If there’s one thing Gold Coasters are obsessed with (aside from coffee, brekkie dates, and burgers) it’s 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 creams on the Gold Coast.
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 here with flavours such as strawberry, mint and lime; strawberry and caramelised balsamic; turmeric latte or Turkish Delight for the wicked. Love your work, Scoop Gelati!
Sweet Bliss Donuts
Sure their name may be spruiking treats of the holed and deep-fried variety, but let’s be honest, the star attraction of the show here is Sweet Bliss Donuts’ diet-ditching ice cream sandwiches. Popping up every Friday and Saturday night at NightQuarter night markets, once you’ve tried one of their Insta-worthy ice cream sandwiches, you’ll think you’ve died and been resurrected to dessert heaven. For northerners, this home-grown market stall is winning over plenty of hearts (and waist lines).
Gelato Messina is the undisputed king of the dessert kingdom. Having served nightly hordes in Sydney for over a decade, they recently started spreading their magic across the country, last year opening their first Queensland store in Coolangatta. For ice cream enthusiasts it’s worth a trip to the south alone, to taste what it takes to be crowned crème-de-la-crème. 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. Oh sweet baby Jesus!
Heven-yah’s addictive frozen treats have a seriously loyal following, and for good reason. With a cute home inside a reno’d 1950s corner 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 chocolate or, for vegans, the chocolate almond (made with almond milk), to the popular salted caramel, hazelnut or house cultured creme fraiche swirled with spiced blood plum jam. Mmmm.
The Gelato Shop
Unquestionably serving some of the best ice cream on the Gold Coast, you’ll be a confused kid in a candy shop trying to decide at The Gelato Shop. Let us tempt you—will you choose chocolate fudge brownie, liquorice, caramelised fig and mascarpone, jam doughnut, banoffi pie, crunchy lemon cheesecake, rocky road, sticky date pudding, or peanut butter cup? Hell, grab a triple scoop and throw the rest into a one-litre takeaway container. We have no will power either.
Kirra & Broadbeach
A firm local fave among the best ice cream on the Gold Coast is super cute My Gelato located in both Kirra and Broadbeach. The drool-worthy range of flavours are beyond the imagination of mere mortals such as ourselves, but the Aussi Dream with macadamia and banana caramel is a worthy favourite with locals and visitors alike.
Continuing its path to world health food supremacy, CocoWhip can now be tracked down the full length of the Coast, including a mobile van and a concept store in The Kitchens! The world’s first vegan and bio-fermented coconut soft serve, CocoWhip was introduced by our very own wholefoods crusaders at Mermaid Beach’s BSKT. Wrap your lips around the guilt-free frozen goodness of their five flavour staples: original coconut, Minty Matcha, Cacao Bliss, Super Berry and African Mango and Turmeric. Vegans, those with food intolerances and health-conscious foodies—your prayers have been answered!
Cowch Dessert Bar
They had us at dessert bar. Then they threw cocktails into the mix, and the deal was done. You know Pacific Fair’s quirky dessert store is loco for all things dairy when they’ve got cow udders for light fixtures! If you can steal your gaze away from the insane selection of desserts (think: sweet pizzas, churros and Belgian waffles) then you’ll wanna try your skills with Cowch’s signature Naked Pops. Design your own ice cream on a stick, dressing your personal creation in a chocolate coating and adorning with edible decorations. We need to go on a diet just thinking about it.
While wandering around Ferry Road Markets, get your summer dessert fill at Quench. Praised for serving up some of the northern Gold Coast’s best ice cream and gelato, you can’t go wrong with any of the home-made flavours scooped out of their tempting display cabinet.
It wouldn't be summer without hitting all the best ice cream on the Gold Coaast! Though now it must be time to this the Coast's best beaches. Hola!