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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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16 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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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129 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Wellington, New Zealand
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63 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This ice cream parlour was all hype. The servings were small, service was abrupt, and we were left wondering what all the self promotion was about. If we had our time again we would have bought 9 scoops on a plate for $18 but I fear they would have been tiny scoops and we would again have been disappointed. Without... More 

Thank JohnWilliams201
Vancouver Island, Canada
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110 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Watermelon mint and chili.., amazing flavours made for a difficult choice, this was the most interesting and tasty ice cream I have ever had anywhere!

Thank Quadracat
Queensland, Australia
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We ordered gelato from here after lunch. We tried the following flavours: chocolate, caramel, mango and blackcurrant and wine sorbet. The ice cream was delicious but not the best we have tried. We still enjoyed our purchase and finished off every bit but we're expecting a bit more from all the awards displayed. We also thought the place lacked a... More 

Thank MiaaCal
La Spezia, Italy
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Being italian I am very picky on icecreams. But I was here 15 years ago and I remembered well the place was selling great icecream. So I dragged my friend here... delicious. We tried lavanda icecream and wine icecream. Perfect match. Great taste. Creamy. Natural. Award winners! And The owner served us Even if He was already closing the Shop!... More 

Thank lattediluna73
De Pere, Wisconsin
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

The adults and kids all enjoyed their frozen treats. I wasn't too enthused about the lavender honey flavor (especially when the man at the counter told him one boy had told him it tasted "like Grandma") but it was really good, light and refreshing. The kid sized cones were more than enough for us. I just wish they were open... More 

Thank ladydoc2006
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Poor service & very dissappointing gelato! We wouldn't mind paying as much as we did for a quality product, but the taste really was sub par. I suggest going elsewhere for better value and service. We definitely will not be returning. :-(

Thank Alanna J
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

It's light yet very flavorful. Had five flavours and love all of them. We also love the place and location. The guy (the owner I presumed) gave us a free scoop of a new flavour and it's tasty as expected. Will definitely come back if I find myself in town again.

Thank 646madelinet

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 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?