A great way to stay cool during Hong Kong’s hot and humid summer months is to dip into a silky smooth cup of gelato. Made with more milk, less cream and no egg yolks, this Italian dessert staple is a (somewhat) healthier alternative to your average pint of ice cream. Here are our favourite gelato shops in the city.
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Gelato-go is an artisan gelato brand in the US with 14 locations across California and Florida. Last year, the owners opened the brand’s first international store in Hong Kong. The frozen dessert parlour makes its own base daily with fresh ingredients imported from Italy, including pistachios from Bronte, Sicily; hazelnuts from Langhe, Piedmont; and Vairhona chocolate from a plantation in Venezuela.
Gelato-go, G/F, 174 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2383 9118
You’ll recognise Givrés’ beautiful desserts a kilometre away. Its signature rose gelato cones, available in one, two or three flavours, can be mix and matched to create your own customised dessert. If you prefer, you can also have your cone served with an espresso shot, topped on a homemade waffle or stirred into an iced coffee or tea.
Givrés, G/F, 7 Staunton Street, Central, 9659 0816
Local coffee shop Holly Brown is best known for its gelato served in an iconic crispy waffle cup. The brand offers a comprehensive range of flavours to choose from, including chocolate fudge, wild berry, mint and coffee and more, all of which can be mixed with your choice of toppings. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, make it a meal and order your frozen treat with pancakes or danish toast.
Holly Brown, multiple locations including G/F, 22 Stanley Street, Central, 2869 9008
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Igloo Dessert Bar
Bored of chocolate and strawberry? Igloo Dessert Bar creates local flavours like White Rabbit candy and Horlicks gelato that’ll get you reminiscing on your childhood. Located at the Star Ferry Piers, it constantly churns out new flavours to keep things fun. Its newest creation is a photogenic concoction made with spirulina-dyed blue vanilla and strawberry milkshake gelato, topped with crunchy white chocolate with sprinkles… an Instagram-worthy affair!
Igloo Dessert Bar, Shop C, G/F, Pier 7, Star Ferry Piers, Central, 2656 3318
Can you even call yourself a Hong Konger if you’ve never tried Oddies Foodies? This fusion dessert shop was the first to combine eggettes and gelato, creating the eggette parfait that has spawned copycats all over the world. At Oddies Foodies, you can select from a series of artisan gelatos and pair them with an eggette. Or, try the Jar-leto, which lets you mix layers of your favorite gelato with different ingredients.
Oddies Foodies, G/F, 45 Gough Street, Central, 2750 2111
Founded in 1878 with over 140 years of experience as a producer of chocolate and gelato, Venchi’s locations can be found across Hong Kong’s most popular neighbourhoods. Head over to your local branch for authentic gelato flavours made with premium quality ingredients and no artificial colourants, flavours, thickeners or palm oil. We recommend the pistachio flavour, which is pale green in colour, exactly the same as the green pistachio from Bronte used to make it.
Venchi, multiple locations including Shop OT G16A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3101 9981
Founded in 2001, Hong Kong’s homegrown brand XTC Gelato takes traditional local desserts and drinks and turns them into tasty gelato and sorbetto flavours. It sources its ingredients from all over the world, using French Valrhona chocolate, Madagascan vanilla beans, quality Australian milk and mangos direct from farms in the Philippines to whip up its delicious desserts.
XTC Gelato, multiple locations including Shop B, 45 Cochrane Street, Central, 2541 0500
Feature image courtesy of Oddies Foodies