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The Best Gelato in Sydney
Gelato can be a divisive dessert.
There are the purists who like gelato that is made traditionally using only authentic Italian techniques and ingredients. Then there are the modernists who aren’t concerned with the tradition and revel in new flavours and textures.
Whatever your preference, the consensus is that good gelato is unbeatable. Here, we’ve tried and tested Sydney’s best.
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169/171 Norton Street
Given its Italian population, the obvious place for authentic gelato is Leichardt – the Italian capital of Sydney. You’ll find a range of gelato here, but one of the best is Bar Italia. This Leichardt legend has been creating delicious gelato for more than 60 years. The menu rarely deviates, offering classics like Almond, Pannacotta and Coffee.
262 King Street
Gelatomassi has a variety of flavours to suit any taste, ranging from decadent cake inspired indulgences like banana bread and sticky date to fruity sorbets of fig, pear and ginger and green apple. Doors are open until midnight five days a week incase you get a pang of the midnight munchies!
Cow And The Moon
181 Enmore Road
You’ll be in the presence of greatness at Cow and the Moon; awarded the prestigious title of ‘Worlds Best Gelato’ at the Gelato World Tour in Rimini, Italy. Sit perched at a retro collage table and get ready for some phenomenal flavours. Try the crowning flavour; Mandorla affogato; vanilla gelato with caramelised almonds and a salted caramel sauce. Try something different with the sweet and tart Tangy Marengo, a lemon meringue flavoured gelato, or the Strawberry and Balsamic vinegar; both creamy and sharp and packed full of flavour.
30-32 Brighton Ave
Croydon Park, 2133
Dessert lovers out west should head to Pure Gelato in Croydon Park. What they lack in café atmosphere, they make up for with delicious, well-priced gelato. It is a factory outlet so products can be bought in individual sizes or in bulk. Leave yourself plenty of time to choose from their whopping 150 flavours.
126-130 Roscoe Street
Bondi Beach, 2026
If you like beach views with your gelato, head over to Pompei’s in Bondi. This restaurant serves gourmet sorbets and gelatos mixed on the spot. The Organic Jersey Cream with Spelt Anzac Biscuit is an unexpected item on the menu, but is well worth a try. And although it’s technically a sorbet, the persimmon and crushed amaretti biscuit sorbetto is to die for.
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N2 Extreme Gelato
43/1 Dixon Street
Head to N2 Extreme Gelato for a truly unique gelato experience. They create culinary works of art before your very eyes, using liquid nitrogen to freeze ingredients. N2 choose ingredients that seem completely counter-productive to dessert; potato chips, popcorn and tofu to name a few. Add to that an evolving menu of crazy flavours with equally crazy names and you will see why they call it ‘extreme gelato’. Try the cardamon and pistachio fudge, banana and parsley sorbet or blueberry pie.
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Since opening in 2002, Messina have created a trend with their ever popular gelatos and evolving menu of Apple Pie, Blood Orange, Caramelised White Chocolate and Milk Chocolate with Choc Peanut Fudge, no name just a few. One scoop will cost you $4 and that’s $4 well spent. The flagship store in Darlinghurst houses their creative department where they create new treats and test out new flavour combinations.
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Writer & Photographer – Jennifer. H