Long time fans of Sumner’s Utopia Ice have had their prayers answered. The delicious artisanal ice cream shop has opened a gorgeous store in the central city on High Street.
Utopia Ice is known for its seasonal flavours and for having plenty of vegan options. Their quaint Sumner shop usually has lines out the door, onto their garden courtyard, so opening a central city (millennial pink) branch was a no brainer.
Take in the high ceilings and spacious interior—one side is brick and the other is pink and adorned with an illuminated neon ice cream cone—perfect for those ice cream selfies. Then have a look at the large blackboard menu for the latest menu. You’ll find a whole host of inventive flavours like honey, saffron and pistachio, rhubarb and hibiscus sorbet and Vietnamese coffee. Their black sesame is a favourite option for those who are wanting something more savoury. If you can’t decide on a flavour, the friendly team will let you sample a few.
Owners Mandy and Sebastian grew their following at the local Christchurch Farmers Market before opening their Sumner store and are constantly coming up with exciting new flavours. On a cold day, their hot chocolate goes down a treat and they’ve also got a delicious affogato on the menu for the caffeine lovers. We also can't go past their delicious gluten free hot waffles, piled high with any combination of flavours you can imagine. Sign us up for three.
Follow them on Instagram for all the updates and daily flavours.
What: Utopia Ice City
Where: 153 High Street, CBD, Christchurch 8011
When: Sun, Tues: 11am-6pm, Weds, Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri, Sat 11am-10pm
Image credit: Vanessa Ortynsky, Utopia Ice