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Gelato Messina

#1 of 114 Dessert in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Shop 1/241 Victoria St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8354 1223
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sydney, Australia
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2,353 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Its got to be the tiniest eatery in Oz with only one oval table, eight chairs and a creative team that offers at $130 per person the opportunity to degustate. "Its a tryout for your taste-buds", concurs the femme, tucking into almond gelato with potato crisp and truffle. I must add, it's not my cup of tea, but we are... More 

Thank shasha b
Palo Alto, California
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128 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After having heard ton of good things about the best icecream in town, I finally went to Messina to try it out. I left utterly disappointed. You can get better icecream anywhere in small towns across Europe, forget even comparing it to fancier places like Grom or Amorino. The usual test of ice cream quality is simple, you order pistachio... More 

Thank Zael
declan l, Owner at Gelato Messina, responded to this review

HI Zael, Thanks for the honest feedback and apologies that your experience didn't match the hype! We (and alot of people thankfully) don't necessarily agree, but everyone is entitled to their opinion and we accept our gelato isn't for everyone. I would however like to point out a couple of things for you to digest. The 'fancier' places you refer... More 

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11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Messina is synonymous with with dessert perfection. Brave the lines, because it is worth it. The flavours change constantly and the names are brilliant and fun!

Thank lauraleeSydney
Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Over the past two years I have spent a lot of time traveling the world and sampling gelato whenever I get the chance. Messina still ranks among the best and this includes against some of Italy's finest.

Thank Jimothy R
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you haven't heard of this place where have you been? Best icecream ever. Really not much else to say on the matter. Nothing else compares!

Thank TravellingJstac
Liberty Lake, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was good but nothing great, good place to cool down when walking around. Make sure you stop by the ATM this place is cash only.

Thank FogHat13
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've once heard of this place on TV, and since we're originally italian and visit Sydney, we just HAD TO TRY IT! I wasn't disappointed with it as the staff were friendly, they would let you try their close-to-perfect italian ice creams before you bought them... and their cakes are just AMAZING! They looks so good... and I bet they... More 

Thank Cristy M
Launceston, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a find this was. Delicious Italian ice cream which you can try before you buy. Thanks trip advisor as we would never have found this place without you. We are here for four nights and selection so big that we will come back every night to try something new. Delish.

Thank Lindy I
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fantastic gelateria - reasonable price, awesome flavours and big size! Loved the white chocolate nougat- will be back.

Thank Mark R
Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After the Cinema or dinner in Darlinghurst always good to drop in to Messina for a gelato Free samples galore always friendly service and the best gelato in nSydney if not the World

Thank timmack2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $63
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shop 1/241 Victoria St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Darlinghurst
  • Neighborhood: Darlinghurst
  • Phone Number: +61 2 8354 1223
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Staying in Darlinghurst

Neighborhood Profile
Home of the small bar revolution in Sydney, Darlinghurst has more bars per capita than any other suburb. Themes range from American whiskey bars and 1950’s theme bars to hidden bars requiring secret passwords. Oxford Street is the "Gay Capital" of Australia, where gay and lesbian-friendly venues feature “diva shows” and dancing until the morning. Vintage lovers flock to Crown Street, and small designer boutiques can be found along Victoria and Bourke Streets. Dining in Darlinghurst is a gastronomic adventure. Food from all over the world is on the menu, from American ribs to tapas, sushi to gelato and every ethnicity in between.
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