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The Best Ice Cream Shops in Australia

The Best Ice Cream Shops in Australia

Australia’s vibrant food scene isn’t just about great places to dine out; it’s also a treasure trove for ice cream lovers. From artisanal gelato to unique and innovative flavours, Aussie’s love their sweets and there’s a huge variety of options to satisfy your sweet cravings. But with so many to choose from, how do you know which ice cream cafe is the best? Well, to help make your decision that little bit easier, we sampled and reviewed the top ice cream shops Australa wide to and here is our top 5 selection!  

C9 Chocolate and Gelato 

With locations across Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, C9 Chocolate and Gelato was a no brainer as our number one choice. Their ability to create the best gelato we tasted by far, and in not just one or two flavours, we must have tried over 30 flavours, still astounds us. To be totally honest,, it was hard to choose a favourite because they were all so good! 

The desserts are C9 are purely divine. They look like pieces of art and the taste sensation is second to none. You can mix and match gelato flavours with your dessert choices or choose one of their amazing Gelato Gem selections, which are aptly named because they are a gem of a dessert.

But it’s not just about the flavours; it’s about the experience. The inviting ambiance, the friendly staff, and the beautiful store design paired with the best gelato we tasted, great coffee and exquisite desserts like Chocolate Gelato Gems and Tipsy Bliss, all come together to create an atmosphere of pure bliss. Whether you’re treating yourself to a solo indulgence or sharing the joy with loved ones, C9 Chocolate and Gelato offers an unforgettable journey into the realm of sweet sensations.

There was also one other stand out feature of C9 and that’s their Pup Pops! For dog owners, this is a must. If you have dogs, you absolutely have to take your fury friends to a C9 store and treat them to Pup Pops! They will love you for it and it’s super cute watching them have their own frozen treat! 

C9 Pup Pops

Gelato Messina

Gelato Messina needs no introduction. With its cult following and reputation for excellence, this iconic gelateria has become synonymous with innovation and quality. From traditional Italian flavors to quirky creations inspired by pop culture, Gelato Messina constantly pushes the boundaries of what ice cream can be. Each visit is an adventure, with new flavours to discover and old favorites to savor.


Gelatissimo has been delighting Aussies with its luscious gelato since its inception. With a commitment to using only the finest ingredients and traditional Italian techniques, Gelatissimo delivers a taste of Italy in every scoop. Whether you’re craving something fruity, creamy, or indulgently chocolaty, Gelatissimo has a flavour for every mood and occasion.

N2 Extreme Gelato

Located in Sydney, for those seeking an out-of-this-world ice cream experience, look no further than N2 Extreme Gelato. Using liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze their creations, N2 pushes the boundaries of conventional gelato-making, resulting in a velvety smooth texture and intense flavors. With a rotating menu of inventive combinations, every visit to N2 is a culinary adventure.

Pidapipó Gelateria

Pidapipó Gelateria is in Melbourne and captures the essence of traditional Italian gelaterias with a modern twist. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients and time-honored techniques, Pidapipó churns out gelato that’s as authentic as it is delicious. Whether you opt for a classic flavour or one of their inventive specials, each scoop is a taste of gelato perfection.

Whether you’re a local looking for your new favourite dessert spot or you want to taste the best gelato Australia has to offer, these top ice cream destinations are sure to leave you craving for more.

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