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Best Ice Cream Shops in Brisbane

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Published May 13th 2023
Grab a spoon!

If you're looking for a new place to chill out, listen up because we've got the scoop! The following parlours cone-tain some seriously decadent ice cream options to suit all tastes.

Gelato Messina

If you're talking gourmet ice cream in Brisbane - or even Australia - the first name that is going to come to most people's lips is Gelato Messina. Their highly Instagrammable stores and ice cream bars go super viral on the internet but fortunately but they're more than just a pretty face.

Gelato Messina shop is well-known for its hand-crafted gelato, which is made fresh daily. They also hand make all their toppings and mix-ins. Flavours on offer are constantly changing; customers can choose from classic flavours like dulce de leche, blood orange sherbet, or pear and rhubarb, or try limited edition treats like the Easter snack pack or a creme brulee ice cream.

Gelato Messina has two locations in Brisbane - Fortitude Valley (48 James Street, Shop RW11, Centro on James) and South Brisbane (The Melbourne Residencies, 1/109 Melbourne Street).


If you've eaten a strawberry sundae at the Ekka, then you may have already eaten Lick ice cream. The Brisbane confectioners have supplied ice cream to the strawberry sundae stall for over a decade.

Lick uses fresh and locally sourced ingredients, partnering with nearby farms and suppliers to ensure that their ice cream is sustainable as well as tasty. Their ice cream flavours hit some childhood nostalgia notes, with varieties like bubblegum, caramelised condensed milk, and cookie dough.

They have two locations, Paddington (4/107 Latrobe Terrace) and Graceville (3/321 Honour Avenue).

Matilda the art of gelato

Despite its Aussie name, Matilda has an old-fashioned ice cream shoppe vibe with its pastel colour scheme and indoor and outdoor seating. The menu features a wide variety of ice cream flavours, as well as sorbets, gelatos, and dairy-free options.

The ice cream at Matilda is made onsite at their Wynnum (60 Florence Street) story, using local and seasonal produce. Flavours range from classic favourites like chocolate and vanilla to more unique offerings like coffee and hazelnut, and macadamia, and patrons can choose from toppings like sprinkles, nuts, and fresh fruit.

As well as ice cream, Matilda also serves a range of other sweet treats like waffle sundaes and thickshakes.

La Macelleria

The owners of La Macelleria are originally from Bologna, the 'Italian capital of gelato', so it's safe to safe that their gelato-making process is rooted in Italian tradition.

From their purpose-built ice cream lab, the two Matteos aim to continue the tradition of the great gelato makers who taught them. They share some of this knowledge through their workshops, where beginners can learn the art of gelato making.

In-store, their gelatos and sorbets are made fresh daily and include a mix of classic and modern flavours like stracciatella, tiramisu, and a bacio Australiano with white chocolate and macadamia.

La Macelleria has stores at Teneriffe (10 - 29 Florence Street), West End (321 Boundary Street), Bowen Kills (4/25 King Street) and Coorparoo Square (6/300 Old Cleveland Road).

These are just the cherry on top of the Brisbane dessert scene. If you want to dish on your favourite ice cream parlour, share it with us in the comments below.
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Knead Gelato (part of flour and chocolate) in Northgate is a MUST! And Miss Sophia’s in Kedron! Omg now I need some gelato!
by Sharlee (score: 1|32) 17 days ago
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