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13 Best ice cream and gelato shops in Sydney | Man of Many

Our list of best ice cream and gelato shops in Sydney goes like this.

Best Ice Cream in Sydney at a Glance

Gelateria Gondola Chatswood | Image: Gelateria Gondola Chatswood

13 Best Ice Cream and Gelato Shops in Sydney

Head to the most underrated ice cream shop in Sydney, Gelateria Gondola in Chatswood, for deliciously executed and simple gelato. Just like something out of Italy, a team of Venetian chefs are responsible for creating this little gelato shop and turning it into one of the most popular places for ice cream lovers. A seemingly average-looking gelato shop, this is just part of its appeal.

1. Gelateria Gondola Chatswood

With locations in Darlinghurst, Barangaroo and Parramatta, Rivareno Gelato is a Sydney gelato institution. The shop is known for only making small batches of each flavour on a daily, so nothing goes to waste, and it’s all fresh. Their range of flavours is inspired by Italian notes, including mascarpone made with a splash of Sicilian dessert wine. They also have Grantia if you’re looking for something a little more refreshing.

2. Rivareno Gelato

With so many gelato shops scattered along King Street, it can take time to know where to go. But you can’t go wrong with a visit to Mapo, one of the best ice cream and Gelato shops in Sydney and one that also cares about sustainability. Their cups are compostable, they use wooden sticks, and half of their flavours are vegan! Another Italian-owned and run joint, there are plenty of traditional Italian flavours on the menu as well.

3. Mapo Newtown

They now have stores all over Sydney, from a single store on a bustling Darlinghurst Street to a Sydney ice cream and gelato powerhouse. Messina makes ice cream seem effortlessly cool, and the best thing about it is the wide range and constantly evolving flavours, with 35 much-loved favourites and five weekly specials to surprise your taste buds each week. The flavours are just as innovative as delicious- we recommend the peanut butter with peanut fudge brownie for something decadent and slightly different. If you’re feeling adventurous, they also make ice-cream cakes made from gelato.

4. Messina

Rhodes’ very first gelateria and one of the best ice-cream and gelato shops in Sydney, Tasty Towns, knows what to do when it comes to satisfying your taste buds. The flavours match the atmosphere- bold, fun and full of energy. And good news, the flavours rotate fortnightly, so you’ll never get bored.

5. Tasty Towns Gelato Rhodes

Haven’t you had the chance to try a gelato burger? Now is your opportunity, and our advice is don’t diss it until you’ve tried it! At Cremeria Giuseppina, choose any gelato flavour you desire, and devour the brioche-bunned goodness you deserve! We recommend going for chocolatey and caramel flavours to go out with a bang.

6. Cremeria Giuseppina Five Dock

Ciccone & Sons in Sydney’s Redfern means business when it comes to serving up top-quality, no-fuss ice cream and gelato. The decor has an old-school charm that is bound to put a smile on your face before you even get your ice cream. When it comes to flavours, expect plenty of fresh fruity inspiration and whole ingredients. They’re also licensed, so you know where to go if you like your ice cream with a Negroni on the side.

7. Ciccone & Sons

For one of the best ice cream and gelato shops in Sydney, if you’re in the Western suburbs, The Scoop Artisan Gelato in Campbeltown answers all your prayers on those hot summer days. Their gelato is made from scratch daily from only the freshest, seasonal ingredients. Plus, they sell gelato cakes- the perfect idea for your mate’s birthday dinner next weekend.

8. The Scoop Artisan Gelato

Easily mistaken for an old milk store or deli, this inconspicuous ice cream and gelato shop is one of Enmore’s most-loved spots. The small team makes all their delicious flavours in-house from original recipes developed over the years in the tiny store. FYI, this place gets busy, so don’t be surprised if the line is out the door—but it’s worth it!

9. Cow & The Moon

Whether you’re in the mood for a classic ice-cream cone, a cup packed with three flavours, a cronut or a gelato sandwich, C9 Chocolate & Gelato has you covered. Experts at all things dessert, the flavours here are rich, creamy, oh-so-decadent and not for the faint-hearted. Of course, the gelato sandwich with your choice of gelato with a side of fruit is a must-have!

10. C9 Chocolate & Gelato

Ever tried Turkish- ice-cream? Well, now is your chance! Hakiki in Newtown is Sydney’s favourite Turkish ice creamery for a good reason, too. Turkish ice cream is known for its rich, creamy texture, which comes from the classic Turkish ingredient, an orchid root grown in Southern Turkey. You can also grab your favourite other traditional Turkish treats here- they serve Turkish coffee, baklava and Turkish delight.

11. Hakiki

Don’t come to Toscana with an empty stomach- their flavours are simply so irresistible you’ll want to try them all! The Tuscan-owned suburban ice cream and gelato shop contains delicious flavours, with some traditional Italian and Tuscan notes woven. Our recommendation – is the ricotta and cinnamon for out-of-this-world deliciousness.

12. Toscana Gelateria Naturale

What better way to top off our recommendations of Sydney’s best ice-cream and gelato shops with this classic Italian dessert parlour. Located in Sydney’s trendy Marrickville, Gelato Franco is the old-school gelato store of your childhood dreams. With quaint decor and everything served on charming silver, you could fool yourself into thinking you were in Italy! In terms of flavours, we can’t pick, so you’ll have to try them all!

13. Gelato Franco

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Key Things to Consider for Sydney’s Best Ice Cream and Gelato Shops

With an editorial team full of foodies, Man Of Many has had the unique opportunity to sample ice cream and gelato from the best spots in Sydney. It is also based on our own personal experience, in-depth research and customer reviews of ice cream and gelato shops in Sydney. As expert journalists who guide people between competing products and services, we have provided our independent opinion in formulating Man of Many’s selections. Our editors have taken into account, price points, flavour choice and quality of the gelato, while also making a concerted effort to highlight a few ice-cream and gelato spots outside of the CBD. You can review our editorial policy here surrounding how we maintain our independence in our editorial reviews.

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