As the weather gets hotter, it's time to discover the best Sydney has to offer in the frozen goodness of ice creams!
For a one of a kind experience, head to N2 Extreme Gelato (43/1 Dixon St, Sydney) where the staff make your preferred flavour of gelati with liquid nitrogen right in front of you! It is like walking into a science laboratory as the staff wear lab coats and there is an unreal fog that explodes from the machines as they are freezing the gelato on the spot. Due to the immediacy of the N2 gelato, you can assure that the product you receive is at its freshest and the best quality when you leave the shop. The flavours that are offered change regularly but are offered with an array of syrups and other add ins so you get an even richer experience with each flavour.. There's Double 'O' Cheesecake with cheesecake gelato and oreos or bouncy bounty that is coconut sorbet with cacao nibs, dipped in chocolate to name a few delicious concoctions.
Next try Cow and The Moon (181 Enmore Road, Enmore) in Sydney's inner West. It is a buzzing coffee and gelato bar offering unique but absolutely incredible flavours such as salted banana caramel, merango tango and caffee latte. All ice creams are freshly made on the premises and is fondly acknowledged by locals as one of the best ice-cream shops around, especially for its chocolate. They have even won a few awards, one for being Most Successful at the 2012 Royal Sydney Show Sydney and another in 2014 for World’s Best Gelato, yes that's right they are even renowned for their gelato in Italy at the Gelato World Tour. No wonder there are usually queues out the door!
If you haven't gone to RivaReno (280 Crown Street, Darlinghurst), you are missing out on a great treat! Heard of it before? You may have seen it in Italy and Spain as it is a chain originating in Bologna that we are lucky enough to have on our shores. Like many Italian gelato shops, as you walk in the product is covered by a silver lid as it is stored in a cylinder away from altering temperatures resulting in ultimate freshness. This along with the quality ingredients that are put in the gelato help it to have a texture that is like no other as it is pure velvety smooth. With flavours like The Alice (marscapone and marsala drilled in a chocolate and hazelnut 'gianduja' sauce) and the Leonardo (pine nut gelato with an added crunch of toasted pine nuts. With an interior that could be mistaken for an Italian gelato bar, you'll be coming back for an authentic fix!
After a delicious Italian meal at Pompei's (126-130 Roscoe St, Bondi Beach) definitely don't skip a look in their gelato cabinet as it is some of Sydney's best! With a light interior, this Italian restaurant offers gelato flavours such as -a favourite to many- hazelnut, 65% dark chocolate as well as sensational Italian favourites Sicilian blood orange, Stracciatella and Fior di latte (milk and cream). The owner Pompei spent 20 years in Italy equipping himself with the tools of the trade, so you know it has got to be the real deal. And what's more is the casual vibe of the place enhances the relaxed atmosphere. Customers are really there to have a good Italian feed which Pompei's certainly delivers on.
These are just a few of our top picks for when you have a craving for an ice cold treat in Summer! There are many more to explore in the streets of Sydney and if you want to explore some more sweet treats check out our blog post on Sydney's best cake shops here!