In Sydney, we take our ice cream very seriously, and you need only look to the guys of Messina to know what we’re talking about. Sydney’s slew of ice cream stores keeps the sweet tooth cravings at bay, but when you’re wanting to up your ice cream game there are certain establishments that are a standout favourite. This summer work your way around these stores. #noregrets.
Another Marrickville institution, Gelato Franco takes things old school, with their emerald green walls, wood-panelled windows and their gelato served up in vintage glass dishes. The store has no sign, but can afford to be discreet with the award-winning shop drawing in crowds. There’s a focus on quality over quantity here, with small-batch gelato and ten staple flavours. Another five flavours always serve up a surprise though.
281 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Bellingen Gelato use all-natural ingredients and tend to win awards for it. The small gelato bar began in Bellingen but has grown so popular they opened a second store in Rozelle. With a limited range displayed each week, flavours are on rotation but here’s a sneak peek: watermelon and mint, pear and spiced red wine, rhubarb apple and ginger, and dark chocolate mousse. *Deep breath*. Persian date, peanut butter and honey...it goes on, and on.
688 Darling Street, Rozelle
This award-winning gelato bar dominates rain, hail or shine. Housed in a humble cafe space, Cow & the Moon serve up generous portions of deliciousness with flavours like Turkish delight, strawberry and balsamic, and green tea and red bean. With more than twenty flavours on offer, this Enmore eatery is pumping late into the night. We recommend a post-gig stop off as they stay open especially for Enmore Theatre clientele.
181 Enmore Road, Enmore
Vegans can find respite in Gelato Blue, the first plant-based gelateria. With coconut milk substituting regular cream and milk, there are more than twenty vegan flavours to choose from. Gelato Blue’s carbon footprint is further reduced with everything made in-house. From the nut mixes to the jams. And with flavours like peanut butter fudge and pavlova donning the menu, there’s no room for disappointment.
318 King Street, Newtown
If you’re not a Marrickville local, it’s worth making a day trip here purely for the gelato. From their retro fit out, Pagoto Gelato & Waffle House delivers a Greek take on gelato with authentic flavours of the Aegean – tsoureki, baklava, kataifi and diples to name a few. With more than thirty-five flavours on the menu, there’s enduring classics such as chocolate and cookies and cream.
301 Victoria Road, Marrickville
Bringing a little bit of Venice to Chatswood, Gelateria Gondola has taken form in a humble side street and stolen the hearts (and stomachs) of locals. The artisan gelato and sorbet bar dons an open kitchen for customers to see the creation in action and boasts twenty rotating flavours. With staples like lychee and cacao, banana and nutella, arance rosse aperol and hazelnut delle langhe, we’re making weekend plans already.
2/77 Archer Street, Chatswood
An award-winning institution that has become a real sensation. From their humble roots in Darlinghurst, Messina has since set up shop interstate and in the US. Weekly specials are the highlights here with creative concoctions surprising ice cream lovers every seven days, but for those who are creatures of habit, they have over thirty staple flavours, such as coffee, apple pie, pistachio and white chocolate and macadamia.
With a nod to its name, the ice cream here is blue in flavour and sea salt in taste. Yes, the sea salt soft serve has made this eatery a destination where desserts are done differently. Fairy floss envelopes signature blue ice cream, while toppings are the main game. Whether it’s caramel popcorn, popping candy, fairy floss or toasted marshmallows Aqua S has it.
Shop 27, Regent Place, 501 George Street, Sydney