Winter is no excuse for not indulging in ice cream or gelato. Aside from Gelato Messina popping up in Surry Hills, the other talk of the town in the gelato world is N2.

Named after the chemical formula for nitrogen gas, this gelateria uses liquid nitrogen to freeze real ingredients into gelato, on order!

N2 Extreme Gelato - Chinatown Sydney

The flavour combinations are quirky and include menu options such as cough syrup, rosemary and honey, spicy strawberry, and earl grey infused caramel!

The whole place really plays up on the mad scientist theme too – they all wear lab coats and glasses, ingredients are stored in various chemistry lab style flasks and beakers, and the large liquid nitrogen tanks are for all to see.

N2 Extreme Gelato - kitchen

After 2 visits on 2 consecutive days, I think N2 is definitely more than just a gimmick. Yes, it’s super cool to see them churn the gelato in colourful KitchenAid Mixers from scratch, right before your eyes, but the flavours are quirky and really do work. Plus, gelato really can’t get fresher than this!

N2 Extreme Gelato - flavours: earl grey infused caramel and green tea with pepper

Scoops are $6 each. They say you don’t need a second scoop, which is rather true!

I’m still tossed on which flavour is my favourite… The earl grey infused caramel is subtle but luscious; the spicy strawberry has an addictive kick as well as tasting really fruity; the rosemary and honey is just so fragrant and the green tea and mixed pepper is sharp and refreshing! Oh, the Hainanese coffee is beautiful too!

Despite the cold weather, there were queues on both visits! I can’t imagine how popular N2 will be when Sydney warms up!

N2 Extreme Gelato - queue


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N2 Extreme Gelato
43/1 Dixon Street, Sydney NSW
Web: n2extremegelato.com.au

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.