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Wellington is a city that loves its ice cream, and fitting for a creative capital, our ice cream makers push boundaries with their flavours. Here's a list of our favourite ice cream makers and where to get a scoop from.
Wellington eatery Field & Green make over 17 different ice creams and sorbets made at their Wakefield Street restaurant. Made with egg yolks and cream, chef and co-owner Laura Field prefers her ice cream to be not too sweet and have bold brassy flavours that don’t hold back like spicy stem ginger, tangy marmalade (made with their own house-made Seville marmalade) and fragrant saffron and cardamom. A perfect little something at the end of your delicious Field & Green meal or pop in for an ice cream to take away.
Every batch of Gelissimo gelato is made using 80% fresh organic milk which gives it a superior creamy quality compared with other methods using larger amounts of dry milk powders. Gelissimo take a playful and innovative approach to their gelato-making with a focus on using seasonal and local ingredients. Head to Taranaki Wharf (then sit and watch the brave humans jumping off the Taranaki Wharf dive platform) or grab a scoop from their Freyberg store by the beach.
Family-run boutique organic dairy god Zany Zeus is the home of Scarlett Johannson’s favourite chocolate cake and some of Wellington’s best ice cream and soft serve. Using their own fresh organic milk and cream, Zany Zeus make their sensationally good ice cream which is only available at their Moera store along with soft serve so good that you’ll never queue up at a certain Mr W’s van ever again.
Nathan Meyer of Carello del Gelato reckons that ‘Made properly, gelato is out of this world. It’s creamier than ice cream but has less fat and sugar, and the flavours are more intense. It’s the perfect way to indulge yourself.’ Head to Carrello del Gelato's store at Oriental Bay and see for yourself.
With Cuba Street, Courtenay Place, Whairepo Lagoon and Oriental Bay locations, you’re never far from a Kaffee Eis in Wellington. Locally owned and operated, Kaffee Eis (pronounced - café ice), are known for their modern fusion of New Zealand and European gelato flavours. They're also known for their excellent Mojo espresso coffee (affogato, anyone?)
Wooden Spoon Boutique Freezery makes small batch, hand-crafted ice cream using high quality ingredients. Founded in Wellington in 2011 by two ex-pat Americans who met at a dinner party over their shared love of ice cream and semi-competitive spirit over who made it better. Wooden Spoon have won awards and accolades for their ice cream, which has gone from a small subscription service to being available at supermarkets around New Zealand. Get it from Moore Wilson's Fresh on College Street.