Ice cream shop with juice bar where one-half the cabinet is vegan with around 4 sorbets and 4 coconut-based vegan ice cream. Uses local and seasonal produce to make the flavors which change regularly. Examples include lavender and apricot or coconut, strawberry, and lemongrass. Hot chocolate and chai can be made with plant milk (soy, almond, coconut). Cones are vegan and can make vegan waffles with ice cream. Open Tue-Thu 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 11:00am-6:00pm. Closed Mon.

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15 Reviews

First Review by Yolanda


Points +783

05 Nov 2023

Good waffles!!

I tried the waffle with ice cream and it was really good and tasty. I recommand it !!

I also had the iced coffee with ice cream, whipped cream and waffle but I wouldn't recommend it... It was tasteless to my opinion, the whipped cream had no taste and there wasn't enough coffee

Pros: The waffle!



Points +836

15 Jan 2023


Great vegan options, friendly service.

Pros: Yummy

Cons: Pricey but worth it


Points +22

10 Jul 2022

LOVED the vegan waffles and array of toppings.

Waffles were amazing and loved the different toppings available. Coconut whip, hazelnuts, banana and vegan chocolate sauce 🤤

Updated from previous review on 2022-07-10


Points +350

30 Jan 2022


So many options for vegan flavors! Lots of unique flavors, everything we tried was great.


Points +121

29 Nov 2020

So good!

Eight delicious vegan ice creams! We tried 6 between us and they were all so good!

Pros: Plenty of variety , Fun outdoor seating


Points +100

09 Mar 2020

cry me a river

the absolute best icecream ever


Points +221

06 Mar 2020

Lots of vegan flavors

Half of their flavors are vegan. I had coconut blackberry & crumble and coconut, dark chocolate & cacao nibs. It was divine!

Pros: lots of vegan options , nice garden area, vegan and gluten free cones


Points +414

13 Feb 2020


Delicious gelato & sorbet. Coffee good too!

Pros: Loads of choice, Prices are competitive


Points +227

30 Jan 2020

Yummy ice cream in lovely garden

After lunch in Lyttleton I just came here on my way back to Christchurch to have a dessert - and it was definitely worth the extra mile. Helpful and friendly staff that gave great recommendations and adjusted them after I said that I’m vegan. The menu has a lot of clearly marked vegan options: ice flavors, toppings and waffles. The little garden in front of the cafe is nice to sit and enjoy the ice creams as well. Perfect stopover!

Pros: lots of vegan options on all menu sections, helpful staff with great recommendations, nice little garden

Cons: pricey


Points +94

05 Jul 2019

Best ice cream in Christchurch

Cutest little shop with amazing ice cream and great coffee and the most delicious vegan waffles. Would give more than five stars if I could. ☺️


Points +214

21 May 2019

So many vegan options! Worth the trip

Around half the menu is vegan and they have vegan waffles! Try the dark chocolate sea salt, it's to die for


Points +971

29 Nov 2018


Best vegan ice cream I ever ate.


Points +284

04 Nov 2018

Ice cream!!!

I've tried the Banana Split and I have to say, it was one of the best ice cream I've had so far in NZ

Pros: Lots of Vegan options

Cons: Nothing


Points +132

12 Apr 2018

Love at first lick!

So thrilled for find actual vegan ice cream rather than a sobert. The wide range of favors was awesome, great creamy texture and beyond happy with it. Feel in love with a salted caramel toffee popcorn, over chocolate, very surprised and shocked, but so good!

Pros: Creamy vegan ice cream, Good mix of favors to choose, Vegan waffle cone

Cons: Hard to find from the road it sits behind trees.


Points +1772

08 Feb 2018

Vegan whipped cream!

Situated a few streets back from the sea, Utopia Ice is a must for Christchurch ice cream lovers visiting the seaside suburb of Sumner. This ice cream shop with a juice bar is in the heart of Sumner, just opposite the library and community centre. They use local and seasonal produce to make their handmade and unique flavour combinations which change regularly. One-half the cabinet is vegan with around 4 sorbets and 4 coconut-based vegan ice creams. Examples include lavender and apricot sorbet and coconut, strawberry, and lemongrass ice cream. An exciting option is to have whipped coconut cream piped on the top of your ice cream for just $1 more plus another $1 for a generous sprinkling of roasted and chopped hazelnuts. This is the only ice cream shop in New Zealand that I am aware of that offers vegan whipped cream. (And I have been to most of them). The cones are vegan and they can also make vegan waffles with ice cream. Hot chocolate and chai can be made with plant milk (soy, almond, coconut) will warm you up on a cold day.
You can take your ice cream to eat on the beach or enjoy it in their garden dining area.

Pros: gorgeous flavours, vegan whipped cream, great location

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