The Best Durian Ice Cream in Bangkok

By Mark Wiens 20 Comments
Here it is, the best durian ice cream in Bangkok!
Here it is, the best durian ice cream in Bangkok!

UPDATE (21 Feb 2015) – Unfortunately this legendary durian ice cream shop has either closed for good or moved location. Thank you to all of you who have commented. I would recommend heading over to Gaeng Pa Sriyan, one of my favorite restaurants down the street, for both good food and they have decent durian ice cream as well.

Now I normally would never claim that anything is the “best” in the Bangkok (apart from exaggerating from time to time).

But there are exceptions.

And after eating a take-away bowl, and then returning for two back-to-back bowls of durian ice cream the next day, I can say with some certainty that this is the best durian ice cream in Bangkok.

Note: If you would like to challenge my opinion, I would be happy to eat any other recommendations – durian ice cream being one of my absolute favorite Thai desserts.

Ice-a-Cream-Sriyan (ไอศกรีมศรีย่าน)
Ice-a-Cream-Sriyan (ไอศกรีมศรีย่าน)

It’s from a small Thai Chinese homey creamery located in the food heaven of Talad Sriyan (Sriyan Market) in the quiet Dusit area of Bangkok.

The  shop is known as Ice-a-Cream-Sriyan (ไอศกรีมศรีย่าน), and the family has been hand churning homemade ice cream for decades.

durian ice cream (ไอศกรีมทุเรียน)
durian ice cream (ไอศกรีมทุเรียน)

The plain durian ice cream (ไอศกรีมทุเรียน) is unbelievable. Honestly, upon taking my first bite I was speechless.

One of the reasons I enjoyed it so much was because it’s somehow super creamy, but at the same time it doesn’t seem overly buttery – meaning it goes down really easily without any feeling of over-richness.

The durian flavor is miraculous.

They must use strictly the kobe beef of all durians, top quality and super pungent. After a couple of bites I could almost feel the durian rising in my nose, a wasabi effect from the ambrosial flavor.

ไอศกรีมศรีย่าน
Durian Ice Cream – Even better with sticky rice on top!

And then we discovered they also served sticky rice.

I had thought it couldn’t possibly get better, but the sticky rice, which I think was flavored with a little durian itself, elevated it to an even higher level of perfection.

I would highly recommend the durian ice cream with sticky rice (ไอศกรีมข้าวเหนียวทุเรียน).

ไอศกรีมศรีย่าน
ไอศกรีมศรีย่าน

Just like drinking coffee at Kope Hya Tai Ke, it’s a joy to sit in a classic open air shophouse style ice cream parlor like Ice Cream Sriyan (ไอศกรีมศรีย่าน).

The small establishment is cosy and retains its small home style ice cream feel to it. As for the ice cream, they serve the best durian ice cream I’ve ever had in Bangkok!

Don’t worry, if you’re not a durian fan, they also have vanilla ice cream (ไอศกรีมวานิลา), which I must admit was beautiful as well.

durian ice cream
Isn’t it beautiful?

Video

Here’s the video to go with this delicious ice cream!

Thank you for watching!

(Note: Or you can watch durian ice cream on YouTube)

Ice Cream Sriyan (ไอศกรีมศรีย่าน)

Address: Talad Sriyan Thanon Nakhon Chai Si, Kate Dusit, Krung Thep
Prices: 25 – 30 THB per serving of ice cream (and I can assure you, you’ll have at least 2 or 3 bowls)
Phone: 022414008
Hours: 8 am – 3:30 pm

อาคาร ตลาดศรีย่าน ถนนนครไชยศรี แขวงถนนนครไชยศรี เขตดุสิต กรุงเทพฯ
โทร. 022414008
เปิดทุกวัน เวลา 08.00 ถึง 15.30 น.

How to get there:

Ice Cream Sriyan is located near the Sriyan Market in the Dusit are of Bangkok, just down the road from Ratchawat Market. The closest BTS station is Victory Monument and from there you’ll either need to jump in a cab for about 60 THB or take bus #14 straight to the market.


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  • Simon

    6 years ago

    Just an update and also confirms Steve’s comment above. They still sell ice cream there but only to take away. A little disorganised. Open till 9pm everyday. They had Durian and my friend thought very good flavour (was not a fan but that’s more durian in general). Coconut and Jackfruit ice creams still very good – and better than ice cream I had at Gaeng Pa on same night.

  • Steve

    6 years ago

    I guess I should have read all of the comments before trying to go to Ice-a-Cream-Sriyan. :) But try we did. Even though the map point turned out to be accurate, we could not locate the shop at first because it was a mess and nobody was there. We ended up having excellent (but presumably mass produced) durian ice cream across the street. After lunch I noticed the house number 804/5 in the photo on this page and went back there and saw that there was some ice cream in large metal boxes in the freezer. After snooping around inside I found a girl asleep, woke her up, and asked about the ice cream. She said they don’t have durian right now – it’s only available for a few months when the fruit is in season – but we could have several other flavors. I tired the vanilla and jackfruit. The vanilla tasted like homemade ice cream, and the jackfruit had good fruit in it, but both of them were on the icey, not creamy, side of the spectrum. Decent ice cream, but nothing special. Perhaps they have changed hands. Perhaps the durian is better. But for the moment, there is ice cream available there.

  • Steve

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    I’ve just spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and have visited many of your recommened places to eat and all have been fantastic, especially P’Or for Tom yum goong.

    Just thought I’d let you know that the durian icecream shop has just closed as they couldn’t renew their lease on the shop. What a shame!
    Cheers
    Steve

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Steve, great to hear that you enjoyed the food in Bangkok. Though it’s sad news, thank you for letting me know about the durian ice cream shop!

  • Carole

    8 years ago

    There is also a family wo own an organic farm in chaing Mai who cook fantastic Khow soi. The place is called dalay Daley and it is close to Gaeng Pah. Pass Gaeng Pah on your right and at the next lights turn left. At 711 turn into the car park and it is right at the back

    Difficult to find but worth it

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Carole, thanks a lot for sharing! Hoping to get back to Chiang Mai in the future!

  • Sunee

    8 years ago

    Great work!

    This ice cream is a new finding for me and I’m thankful!

    Sriyan still has a lot of shops that bring back the old days’ goodies for foodies.

    Right in front of this Sriyan ice cream parlor, a superb Hormok stall; a short walk towards the market in front of the opt- grilled banana, and in the market – one of the finest sweet sticky rice of Bangkok. Across the street, Sriyan beef noodle, with clear soup.

    Not to be missed is the roti stall at the bus stop in front of the Top supermarket, one of the best in Bangkok.

    You are a great ambassador!

    Thanks

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hi Sunee, thank you so much!

      I can’t believe how much good, and traditional food, is available at Sriyan. The entire area is packed with incredible restaurants and stalls. I have been to a few restaurants now, but haven’t tried the hormok or beef noodle. I will return for more!

  • Plo

    8 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    Just watched your video on Pad Thai, Bangkok — Seriously 1 of the best I’ve seen online. Congratulations on keeping ‘it real’.

  • Nash

    8 years ago

    Your the Man, I am now addicted to Durian in its natural state, the Ice Cream is as the saying goes is, “Icing on the Cake.” That sweet creamy texture is to dream for, just wonder what we will do when we return back home?

    Cheers

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Nash, that’s so great to hear you’re also a durian lover now – it’s such a beautiful thing. I know, if we leave, we’ll know how all the SE Asians that migrate to the US or Europe feel – they crave durian like nothing else!

  • Michael LaPalme

    8 years ago

    Nice post Mark, I live in this neighborhood and will have to check their ice cream. From the map I see that it is located just nearby one of the best “ba bim” (ขนมบ้าบิ่น) shops in all of Bangkok.