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One scoop, two scoops, three scoops, four.
We can’t get enough of all the tasty, tasty gelato that can be found around Sydney. We’re firm believers that gelato can be enjoyed any time of the year (yes, even mid winter, because we love it so much), but as summer is knocking on our door, it seemed only fitting to talk about our favourite spots to get our gelato on.
So whether you prefer your gelato in a cone or cup, these gelato shops in Sydney are satisfying our gelato cravings one scoop at a time.
Gelato Messina are basically an unstoppable ice cream machine. Their empire started with the Darlinghurst store in 2002 and has now expanded to multiple locations across Australia that are pumping out the craziest, tastiest gelato in town. You could opt for a classic flavour (salted caramel with white chocolate is always a winner) or go nuts with one of their special flavours which may include bacon, banoffee pie or even beer.
Cow and the Moon
Okay, so you can’t really argue with this gelato shop in Sydney. These guys won the title of World’s Best Gelato last year—and that’s competing against people from the LAND OF GELATO—so it’s kind of a big deal. Opt for the almond affogato (the flavour that won them the award) and then go from there. Of course Cow and the Moon only use the freshest of ingredients, so you know every lick is going to be delicious.
These guys are serious when it comes to the art of Italian gelato making. Made with no hydrogenated fats, artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives, the focus here is on quality ingredients, super creamy texture and the natural intensity of their flavours. Fun fact: All gelato flavours at RivaReno must pass a blindfold test where the taster should be able to pick the flavour straight away.
Cremeria De Luca
This family-owned gelato shop in Sydney has a long history that spans back to Messina, Italy in 1937. According to nonno Salvatore (the family’s original gelato maker), “If you want to be rich, don’t make gelato”—clearly the grandkids didn’t listen and opened Cremeria De Luca in Sydney that’s selling some of the tastiest gelato around. If you want to go all out, order a gelato burger that’s served on brioche with an option for cream and Nutella (which you should always opt for, in our opinion).
For over ten years, Gelatiamo has been scooping the good stuff to locals and gelato lovers alike. To ensure their gelato is always on point, great care is taken when sourcing the ingredients with their pistachios and blood orange juice imported all the way from Italy. The classic flavours are always spot on, but if you’re in the mood for something different, keep an eye out on their specials.
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