Summer is beach days, tans and long nights. Or, if you’re more like me, sand everywhere, brutal sunburns and desperate attempts at a brief respite from the heat by opening and closing the freezer door repeatedly. Leaving the house can be a real catch 22 – you want – no, need – cold food, drinks and treats to get you through the day, but you can’t leave the house without melting. So don’t. Treat yourself to delivery.

Gelato Messina
Gelato Messina has partnered with Suppertime to deliver its 40-plus flavour range right to your doorstep. There’s a three-scoop and/or $25 minimum, but with the one-litre tubs available, it’s pretty easy to convince yourself to stock up. Sample multiple flavours, such as the Salted Caramel and White Chocolate or the Blood Orange, without leaving your house.

Delivering Mon to Sun, 12pm–2.30pm and 5pm–10.30pm, or 10pm on Sun.

Cold Brew Boxes by Darlo Coffee Co.
No need to struggle through the heat to your local cafe when you can quench and caffeinate yourself with a Cold Brew straight from your fridge. Brewed and delivered by Darlo Coffee Co., Cold Brew coffee is available by the box a la cask wine. Brewed for 24 hours per batch from a rotating selection of Single Origin Roasters beans, each two-litre goon-sack-style box will serve around 30 to 40 of Sydney’s finest cold brews. They recommend between 50 to 100 millilitres of the concentrate, depending how strong you like your brew – just add ice, water or milk.

Darlo Coffee Co. cold-brew coffee is available to order via its website. Minimum of two boxes per order.

Booza Ice Cream
Binge-watch Netflix with a tub of Booza Ice Cream’s Middle-Eastern mastic ice cream. The Marrickville-based creamery makes its ice cream with a natural gum from the mastic tree, giving the ice cream a unique sticky and chewy consistency. Flavours include fig jam and walnut, Turkish delight, sweat sesame halawa and many more. Booza also delivers sugar-free alternatives, such as its coconut ice cream, made with an all-natural, plant-based sweetener. Packed in dry ice, there’s no chance this one will melt before it lands in your mouth, no matter how hot the day.

Booza’s Ice Cream is available to order via its website. Delivery costs $15.

Doughnut Time
Brisbane’s Doughnut Time has rapidly expanded since opening its first store just over a year ago, and now it’s available straight to your doorstep. Order online and a sixpack of its handmade, deep-fried rings will soon be in your hands. Flavours change each week, although some – such as the Stifler’s Mom, a doughnut filled with apple pie, or the Purple Haze, a grape-glazed ring topped with a sour strap – are here to stay.

Delivery times depend on availability. Check the website to see if they’re available.

Starving with an empty fridge? Mary’s, our most-searched venue of 2015, now delivers its vegetarian and deep-fried chicken burgers. You can also order servings of its fried chicken, mash and gravy, and a selection of drinks. Teaming up with Deliveroo, Mary’s is currently delivering to Sydney’s CBD, The Rocks, Haymarket, Surry Hills, Paddington, Darlinghurst, Woolloomoolloo, Elizabeth Bay and Potts Point for just $5. There’re plans to expand out to the inner west, but, for now, Newtown locals might just have to brave the walk up King Street.

Delivering Mon to Sat 12pm–10pm.