It may be chilly out but we’re warming up at Rollickin Gelato, where the Hot Dessert Menu is out for the winter months.  

Rollickin Gelato is a post-earthquake Christchurch institution. They specialise in house-made creamy gelato from organic milk. You may have seen the queues of people lining up in New Regent Street, waiting to get their dessert fix.

This time, we visited the Cashel Street cafe. It was light and airy, with seating indoors and out. The cabinet is a feast for the eyes, jam-packed with gelato and sorbet, all piled up into tempting cakes. The staff offered a wee taste of the flavours for those that have trouble choosing. We relaxed on the comfy couches next to the gas fire.

A favourite is the hot dessert, Gerry Brownie. It is a delicious decadent dessert that also happens to be gluten free. A slice of brownie is topped with a choice of gelato, all covered with chocolate sauce. We chose the Hokey Tokey Pokey and a scoop of Black Forest gelato to complement the sweet chocolatey goodness. We have our eyes on the Mug Cakes and the Ashley Apple Bloomfield for next time.

Icecreams can also be ordered by the scoop and new flavours are always coming out. The Hokey Tokey Pokey is a yummy twist on the traditional kiwi favourite, boasting chips of house-made hokey pokey covered in dark chocolate, all folded into creamy vanilla bean gelato. Suzys Smores is inspired by the campfire delicacy, with smashed biscuits, marshmallow, chocolate fudge sauce and chocolate gelato.

With lots of dairy-free sorbet flavours, like Pomegranate & Berries or No Cow Chocolate, there are options for everyone. The fruit sorbets are made with a kilo and a half of real fruit. 

Rollickin Gelato has two Christchurch locations open at the moment: New Regent Street and Cashel Street. You can even book one of their mobile carts for your event.

Address: 35 New Regent Street and 98 Cashel Street


Phone: 03 365 4811

Hours: Sun - Thurs 11am - 10pm, Fri, Sat 11am - 11pm

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