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The best milkshakes in Sydney

Get your hands on a delicious, foamy shake to beat the heat
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By Time Out editors |

Don’t you love the way you can pretend a milkshake is sort of healthy even though, in reality, you’re basically eating half a tub of ice cream every time you dive in? We shouldn’t have told you that should we… Sometimes it’s all about thin and frothy, and other times thick and icy is what you’re after. But either way, here are our top milkshakes in town.


Chur Burger

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This new back-alley burger joint also makes the king of vanilla shakes. Absolutely heaped with black vanilla bean speckles from Tongan vanilla producers Heilala, this sweet and fragrant shake is a serious dose of dairy goodness.


Daisy's Milk Bar

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This may well be the cutest little café and milk bar ever, and in addition to all the classic flavours (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, caramel, lime, banana and malt) they are also doing a pancake flavoured milkshake made with maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Now that's a liquid breakfast we can get behind.


Excelsior Jones

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If you're all about the weird and wacky when it comes to flavoured dairy, the lime and coconut milkshake is for you. But if you prefer a little Happy Days-style nostalgia, go for the malted vanilla shake. They also do their shakes in kids' sizes, which is actually perfect if you're eating and don't want to fill up on dairy.


The Milk Bar by Cafe Ish

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The Milk Bar by Café Ish have gone all out with some spectacular milkshake combos. The PBJ shake tastes just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, minus the bread – a great option if you are in the market for a liquid lunch. For the traditionalists, the straight-up super choc has Lindt sauce and Milo for a maximum choc hit.


Kingswood Coffee

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Toasty shots of Sensory Lab coffee are not the only tasty thing to come out of this tiny café in World Square. They also do iced coffees, iced chocolates and milkshakes for when it's hot outside and only a tall glass of cold, sweet dairy will do.


Reuben Hills

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If you were going to exit this life blissed-out on sugar and dairy, the salt caramel milkshake from Reuben Hills is the best way to do it. This is a monster dessert beverage that can easily be shared. If you're going to blow the diet, do it properly and drink the whole thing yourself.

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Woman holding gelato at RivaReno
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Ever since Messina opened back in 2002, Sydney has been head over heals in love with gelato. Which we always should have been, really, given that we are a seaside city that’s also stinking-hot half of the year – because what do beaches and heat equal? That’s right: ice cream. There are a thousand places to get it – from the gummy, overly saccharine crap, to smooth, silky excellence. Rest assured, though, that these ten are all in the latter category. Here are our top ten favourite gelaterias in Sydney right now.

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