Get your shorts, t-shirt, and flip-flops ready, it’s time to visit sunny PIK for some soft-serve ice cream at Fred! The degrees are climbing higher day by day, making every single day pretty much the perfect time for a cone of ice cream. Although PIK is not short of ice cream and gelato parlors, one more spot would not hurt, right?
Located in the same shophouse complex as Social Affair, Bo & Bun, and Kanpai, Fred PIK invites casual passers-by with its mysterious exterior. The lower part of the building is covered with concrete, while the upper part has this strip of glass that gives nothing away. Unlike its neighbors that bear big windows upfront to show what’s exactly inside, Fred does the opposite. Unless you’ve done your research beforehand (or scroll through this article), you won’t be able to guess how Fred looks inside.
Step inside to get a feel of the whole package. The white-tiled floors. The 1-2-3 lanes. The theater-style seating area. The baby-blue colored tables. Yes, Fred cleverly tries to emulate the feeling of being inside a swimming pool. A very photogenic swimming pool that serves ice-cream. And coffee, plus a bit of pastry.
Now diving into the real deal: The soft-serve ice cream. Fred PIK offers a fortnightly-changing menu, two flavors at a time. It’s a smart way to keep people interested in coming back for more. Some of the flavors that have made an appearance are sea-salt, ube, rose, latte, avocado, Thai tea, and matcha latte. You can either have it on a cup or a cone, and with or without additional toppings.
Among our team, we have tried the first four flavors mentioned above. Texture-wise, everything is spot-on for a soft-serve. It’s smooth, airy, and dissolves almost instantly on your tongue. However, when it comes to taste, we think Fred is playing it a bit too safe. We would have loved to taste something bolder, especially for more than IDR 40K a cup.
All in all, Fred PIK ticks all the boxes of what makes people want to visit a cafe for the first time. The ice cream is fun and colorful, not to mention the place can double as a spot for taking photos. We haven’t found any flavor that we love yet, but who knows, maybe sometime in the future. We’re always open for another try, perhaps when a particularly bizarre flavor appears 😉