How do you like to cool down during summer? Do you go to the beach? Do you stay at home with the air-con on full blast? Or do you go out for a refreshingly cool sweet treat – gelato perhaps?
Gelato isn’t a new concept. If anything, it’s a classic and relatively simple dessert depending on where you get it. It looks like ice-cream, but that’s where you’re wrong. Instead of cream, it’s made of milk. This makes it a little healthier since the ingredients are lighter. HELLO SUMMER BODY!
Okay so gelato is a treat that you should feel like you can get all year round, not just during the hottest months of the year. You could try a new place or flavour every weekend and still not get through everything Sydney has to offer! Here are ten of the best spots in no particular order (though if I’m being completely transparent, I would have to say Messina is number one!):
The Best Gelato of Sydney:
> Gelato Messina (multiple locations): Because what kind of Sydney gelato list would this be without including Messina? Messina is an institution and their salted caramel flavour is an iconic Sydney dessert. Definitely give their rotating specials a try when you can – especially when they’re part of the Games of Cones series.
> Anita’s La Mama Del Gelato (Chippendale, Bondi Beach): Originally from Tel Aviv, Anita’s offer a large variety of traditional and modern flavours. Favourites include the Brownie and Chocolate Cheesecake. For those who are dairy-free, there’s a wide variety of sorbets as well as vegan and sugar-free options.
> The Cow and the Moon Gelato (Enmore): their almond affogato flavour won first place in the 2014 Gelato World Tour in Italy, considered to be one of the world’s best! Get there quick though, there’s usually a line.
> Gelato Blue (Newtown): Not too long ago, Gelato Blue made the switch to being a completely vegan gelateria – opting for coconut milk-based ingredients instead of traditional dairy. Are you vegan and still skeptical? There’s A LOT of options (milk chocolate chip cookie, pavlova, carrot cake) that are guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds.
> Frangipani Gelato (Cronulla): Frangipani competed in the same Gelato World Tour final as Cow and the Moon with their pavlova flavour. It’s definitely worth the trek to the Shire for something sweet to have on the beach!
> N2 Extreme Gelato (Chinatown): At N2, you’re guaranteed uniquely artisan (and extreme) flavours. The twist? Everything is made from liquid nitrogen. You only get one scoop but it’s worth your money, especially if it comes with a syringe of topping sauce! Their flavours change on the blackboard every week but keep a look out for their famous Ferrero Reveal.
> I-creamy Artisan Gelato (CBD): For Instagrammable, flower-shaped dessert – look no further than I-creamy! Not only does it look pretty, but it will taste incredible! Sample a variety of Thai-inspired flavours like Thai Milk Tea or even taro and black sesame.
> Rivareno (Darlinghurst, Barangaroo): This Italian franchise set its sights on Darlinghurst back in 2002 and recently opened up a second shop at Barangaroo. For classic, no-nonsense flavours that are true to Italy – Rivareno does a fantastic job.
> Via Del Corso (CBD): Right in the heart of Pitt Street Mall, Via Del Corso have one of the widest varieties of flavours in all of Sydney! Perfect if you need a sugar fix to keep shopping all day.
So tell me…
Did I miss anything? Comment and let me know below or @latteandluxe and I will go back and make a second edition!
In the meantime, what’s your favourite flavour?