New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published September 26th 2016
A local fav with ice cream cakes & finger licking gelato
As the weather warms up, a favourite place for families and kids of all ages (and us big kids too!) is the local ice creamery. As a kid, there is nothing better than squashing your face up to the glass and picking your favourite flavour, then licking it quickly before it all runs down your fingers. As the years have gone by, the local ice creamery has grown and developed, with more realistic flavours and deliciously whipped flavours added to their range. Around Canberra, the most popular and iconic ice creamery is Frugii Dessert Laboratory in Braddon, just a short walk from the CBD. This Canberra favourite became popular at the local markets for many years, before opening their own shopfront to happy customers. There are also plenty more favourites around the city, to try out their unique flavours and finger-licking flavours.
Further afield, it is the ice creamery at the local shops which will attract families on a hot day, weekends and school holidays. Although not large, they will still have a tasty range that that will make your eyes pop and the table fall silent. For the people of Weston Creek, their local ice creamery is That Gelato Place at Cooleman Court shopping centre, 15 minutes south of the city.
Looking for a different take on the ice cream cake? Image: That Gelato Place Facebook
That Gelato Place is owned by a local family and is positioned facing the shopping centre carpark. There is nothing very aesthetic about its location or view, however when you walk inside the little shop, the burst of colour is inviting and attractive for kids. On the day that we visited, even the friendly lady behind the counter was colourful with her pink, strawberry coloured hair. Their gelato is supplied by the award winning Pure Gelato in Mitchell, on the other side of the city. Their extensive range caters for most dietary requirements including dairy free, gluten free and diabetics and most flavours are between 95-99% fat free - so you can eat it without any guilt.
They have a good range of flavours to choose from, including smartie, burnt caramel, chocolate fudge, oreo, cherry ripe and also fruity gelatos. For $4.50 a cup, the depth of flavours hit your taste buds with a punch.
That Gelato Place also specialise in ice cream cakes - not just cakes made out of ice cream, but literally ice creams tied together to make a cake. They also make a range of themed children's ice-cream cakes, gelato sandwiches in biscuits, gelato cannelloni and tubs of ice cream for sale in their freezers, with over a 100 to choose from. During the colder months they also make coffee, hot apple cider, jaffles, hot cinnamon scrolls and other belly warming treats to keep you warm when you first walk in, before finishing off with dessert.
This ice creamery is also open until 9pm, 5 nights a week, so you can enjoy a tasty dessert after dinner at any of the restaurants nearby. It is conveniently located just a few doors down from Kusina restaurant, where kids eat free for dinner between Tuesday to Sunday.
The local ice creamery is a business that relies on the local crowd and community support. It is a small business that started out as a dream for the owners, who wanted to share their love of ice cream with the local region. That Gelato Place also gives back to the community, with one of their walls plastered with the schools and charities that they support in the area - you may even see them at the local school fete, markets or event with their portable freezers.
At the time of writing, Spring is in the air and Summer is on its way and ice creams are back on the weekend menu all across the city. Why don't you support a Canberra-owned ice creamery and support local business around the city.