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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Cremeria De Luca

This family has been making gelato since 1937.

84 Ramsay Road, Five Dock

Ciccone & Sons

An ex-Bar Italia chef making gelato, coffee and Italian cakes.

195 Regent Street, Redfern

Trovatino Cafe

Traditional Sicilian granita and gelato.

268 Great N Road, Wareemba

Aqua S

Dreamy sea-salt soft serve with all the toppings.

Shop 27 Regent Place 501 George Street, Sydney

Gelatony

Sicilian gelato with world-class accolades.

25 Lackey Street, Summer Hill

Rivareno Gelato

The Italian chain's first store outside of Europe.

280 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Cow & the Moon

Crowned World's Best Gelato in 2014.

181 Enmore Road, Enmore

Gelato Franco

15 seasonal flavours churned in an antique machine.

281 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

Chacha’s

In an area where ice-cream competition is stiff, this vegan, nut-based entry holds its own.

42 Hall Street, Bondi

Gelato Messina

The original, imaginative chain that's spread to Las Vegas and beyond.

Shop 1, 241 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

Gelato Republic

A gelataria with unexpected flavours.

61-63 New Canterbury Road, Petersham

Gelateria Gondola

Take a trip to Venice.

2 77 Archer Street, Chatswood

Gelato Blue

Twenty vegan flavours to try.

318 King Street, Newtown

Sparrow Gelato & Espresso

Try the coconut-pandan or strawberry-balsamic.

Shop 2 59-61 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest

Copetta and Bazaar Deli

Biodynamic-milk gelato from The Grumpy Baker. Flavours could be pink grapefruit or toasted marshmallow.

6 767 Old South Head Road, Vaucluse

Bellingen Gelato

Started in a tiny town of 3000 people. Now holding its own in Sydney.

688 Darling Street, Rozelle

Pagoto Gelato & Waffle House

Ever tried watermelon and feta gelato? You can here.

301 Victoria Road, Marrickville
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