Summer, winter and every season in between, we scream for ice cream. Because let’s be honest, there’s nothing cooler (literally) than creamy ice cream for dessert. To celebrate our love of the cold stuff, we’ve rounded up the best ice cream, gelato and sorbet in town.
From beach-side joints and a retro parlour, here are our favourite places to get gelato and ice cream in Auckland.
Leading the pack is Auckland’s famous ice cream joint, Giapo. The innovative parlour is one of a kind with cones doubling as selfie frames, Auckland’s SkyTower and even a ginormous chocolate squid. As for the ice cream itself, it’s equally inventive with flavours like Afghan cookie, kumara citrus and the ever-popular Giapo buono with caramel and hazelnut praline. Licking your way through the menu is an Aucklander’s rite of passage.
Takapuna Beach Cafe
Fact: no visit to Takapuna is complete without a gelato from Takapuna Beach Cafe. They scoop some of Auckland’s best ice cream with flavours like chocolate honeycomb, salted caramel, lemon curd and an unmissable cherry yoghurt. Can’t choose between all the delicious flavours? Wash your ice cream down with a smoothie made with—you guessed it—even more ice cream.
After taking over Sydney with their Insta-worthy soft serve, Aqua S has finally touched down in Auckland. Their signature sea salt flavour is a dream come true for people who dip fries in their sundae—it balances sweet and salty. The ever-changing flavours also include the likes of milk tea, blueberry cheesecake and apple cinnamon. Make it extra 'grammable by ordering yours with fairy floss, popcorn and/or gooey toasted marshmallow.
Britomart, Fort Street & Morningside
Miann is making Auckland that little bit sweeter—pun intended—with dessert restaurants in Britomart, Fort Street and its latest addition in Morningside. While each venue has its own unique offering, expect choccy drinks, macarons, cakes and—you guessed it—gelato. Served on sticks or rolled to order, the flavours are out of this world. Case in point: dulce de leche with peanut cookie and praline.
Charlie’s Gelato Garden
If you’re heading north, nip into Charlie’s Gelato Garden for their detour-worthy creations. The flavours change depending on the season but you can expect the likes of apple crumble, gingernut, banoffee and a game-changing peanut butter choc chip. Over the summer months, Charlie’s also serve smoky wood-fire pizza making it a one-stop shop for all things mouth-wateringly tasty.
St Heliers Bay Cafe & Bistro
St Heliers Bay Cafe & Bistro is brought to us by Hip Group (aka the folk behind Takapuna Beach Cafe) so you know it’s going to be good. They have an impressive range of gelato and sorbet with everything from vanilla bean and salted caramel to rhubarb sorbet and choc hazelnut. Serving some of Auckland’s best ice cream, it’s the perfect pozzy for a creamy treat after a beach stroll.
Ollies Ice Cream Parlour
You can’t go wrong with a classic scoop of Tip Top on a hot summer’s day. Lick your way through the Kiwi classic (Gold Rush, anyone?) at Ollies iconic ice cream parlour. The retro diner is decked out with a checkered floor, pops of red and old-school arcade games. Spoon into a classic banana split with three scoops of ice cream and all the trimmings before walking it off at nearby Cornwall Park.
Nestled away in Britomart, you’ll stumble upon Auckland’s original dessert restaurant, Milse. The intimate dessert bar is a total haven for those with a sweet tooth. Dine in for a three-course dessert degustation or grab a gelato stick to go. The flavours include everything from espresso cookie dough to lemon yoghurt bombe Alaska. Be sure to grab some macarons to take away while you’re at it.
Duck Island Ice Cream
Okay, okay this one’s not technically in Auckland but Duck Island Ice Cream is totally worth the road trip. The much-loved ice cream parlour scoops innovative flavours (think: roasted white chocolate miso) from their two Hamilton sites. To get your Duck Island fix closer to home, the ice cream is served with desserts at Burger Burger and The Candy Shop. Alternatively, Farro Fresh and Sabato stock tubs in flavours such as peppermint slice, chocolate milkshake and salted caramel cacao crumb.
That said, Duck Island Ice Cream recently announced that they're opening in Ponsonby late 2018. Watch this space.