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

Whether it’s a half-melted cone dripping onto the pavement or a piled-up sundae, ice cream (and gelato and frozen custard…) hits the spot during summer.

Spilt Milk Bar


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The foodie mecca of Dickson finally has it’s own cult gelato shop—Spilt Milk Bar. Drawing on their cult following in Orange NSW, where Spilt Milk Bar’s original shopfront is located, word has spread fast—and foodies have followed.

The Aussie brand is modelled around a traditional milk bar, which will create fond memories for all ages—as it did for many years ago.

Unit 70/2 Cape Street, Dickson | spiltmilkbar.com



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Rocking some truly unique and delicious flavours like the Geisha (vanilla frozen custard, cheesecake, pink rose petals, strawberries, watermelon and crushed pistachio) and Apple Pie (vanilla frozen custard, a cinnamon donut, real crushed apples plus cornflakes), Mookie concretes are made with vanilla and chocolate frozen custard that’s spun fresh every day.

More of a sip-it kinda person? Their frozen custard is also used in their shakes which include flavours such as Red Velvet, Peanut Butter and Miso and Matcha Green Tea.

4A/21 Genge St, Canberra City | South Point Mall, 13B Anketell Street, Greenway


This purveyor of American frozen custard has been a Canberra institution since the late ‘90s and no list of local cold treats would be complete without it.

From shakes and sundaes to Goodberry’s trademark concretes, this creamy custard concoction is delightful when blended with sweets, fudges, fruits and nuts.

We love the Golden Good Time with butterscotch fudge and honeycomb biscuit.

20 Gartside Street, Erindale | 4/25 Lathlain Street, Belconnen

Via Dolce

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

108 Bunda Street, Canberra City | viadolce.com.au

Gelato Messina


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Since opening in Darlinghurst in 2002, the obsessive Gelato Messina team have sought to set a new benchmark for gelato in Australia, serving up a diverse range of over 40 flavours at any one time and a select number of bespoke gelato cakes and single-serve pieces.

Every day they churn out some crazy concoction such as the Zabaglione con Martini Rosso—marsala egg custard gelato with martini rosso-soaked ladyfinger biscuits. Don’t try and say it, just point at it.

4/21 Lonsdale St, Braddon | 38 Eyre St, Kingston

Ben & Jerry’s 

This iconic ice cream company has found a home in Woden Hoyts and we’re certainly not mad about it. With flavours like Salted Caramel Blondie, Coconut Seven Layer Bar and Chunky Monkey available, it’s the perfect opportunity to grab a sweet snack for the movies or a treat to take home.

 Bradley St, Phillip 

That Gelato Place

Serving up award-winning Pure Gelato in everything from cones to cakes, this Weston Creek gem is a must-visit for more than 100 flavours made the finest natural ingredients: hand-selected fruit, farm-fresh milk and rich, fresh cream.

From Cookies Choc-Chip to Champagne, Roasted Almond to Rochér, there’s a gelato for every taste, as well as coffee, fresh gelato cannoli, and an array of Italian sweets.

Shop 10, Cooleman Court, Whitney Place, Weston Creek

Stripey Sundae


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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.

Expect to find all your favourite flavours, plus unusual options such as Maltese Spiced Almond and Redskin, plus dairy-free options like Coconut Salted Caramel and Cookie Batter.

Ginninderra Village, 11 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls

Oliver Brown


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Known as a chocoholics’ paradise, Oliver Brown is the place to go if you’re hankering for waffles, crêpes, chocolate fondue and drinks—but it also serves up some mind-blowing sundaes.

We love the Fruitti Sundae—two flavours of fruit gelati topped with bananas, strawberries whipped cream, sweet flakes and a chocolate wafer stick—and with Oliver Brown stores open late most days of the week, it’s the perfect end to a summer day.

2/88 Bunda Street, Canberra City | The Marketplace 30-33 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin



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Fresh, artisanal and delicious. Using a secret tradition Calabrian family recipe, these guys churn out freshly-made gelato every day with only the best, natural ingredients.

You won’t know where to start with flavours like Salted Macadamia & Dulce de Leche, Maple Pancake, Red Velvet Royale, Peanut Butter Fudge with Choc Chips and Luxe Lime & Coconut.

17 Flinders Way, Manuka | Canberra Centre, Canberra City |  Shop H37, The Marketplace, 30 Hibberson St, Gungahlin

Lolo and Lola


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Sometimes you find the most delicious ice cream in the most unlikely of places.

Filipino eatery Lolo and Lola first made a splash across Canberra socials with their eye-catching purple Ube cake back in 2015; now they’ve extended their talent for all things sweet to a new range of artisanal ice cream.

Choose from Ube, Avocado or Queso Royale (Cheese)—sounds odd but it works…oh how it works! Available for dine-in or takeaway.

3 Watson Place, Watson | loloandlola.com.au

Meadows Custard

Contenders for the Frozen Custard crown, Meadows mixes up their shakes and sundaes with Artic Frosts, Custard Bars, Gelatos and Italian Ice.

The Hawaiian Delight swirl—vanilla custard, pineapple, banana, coconut, macadamia—is the perfect summer dessert, and it’s hard to go past the classic Banana Split—scoops of frozen custard topped with a banana, cherry and whipped cream—for old-fashioned indulgence.

127/3 Clare Burton Crescent, Franklin

Feature image: Ashley St George for Mookie.

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