The hot summer months have arrived and nothing sounds better than a tasty frozen treat. The city centre is full of restaurants and cafes that will give you a tasty little break to cool down, from Vietnamese iced coffee all the way to spiked ice cream for those 18 plus! Grab your friends and enjoy! 

Giapo

Giapo | Selfie Cones | Gore Street 

Take a selfie with your selfie cone or other incredible creation from Giapo who's tagline is ''normal icecream is boring!'' The gelato creations found at Giapo go beyond traditional forms, pushing the boundaries of what gelato can be with flavours such as Tiramisu, praline, smoky whiskey and chocolate and beyond, decadently garnished with the likes of gold coated hazelnuts, torched meringue and spun sugar. There are new creations and collaborations taking place all the time - make sure you check them out when you're after an extra special treat. 

Vietnamese coffee

Hello Mister | Vietnamese Iced Coffee | 5 Hardinge Street

Hello Mister is known for their Vietnamese cuisine, and this summer we recommend trying their traditional Vietnamese Iced Coffee. Cà phê sữa đá is made using Vietnamese ground coffee to serve you the perfect cup of coffee and in the warmer seasons it makes a great iced treat. 

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Good Karma Coffee & Gelato | Gelato | 22 Jellicoe Street

They started as a little truck in 2016 but with success came time for an upgrade to include their must visit cafe at the Auckland Fish Market. Grab a few spoons of their tasty gelato or take a whole tub home, or if you are more in the mood for a drink, try their affogato - our favourite is Death by Chocolate made with chocolate sorbet, loaded with brownie, coco nibs and Whittaker’s dark chocolate.

Frozen margaritas

Coops Corner Pub | Frozen margarita | 204 Quay Street

If you are strolling along the waterfront or going out for after work drinks, stop by Coops Corner Pub for a glass of their perfect Coops Epic Frozen Margarita and feel like a kid again with this adult slushy. The flavours change often and you can add extra toppings for just $5. 

Shaved ice

Meet Fresh | Shaved Ice | 6 Lorne Street

Meet Fresh serves an amazing range of treats and desserts so you are guaranteed to find something you like. Our personal favourite is their Mango Milk Shaved Ice, if you are feeling something extra add some more toppings for even more flavours!  

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Hawte Ice Cream | Spiked creams | 5 Chancery Street

Hawte Ice Cream has recently opened in Chancery Square and specialises in slow churned, liquor infused ice cream that is strictly 18+. They also serve a range of ice creams, milkshakes and soda pops. Grab your friends and come in to try one for yourself - we have our eyes on the Naughty Nutella flavour with Nutella infused ice cream-spiked with hazelnut liqueur. 

Freakshake

The Shelf | Freak Shake | 50 High Street

The Shelf is a cosy cafe on High Street that serves a range of both hot and cold drinks. When you've got some time to sit and enjoy, we recommend ordering their popular Freak Shake - choose from Oreo Monster, Tim Tam and Shrek flavours - you won’t be disappointed!

Icecream cake

Island Gelato | Summer Bombe Alaska cake | Ferry Building 99 Quay Street

Island Gelato offers exciting gelato flavours that you just cannot miss this summer. If you want more than a few scoops, order their Gelato Cake, it will be a highlight for any occasion! They feed up to 14 people and have over six different flavours, ranging from Mint Chocolate Truffle Crunch to our favourite, Summer Bombe Alaska - made with wild raspberry mousse, roast white chocolate gelato, summer strawberry sorbet, white chocolate and cherry rice crispy base and raspberry meringue shell. 

Last updated: 21 December 2021

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