We’re all screaming for ice cream: 12 Canberra favorites

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There is nothing better than a cold scoop on a hot day.

Whether it’s a half-melted cone dripping down the sidewalk or an accumulated sundae, ice cream (and gelato and frozen cream …) hit the spot in the summer.

Spilled milk bar

Dickson’s foodie mecca finally has its own cult gelato shop – Spilledmilkbar. By drawing on their cult following in Orange NSW, where Spilled Milk Bar’s original storefront is located, the word has spread quickly – and food lovers have followed suit.

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

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


Rocking some really unique and delicious flavors like Geisha (frozen vanilla cream, cheesecake, pink rose petals, strawberries, watermelon and crushed pistachio) and Apple pie (frozen vanilla cream, a cinnamon donut, real crushed apples plus cornflakes), Mookie concrete is made with vanilla and chocolate frozen cream that is spun fresh every day.

More of a sip-it kinda person? Their frozen vanilla cream is also used in their shakes which contain flavors 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 supplier of American frozen cream has been a Canberra institution since the late 90’s and no list of local cold treats would be complete without it.

From shakes and sundaes to Goodberry’s branded concrete, this creamy cream blend is great when mixed with sweets, fudges, fruits and nuts.

We love Golden good time with butterscotch fudge and honeycomb biscuits.

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

Via Dolce

Via Dolce are not only the producers of beautiful authentic gelato, they also make the most magnificent desserts, cakes and pastries – the perfect place for an afternoon pampering in the city.

Choose between flavors 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

Since opening in Darlinghurst in 2002, the obsessed Gelato Messina team has been trying to set a new benchmark for gelato in Australia, serving a wide range of over 40 flavors at any one time and a select number of bespoke gelato cakes and single serving pieces. .

Every day they make some crazy inventions such as Zabaglione with Martini Rosso—Marsala egg cream gelato with martini rosso-soaked ladyfinger biscuits. Do not try to say it, just point it out.

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 are certainly not angry about it. With taste like Salted Caramel Blondie, Coconut Seven Layer Bar and Chunky abe available, it’s the perfect opportunity to grab a sweet snack for the movies or a treat to take home.

Bradley St, Philip

To Gelato Place

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

From Choc-chip cookies to Champagne, roasted almonds to Cut, there is a gelato for every taste, as well as coffee, fresh gelato cannoli and a variety of Italian sweets.

Shop 10, Cooleman Court, Whitney Place, Weston Creek

Striped Sundae

Stripey Sundae is filled with ice cream made on site according to their own recipes and is located in the beautiful historic Ginninderra Village.

A cozy little shop that is perfect for families to sit back and enjoy a cup and a delicious ice cream treat.

Expect to find all your favorite flavors, plus unusual options such as Maltese spicy almond and Redskin, plus milk-free options like Coconut caramel and Cookie dough.

Ginninderra Village, 11 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls

Oliver Brown

Known as a paradise for chocolate lovers, Oliver Brown is the place to go if you crave waffles, crepes, chocolate fondue and drinks – but it also serves some spooky sundaes.

We love Fruitti Sundae– Two flavors of fruit gelati topped with bananas, strawberry 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 | Market Square 30-33 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin


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

You do not know where to start with taste like Salted Macadamia & Dulce de Leche, Maple Pancake, Red Velvet Royale, Peanut Butter Fudge with Choc Chips and Luxury lime & coconut.

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

Lolo and Lola

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

Philippine eatery Lolo and Lola first made a splash across Canberra socials with their eye-catching purple Ube cake back in 2015; now they have expanded their talent for everything sweet to a new range of craft ice cream.

choose between Ube, Avocado or Royal royalty (Cheese) – it sounds weird, but it works… oh, how does it work! Available for dining or takeaway.

3 Watson Place, Watson | loloandlola.com.au

Meadows Custard

Challenging to the Frozen Custard Crown, Meadows mixes their shakes and sundaes with Artic Frosts, Custard Bars, Gelatos and Italian Ice.

Hawaiian Delight swirl – vanilla cream, pineapple, banana, coconut, macadamia – is the perfect summer dessert and it’s hard to go past the classic Banana split– balls of frozen cream topped with a banana, cherries and whipped cream – for old-fashioned pampering.

127/3 Clare Burton Crescent, Franklin

Feature Image: Ashley St George for Mookie.

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