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Penguino Gelato Cafe

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85 Montgomery Square, Nelson, New Zealand
+64 3-545 6450
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Nelson, New Zealand
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88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are some weird and wonderful flavors to be had here. Friendly service and reasonable pricing.Normally only open in the warmer months.

Thank Boardboy23
Brisbane, Australia
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Best gelato I have had in many years. Unique flavours, plus delicious favourites. Could be a little more generous in the scoop size when ordering in a cone.

Thank TimNut
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Some of the most exotic ice creams in the world. Passing by Nelson? Then you have to stop here, it's worth it.

Thank Paul V
Nelson, New Zealand
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204 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So good and tasty on a hot day. Not the cheapest icecream but worth it as you know that it is made there and different flavours to try. My all time favourite is the Lemon Sorbet. So refreshing.

Thank owlesey
Kaiapoi, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't explain how I can have ice cold sorbet in my mouth but have fire on my tongue. It was a culinary delight! So glad we stopped and tried your gold award winning watermelon/mint leaf/ chili sorbet cones. Fantastic 👍🏼

Thank 6starkplace
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ice cream was good and tasty, but nothing too special (and I've had heaps of ice cream in NZ already). Sadly the service was really poor. The ladies were a bit rude and unfriendly and didn't give us much time to dicide. The prices were normal, like everywhere else.

Thank Sarah U
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for affogato. Was ok not great. Maybe a little stingy on gelato for the price. Ice cream needs to be quite cold for a good one. But lots of choice if you want an odd flavour.

Thank Loralee R
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The lavender honey was beautiful, my son was a little disappointed with the watermelon, but it is an interesting flavour. The black forest, caramel and boysenberry also went down a treat. The serving sizes were small and in hindsight I should have ordered the platter of 9 scoops of ice cream for better value for money and so we could... More 

Thank 553natashaw
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Sooooo many choices, so take your time, talk to the staff, and choose carefully. You will never ever regret it.

Thank MMN43
Queensland, Australia
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130 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

A penguin themed cafe is a novel way to sell ice cream, gelato and sorbet and the decorations were certainly pretty cool. We had the gold medal winning watermelon, fresh mint and chilli flake ice cream and the light vanilla with white chocolate chips. The watermelon was interesting and unusual but the vanilla and white chocolate was ordinary. We have... More 

Thank TwoFP

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85 Montgomery Square, Nelson, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-545 6450

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?