SHAKE IT OFF

Thick, creamy and decked out with a moun­tain of top­pings—here’s our guide to six of the best milk­shake cafés in Syd­ney.

Where Sydney - - Contents - By Chris­tine Knight

Mar­vel­lous Milk­shakes

WE KNOW IT’S COLD OUT­SIDE, but that won’t stop us from in­dulging in a fancy milk­shake … or two. Th­ese six cafés de­liver some se­ri­ously In­sta­grammable shakes that look like a rain­bow and taste like a dream.

DAISY’S MILK BAR

This tiny milk bar in Syd­ney’s in­ner west will trans­port you back to the 1950s with their retro vibe and clas­sic decor. Or­der a “Fancier Shake” made from premium Serendip­ity ice cream and topped with cream and home­made fudge or caramel sauce. The flavour range is su­perb: choco­late fudge, Milo, salted caramel, jam lam­ing­ton, iced vovo, turk­ish de­light and Nutella are all on of­fer. Ve­g­ans and the lac­tose in­tol­er­ant haven’t been for­got­ten— also on the menu is the “I Swear It’s Ve­gan Shake”, a choco peanut but­ter shake with soy ice cream and al­mond milk. Don’t go home with­out a vin­tage mixed lolly bag.

340 Stan­more Road, Peter­sham. 8065 3466. daisys­milk­bar.com

BELLO THE SHEL­TER

Lo­cated in West­field Bur­wood, this is not your or­di­nary shop­ping cen­tre café. The dishes served at Bello The Shel­ter are so pretty it’s hard to take a bite. Try a “Quirky Shake” to get your milk­shake fix. At $17.50 each they’re pricey, but big enough to share be­tween two or three peo­ple. The “Mr Fer­rero” is a choco­late-lover’s dream; a Choco­late Fer­rero Rocher shake, choco­late ge­lato, Manuka honey and milk, topped with Rocher cake, Bel­gian choco­late but­tons, and Fer­rero Rocher choco­late. We also have eyes for the rain­bow­coloured “Candy Land Bub­ble Gum” shake, made with Manuka honey, milk, can­dies, Per­sian fairy floss, cream and marsh­mal­lows—it’s fit for a uni­corn.

Shop 172, West­field Bur­wood, 100 Bur­wood Road, Bur­wood. 9745 1545. bel­lotheshel­ter.word­press.com

WILDPEAR CAFE

Nes­tled in a pretty nurs­ery in Du­ral, Wildpear is a café that serves up com­fort food, made from fresh, lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, with a healthy side of fun. The menu is large with a Mid­dle East­ern twist. Tra­di­tional in­gre­di­ents such as haloumi, pome­gran­ate and tahini fea­ture fre­quently. Wildpear’s “Rose­wa­ter Milk­shake” is a thing of cot­ton candy fan­tasies—a creamy con­coc­tion topped with a side of pink fairy floss.

658 Old North­ern Road, Du­ral. 9651 6600. wild­pearcafe.com

THE VOGUE CAFE

There’s a touch of “Alice in Won­der­land” at this whim­si­cal café, tucked away in­side the gi­gan­tic Mac­quarie Cen­tre. The Vogue Cafe de­liv­ers ex­cel­lent break­fast and lunch dishes that pair per­fectly with their In­stafa­mous “Killer Shakes”. There are a stan­dard va­ri­ety of flavours on the menu in­clud­ing Nutella, Oreo and peanut but­ter, but it’s their spe­cial, sea­sonal shakes that get us re­ally ex­cited. For a wider va­ri­ety of flavours try the Iced Bev­er­ages that come in lime, straw­berry, ba­nana and more, all topped with some fancy fun.

Mac­quarie Cen­tre, 109 Water­loo Road, Mac­quarie Park. 9887 2570. face­book.com/thevogue­cafe

FOODCRAFT ESPRESSO & BAK­ERY

Home of the shake that kick started the mega-shake trend, Foodcraft Espresso is a mod­ern, airy café in the trendy, in­ner west sub­urb of Ersk­ineville. Save room for the “Tella Balls Shakes”, they’re a meal in them­selves! Choose be­tween Nutella, salted caramel, straw­berry or vanilla shakes, each topped with a Nutella, straw­berry jam or cus­tard donut. You’ll need a siesta af­ter­wards to re­cover!

33 Bridge Street, Ersk­ineville. 8384 6657. food­crafte­spres­soand­bak­ery.com.au

XS ESPRESSO

A busy, in­dus­trial shop­ping com­plex in Syd­ney’s south-west is an un­likely home for this gem of a café that of­fers diners bright and colour­ful dishes, plus the se­ri­ously deca­dent “XS Shakes”. We tried the “Mon­ster Shake”, an Oreo-blended shake topped with whipped cream, more Oreos, Tim Tams and waf­fles, served in an over­flow­ing tall glass.

9a /1183-1187 The Hors­ley Drive, Wether­ill Park. 9757 4265. 9A, 2 Wind­sor Road, North Par­ra­matta. 9890 9229. xs­espresso.com.au

SHAKE IT OFF (Op­po­site page) Bello The Shel­ter. (This page from top) The Vogue Cafe, XS Espresso and Foodcraft Espresso & Bak­ery.

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