[Sydney] Talk about the most popular gelato in Sydney, and the answer goes “Messina”. It is also voted “Best Gelato In Australia” by Good Food Guide.

Sydney is home to several world-famous gelato shops, including N2 Extreme Gelato, Cow And The Moon, Frangipani Gelato Bar, and Pompei’s… even though it is not, well, Italy.

Must be THE MILK.

None has the same mass popularity as Gelato Messina though, founded 2002 in Darlinghurst, Sydney. The founders had a vision to set the benchmark for gelato in Australia, which appeared to have worked.

Popularity continues to grow and Gelato Messina now has multiple stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland. (They have closed the international store in Las Vegas, but will soon open at Los Angeles.)

Most of my friends love it, though a couple think it is over-rated and would rather go for the more indie, less commercialised brands.

There are more than 40 different flavours of gelato, 35 of which are permanent flavours.

The prices are Tiny (1 flavour) AUD4, 1 Scoop AUD4.80 (SGD5.13), 2 Scoop AUD6.80 (SGD7.26), 3 Scoop AUD8.80 (SGD9.40), 0.5L Tub AUD$12.80 (SGD12.80), 1L Tub AUD22.80 (SGD24.35 SGD), and 1.5L Tub AUD29 (SGD30.97).

Milkshakes are also available at AUD7 (SGD7.48).

Gelato Messina uses only the finest ingredients in their raw form, with everything made from scratch.

There are no artificial colours or flavours used, and special ingredients that goes into their ice cream (e.g. apple pies, fresh stewed rhubarb, freshly roasted and ground pistachios) are made in store.

They are always experimenting with new flavours and switching up the playlist in their stores, which creates a great ambience and keep visitors coming back for more.

Look out for the 5 weekly specials which are advertised on social media, which always draws a crowd.

I would typically choose one of their special flavours, because I am likely not going to have the opportunity to have it again.

Sometimes it works, sometimes too funky.

The last I had the “Pandanmonium” which was Thai Milk Tea Gelato with Pandan Fudge (yeah, don’t be surprised to find Asian flavours) and it managed to capture the essence of both. Whether you like it or not, is another issue though.

If not, stick to their signatures including Apple Pie, Bounty (coconut milk gelato), Macadamia Crunch, Choc Mint, Milk Chocolate with Choc Peanut Fudge, Chocolate Fondant, Chocolate Chip, Coconut & Lychee, Coffee, Nicky’s glasses (coffee and salted caramel gelato), White Choc Hazelnut, Gianduia (chocolate & hazelnut), Hazelnut, Italian Nougat (Pear & Rhubarb), Pistachio, Pistachio Praline, Poached Figs in Marsala, Salted Caramel and White Chocolate, Strawberries, Tiramisu, Vanilla, Pannacotta with Fig Jam and Amaretti Biscuit, Yoghurt & Berry, and Yoghurt & Caramel.

There are also dairy free and vegan sorbets available.

I generally liked Messina for its bold interesting flavours, many times out of the ordinary, with smooth, almost sticky texture with pleasurable mouthfeel.

The interior of Messina is typically colourful, funky with an Italian influence. A cosy space with rustic brown displays and panelling, marble floors and colourful graphic wallpaper.

Some shops are always crowded with tourists, made worse as there are limited seating. Therefore, the eating experience may not be the best for everyone.

Good to know: You can pay using your mobile by downloading the Messina app. The app will let you know about any news or promotions and you will also earn reward points (Messina Points) with every purchase.

An Aussie friend once told me that people do choose to skip desserts at dinner places, and head right to Messina after their meals.

Gelato Messina
389 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Tel: +61 (02) 9332 1191
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 11:00pm (Sun – Thu), 12:00pm – 11:30pm (Fri – Sat)

Google Maps – Gelato Messina Surry Hills

Gelato Messina In Sydney includes The Star Casino, Circular Quay 1 Macquarie Place, Darlinghurst 241 Victoria Road, Tramsheds Glebe, Newtown 262 King Street, Rosebery (HQ), Bondi G6/61 Hall Street, Parramatta 283 Church Street, Miranda Shop 1203/ 600 The Kingsway

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