How To Start An Ice Cream Parlor In India – All You Need To Know

How to Open an Ice Cream Parlor

India is a land of tropical weather; with summers being the longest weather in the country. Thus, in niche food businesses, the Ice Cream parlor business seems to be the most lucrative. Over the last couple of years, ice cream parlor business has seen some rapid innovation. Earlier roadside carts were common among the people and were frequented by mostly children and youngsters. Nowadays, the concept of ice cream parlors is fast gaining popularity, where people can enjoy ice cream at leisure.

The reason behind this changing trend is clear – one is the increasing disposable income of the middle-class family, and secondly, the western culture is influencing the consumer habits. These macro and microeconomic factors make the ice cream parlor business more viable and profitable in present times.

In this particular article, we will take you through the step-by-step guide on how to start your ice cream parlor in India. Unlike other formats, the market is a very niche for this particular product and format. However, if done carefully and getting a few things right, you can make your ice cream business a runaway success.

Hemant Jain shares his views on how to open an ice cream parlor

How To Open An Ice Cream Parlor Business In India

Here is a step by step guide on how to open an ice cream parlor business in India.

1. Deciding The Format

In present time there are a lot of ice cream formats from cold stone, Ice cream rolls, ice cream cakes, Nitrogen ice cream, live ice cream counters, and pre-packed ice cream counters there are endless. So, the first step it is choosing which type of ice cream parlor you want to open.

Ice Cream Delivery- Food delivery has become quite a rage these days, and can also be a profitable business model for ice cream parlors if done smartly. Ensure that you provide your delivery boy with ice boxes equipped with dry ice. This would keep the ice cream chilled and solid for a decent amount of time, and prevent spoiling. You can get three layers of dry ice for a meager Rs 30 per day.

2. Investments & Area Required To Open An Ice Cream Parlor

On average, an ice cream parlor requires a 400-500 SqFt carpet area shop or a small food truck which has the necessary arrangements for refrigeration. In both the cases, the average investment required is between Rs 5 lakhs and 10 lakhs depending upon the ambiance and sitting area you want to create. High-end ice cream parlors can require investment up to 15 lakh. Apart from that, one has to look for a market or catchment area where there is a high footfall and people are ready to splurge.

3. Deciding The Location Of The Ice Cream Parlor

Eating ice-cream is not a necessity unlike another form of food, but it is more of fun and fashion in the crowd. So, proper market research should be done before choosing the location. An Ice cream truck being a movable property can experiment in different areas before finalizing the location.

To open an ice cream parlor, the availability of the parking space is crucial. Purchasing ice cream is usually an impulse decision by customers; therefore, the ice cream parlor should be easily accessible and have ample parking space. Look for a location near businesses, such as markets, children’s clothing/toy stores or family restaurants.

How to open an ice cream parlor in India

4. Procurement Of Store Types Of Equipment For The Menu 

Once the format and location are finalized, list down the number of items you want to sell at your store. Then compare it with competition around and keep the pricing the low initially to penetrate the market and distribute free samples. Based on the menu, decide what all kitchen equipment you want to procure and then divide the list into two parts one with items which you want to buy new and other with the ones which you can acquire as used or old.

5. List Of Equipment Required To Open An Ice Cream Parlor

For a Cold stone ice cream parlor, the list of equipment  (With a rough estimation )

  • Cold stone refrigerator (Rs 2-2.5 lakhs)
  • Chest Refrigerator with a capacity of 500L (Rs 40,000)
  • Storage cupboards and utensils (Rs 30,000)
  • Raw materials including packaging (Rs 1-1.5 lakhs)
  • Miscellaneous (Rs 50,000).

For an ice-cream parlor, power backup is indispensable, as the prime way wastage in an ice cream parlor happens when the ice cream melts. A good refrigerator can preserve the ice cream for a good two hours, but if there is a power outage for more extended hours, then you are in for trouble. Therefore, remember to invest in an excellent noiseless generator. You can get this under Rs 1 lakh.

6. Staff Required For An Ice Cream Parlor Business In India

In this particular format, the number of employees required is very less as you need three people including cashier to serve or to make a specific flavor of the ice cream. One of the uniqueness in this format is that you don’t need a proper Chef or Bar Tender whose salaries are way too high.

Anybody can learn how to make a particular style of ice cream with a little training, so no skilled labor is required. The salary in this format may lie between Rs 30-40k depending upon the soft skills of the employees.

7. Maintaining Consistency In Ice Cream Parlor Business

One thing that you must ensure when you open an ice cream business is maintaining consistency in taste. Whether you have one ice cream parlor or a chain of outlets, you must provide the same flavor, quality, and quantity in ice cream portion that you sell.

Standardization of recipes is a must in ice cream parlors. If you have multiple outlets, then you must make efficient use of Central Kitchen Management, which ensures easy distribution of your products from the base kitchen to different outlets. Use a specific Point of Sales software that includes this feature, and also helps you manage your inventory apart from the regular billing operations.

8. Licensing & Paperwork Needed To Open An Ice Cream Parlor

Since ice cream comes under the food category, so all the licenses required are quite similar to that of a QSR – Shop establishment licenses, FSSAI licenses, Local Municipal Authority license and Fire license.

In all of this, an expense of Rs 50,000 is incurred. It is always advisable to take help of a consultancy to get all the required licenses. Since it is very time taking the process and you can concentrate on other areas of business.

Since ice-cream is usually consumed as a dessert item, the prime time of ice cream sales is 9 PM onwards. Therefore, get the license to keep your ice cream parlor open till at least 1 AM for late-night operations.

Here is a detailed guide on the restaurant licenses needed to open a food business in India and the steps to procuring them.

Download Restaurant Licenses E-book 

Hemant Jain speaks on how to open an ice cream parlor business in India

Lastly, the ice cream business completely depends on the unique flavors you sell, right pricing and high-footfall market. Hence, if you have the right ice cream parlor business plan, and implement the above-mentioned points diligently, then you can be certain to have an overflowing cash register.

Inputs are taken from Hemant Jain, MD, Goosebumps Ice Cream, on how to open an ice cream parlor.

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  1. Hi everyone,
    i am from a village of maharashtra. there is not any ice cream selling shoppy in my village. Population is about 8000.
    i am basically farmer so i am thinking about ice cream shop as a side business With small risk. So i request you to please guide me about all that. I dont know ABCD of that business.

  2. Hi,
    I already have an ice cream manufacturing company running from past 20 years. I want to expand and improve my business by manufacturing more new flavors as the market is very competitive. Please suggest me where and how can i get trained by new flavors to improve my business. Thanks in advance.

      • Dear LUCA,
        Glad to read your message. Very much interested in getting your advice as our group of institutions is willing to venture into this ice cream business
        Please do reply
        If your agent is willing to visit me at Pondicherry it would be nice
        with regards

        Kathiravan T
        Project Manager
        Achariya group of Institutions
        91 9443887577

      • Dear Anil,
        Happy to read your success in ice cream busi
        Good that you are willing to help

        I am in Pondicherry, would like to venture into this business
        Need your details

        Kathiravan T
        91 9443887577

  3. Hello sir

    I am based in Delhi and want to start an ice cream parlour and my budget is very small about 2.5 -3 lacks max.

    Needs your guidance


    • If u want to open new icecream parolur..then contac me as we have all the assesorue like de freezer and live ice cream machine and other assessories also…feel free to contact and if really want to open…con no 7982557869

  4. I have a small shop 10X10 ft in Ratlam (MP) and i want to open ice cream shop .Pls suggest me how i can open the shop and from which brand ,expenditure ,leasing etc.

  5. Hi, I am Anant. I want to open a small ice cream kisok in a mall at my home town space area 50square feet.kindly suggest.

  6. Hi

    I am based in the UK and looking to open an ice creme parlour in India.

    We are looking for suitable partner. We do not need finance (we have this already), we need someone with like minded vision where we can build a brand or build upon a established business and scale up/expand in nearby cities.

    Hopefully we can talk to someone that wants to join my interest.

    About me : I am 37 and semi-retired, married with 4 lovely kids and enjoy football, cricket and swimming. I am ex Project Manager, and for the past 9 years built a successful electronics business that has enabled me to semi-retire and allowed to spend large amounts time with my family and friends.

    Anyhow, maybe someone shares the same interest in my next venture can partner us. I can be contacted via facetime (Apple users only) using my number or email.

    Mobile: 07414 501 006 (wats app or call or text).

    As I live in London, UK you may have to drop the 0 in the number and add the international dial code.

  7. I have a space of around 1000 sq carpet area at a not very busy area, but some 1 kilometer away from an IT park near Kochi. I am interested to open an Ice Cream parlor there. Any offer or suggestion?

  8. Sir

    This is Mr Satish i want to start a business of ice cream parlour i have a 150 sq ft area in my hometown but i dont know anything regarding this business Please suggest me expenditure,lease etc
    either it is profitable by home made or branded items?

  9. i am looking an investor for 2000 sq. feet chocolates ice cream parlor in north Cyprus interested parties please email for more information

  10. To all whio wish to open a small or medium sized parlour. contact me on folling: or call me .

    we allready produce our own gelato in Goa and looking for further outlets . in south and north india.

    we allso are looking for a Business Partner.

  11. We’re looking for business partners in Ice Cream Production. Both Investors.
    we’re based in Nigeria. And Ice Cream Business has a high ROI. With low competitors in the market. It’s still untouched. Reach us with the contact below for more information: +2348060188205
    We need Business oriented individuals. Thanks

  12. I am interested to start Cafe Parlor with Hot and Cold Beverages, Icecream and famous fast food at Surat or Mumbai.

    We have experience for the same and manufacturing different varieties of Pre-mixes but we need partner who have space 200 sq. Feet at good location.

    Kindly contact 9106764669 /9429042123

  13. A very well-knit article. This will come in handy for all those who are planning to start an ice cream parlor in India. As per my experience, one of the most crucial things that can make or break this business is getting the right equipment in place, hence give due importance and get the best ones on board and see your business flourish! 🙂

  14. It’s always better to avoid high competition from other ice cream parlors in your area. It is very important to know about the market before going ahead, it is very important to have a good knowledge of the market. Getting ideas from their price quotes, varieties of ice creams served, other services provided such as home delivery options etc can help you to create your business plan accordingly. The article is quite well written and comprehensive

  15. great article on how to start an ice-cream parlor in india. its a great business opportunity, since the ice cream shop startup costs are not very high and the profit margin can go up to 60%.

  16. Opening an ice cream parlor is an excellent idea for someone who has a limited space available since ice cream parlors generally have a takeaway layout.
    Also, I would like to bust a myth around ice cream parlors, people usually think that during winters they face huge losses but I have seen certain ice cream parlor owners serving waffles, cakes, etc. during winters.
    Hope this helps!


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