Where the coolest of customers go to chill

IT has been a strange oldsummer so far. One day it’s beach weather, the next it’ssoup weather. But with sunshine on the radar and just over a week to gountil the kids return to school, it’s handy to know where to grab an icy coldtreat on ahot day.

Adults: yes, there is always a watering hole with a sea breeze beckoning but that’s not always child-friendly. Ice-cream, frozen yoghurts and gelato are the way to go. And the young’uns will love you for it.

The new kid on the block is Monella. Seriously cool, the music is loud and the mouth-watering selection is a rainbow of ever-changing colours. Monella prides itself on beingexperimental when it comes to flavours. (149 Darby Street, Cooks Hill)

For something unique that willsatisfy your inner geek, there’sNic’s Nitro Wonderland at Stockland Jesmond. They use liquid nitrogen to create works ofart right in front of your eyes and, by side-stepping thelengthy churning process and avoiding the formation of large ice crystals, their ice-cream is wonderfully smooth.

The Hood Milk Bar is calling January “the summer of gelato”, and their range is impressive.They also offerice-cream, frozen yoghurt, smoothies and milkshakes –and a distinctly vintage vibe. (188 Union Street, The Junction)

A more traditional approach to gelato is favoured at G&G Gelato in the city centre.Made on site and offered alongside ice-cream, frozen yoghurt and Italian fare, the tiny cafe is frequentedby inner-city workers and tourists. (67 Hunter Street, Newcastle)

Yogurtland allows you to create your own masterpiece from the 15 kinds of fruit and 45 toppings available. (Shop 36, Stockland Supercentre, Glendale; and Shop 12, Marketown, Newcastle West)

Movenpick Ice Cream uses rich Swiss cream, fruit, creamy yoghurt and spices and flavours to create itsice-cream, gelato and frozen yoghurt. Also on Honeysuckle Drive in Newcastle isCold Rock, whereyou can mix anything fromGummi Bears to fresh fruit into your chosen icy cold base.

Blue Door Kiosk is the home of CocoWhip, a bio-fermented coconut soft serve, and also offers ice-cream,gelato and frozen yoghurt. (John Parade,Merewether).Estabar prides itself on its gelato (61 Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle), as does Espresso Gelato at Wests Cardiff.

Heavenly: Tilly Eyre at Monella Gelato Bar on Darby Street, one of many fun and refreshing venues in Newcastle. Picture: Marina Neil

Warners Bay is a must. There’s Kiwi Waffle n Cones opposite the lake and its picturesque bicycle track, and a couple of doors down is Dippin Dots. Kids love the small,frozen balls of cream that melt in your mouth, turning into traditional ice-cream.

And let’s not forget the ever reliableBaskin Robbins, Wendys and Boost Juice.

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