The Seven Best Ice Cream and Gelato Joints in Wellington
Whether you're a cup, cone or strictly chocolate-only type of person, these ice cream scoopers will have something for you.
March 03, 2020
We might not always boast the weather to match, but Wellington sure knows how to churn a good scoop of ice cream. Because let's be honest, it's a perfectly acceptable treat no matter the weather or time of day. And when the capital pulls off one of its rare, gloriously sunny days, you can bet half the city's out enjoying a good cone or two. Next time you're in the mood, here are seven of the best places in Wellington to get ice cream, gelato or sorbet.
KAFFEE EIS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
One of the most endearing names in Wellington gelato, Kaffee Eis produces some of the best goods in the capital. And with five handy locations spanning the waterfront and dotted around the city centre, you're never far away from an addictive scoop. Every one of Kaffee Eis' flavours is guaranteed to please, with the Speculoos a perennially popular pick. For an absolutely decadent twist on the classic chocolate ice cream, try their chocolate sorbet.
CARRELLO DEL GELATO, ORIENTAL BAY
Operating out of its humble abode on a busy stretch of Oriental Parade, Carrello del Gelato is a proven Wellingtonian family favourite. Carrello del Gelato owner Nathan Meyer's passion for gelato stems from a trip to Italy many moons ago, and the quality of his product is testament to years of fine tuning. Flavours range from their gold medal-winning mango sorbetto to Kiwi classics such as rocky road and gingernut. Make sure you book a trip in August too, as they do a delightful dessert burger for Burger Wellington.
ZELATI, TE ARO
If you haven't tried Zelati's amazing gelato and sorbet yet, you're in luck — they've recently opened a permanent spot at Left Bank, adding to their beloved 'Dessert Ambo' food truck. The family-run business has created custom ice creams for high-end restaurants Portlander, Pravda and Hippopotamus, among others, so you know their stuff is good. A busy production unit in Tawa continuously churns out exceptional flavours such as rhubarb cinnamon, saffron rose, malted milk and even coconut purple kumara. Dark Belgian chocolate cookies and gelato shakes are just a couple of the other items on a fun-filled menu.
GELISSIMO, ODLINS PLAZA/ORIENTAL BAY
Gelissimo celebrates its tenth birthday in 2020, and its longevity will come as absolutely no surprise to Wellingtonians. Having produced more than 300 flavours and won more than 60 awards over the decade, the two gelaterias — in Odlins Plaza and at the heart of Oriental Parade — continue to draw hordes year-round. If left-field flavours are what you're after, you've come to the right place. Cucumber, yuzu and oyster mushroom are just some of the bizarre but truly addictive experiments to come out of Gelissimo. And for those after something relatively more classic, the Yum-Yum is a crowd favourite, as are the salted caramel and dark chocolate ripple.
FIELD & GREEN, TE ARO
Known by most as a classy all-day restaurant, not everyone is aware that Field & Green does a small but wicked selection of ice creams. Self-styled as 'ice cream for adults', flavours range from aperitifs to childhood classics, serving as the perfect conclusion to a brunch, lunch or dinner. Marmalade, honeycomb, stem ginger and lemon meringue provide a sample of the gorgeous flavours on offer. But without a doubt, Field & Green's legendary peanut butter, chocolate and salted caramel ice cream has to be the pick of the bunch.
ZANY ZEUS, MOERA
The pride of Moera, Zany Zeus has long been crafting top-of-the-range cheese, yoghurt, cakes — and of course, ice cream. Make sure you stop by the little shop on your next trip to the Hutt for a sweet treat on the go. Made with organic milk and cream, flavours include cookies and cream, pistachio and almond brittle, chocolate rough and many more. And with a soy option available for those who are lactose intolerant, the ice cream here is as inclusive as it is delicious.
WOODEN SPOON FREEZERY, TE ARO
Available at all good stockists around the country, you can now grab a scoop of Wooden Spoon's ice cream from their trailer in the heart of the Wellington CBD. Proudly hailing from the capital, it's only fitting that the trailer is stationed on one of the most Wellingtonian precincts in the city, Ghuznee Street. Wooden Spoon's goods present decadent, carefully thought-out combinations — of traditional and contemporary, of local and global. Their Ca Phe Da coffee ice cream, for example, fuses the vibes of Vietnam with hints of Wellington's finest coffee. Vegan and gluten-free options are available in a diverse menu, with ice cream sandwiches also on offer for those who really know how to treat themselves.
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