Eat & Drink

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!

A post-dinner treat, a snack after a day at the beach, an after-school sugar hit for the kids, or maybe even a mid-morning splurge; there’s never a bad time for an ice-cream! Whether you’re into a good, old-fashioned double scoop of chocolate or vanilla in a waffle cone, enjoy an adventurous experiment with new, special flavours, or want to level up with some crazy toppings, there are options for everyone in Newcastle and its surrounding areas.

Check out some of the places we’ve listed here, to indulge in your favourite flavour this summer (or even throughout the rest of the year!), with lots of options to suit vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets too!

Baskin Robbins

An oldie but a goodie, Baskin Robbins is an obvious choice for those who need ice cream on the go! With flavours for days, including some vegan ones, a treat from Baskin Robbins is sure to keep you on your toes.
Where: 14/111 Turton Rd, Waratah
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Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co.

This venue in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD may be better known for its burgers, but their house-made, rich, creamy, frozen custard ice-cream is worthy of mention!
Where: 11 Perkins St, Newcastle
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Cold Rock Ice Creamery

With stores across plenty of locations, Cold Rock is the perfect spot to try out some crazy combinations! Proudly 100% Australian-owned and made, the classic ice cream flavours change things up with your favourite mix-ins spanning from M&Ms, to sour lollies, to Nutella.
Where: Charlestown | Hamilton | Honeysuckle | Kotara | West Wallsend | Rutherford
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Common Circus Hamilton

This incredible lifestyle store over at Hamilton even has its very own gelato bar, brought to you by The Hood Milkbar!
Where: 1A Dixon St, Hamilton
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Dippin’ Dots

This place brings back plenty of high-school nostalgia! Ice cream, in tiny little dots, with plenty of flavours, colours and toppings; there’s something for the whole family at this iconic spot on the shores of Lake Macquarie!
Where: 478 The Esplanade, Warners Bay
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That’s right, Newcastle’s go-to spot for Doughnuts is dipping its toes in the world of gelato! Currently undergoing a renovation, their fresh space (still at their OG Junction location) will have a completely new fit-out and a fresh gelato offering.
Where: 17/200 Union St, The Junction
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Dullboy’s Social Co.

Here for good times, nights out and memory-making, the in-house gelato at Dullboy’s is the perfect cool-off after a swing on the green or some intense bowling. Home-made gelato flavours include salted caramel and peanut butter, strawberries and cream, fresh mint and chocolate, and Piña Colada.
Where: 326 Hillsborough Rd, Warners Bay
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East End Ice Creamery

Warm sunny days at Newy Beach + ice cream = perfect day! Supplied by Serendipity, the premium ingredients and delicious 36 flavours will be sure to keep you coming back for more. Head into this boutique East End store to explore the range of unique flavours, including vegan, and dairy-free options, next time you’re in the East End.
Where: 40 Zaara St, Newcastle
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Estabar has, for as long as we can remember, supplied some of the best gelato in town, with a focus on locally-supplied ingredients and seasonal fruits. Owner, Bec, says that “The chocolate and vanilla are made using cream and milk from the Little Big Dairy Co, and they’re basics that we’ll always have on the menu. The other two flavours are where we get to have some fun!”
Where: Cnr Ocean St & Shortland Esp, Newcastle
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G&G Gelato

Tucked away at the end of Hunter Street, G&G Gelato remains a crowd favourite that brings locals back time and time again. The ever-so-popular authentic Italian gelateria has operated for over 12 years, offering Italian lunch options in addition to sweet treats! Lasagne, arancini, and spaghetti Bolognese are all handmade onsite by the owner, Gaetano.
Where: 67 Hunter St, Newcastle
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Greg & Audrey’s

A gorgeous 50s-style diner that sits opposite the foreshore of Toronto and serves homemade gelato-style ice cream. Offering up a big menu of sundaes, shakes, and floats, with gluten-free cones available, as well as dairy-based, and vegan-based sorbets always available. You can also expect to find hot dogs, fries with toppers, nachos, burgers, ribs, wings, and more on the menu! 
Where: 2/32 Victory Pde, Toronto
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Hunter Valley Chocolate Company

Come for the chocolate, and stay for the handmade gelato!
Where: 2320 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
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Jetty Gelato

Located in Shoal Bay at the traffic lights opposite the beach, Jetty Gelato serves up handmade artisan gelato with vegan and gluten-free options, and is open 7 days a week!
Where: 11/63 Shoal Bay Rd
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Jim’s Dairy Delite Bar

Always a safe bet, this old-school dairy bar has been operating since 1957 and has got you covered with classic Peter’s ice cream and a cool milkshake if you’re on the go. Rocking the iconic sign on the corner of Tudor and Webster streets, it’s hard to miss and easy to pop in for all your classic ice-cream needs.
Where: 79 Tudor St, Hamilton
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Jubilo Gelato

Located over at Stockland Greenhills, Jubilo Gelato features over 100 flavours of gelato made in-house daily with fresh local and Australian ingredients. Serving up a range of milk-based gelato, water-based sorbets, Vegato (non-dairy-based frozen dessert) and sugar-free gelato plus gluten-free options!
Where: 8/1A Ken Tubman Dr, Maitland
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Kiwi Waffle & Cones

This iconic ice-cream joint has been keeping Warners Bay locals cool over the warmer months for years!
Where: 2/87 King St, Warners Bay
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Lulu’s Gelato

The gelato van that you might have seen popping up at markets and events over the years has officially moved into its very own bricks and mortar store in Toronto! Drop on in for a delicious selection of handmade gelato, with gluten- and dairy-free options available.
Where: 2 Wharf Rd, Toronto
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Lynch's Hub

Head to this harbourside hub on the foreshore for some refreshing handmade gelato and sorbet! With twenty flavours on offer, including White Chocolate and Dulce de Leche, Roasted Gundabluey Wattleseed and Davidson Plum Sorbet, and options that are vegan, dairy- and gluten-free.
Where: 292 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
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All-natural and made from scratch on-site, Monella’s array of dairy-based, vegan and gluten-free flavours is sure to hit the spot. From classics like a chocolate fondant and dulce de leche to flavours like lemon meringue and apple pie for something more adventurous; Monella is the place to be if you’re keen to try something new.
Where: 150 Darby St, Cooks Hill
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Nero’s Gelato

If you’re craving a creamy gelato or ice-cold sorbet after a day in the sun, Nero’s Gelato is the place to be! Located right in the heart of Nelson Bay on Magnus Street and with all gelato made on-site, you’re guaranteed a mouth-watering treat!
Where: 93 Magnus St, Nelson Bay

Northern Star Cafe

This authentic Italian cafe makes their gelato from scratch with the finest ingredients, with fresh new flavours whipped up every week.
Where: 106 Beaumont St, Hamilton

Popolo Gelateria

With a large range of flavours available, the gelato at Popolo is sure to catch your eye with vibrant colours and a vast array of flavours, with vegan options and gluten-free cones. Made from scratch each day, Popolo offers the usual suspects, like lemon and chocolate, as well as more unconventional options like early grey tea!
Where: Newcastle | Charlestown
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Qirkz in the Hunter

Whilst it may be a little outside of Newcastle, if you're headed up to the Hunter Valley we'd recommend dropping in on this gem of a venue. Qirkz in the Hunter is the gelato option with 16 delicious favours, including many GF options, as well as several vegan options.
Where: 141 Cessnock Rd, Abermain
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Ribs and Pizza

Using only the freshest of ingredients, Ribs and Pizza in Adamstown are known best for serving up some of the best pizza and ribs in town, and now they have a new addition to the family. Coming to you all way from Tasmania, the award winning Van Diemens Land Creamery icecream and gelato is now available in scoops!
Where; 548 Glebe Rd, Adamstown
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Smith’s Ice Creamery

Right in the heart of The Junction, this relatively new ice creamery serves up premium parlour ice cream and sorbet with dairy-free options, produced in South East Queensland and made in small batches using the freshest ingredients available for a paddock to plate (or, should we say, paddock to scoop) experience!
Where: 10-16 Kenrick St, The Junction 
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The Hood Milk Bar

The Hood Milk Bar is a perfect place for an after-school hangout or a sweet treat after the beach. Think of an abundance of flavours, triple scoop crunchy waffle cones, and thick peanut butter shakes. The retro-industrial establishment features a mouth-watering dessert menu with options from dessert tacos, to unicorn spiders!
Where: 188 Union St, The Junction
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Tea Gardens Ice Cream Shack

It’s called the Ice Cream Shack so of course, it’s packed with the goods! Choose from their 45 tempting flavours of ice cream, gelatos, and sorbets at this fun retro spot.
Where: 2/79 Marine Dr, Tea Gardens
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The Marina Ice Creamery

This joint has been continually serving the people of Nelson Bay and its many visitors for over 27 years! Sourcing only the best ingredients, you can expect the finest gourmet quality ice cream, gelato and sorbet!
Where: 9/6 Teramby Rd, Nelson Bay
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