Here's the scoop on the best ice cream

If there's one thing all Wellingtonians can get behind, it's ice cream. Whether you prefer a scoop, soft serve, gelato or sorbet, we have it all.

Zelati Dessert Café

Left Bank, Cuba Street, Wellington

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Zelati made their bespoke flavours for top restaurants across Wellington for many years before opening a dessert café on Left Bank. Using only real, premium ingredients including fresh milk and cream and fresh fruit, Zelati pasteurise, age, infuse and churn each delightful batch of their gelato from scratch.

The seasonal gelato menu includes favourites like rhubarb cinnamon gelato (it tastes just like rhubarb crumble), saffron rose, malted milk plus vegan flavours like pineapple plum sorbet, Fix & Fogg peanut butter, and coconut and purple kumara – a Kiwi twist based on the Philippine ‘Ube’ or purple yam.

Kaffee Eis

25 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington

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With locations on Courtenay Place, Cuba Street, and the waterfront you're never far from a scoop of Kaffee Eis gelato in the capital. Since first opening a small ice cream shop on Oriental Parade in 2004, Kaffee Eis has built a reputation for high-quality gelato.

In a city that loves ice cream, Kaffee Eis has become a favourite for their modern fusion of New Zealand and European gelato flavours and their excellent Mojo espresso coffee (affogato, anyone?).

Locally owned and operated, Kaffee Eis (pronounced “café ice”), which means coffee and ice cream in German, reflects the Austrian roots of the founder, Karl Tiefenbacher.

Duck Island

168 Cuba Street, Te Aro , Wellington

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Ice cream is taken to another level at small-batch, big flavour ice cream parlour Duck Island on Cuba Street.

Step into a pastel pink dream where the ice cream tastes as good as it looks. Duck Island has over 50 flavours on rotation, from creative favourites like peanut butter cookie dough, lolly cake and fairy bread, to more seasonal and experimental options like raspberry coconut and coriander or smoked almond with toasted marshmallow. If you've got special dietary requirements, Duck Island has you covered. Many of their flavours are dairy free and vegan, and they've got loads of gluten free and allergy considerate options.

Zany Zeus

149 Randwick Road, Moera, Lower Hutt

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Zany Zeus makes boutique organic dairy products that are good enough for the king of the gods.

The family-run company are the maker of Scarlett Johannson’s favourite chocolate cake and some of Wellington’s best ice cream and soft serve, which is only available from their Moera store. But don't take our word for it – their Ghana chocolate ice cream won the supreme award at the 2019 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards. Founder Michael Matsis is known to take 18 months to perfect a flavour before releasing it in the shop, taking the age old mantra "good things take time" to heart.

Their freshly-made halloumi sandwiches are worth a mention too. Just fresh bread, organic ‘squeaky’ cheese and a squeeze of lemon – simple but delicious.

Field & Green

262 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Wellington eatery Field & Green make over 17 different ice creams and sorbets 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.

Carello del Gelato

228 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington

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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.’

Award-winning Carrello del Gelato uses the best local and Italian ingredients for their hand-churned batches of gelato to create authentic and naturally delicious flavours, ranging from old favourite vanilla to gingernut and rocky road. Carrello del Gelato is conveniently located on Oriental Parade, for all of your gelato-by-the-sea needs.

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