Counting down Brisbane’s top ice-cream, gelato and froyo offering

There’s nothing like an icy treat to cool you down during Brisbane’s unrelenting summer. From gourmet ice-cream and gelato, to sweet sorbets, and some soft-serve frozen yoghurt – we’ve done the hard work of putting together the best ice-cream that Brisbane has to offer. As you can imagine, it was no easy task, but we took one for the team so now all you have to do is choose where to start.

13. Nominom – Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City

 

 

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Whether you prefer it plain and simple or stacked with toppings, this froyo shop gives you all the options. Simply fill it, top it, weigh it, eat it. Nominom is also very popular with international students as it serves some of Brisbane’s best Patbingsu – a Korean shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings.

12. Baskin Robbins – Albert Street, Brisbane City

 

 

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It doesn’t get much more classic than Baskin Robbins. Their cabinets contain the most colourful of flavours with everything from rainbow sherbet to green tea. Check out the flavour of the month for something unique and if it’s a special occasion, order one of their famous custom ice-cream cakes.

11. Re Del Gelato – New Farm

 

 

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This northside establishment has plenty of gelato and sorbet flavours, dairy and gluten free options and adorable tables and chairs for you to chill on while you indulge in your treat. All of the Re Del Gelato products are made with real ingredients, on site. It’s a super authentic option if you’re venturing to New Farm.

10. San Churro – Charlotte Street, Brisbane City

 

 

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Come with a hearty appetite – San Churro is famous for its large servings and extravagant toppings. Enjoy your ice-cream in a classic sundae, cup, cone or one of its signature ‘Churro Bowls’. If you aren’t feeling ice-cream, check out the shared churro plates, cakes and fondue. There’s vegan options here too.

9. Gelare – Little Stanley Street, South Bank

 

 

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Little Stanley Street’s Gelare nails its ice-cream offering and also boasts warm waffles and golden pancakes. If you’re new to the venue, we suggest you try the Coconut Alley non-dairy scoop to-go (you can enjoy it along the river at South Bank). Gelare has vegan options as well.

8. Cowch – Grey Street, South Bank

 

 

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Cowch is a dessert and cocktail bar, serving dessert, cocktails, and dessert cocktails! The delicious diner has everything from chocolate-covered pizza to fresh-topped ice-cream slabs. It’s a South Bank hot spot for students so get in early if you want a seat.

7. Cocowhip Cabin at Pineapple Express – James Street, New Farm

 

 

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If you’re searching for something to satisfy your sweet craving but don’t want to stack on the calories, try Pineapple Express’s Cocowhip. It’s a dairy-free soft serve made from coconut water that you can top with granola, fruit and more treats for extra flavour. All natural and vegan-friendly, you can’t go wrong with this treat.

6. Max Brenner – Grey Street, South Bank

 

 

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Do you dream of ice-cream dipped in melted chocolate, and sundaes with toppings for days? Then this is your go-to. Enjoy everything from your chocolate daydreams at dessert destination Max Brenner – from hot chocolate, to icy choc-tails, to its special I-Scream sundaes and everything in between. Finish with a walk along South Bank to burn off the calories (or not!) #YOLO

5. Queen of Pops – Bayview Terrace, Clayfield

 

 

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New kid on the block, Queen of Pops, has recreated the classic popsicle. Their unique flavours include the Crown Jewels coffee range – a double ristretto of barista poured specialty coffee made to your liking and frozen on your popsicle stick. Including everything from a long black to a chai latte. There’s also a more classic range including green frog flavour and milk bottle and banana.

4. Gelatissimo – Albert Street, Brisbane City

 

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They call themselves Australia’s favourite ice-cream brand, and they are probably right. This fan favourite has all your traditional gelato flavours with limited edition scoops popping up every so often. All flavours are made fresh in store and have no artificial colours or flavours so your body and your taste buds will be thanking you. They have ice-cream cakes and ice-cream donuts too… *orders 10*

3. Nitrogenie – South Bank

 

 

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Nitrogenie is one of the trendiest ways to get your sweet fix. They make their ice-cream right in front of you from liquid nitrogen which freezes everything together for a smooth, extra lickable treat. Try one of their famous combinations like the lemon meringue pie.

2. La Macelleria Gelateria – Montague Road, West End

 

 

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This is a new gelato experience and is quickly becoming a local’s favourite. Their authentic approach to gelato has the full range of what you would expect from a traditional Italian gelateria – sorbet, espresso, gelato cakes and of course, fresh Italian gelato. You can even watch gelato being made and served from their open-plan kitchen. Feast your eyes, and then your taste buds.

1. Gelato Messina – Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

 

 

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Hands down the best gelato spot in Brisbane (and Australia for that matter). With over 40 flavours including five rotating weekly specials – the gelato is made fresh in store using secret recipes that are a sure hit with the city goers. Gelato Messina packs out on weeknights and weekends alike so go early and go often. It’s the perfect spot for a dessert date.

Tip: A heap of these can be found on Uber Eats and Deliveroo! And if you just want something in a rush, IGA under Student One has you sorted.

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