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Gelato Messina | Brisbane's best gelato and ice-cream
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The round-up: get a sublime scoop at Brisbane’s best gelato and ice-cream spots

When the temperatures rise and air-conditioning units activate all over Brisbane, it's safe to assume that gelato weather has arrived. This summer has been particularly scorching, so it's only fair that we treat ourselves to some ultra-cold, creamy and delicious ice-cream to help us cope. Brisbane has a great selection of gelaterias and ice-cream parlours across town. If you're keen to brave the heat to get your fix of gelato or ice-cream, be sure to equip yourself with knowledge before hand. This is our list of Brisbane's best! more

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Fresh scoop – specialty coffee and artisanal gelato joint Allora Black opens in Newmarket
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Fresh scoop – specialty coffee and artisanal gelato joint Allora Black opens in Newmarket

When it comes to specialised areas of food and drink, gelato and coffee are wildly different (and labour intensive) streams. Rarely do the two meet, and if they do, it's not uncommon to see one foregrounded more than the other. Allora Black at Newmarket Village is perhaps the first spot in Brisbane to harmoniously unify artisanal gelato and specialty coffee, creating a fashionably minimalist dispensary of creamy dessert and artfully brewed caffeine. more

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Cinnabon's world-famous buns arrive at Toombul Shopping Centre
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Cinnabon’s world-famous buns arrive at Toombul Shopping Centre

In the lead-up to the Christmas frenzy, folks flocked to Toombul Shopping Centre in droves – not to snag some festive deals, but rather to sample the lovingly glazed buns at Australia's first Cinnabon outlet. The world-famous baked-goods dispensary opened at the revitalised hub in mid-December, going on to sell more than 20,000 cinnamon rolls in five days. These numbers alone should pique your curiosity, but if you need some more persuasion to make a pilgrimage, read on ... more

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Canelés, cakes and confections – get your sweet fix at Grange's Bella & Tortie
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Canelés, cakes and confections – get your sweet fix at Grange’s Bella & Tortie

Have you ever encountered a dessert so beautiful you could barely bring yourself to eat it? Suzi Unwin is a culinary maestro that specialises in the very same kinds of picture-perfect treats. After stints at some of Brisbane's best restaurants and sweet-treat dispensaries, the accomplished pastry chef has struck out on her own with Bella & Tortie, a bricks-and-mortar bakery hawking a range of cakes, tarts and snacks that are part mouth-watering treat, part eye-catching work of art. more

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South Bank gets sweeter with the addition of nodo's newest locale
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South Bank gets sweeter with the addition of nodo’s newest locale

In late November, beloved purveyor of sweet treats, sublime brunch and salubrious coffee nodo opened its fourth location in as many years, this time at South Bank! In no time, fans were flocking to the shady space to get their fix, cementing nodo's position at the top of Brisbane's brunch pyramid. Although this sort of reception is unsurprising, it's still a testament to not only Brisbane's undying love for gourmet goodies, but also to nodo's beatific brand of hospitality. more

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Dessert depot Cowch unveils its brand-new Chermside digs
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Dessert depot Cowch unveils its brand-new Chermside digs

When we think of Cowch, our brains hum with salivation-inducing visuals of ice-cream sundaes, decadent super shakes and piles of pancakes soaked in maple syrup. Folks have been flocking from far and wide to the brand's South Bank flagship for their sweet-treat fix for years, but now those venturing from the northside can cut their Cowch commute drastically. Last week, Cowch opened its second Brisbane-based dessert bar at Westfield Chermside, unveiling a pastel-hued temple for crepe cravers, ice-cream addicts and fro-yo fanatics to worship all things sweet. more


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Crepe expectations – Amai Kawaii delivers Japanese desserts to FudoDori
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Crepe expectations – Amai Kawaii delivers Japanese desserts to FudoDori

If you've made the pilgrimage to Tokyo's cutting-edge cultural hub of Harajuku, you already know that the area is the birthplace of many fashion-forward and food-based crazes. One in particular has endured for decades – the Japanese crepe. The dessert has since spread across far and wide with creperies popping up all over the country and abroad, yet Harajuku remains the epicentre of Japan's crepe obsession. Elizabeth Street's pan-Asian food hub FudoDori quietly welcomed a Harajuku-inspired crepe dispensary of its own last week, with Amai Kawaii satiating sweet and savoury cravings from the heart of this blossoming mini-precinct. more

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Gelato goes guilt-free – Noosa's Happy Pops arrives at South Bank
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Gelato goes guilt-free – Noosa’s Happy Pops arrives at South Bank

We know, winter hasn't bid us farewell just yet, but as far as we're concerned gelato is good all year round. A popular Noosa concept is delivering a tantalising take on popsicles and creamy gelato to South Bank this week, as Happy Pops sets up shop on Stanley Street Plaza. In addition to its range of artisanal frozen treats (all made using natural ingredients), Happy Pops is also bringing some beachy vibes to the bustling South Bank strip. Bring on the summer vibes! more

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Botanica Real Food brings its salads south with new Camp Hill store
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Botanica Real Food brings its salads south with new Camp Hill store

In this day and age, we think it's safe to assume that the phrase 'you don't make friends with salad' is well and truly incorrect. Perhaps it wasn't always the case, but when Botanica Real Food first opened its Red Hill location six years ago the way we looked at salads changed forever. Since then, Botanica's salad-savvy owners Brett and Alison Hutley opened a second outlet in Teneriffe in 2016, and this weekend will follow it up with its first spot south of the river at Camp Hill Marketplace. Now those of you that have been trekking across town for a taste of Botanica's fresh salads, sweets and savoury tarts can cut their journey significantly from Saturday July 6. more

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The sweetest thing – The Cupcake Patisserie opens a brand-new treat haven in Albion
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The sweetest thing – The Cupcake Patisserie opens a brand-new treat haven in Albion

It’s hard to improve upon the culinary majesty that is the humble cake, but when it comes to pleasing all comers, we’re much more inclined to suggest that a box of cupcakes is a far better option. The exhilarating feeling we get from opening the lid on a box of freshly made treats is almost unparalleled, which is why we squealed in collective excitement when The Cupcake Patisserie opened a gorgeous cake store in Albion. Boasting a salivation-inducing selection of sugary delights, energising coffee, and a delightful space in which to snack, this pink-fronted nook is well worth a dessert detour. more

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The Weekend Series: five hot chocolate brands for a winter's night in
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The Weekend Series: five hot chocolate brands for a winter’s night in

Brisbane’s winters may be fleeting and relatively painless, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of the bounties of the season. We’re talking mulled wine, belly-warming carbs and the high priestess of winter treats, hot chocolate. We’ve slurped our way through countless cups to determine five hot choccy brands you should be stocking in your pantry for the chilly months ahead. more

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Nutri Hitt Kitchen brings wholefoods, sensible sweets and vegan-friendly breakfast to Albion
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Nutri Hitt Kitchen brings wholefoods, sensible sweets and vegan-friendly breakfast to Albion

When Tamara Lord first debuted her range of raw cakes and treats in 2015, little did she know that the gluten- and refined-sugar-free treat movement was on the cusp of a huge boom. Since her first store in Geebung, Nutri Hitt has grown into a leading name in Brisbane’s raw-treat scene, expanding into a wholesale juggernaut capable of moving large amounts of product interstate. The new year has brought some changes for Nutri Hitt, with a recent relocation to Albion giving Tamara the chance to blend her love of wholefoods and dietary-friendly fare across cakes and all-day breakfast. more

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The round-up: sharpen your sweet tooth with these Easter-themed treats
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The round-up: sharpen your sweet tooth with these Easter-themed treats

Before the month is out, we’ll all be inundated with chocolate goodies of varying shapes and sizes. Yes, Easter time is here, and that means it’s time to start deciding what kinds of treats you’ll be buying as gifts, and which ones will be kept for your own consumption. We don’t want to knock the mass-produced eggs and bunnies – they’re great – but seeing as we’re committed to indulging properly, we’d prefer to splash out on the artisan sweets. If you agree, then you’ll get a kick out of the varied Easter treats available around Brisbane this year. more

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The round-up: follow your nose to the best hot cross buns in Brisbane

Look, we’re not throwing any shade towards the hot cross buns produced by the big grocery chains, but when it comes to celebrating Easter with a six-pack of buttery buns, we prefer to go gourmet. It’s the time of year when Brisbane’s best bakeries are competing for our custom, dishing out fresh trays of hot cross buns loaded with fruit, spices and other goodies. We’re not going to say which bakery bun is the definitive choice – we’re more inclined to put together a list of the top picks and let you make the hard decision. Although picking may be difficult, at the end of the day there is no wrong choice when it comes to hot cross buns. more

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Let’s get messy – Gelato Messina unveils its brand-new gelateria in Fortitude Valley
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Let’s get messy – Gelato Messina unveils its brand-new gelateria in Fortitude Valley

It’s not uncommon to see a throng of dessert seekers jostling for viewing position in front of the cabinets at Gelato Messina’s South Brisbane store. The creamery’s first Brisbane location has been busy since it first opened its doors, but those fed up with bumping elbows for a taste now have another spot to get their Gelato Messina fix. This week the sought-after name opened a modish new location off James Street, hawking its drool-worthy selection right near The Calile Hotel. more