A quirky vegan dessert parlor serving ice cream, milkshakes, cakes, truffles, pastries and hot drinks. Fully vegan since Apr 2017. Open Wed-Sat 12:00-21:00, Sun 12:00-18:00. Closed Mon-Tue.

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68 Reviews

First Review by RJS


Points +632

05 Nov 2023


The cakes here are amazing! They are well priced and the selection is always changing. They have a massive variety of ice cream and cakes with some inventive flavours. A wide range of herbal teas which is a plus! The customer service is outstanding - the staff are friendly and welcoming. Would definitely recommend!! Loads of fun board games to play!

Edit: had to update my post to recommend the tiramisu cake (one of my favourite vegan cakes ever). If it is on display when you go - definitely get a slice (or two)

Updated from previous review on 2023-09-02



Points +40

01 Nov 2023

Absolute gem - well worth seeking out

Our third visit here (we aren't local) and my 8 year old is already asking if we can visit again next time we are in Manchester!
We had Halloween influenced cakes (huge slices) accompanied by delicious hot drinks. The star of the show however was the huge range of ice creams of all kinds of flavours. We tried to go for ones which are unusual so included cinnamon and pumpkin pie - the former was wonderful in particular. The kids happily played on the wide range of games that are available which keeps them all happy, so it would be a great place to bring children where they won't get bored hopefully.
It's in a small road tucked away by Withington Library - this does mean it is close to quite a few bus routes which stop outside or nearby so its great if you are reliant on public transport. Definitely a must-do when we are next visiting.

Pros: delicious food, wonderful owner, loads of games to keep the small people happy

Cons: None I can think of


Points +20

08 Oct 2023

Great Ice cream

Amazing ice cream at a reasonable price with incredibly friendly staff and a nice environment

Pros: Friendly atmosphere, Fair pricing , Excellent ice cream


Points +6499

14 Aug 2023

Perfect cake and tasty ice cream

Despite being totally full from dinner at nearby Lotus, we managed to squeeze in a Biscoff and banoffee flavored ice cream with a slice of cake to go. The ice cream and cone were yum and a really good price. The vanilla cake with a jam and cream centre was perfectly moist and flavorful despite being a little on the small side. Next time, I need to try the Oreo cake!

Updated from previous review on 2023-08-14


Points +176

09 Aug 2023

Obsessed with this place

Such a lovely little ice cream shop! The ice creams are some of the best vegan ice cream I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot 😋) and there’s so many amazing flavours! The gluten free options are great - they offer a gf cone!! The cakes and bakes are also super yummy. As a bonus you can play some board games while you’re there.
The staff are also super friendly and helpful😄

Pros: Such amazing ice cream , Great gluten free options, Friendly staff / owner


Points +702

09 Jun 2023

The best cake I have ever had!

I have started going at least once a week to experience the godsend that are the cakes. I have orders a cake before for an celebration and everyone loved it! The ice cream is also amazing, and so are the staff!


Points +37

21 Apr 2023

Lovely place

I went in to get some pieces of cake for my birthday, and was happily surprised by the wide range of options. All cakes are vegan, and some also gluten free. They look amazing and taste even better.
The staff is super friendly, definitely a must-visit whenever you find yourself in Manchester. Also easily accesible by bus.


Points +18

20 Apr 2023

Delicious delicious delicious

Best place ever!! The owner is so nice and everything is delicious!!


Points +71

27 Mar 2023

Spectacularly Good Vegan Ice-Cream & More!

Got to Ice Shack quite late on a Sunday, but there was still a good selection of ice-cream available - phew! - though it's a place that deserves to sell out everyday, that's how delicious their ice-cream is!

There's also a good selection of games, and the atmosphere was so lovely and friendly. If were more local we'd be in here all the time I'm sure! But we're already looking forward to making the trip and coming back soon.

Pros: Delicious ice-cream, Really friendly staff, Lots of games and other stuff!


Points +129

29 Dec 2022

Wonderful vegan ice cream and dessert shop

From really friendly staff and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, to great vegan ice creams and sorbets and tempting looking cakes, chocolates and drinks. What an absolute gem. So good I came back later in the week, I had to try some more flavours of ice cream. My favourites were the lemon sorbet and the peanut butter and chocolate ice cream but there was such a huge choice, I hardly made inroads into the options. Good prices too. Lots of board games available to play too.

Updated from previous review on 2022-12-29

Pros: Great vegan icecream, Vegan desserts, Vegan chocolates


Points +20

06 Sep 2022


Best vegan ice cream in Manchester? So many flavours to choose from never seen that many. Still waiting to try the cakes...

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Friendly staff, Dog friendly


Points +876

16 May 2022

Dangerously good

So many varieties of ice cream - traditional and unusual. Theres also waffles, cookies, cakes and smoothies

Pros: Great variety , Value for money , Lovely staff

Cons: A bit hard to get to


Points +48

15 Apr 2022


Ice Shack has a wide variety of delicious desserts! The staff member who served us was friendly and welcoming. We even got free hot cross buns!

Pros: Lots of options , Friendly staff


Points +439

09 Mar 2022

Delicious and well priced

Absolutely drool worthy place! Cakes, cookies, truffles, waffles, pancakes, milkshakes, ALL the toppings, tea/coffee! Go early to avoid missing out on sold out stuff!

Everything tasted delicious for vegan or non vegan food!

Everything is really fairly priced, there's no vegan markup,

Staff are absolutely lovely people.

Seating area is cute and cosy!

Pros: Delicious!, Fairly priced, Great place and staff

Cons: A few ice crystals in icecream-still delicious!


Points +2091

17 Feb 2022

Amazing cakes

I ordered a cake for my birthday and it was amazing. The staff was very nice to me and delivered the cake very quickly.


Points +380

10 Nov 2021

Best vegan desserts bar in the North of England!

Best warned - Ice Shack will make you gain many many calories. Ice Shack has amazing vegan desserts - cakes, ice creams, smoothies, chocolate balls, cheesecakes. Plus there's lots of games for you to have fun playing with your friends. Enjoy loads!

Pros: Fully vegan desserts bar, Cheap

Cons: High in calories, Addictive


Points +121

15 Sep 2021

Still going strong, still fantastic!

Popped in for the first time since lockdown; just as great as I remembered! Twenty types of ice cream, loads of cakes. Excellent!

Updated from previous review on 2019-04-21

Pros: Amazing choice of desserts , Excellent service


Points +37

21 Aug 2021

Hug in a tub

Love the ice cream, waffles and more from here

Pros: Reasonably priced , Community feel, Vegan treats!


Points +27

16 May 2021

Very good, lots of choice and great staff

Had the Shirlaine shake and was so yummy!!

Pros: All vegan!! , So yummy , Great staff


Points +98

19 Aug 2020

Can’t beat it

An amazing little place, a little out of the way but worth the search. They have some of the best milkshakes you can get, really great cakes too.

Pros: So much to choose from , Great staff, Amazing atmosphere, a great place to kick back


Points +46

01 Mar 2020

Amazing ice cream & desserts

Just discovered this place. Went there with my kids today & we all loved it. The ice cream is amazing.
I’d highly recommend to any vegan who loves/misses ice cream.

Pros: Great tasting ice cream, Great range of desserts


Points +32

02 Feb 2020

Best vegan desserts

Ice cream is incredible, so many flavours and can have them in a milkshake 😀
Also do cakes, cookies and truffles 😍

Pros: Chilled and relaxing place, Well priced, Board games there to play


Points +622

24 Nov 2019

Forever Favourite

Best vegan café in Manchester hands down. I come back whenever I can and I love it every time. I took three people today and then we all had to sit and chill for a while because we'd eaten so much sugar - lucky the place is so comfy :)
We got cake, cookie, milkshake, and ice cream, and we loved it all.


Points +16

24 Nov 2019


Everything about this place is just amazing!! From the second you walk in it is warm, friendly and welcoming. Such a nice chill atmosphere which you could just stay in all day. The owner and the guys who work there are all lovely and the food - WOW... honestly never tasted cake or icecream like it!!! Would 100% reccomend to anyone and everyone

Pros: 100% vegan, Very reasonable prices


Points +87

15 Oct 2019


I tried the Oreo cake, which brought mouth-watering memories back in vegan version, and it’s to die for. The ice cream is a delight as well and the cone is highly recommended. The prices are surprising in a positive way, and as an extra the place has many board games to play there and a great atmosphere.

Pros: Cakes, Ice cream, Lots of board games to play!!!


Points +251

05 Oct 2019

Great Oreo cake

Cake is 👌 and staff are lovely


Points +22

21 Sep 2019

Quality food and service

Great food, service and excellent company

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