When you look at the gelato landscape across Sydney, what you’ll see is that you’re spoilt for choice. To help you navigate Sydney’s sweet world of arguably the best icy treat ever, we’ve compiled an epic list of the finest gelato and ice cream around town.
Whether you’re craving wacky flavours, booze-infused scoops, flash-freeze cups of the good stuff or a gelato burger that will send you straight into a bout of summertime bliss, we’ve got your back.
Here are all the best places in Sydney to get gelato.
A combination of natural ingredients and distinctive flavours is what makes up the foundation of Bellingen Gelato’s frozen goods. The big gelato flavours here include gingerbread, Thai coconut and pandan, burnt caramel (the most popular pick) and chai. On top of this, the crew here also create a number of gelato-based desserts including cakes, banana splits, waffles and even gelato smoothies.
Ciccone And Sons
If you’re looking for a delicious, freshly made dessert that will guarantee instant cold satisfaction, then head on down to the sweet hidden gem that is Redfern’s Ciccone and Sons. Using Jersey milk in their gelatos for a richer, creamier texture, we guarantee you’ll find it hard not to pin this gelato joint as your hands-down favourite in Sydney. Expect interesting but refined combos like pear and riesling, lavender and white chocolate, cucumber and rosemary, and lemon and maple. And yes, you should absolutely try their ricotta gelato cannoli.
Made from only the best real and fresh ingredients, there’s a reason the line at Gelato Messina is always (and we mean always) winding out the door and down the street. Lust over the white chocolate and hazelnut gelato topped with rich hazelnut praline, or dive into a sweet strawberry and vanilla gelato topped with fresh strawberry jam. Messina's dulce de leche gelato is a city icon. The gelato kings here also create five new specials every week, with wacky flavour combinations that have equally wacky titles. "A Salt On The Senses", "Oreogasm" and “Breakfast In Canberra” are among Messina’s greatest hits.
Nestled in Darlinghurst and Barangaroo, RivaReno lets you take an Italian adventure all the way to Bologna. The gelato and sorbets here are forged in their “laboratorio” to ensure all delicious slabs of gelato are made with natural ingredients (that is, no hydrogenated fats, artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives). As for the heavy hitters here? The "cremino rivareno" is a crowd favourite. It’s based on traditional multilayered Italian chocolates that go by the same name. Then there’s the "mascarpone moka", a seriously epic gelato mimicking tiramisu with a splash of Sicilian Marsala, Arabica coffee and dark chocolate slivers.
Using natural and fresh ingredients in his creamy gelato creations, Franco Riservato is the man who functions as the heart and soul of this classic Italian dessert parlour. Decked out with quaint tables dressed in fresh flowers, you are in old school gelato heaven and in other words, about to indulge in the best kind of gelato. And just so you know, the black sesame and stracciatella will knock your socks off.
Anita La Mamma Del Gelato
Bondi Beach, Broadway
Despite what you've been led to believe, when you first saw crowds flocking down to the Bondi bubble, they weren’t there for the surf. They were down for the epic gelato fix first brought to the Eastern Suburbs by Anita of La Mamma Del Gelato. Now, with another outpost in Broadway, this gem is slowly taking over Sydney with her ridiculously smooth and creamy gelato. The menu is split into sections with cream, vegan and sugar-free flavours like salted bagel (creamy), banana and date (vegan) and coffee (sugar-free) stealing the limelight most days.
Cow And Moon
This late-night family-run gelato and coffee bar has scored international acclaim, creates mouth-watering and delectable flavours that are absolutely worth your time. Churning out vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free variations, the team here makes gelato and sorbets every day in-house. Cow And Moon also has over one hundred flavours but if you had to decide for your last meal, you’d want to make sure you hit their iconic strawberries balsamic vinegar and pannacotta.
C9 Chocolate & Gelato
First and foremost, make sure you hit up C9 Chocolate & Gelato on an empty stomach because the creamy feeds here are mammoth. The staple gelato line-up (which is hefty) is just the beginning of the cooling feasts you can dig into here. The real hype is around the cronut, brownie and sweet brioche gelato sandwiches you can build yourself, with your choice of gelato, chocolate drizzle and fruit served alongside.
Pagoto Gelato & Waffle House
Developing, mastering and perfecting their flavours with passion, Pagoto Gelato’s dedicated team offers over 36 different flavours, of which half are imbued with the authentic essence of the Aegean Sea. On a hot day, hit the hubba bubba mix with rich white chocolate and fresh blueberries. And you might want to top it with a scoop of the Ferrero Rocher with triple chocolate mud cake.
Cremeria De Luca
To put it bluntly, the gelato vibes at Cremeria De Luca are absolutely next-level. We mean put-you-in-a-food-coma-and-never-be-the-same-again next level. Not only does the team here whip up some of the best gelato in Sydney, but they make actual gelato burgers worthy of every damn calorie. This is the sort of burger that can barely fit into your two hugging hands. Stuffed inside two brioche buns, you can take your pick between one or two picks of gelato (pending how hard you want to go) and we highly suggest you stack yours with pistachio, chocolate and then a slab of Nutella.
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Image credit: Cremeria De Luca, Ciccone And Sons, Jackielyn Powell, Caitlin Hicks