Gatti Ice Cream Factory Shops

Gatti Ice Cream has a special place in the hearts of many South Africans that were lucky enough to try their lollies in their youth

Their products were generally sold in school tuckshops, local corner shops and spaza’s hence their popularity with school children. But don’t think that their ice creams were cheap and tasteless, Gatti produced some of the nicest ice cream flavours using good quality ice cream and was generally affordable for most students.

The company was founded in the mid 1960’s by the Harnekar family in Lansdowne, Cape Town. Originally called “Playtime Lollies” the family set out to produce the best handmade lollies in the Mother City and soon gained popularity.

Within five short years the ice cream makers were in full production and already acquiring competing businesses. One such business was called “Gatti Ice Cream”, they specialised in ordinary ice creams which the family adopted and they bought out the brand rights as well.

Well over fifty years later and the company is still successfully run by the Harnekar family based in Cape Town. Still working on their tried and tested principle of offering the best ice cream at the best prices possible.

Producing world class ice cream for the masses

Anyone that has ever tasted a Gatti ice cream will admit that the extraordinary taste was only bettered by the absolute bargain price they had to pay for it.

That itself is a major accomplishment for any company yet Gatti Ice Cream went a step further by producing more flavours and products to add to their range.

The most iconic product range at Gatti is by far their ice lollies with notable mentions of play time lollies, hi boy lollies, twice as nice lollies, choc-o-lina lollies and their coconut dream lollies.

Beyond their basic lollies they also sell a range of upper scale ice creams that compete with Magnum, Ola Ice Cream and Cornetto.

This includes a dessert range, tubs of ice cream in various flavours, an exclusive range that rivals Gino Ginelli and bulk products designed for bulk buyers.

Gatti Ice Cream stores in South Africa

Gatti runs all their manufacturing out of their Lansdowne factory distributing to all parts of South Africa. The company relies heavily on their factory outlets located in most major towns in South Africa to distribute their products.

Their products generally are bought by resellers and the hospitality industry spreading their delicious range of ice cream to thousands. They have also recently been appearing in some petrol station cold departments to increase their exposure.

Gatti Ice Cream

Capetown Store – Lansdowne


2 Orion Road

Lansdowne, 7780

Phone: +27 21 797 5100

Operating Hours:

Mon – Fri: 8am – 5pm

Sat: 8am – 3pm

Sun: 9am – 12pm

Capetown Store – Wynberg


85 Ottery Road

Wynberg, 7824

Phone: +27 21 797 5858

Capetown Store – George


33 Hibernia Street

George, 6530

Phone: +27 44 873 2699


Port Elizabeth Store – North End


18 Green Street

North End, 6001

Phone: +27 41 484 7786


Durban Store – Rossburgh


330 South Coast Road

Rossburgh, 4072

Phone: +27 31 465-9352


Durban Store – Port Shepstone


Shop 2, Tarlair Building

Cnr Reynolds & Dennis Street

Port Shepstone, 4240

Phone: +27 73 363 8979 & +27 82 669 5968


Johannesburg Store – Fordsburg


Cnr Albertina Sisulu Road & Park Drive

Fordsburg, 2092

Phone: +27 11 838 8589


Johannesburg Store – Honeydew


Shop 21C, Honeydew Shopping Centre

Cnr Beyers Naude & Blueberry Road

Honeydew, 2040

Phone: +27 11 474 5786


Limpopo Store – Mokopane


89 Van Riebeeck Street

Mokopane, 0601

Phone: +27 72 125 1865


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