The Scoop: best places for ice cream

HerCanberra Team

There’s nothing better than a cold scoop on a hot day.

Whether it’s a half melted gelato dripping onto the pavement or a freezing cold Paddle Pop from the supermarket, ice cream just hits the spot during Summer. Here are some of our favourite ice cream vendors for summer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is all about ice cream…not froyo or frozen custard. Goodberry’s fans, rest easy…

Frugii Dessert Laboratory

Image by Rebecca Doyle Photography

Image by Rebecca Doyle Photography

A Canberra ice cream icon, Frugii is located in the beautiful ORI Building on Lonsdale Street in Braddon.

Frugii make their own range of Ice Cream, Gelato, Sorbets, Chocolates, and spectacular chilled cakes, all from scratch! Sorbets are made using filtered water, sugars and fresh fruit and nearly all of the flavours are gluten and dairy free.

Their aim is to avoid the use of commercial colours or flavourings. They even make their own oils, extracts, nut pastes, and chocolate.

Frugii30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon |

Via Dolce 


Not only are Via Dolce the producers of beautiful authentic gelato, they also make the most magnificent desserts, cakes and pastries.

This is definitely the go to place for an after dinner treat in the city. Choose from flavours such as blood orange, mango, biscotto, salted caramel, white chocolate, coffee, lemon and the list goes on!

Via Dolce | 108 Bunda Street, Canberra City|

Pure Gelato – Mitchell


Pure Gelato manufactures and distributes award-winning Gelato—you’ll even find it in the famous eightysix Caramel Popcorn Sundae! Expect the best from these guys—they use only the finest natural ingredients: hand-selected fruit, farm fresh milk and rich, fresh cream. They even have a Diabetic range! Flavours from chocolate, choc chip, english toffee, chai late, banana, salted cashew nut, sour cream and the list goes on!

Pure Gelato | 189 Flemington Road, Mitchell |

Stripey Sundae 


Stocked with ice cream made onsite to their own recipes, Stripey Sundae is set in the beautiful historical Ginninderra Village. A quaint little shop that is perfect for families to sit back and enjoy a cuppa and a delicious ice cream treat.

Also offering Fairtrade coffee, affogatos, old fashioned milkshakes and home-made baked. Stripey Sundae is the perfect place for a treat or to catch up with friends. Expect to find all your favourite flavours, plus unusual options such as Rhubarb & Honey, Redskin and Pffernusse. There are also coconut and soy ice creams, and sorbets.

Stripey Sundae | Ginninderra Village, 11 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls |

Bertoldo’s Gelato Mio 


Made on premises, you will find a huge range of authentic Italian Gelato at Bertoldo’s. You can’t go past flavours like lemon sorbet, nutella, cookies and cream, cramalised fig, roasted almond praline, snickers and honeycomb. And that’s just for starters.

Next time you’re shopping at the Canberra Outlet Centre, be sure to stop and try Gary’s amazing gelato.

Bertoldo’s Gelato Mio | Canberra Outlet Centre, 337 Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick | Facebook



Fresh, artisanal and delicious. Using a secret tradition Calabrian family recipe, every day, these guys are churning freshly made gelato in store with only the best, natural ingredients.

You won’t know where to start with flavours like salted caramel, pistachio and mango as well as unique flavours like chocolate truffle, burnt caramel & pecan and lychee.

Gelatissimo | Franklin Street, Manuka | Facebook

Cold Rock


At Cold Rock, it’s all about the fun! Pick from an enormous range of premium ice cream, low fat ice cream, gelato and sorbet flavours. Then add some wonderful delights to mix in.

Not just limited to ice cream in a cup, you can also take your delicious combinations home in a take home pack, or mix them up into a cake to celebrate any occasion. If you are feeling thirsty then you can also choose from yummy selection of super shakes, smoothies and spider drink options.

Belconnen | Shop 327, Westfield Belconnen, Lathlain Street, Belconnen | Facebook

Gungahlin | 12C, G-Gungahlin, Hibberson Street, Gungahlin | Facebook


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  • Erin Schrieber

    Cold Rock Erindale closed down yonks ago.