Brisbane’s best ice cream and gelato
As the mercury starts hitting those high-20s, it’s time to start thinking about the inevitable–how you’ll keep cool this summer
Whether you’re a single scoop in a cup, double scoop in a cone, or triple scoop with whipped cream and a cherry kinda person, you’re sure to find a sweet treat to meet your ice cream dreams on our list of Brisbane’s best…
LA MACELLERIA | VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Initially opening in Teneriffe in 2012, La Macelleria is the real Italian deal! The owners, both called Matteo (not kidding) are committed to crafting authentic, Bologna-style gelato, offering classic Italian flavours like fior di latte, crema Bologna, and new favourites like raspberry cheesecake. With four venues (Teneriffe, West End, King Street and Coorparoo) they’re never too far away–especially on a hot day.
SUGO MI | BULIMBA
Nestled slyly behind the popular Bulimba eatery is the Sugo Mi Gelateria, featuring their award-winning gelato and sorbet. Made in-house, their popular favourites include choc hazelnut, peanut butter, and a classic salted caramel! Pizza out the front, ice cream out the back? We’re in!
GOODTIMES GELATERIA | CBD
Not only is Howard Smith Wharves a dining, drinking, day-tripping destination, it’s also home to one of the city’s best gelaterias. It starts with premium ingredients from across Queensland, and finishes with 22 flavours of Goodtimes goodness.
LICK! | VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Three words: Ekka strawberry sundae! This crew produces the strawberry ice cream that goes into your fave Ekka dessert–so they’re pretty iconic to say the least. Lick!’s huge range of flavours feature interesting combos like bubblegum and marshmallow, white peppermint choc chip, and caramelised condensed milk. We’ll take a scoop of each, please!
HAPPY POPS | NOOSA AND SOUTH BANK
Step one: choose your pop from gelato, sorbet, yoghurt, brownie, or waffle. Step two: choose whether you want your pop fully submerged in chocolate, or just a drizzle! Step three: choose three toppings, and walk out of Happy Pops with your own creation of dessert goodness.
GELATO A GO-GO | FOOD TRUCK
You can find Gelato à Go-Go parked at a location near you, or hire the whole set up for your next event and see why we’re in love with this green van. Not only do they have over 100 rotating flavours available, their scoops (courtesy of Maleny Food Co.) are made fresh daily using nothing but Queensland’s best produce. See where Gelato à Go-Go is popping up next via their Facebook.
GELATO MESSINA | VARIOUS
Y’all knew it was coming.Serving up funky flavours in a funky space (with tunes to match) the folks at Gelato Messina are truly the rockstars of the frozen treat world. Pull up a seat outside and enjoy any combination of the 35 signature classic flavours as well as rotating weekly specials.
NOM NOM NATURAL GELATO | BULIMBA
Handcrafted from quality ingredients, Nom Nom Natural Gelato is a go-to for gelato lovers AND loads of Italian customers who reckon these scoops are as good as back home! Their huge, revolving list of flavours has us driving halfway across down… and we’ll probably leave with caramelised macadamia gelato dripping down our chin.
MILANI HOUSE OF GELATO | HAMILTON
Since taking out prize after prize for its dark chocolate gelato, Milani House of Gelato has cemented its place on any list of Brisbane’s best. Owner Yue Lin, who trained in Italy under a Master gelato chef, sources the best ingredients available, and hand-makes the gelato each and every morning. Keep it simple with a scoop, or go all-out with one of their decadent desserts, like Death By Chocolate, stacked with chocolate and vanilla gelato, chocolate chips, chocolate topping, whipped cream and… more chocolate.
CIAO GELATO | NUNDAH
A great suburban gelateria in its own right, Ciao Gelato really made a name for itself with its range of vegan-friendly sweets. Their rice milk, coconut milk, and almond milk-based desserts are great for vegans who have had enough of watery sorbets, and Ciao also happens to be the brains behind Fit-Lato!
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