Dessert on the go: Sydney scenic walks with gelato

18 December 2015

Sydney has an abundant supply of scenic walks and delectable ice cream. Here are some of the best places to combine the two, meaning you can enjoy dessert, while you walk it off.

Circular Quay to Royal Botanic Gardens with Gelatissimo

Circular Quay Esplanad, C2 Alfred St, Sydney

Image; Gelatissimo

Image; Gelatissimo

Hop off a ferry in Circular Quay and you’ll find Gelatissimo, an award winning gelato store with several locations across Sydney. All their gelato is freshly churned in store daily. You might have to line up, but the queue moves quickly and it’s worth it for gelato this good.

It’s an easy stroll to take in some of Sydney’s most famous architectural icons like the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Spend some time in the lush Royal Botanic Gardens before continuing on to an expansive view from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair or stepping into the Art Gallery of NSW for a spot of culture.

It would be nice if you could hold off on finishing your ice cream before you reach the Botanic Gardens, but let’s be honest, the luscious dessert probably won’t even make it to the Sydney Opera House.

Frangipani Gelato and a walk along the Cronulla Esplanade

117 Cronulla St, Cronulla

An hour south of Sydney’s CBD is Cronulla, home to picturesque coastline and beaches, and some more award winning gelato from Frangipani Gelato Bar.

Frangipani’s owner, Diana Kontoprias, has won big with her perfect gelato. She even serves an interpretation of the dessert that’s caused the biggest food fight the antipodes has seen, the Pavlova, with both Australia and New Zealand fighting it out for the invention honours.

Cronulla Beach is located only moments from where Captain Cook first landed the HMS Endeavour in Botany Bay, making it hard to think of a better place to experience a uniquely Australian flavoured gelato while taking in the scenery.

The footpath along Cronulla Esplanade provides views of the beach and coastline. Wrapping around the peninsula, it’s an easy stroll with cone in hand. The water is crystal clear, perfect for a post walk swim.

The hip, inner city suburbs with Gelato Messina

241 Victoria St, Darlinghurst

Gelato Messina

Image; Gelato Messina

A local favourite, Gelato Messina has fast moving queues that snake around the block for a reason. They have thirty-five permanent flavours, but if you’re keen for something a little out of the ordinary, a chalkboard menu lists five weekly experimental creations. No matter what you choose, you’ll be tempted to try more than one flavour.

With dessert in hand, you can explore the local area. It might not be the scenic walk normally associated with Sydney, but a trip through Darlinghurst and Surry Hills gives you a view of just how much the city has changed in two hundred years. Among centuries old warehouse spaces, stables and terrace homes, you’ll find modern art galleries, cafes and boutique retail by day, and small bars and clubs by night.

It might not have the natural beauty of Sydney Harbour, but it’s an interesting slice of Sydney that puts both the city’s heritage and its ever-developing arts and culture scenes on full display.

A scoop from Pompei’s on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.

126-130 Roscoe St, Bondi Beach

Image; Pompei's Bondi

Image; Pompei’s Bondi

An iconic walk only gets better with gelato from a staple of Bondi’s dining culture. A pizza restaurant that also serves some of the cities finest gelato, Pompei’s doesn’t break the mould with its flavour options, but it doesn’t need to. The hazelnut has always been a crowd pleaser.

With your cone or cup, head down to the promenade and take a right.

From Bondi to Coogee, it’s an easy two-hour journey, all along beautiful coastline, soundtracked by the gentle crash of waves. With a mixture of flat sections, inclines and declines, by the end, a dip in the ocean will be welcome.