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.
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
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
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.