Movenpick is a dessert cafe located on the popular Kingston Foreshore on Lake Burley Griffin. It is part of a long strip of restaurants, cafes and gastropubs with views out onto the eastern end of the lake, with multi-million dollar apartments above and all around. It is a busy dining area all week long for coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner with a view. It is also an enjoyable location to stay for dessert, with franchises Max Brenner and Movenpick located on the waterfront area. Although both are decadent dessert locations, my young daughter and I decided to visit Movenpick one cold winters morning, before visiting the Canberra Glassworks nearby. Although ice cream may not be what everyone feels like in winter, it was the perfect place for us to duck inside a warm café and enjoy a delicious treat together - and I mean delicious!
Source: Original photos from Movenpick Kingston Facebook
Movenpick opened in May 2016 and has become a hit with locals and visitors for waffles, ice creams, coffees, desserts and share plates. As the owner told me while we were deciding what to choose, they make their own waffle cones and bowls fresh and made to order. Their ice-creams also have no artificial additives or colours, making it perfect for children or adults with intolerances to either.
On our occasion, we looked at the price of the ice-cream in a cup ($5.50 each/ $11 for us both) and decided it would be better value to order the Sharing Plate with 3 choices of ice-cream for $12.95. This way we could both choose a flavour (and also pick an extra one) and have them inside a waffle basket, with cream on the side. It also meant we could share - which is a lot more fun! When our Sharing Plate arrived at our table we were not disappointed, with the Raspberry Sorbet, Caramelita and Mint Chocolate a sweet, but particularly delicious flavour combination which kept us both quiet for some time. If my daughter could lick the plate, she would have! It was exceptional, creamy ice-cream which made us curious about what all the other flavours tasted like. It is easy to see how this Swiss ice-cream is now sold in 40 countries worldwide, with many venues having queues out the door.
Sharing Plate with Raspberry Sorbet, Caramelita and Mint Chocolate ($12.95)
The inside of Movenpick is stylish and sophisticated, with red booths and simple, but comfortable seating. It would be an ideal venue for a couple to go to after dinner, or as a date destination in itself. There is also a small outside area which looks out onto the water and people passing by, with plastic zip-down curtains in winter to protect diners from the wind. For families, the kids will enjoy sitting at the high-backed booths or simply taking their ice-cream out to sit by the water and watch the swans glide by.
One thing is for sure - now that we have tried Movenpick ice-cream for ourselves, it is going to be hard to walk past there empty-handed again!