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The 12 best Gold Coast ice cream shops

Quench
Located in the lovely Brickworks Centre, Quench has all your authentic, homemade gelati needs covered. They use only the freshest of fruit to ensure optimal flavours and with Choc Mint on regular rotation, they’ve won our hearts. Next time you’re stocking up on goodies at The Brickworks, treat yourself to a sorbet or gelato, you’ll be happy you did.
Where: Ferry Rd, Southport  

Cold Rock 
Ohh love you Cold Rock you delicious, dreamy thing you. No doubt you’re aware but Cold Rock is all about choosing an ice cream/gelato flavour and having it mashed up (on a cold piece of steel) with lollies and chocolates and any tasty treat you can imagine and it’s a T I M E. Huge fans over here.
Where: Shop 8, Phoenician North Tower, Surf Parade, Broadbeach, Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade, Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, Shop 8, 99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, Shop 2B, Level 1, Q1 Building, Gold Coast Hwy, Surfers Paradise and Shop G2, Chevron Renaissance Centre, 3240 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Ben & Jerry’s  
The two dudes who brought us dome of the craziest ice cream flavours in the world. Love your work Ben and Jerry. We’re quite the fans of Fish Food and Half Baked but you, of course, may choose your own adventure. All the way from the States and definitely worth a taste test.
Where: Shop 1 Paradise Centre, Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach

Royal Copenhagen
At Royal Copenhagen they make their own waffle cones freshly in house daily using a Danish cone cooker (hence the name). You can add your choice of toppings with the self-serve toppings bar – hello sugar coma! Love.
Where: Paradise Centre, 204 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise

Zanette’s Gelati
A hidden gem in Chevron Renaissance, Zanette’s has been scooping the tasty goods since 2004. Owner Frank Bailey is passionate about Italian gelato and all about offering the best gelato there is. He uses a combo of Italian and Aussie ingredients and fresh local fruit to create some absolutely beautiful flavours.
Where: Shop 55 Chevron Renaissance, 3240 Gold Coast Hwy, Surfers Paradise

Lello Lello Gelati & Dessert Kiosk
Made with Italian gelati recipes that date back to the 1870’s, and passed down from generation to generation, Lello Lello’s got the goods. The idea behind the cute little Pac Fair shop is to perfect the art of ancient gelati through a range of over 30 flavours. Each of which is absolutely mind blowing.
Where: Pacific Fair, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach

The Gelato Shop
With over 100 flavours to choose from, The Gelato Shop in Broadbeach is a must-try. Not only ice cream though, these guys do epic sundaes including Rocky Road flavour (help), milkshakes, banana splits and take home packs with up to five flavours if you so desire. Ferrero Rocher might just be the pick of the bunch.
Where: Shop 8, 97 Surf Pde, Broadbeach

Heven-yah Gelato
Owned by two lovely, local sisters Heven-Yah has only been open since early last year but has already gained a cult following amongst Mermaid locals. The girls create their gelato in house using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients to produce some incredible flavours. Raspberry Jam & Crema with Sour Candied Lemon? Get down there.
Where: Shop 2/2387 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach (next to Alfred’s) 

Lik Lik Lik Gelato 
Happiness has arrived in Nobby’s Beach and it comes in the form of a gelato shop with lots of tasty treats to tickle your tastebuds. Go with the Salted Caramel and also the White Chocolate and Raspberry in a white chocolate dipped cone with sprinkles. Because, treat yo’self. Not only gelato though, the sorbets are way too good and creamier than any we’ve ever sampled. The Watermelon and Mint is actual summer in a sorbet and there’s a lemon flavour that is a citrus sensation.
Where: Shop 2/2221 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby’s Beach

Tango Gelato Burleigh
Perfect for an after dinner stop in (slash a trip to Burleigh just for gelato) are these guys on the highway. They’ve got all your favourite flavours and all made fresh in store. Grab your scoops and take a seat out the front for people watching or stroll across to the beach for added bliss. Their Boysenberry is the bees’ knees.
Where: 1276 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

Scoop Gelati
Okay so these guys know a thing or two about ice cream. Their flavours are some of the best there are, including Caramel Biscotti, Lemon Meringue and Salted Caramel. Not only that, they make cakes you guys. With ice cream on top. You should see them (heart eyes). That’s some next-level stuff.
Where: 1B/23 James Street, Burleigh Heads

My Gelato
Another Broadbeach goodie, My Gelato have 96 flavours to choose from. All of which will keep you coming back for more. How do Bailey’s Irish Cream and Banoffi Pie sound? There’s also Chocolate Crackle, Jam Donut and Caramelised Fig and Mascarpone. Yep. That should keep you busy for awhile. They’ve also got a shop in Kirra for double the indulgence.
Where: 12W/1 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach and 6a/1 Douglas Street, Coolangatta

Gelato Messina
Needing no introduction but getting one anyway, is Gelato Messina in Coolangatta. With mountains of ice cream resembling fluffy pillows, in all the best flavours, no trip down south is complete without a scoop or two of Gelato Messina. We’re quite partial to Mr Potato Head because peanut butter gelato with white chocolate covered potato chips.
Where: 72-80 Marine Pde, Coolangatta 

Words by Kirra Smith

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