Shake It Off: Six of the Best Milkshake Cafes in Sydney

Thick, creamy and decked out with a mountain of toppings—here’s our guide to six of the best milkshake cafés in Sydney.

No matter what time of year, we love to indulge in a fancy milkshake … or two. These six cafés deliver some seriously Instagrammable shakes that look like a rainbow and taste like a dream.

Daisy’s Milk Bar

Daisy's Milk Bar in Sydney’s inner west will transport you back to the 1950s with their retro vibe and classic decor. Order a “Fancier Shake” made from premium Serendipity ice cream and topped with cream and homemade fudge or caramel sauce. The flavour range is superb: chocolate fudge, Milo, salted caramel, jam lamington, iced vovo, turkish delight and Nutella are all on offer. Vegans and the lactose intolerant haven’t been forgotten—also on the menu is the “I Swear It’s Vegan Shake,” a choco peanut butter shake with soy ice cream and almond milk. Don’t go home without a vintage mixed lolly bag.

Bello The Shelter

Located in Westfield Burwood, this is not your ordinary shopping centre café. The dishes served at Bello The Shelter are so pretty it’s hard to take a bite. Try a “Quirky Shake” to get your milkshake fix. At $17.50 each they’re pricey, but big enough to share between two or three people. The “Mr Ferrero” is a chocolate-lover’s dream; a Chocolate Ferrero Rocher shake, chocolate gelato, Manuka honey and milk, topped with Rocher cake, Belgian chocolate buttons, and Ferrero Rocher chocolate. We also have eyes for the rainbow-coloured “Candy Land Bubble Gum” shake, made with Manuka honey, milk, candies, Persian fairy floss, cream and marshmallows. It’s fit for a unicorn. 

Wildpear Cafe

Nestled in a pretty nursery in Dural, Wildpear is a café that serves up comfort food, made from fresh, local ingredients, with a healthy side of fun. The menu is large with a Middle Eastern twist. Traditional ingredients such as haloumi, pomegranate and tahini feature frequently. Wildpear’s “Rosewater Milkshake” is a thing of cotton candy fantasies—a creamy concoction topped with a side of pink fairy floss. 

Delicious shakes from XS Espresso (left) and The Vogue Cafe (right).
Delicious shakes from XS Espresso (left) and The Vogue Cafe (right). (©Christine Knight)

The Vogue Cafe

There’s a touch of “Alice in Wonderland” at this whimsical café, tucked away inside the gigantic Macquarie Centre. The Vogue Cafe delivers excellent breakfast and lunch dishes that pair perfectly with their Insta-famous “Killer Shakes.” There are a standard variety of flavours on the menu including Nutella, Oreo and peanut butter, but it’s the special, seasonal shakes that get us really excited. For a wider variety of flavours try the Iced Beverages that come in lime, strawberry, banana and more, all topped with some fancy fun.

Foodcraft Espresso & Bakery

Home of the shake that kick-started the mega-shake trend, Foodcraft Espresso is a modern, airy café in the trendy, inner west suburb of Erskineville. Save room for the “Tella Balls Shakes”, they’re a meal in themselves! Choose between Nutella, salted caramel, strawberry or vanilla shakes, each topped with a Nutella, strawberry jam or custard donut. You’ll need a siesta afterward to recover!

XS Espresso

A busy, industrial shopping complex in Sydney’s southwest is an unlikely home for XS Espresso. This café offers diners bright and colourful dishes, plus the seriously decadent “XS Shakes.” We tried the “Monster Shake,” an Oreo-blended shake topped with whipped cream, more Oreos, Tim Tams and waffles, served in an overflowing tall glass.