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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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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.

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Thank MMN43
Queensland, Australia
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129 reviews
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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 

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Thank TwoFP
Wellington, New Zealand
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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 

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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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!

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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 

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La Spezia, Italy
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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 

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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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 

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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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. :-(

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Thank Alanna J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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.

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Thank 646madelinet
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

You have to go! Have to have to! Close to water so take your ice cream and walk towards the dock for a beautiful view. Panna (whipped cream) is great, and all their flavors are exceptional! Yum!

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Thank Christina V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
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?