If you’re looking for the best ice cream and gelato in the world, Sydney can impress you with its selection. The perfect time for an ice cream parlor tour is in summer, which arrives in December and dwindles by March. (Don’t you just love the idea of enjoying a cone by Bondi Beach or while taking a stroll around the iconic Sydney Opera House?) But prepare to double up on the scoops even outside these months. Ice cream parlors are almost everywhere, so naming the best ice cream and gelato in Sydney would be tough. If you don’t know which frozen treat to try, here’s a list of the best ice cream parlors to hit in Sydney when it gets too hot:
In every foodie radar is Aqua S, which hails itself as the best soft serve in Sydney. Their concept revolves around making the best sea salt soft serve, an idea that co-founder Jennifer Lam got in Okinawa, Japan. They have classic and special flavors, such as Ovaltine, Caramel Popcorn, Buttercream, Lychee Rose, Earl Grey Milk Tea, Chocolate Whiskey, Mixed Berries, Pandan Coconut, Tofu, Tiramisu, and Spiced Pumpkin.
Shop 27, 501 George Street Regent Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Monday – Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:15 PM
N2 Extreme Gelato
A top contender for the best gelato in Sydney is N2 Extreme Gelato. Owned by Min Chai and Angee Yeoh, N2 Extreme Gelato is known for using liquid nitrogen to create remarkably smooth texture in their gelatos. They also get supplies from local dairies, such as real fruits, fresh herbs, and special ingredients.
Level 2/11 York St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Monday – Sunday: 1 PM – 11 PM
Grab a heavenly scoop of Rivareno Gelato in Sydney. The lack of hydrogenated fat, preservatives, anti-oxidants, and artificial coloring is responsible for their gelato goodness. Originally from Italy, Rivareno uses milk that comes from the pastures in the Stura Valley, Piedmont, between the Maritime and Cottian Alps, which constitutes the border between France and Italy.
Shop 4, 33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo, Sydney
Monday – Tuesday: 8 AM – 10:30 PM
Wednesday – Thursday: 8 AM – 11 PM
Friday – Saturday: 11 AM – 11:30 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 10 PM
While they serve mouthwatering Italian dishes, Pompei’s Bondi makes their gelato a highly anticipated star on the table. As one of Sydney’s best gelato spots, Pompei’s Bondi does not use artificial colors or preservatives. The flavors they serve include Mint and Chocolate, Liquorice and Star Anise, Caramel, Jersey cream vanilla coated in rich dark chocolate, Saffron and Parmigiano, and Persimmon and crushed amaretti biscuit.
126-130 Roscoe St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
Monday – Friday: 12 PM – 10 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 11:30 AM – 10 PM
Be bowled over by the soft-serve ice cream offered by Chanoma Café. The main ingredient in almost all their products is Matcha tea leaves from Shizuoka Japan, known as a historical green tea city. Chanoma Café keeps reinventing its Matcha ice cream and mixes it with fresh fruits too.
Shop,11 501 George St., Sydney, Australia 2000
9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Famous for their coconut ice cream, Chat Thai in Sydney serves this delightful cold treat with blue butterfly pea sago and young coconut. Chat Thai’s desserts complement the taste of their traditional Thai cuisines. Guests also enjoy the homey feel of their restaurant, with an open kitchen and decked with brick walls.
20 Campbell St. Haymarket, Sydney, Australia 2000
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 2 AM
Cow and the Moon Dessert Bar
Cow and the Moon Dessert Bar has a reputation for making one of the best gelatos in Sydney since 1993. They serve their gelato in both cups and cones. Their best-sellers are Mandorla Affogato, Strawberries Balsamic Vinegar and Pannacotta, Passionfruit Cream, Pistachio, Peanutzilla, Fig and Mascarpone, and Queenslander.
181 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042, Australia
Friday – Saturday: 8:30 AM – 11:30 PM
Monday to Thursday and Sunday: 8:30 AM – 10:30 PM
I-Creamy Artisan Gelato
I-Creamy Artisan Gelato is known for its rose-shaped gelatos that come in different colors. One of their most interesting flavors is beer artisan gelato. I-Creamy Artisan Gelato’s flavors are varied, from Asian ones like Thai milk tea, durian, and black sesame to the popular ones, like tiramisu, hazelnut, and pistachio. They take pride in offering dairy- and gluten-free flavors.
537-551 George St. Sydney, Australia 2000
12:00 PM – 9:30 PM
*Featured image from Aqua S on Facebook