If there’s one thing Gold Coasters are obsessed with, it is euphoric treats of the frozen variety.
We’re talking ice cream and gelato—cold, sweet, delicious goodness. We challenge you to lick your way through each of the best ice cream joints on the Gold Coast this summer.
Despite its size, this James Street gelato shop punches above its weight when it comes to keeping punters happy. Family-owned and operated, the gelato and sorbet are handmade with love using local ingredients where possible. We’re digging the creativity at Scoop Gelati with flavours such as lemon meringue; strawberry, mint and lime; or Turkish Delight for the wicked.
Gelato Messina just knows good flavour. Having served nightly hordes in Sydney for over a decade, we're forever grateful they decided to spread their magic here on the Gold Coast. All made in-house with love, go weak at the knees for over 40 exotically indulgent flavours. Try their number one seller—salted caramel with white chocolate chip, or other crafty concoctions like pear and rhubarb, salted coconut and mango salsa, or our favourite: apple pie.
Heven-yah’s addictive frozen treats have a seriously loyal following, and for good reason. With a cute home inside a renovated 1950s building, complete with recycled brick, polished cement flooring and original exposed hardwood ceilings, it’s the most charming Gold Coast gelateria we’ve ever laid eyes on. Secondly, it’s the only venue on the Coast using a traditional “Pozzetti” refrigeration system, with built-in tubs, imported direct from Italy. These young sisters have spent years mastering dozens of drool-worthy flavours from classic Belgian chocolate or, for vegans, the chocolate almond (made with almond milk), to the popular salted caramel, house ricotta and rhubarb or house cultured creme fraiche swirled with buttery caramel apples.
The Gelato Shop
Unquestionably serving some of the best ice cream on the Coast, you need to add The Gelato Shop to your must-lick list. Think flavours like chocolate fudge brownie, liquorice, caramelised fig and mascarpone, jam doughnut, banoffee pie, crunchy lemon cheesecake, rocky road, sticky date pudding and peanut butter cup. We highly recommend you grab a triple scoop and throw the rest into a one-litre takeaway container.
Kirra + Broadbeach
A firm local favourite among the best ice cream on the Gold Coast is My Gelato located in both Kirra and Broadbeach. There are so many drool-worthy flavours to make your way through including a range of tasty vegan options. We can't go past the Quell’arancia with blood orange, Grand Marnier and hazelnut cream or the Aquarello with blue marshmallow. For something a little different, grab a scoop of the Hint of Sicily made with mandarin custard, pistachio and almond.
Cowch Dessert Bar
If a decadent dessert and cocktail bar sounds like your kind of heaven, then get yourself to Pacific Fair’s quirky dessert spot immediately. If you can steal your gaze away from the insane selection of desserts (think: sweet pizzas, churros and Belgian waffles) then you’ll want to sample Cowch’s signature Naked Pops. First choose your ice cream flavour (vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, bubble gum, strawberry or peppermint), then dress your personal creation in a chocolate coating and adorn with edible decorations like mini M&M'S, pretzels and marshmallows. Pair it with a wild cocktail creation and you’ve got one of the best ice cream shops on the Gold Coast.
Lik Lik Lik Gelato
If you find yourself in Nobby Beach in desperate need of satisfying your sweet tooth, then look no further than Lik Lik Lik Gelato. This ice creamery scoops Maleny Food Co.’s delicious gelato and offers a constantly rotating selection of flavours. They’ve got classics like peppermint and salted caramel but if you want to try something a little different, opt for delights like creamy pineapple and Italian marshmallow.
Ti Amo Gelato
Northern Gold Coasters have a serious gem on their hands in the form of Ti Amo Gelato. The Southport joint is family owned and operated and because they make it all from scratch there’s loads of gluten free and vegan options. Choose between their classics and mini pops (the vegan Cherry Ripe is a must do) or grab a scoop of their roasted almond gelato.
Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach + Kingscliff
Now with three shops, including two on the Coast and one across the border in Kingscliff, Tango Gelato is a crowd favourite among the Gold Coast’s best ice cream shops. With a swag of awards under their belt, you’ll have a hard time deciding between totally lickable flavours such as Jaffa, lamington, Bailey, sticky date pudding and tiramisu.
Burleigh Gelato Co.
One of the newest ice cream shops on the Gold Coast is Burleigh Gelato Co. Packed with loads of yummy sweet treats (their milkshakes and raw treats are sublime), they’re already gaining a reputation around town for seriously delish gelato. Churning out your all-time favourites, they have also delivered on obscure requests, including a jam doughnut gelato and red velvet with cream cheese—yum!
Want more sweet treats? Check out our round up of the best diet-ditching desserts.
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