Utopia Ice Central City

MondayClosed.

TuesdayClosed.

WednesdayClosed.

Thursday12:00 – 9:00 pm.

Friday12:00 – 9:00 pm.

Saturday11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Sunday11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

153 High Street, CBD, Christchurch

022 189 3440

What started as a farmers market stand is now a local, dual location ice cream empire. Head down to southern High Street to experience all of the delicious, classic, exotic and mindfully made flavours that have taken Utopia Ice to where it is today.

In the freezer you’ll find flavours like rhubarb and hibiscus, dark chocolate sea salt and black sesame crunch. Did we mention those flavors are all vegan? About half the flavors here are vegan and as owner Mandy Klapschuweit says, “We don’t just do vegan ice cream to check a box, we do it because it tastes great.”

Non-vegan options include flavours like classic vanilla bean custard, Tonka bean creme brûlée, honey saffron pistachio and more. Utopia’s flavours rotate with the seasons so you’ll just have to pop in yourself to see what’s ‘scoopin. Every tasty creation served here is original and made from scratch with local ingredients. The team know their suppliers well and the quality of their ingredients is evident from the first taste.

And while the focus here is certainly on ice cream, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Utopia’s hot waffles. These come heaped with yummy toppings like bananas, coco whip, dark chocolate sauce and roasted hazelnuts (that’s just one combination). Another hot waffle that’s graced the menu came with blackberry compote, whipped vanilla creme and buckwheat crumble. True to form these waffles can also be made gluten-free or vegan and the topping profiles change with the seasons.

The Utopia Ice team have created a space here that is as special as their scoops. With big open windows, pinky hues and plenty of greenery this spot is the perfect place to enjoy some extraordinary ice cream on a hot summer’s day or really any time you feel like a cone. There are plenty of places to sit both inside and out and it’s dog friendly. Barista Prima coffee and “proper” decadent hot chocolates are also on offer.

Words by Olivia Sisson & Photography by Nancy Zhou

153 High Street, CBD, Christchurch

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