project where healthy meals are prepared for the less fortunate. Visitors are encouraged to pay it forward and donate food parcels to support the program.
Visitors to the parlor on Monday mornings may also have an opportunity to churn with Guzha and learn how to make ice cream from a professional.