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 frozen margaritas to Vietnamese iced coffee and of course, gelato! Grab your friends and enjoy! 


Giapo | Selfie Cones | Gore Street 

Take a selfie with your selfie cone or other incredible creation from Giapo who's tagline is ''normal ice cream 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

If you've never tried a Vietnamese iced coffee, this is your sign to do so! Known for their mouthwatering Vietnamese cuisine, Hello Mister make a delicious traditional version of an iced coffee with Vietnamese ground coffee and sweetened with condensed milk - refreshing, tasty and caffeinated.. what more could you need.

Frozen margaritas

Coops Corner Pub | Frozen margarita | 204 Quay Street

Whether you're a tequila lover or you're yet to be converted, we're sure you'll be a fan after trying one of Coops delicious frozen margs. Beautifully refreshing, they're perfect for a hot summers day by the water.

Meet Fresh - brown sugar boba snowflake

Meet Fresh | Shaved Ice | 6 Lorne Street

Get ready to chill out in the most delicious way possible with snowflake shaved ice desserts! These cool and refreshing treats are the perfect way to beat the heat and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. Imagine biting into a cloud of finely shaved ice that's so light and fluffy, it practically melts in your mouth. Not sure what to choose? Try the brown sugar boba snowflake ice. Imagine your favourite bubble tea flavour - now imagine it in shaved ice form... perfection!


The Shelf | Freak Shake | 50 High Street

Located on High Street, The Shelf serve a range of decadently delicious frozen treats. We recommend ordering one of their popular freak shakes loaded with moreish toppings... because why not. Take your pick from the Oreo monster, Tim Tam or Shrek (green tea) 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. 

Silo Park

Gelatimo | scoop of gelato | 17 Jellicoe Street 

For a classic scoop of gelato, stop in at Gelatiamo. Perfectly positioned next to the water, it's the perfect spot to indulge in ice cream on a hot summer's day. Made with the finest imported Italian ingredients, it's the finest gelato outside of Italy.  


Oh My Croffle | Croffle Sundae | 6 Chancery Street

Oh My Croffle specialises in a fusion dessert called a croffle! What's a croffle you ask? Only the best dessert creation that ever existed - a croissant waffle! And to take it up ANOTHER notch, they've got a delicious croffle sundae mash up that you need to try this summer. Our flavour pick? Lotus Biscoff!

Cup of dessert

Tsujiri | Matcha Parfait | 10-14 Lorne Street

Join the matcha love affair with a visit to Lorne Street's Tsujiri and get delicious dessert content you won't find anywhere else. From matcha latte and Japanese green tea to delicious parfait and soft serve to matcha cakes and shaved ice, this dessert destination will offer something for every taste.

Last updated: 21 December 2023