Gelato and ice-cream are both made by mixing milk, sugar and cream (and sometimes, eggs) until smooth, but they’re not quite the same thing.

Ice-cream contains ten to 25 per cent fat. It’s churned quickly to incorporate more air, then served relatively cold. The aim here is superior richness and a full, creamy mouthfeel.

Gelato is more of a vehicle for highlighting the fresh fruits and nuts it’s flavoured with. The denser Italian treat is churned more slowly than ice cream, and contains less air and fat (five to 10 per cent). It’s also served warmer, bringing those added flavours to the fore.

On a hot day, we don't really mind which one's on offer, so long as it's made with care, using high-quality milk and fresh ingredients. All the places on this list do that, and most also leave out the preservatives, stabilisers and artificial colours found at the supermarket, too.

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Aqua S

Dreamy sea-salt soft serve with all the toppings.

Shop 27 Regent Place 501 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000


Sicilian gelato with world-class accolades.

25 Lackey Street
Summer Hill NSW 2130

Gelato Republic

A gelataria with unexpected flavours.

61-63 New Canterbury Road
Petersham NSW

Gelateria Gondola

Take a trip to Venice.

2 77 Archer Street
Chatswood NSW

Gelato Blue

Twenty vegan flavours to try.

318 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042