Canberra milkshakes you need in your life


When word got out this week about the Canberra milkshakes from Patissez, it broke the internet. The over-the-top "freakshakes" have been featured on the Canberra Times, Buzzfeed, the Daily Mail, Mashable,  the Irish Examiner and even on TV on the Today Show. My instagram photo below was shared in some of those articles too!

#MacgyverBoyfriend was super excited when the Muddy pat hot shake was brought out @patissez! Who can blame him?? Warm fudgy hot chocolate, fudge brownie, chocolate fudge, whipped cream, toasted housemade marshmallow! 😍😍😍 #Canberra

A photo posted by The Food Avenue (@thefoodavenue) on Jun 18, 2015 at 3:31pm PDT

I went to Patissez today to grab some takeaway slices of cake but the cake cabinet was sadly empty. And at 11am, it was a 4 hour wait for a table! According to someone who had been there since 8am, they waited two hours for their table.

Comments on the buzzfeed article that went viral indicated many were considering roadtrips to Canberra.

If you're thinking about coming to Canberra, home of the freakshakes, here are a few more roadtrip worthy shakes that will blow your mind!

1. Apple pie shake - April's Caravan (Braddon)


Think of apple pie and ice cream in liquid form. The flavours were of stewed apple, a bit of cinnamon and a hint of caramel. I loved the blue and white polka dotted takeaway cup. I loved it even more when April (?) told me to take a big sip so she could pour more shake in. We also got the Mocha Java spiced shake, which tasted like a beautiful iced chai.


2. Violet crumble shake - Penny University (Kingston) This is a sophisticated shake containing dark chocolate, honeycomb, violet syrup and ice cream. A complex but complementary combination of flavours. The violet syrup tasted almost cherry-like, which cut through the richness of the chocolate. I loved that it wasn't super sweet and focused more on the subtle balance of flavours. Perfect shake for one or share between two. Other unique shakes at Penny University include the Strawberry rhubarb and ginger crumble (or Apple rhubarb?)

Apple Rhubarb shake 👌 A photo posted by Stuart Ho (@stuart.n.ho) on Jun 12, 2015 at 8:03pm PDT

and the Salted caramel, banana and walnut milkshake.

Salted caramel, banana & walnut milkshake at @pennyuniversityroasters looked pretty yum! #restaurantaustralia #visitcanberra #localscan #kingston #cafe #canberra #milkshake #sofranksocial

A photo posted by Fiona Brammall (@fimail70) on Jun 28, 2015 at 4:38am PDT

3. Bruno Mars milkshake - Fox and bow (Farrer)

Gelato on gelato action. This milkshake contains chocolate gelato, choc caramel fudge, topped with a scoop of salted caramel gelato. The chocolate and salted caramel flavours were a match made in heaven. While this particular shake is no longer available, they have just as amazing sounding shakes and smoothies named after celebrities - such as the Kimye and the Caitlyn (Jenner).

I've been having a wonderful staycation in Canberra this weekend! Today, I tried out newcomer Fox and Bow. The Bruno Mars shake - amazing sugary goodness! Milk, chocolate gelato, choc caramel fudge topped with salted caramel gelato! 😍   A photo posted by The Food Avenue (@thefoodavenue) on Apr 6, 2015 at 12:34am PDT

4. Assaulted Caramel - Marble and Grain (Civic)

The next milkshake is for adults only. Featuring Captain Morgan's spiced rum, Bailey's, milk and their very own caramel syrup topped off with cracked sea salt - this is Marble and Grain's signature cocktail. Very easy to drink and even easier to lose track of how many you've had!

If you're wanting a night cap, pop in to Marble and Grain and order their signature cocktail. Served in the cutest little milk bottle is the "Assaulted Caramel" - Captain Morgan's spiced rum, Bailey's, milk and their very own caramel syrup topped off with cracked sea salt. A photo posted by The Food Avenue (@thefoodavenue) on Apr 13, 2015 at 5:46am PDT

5. Salted caramel popcorn shake - The Cupping Room (Civic)

Staying with the salted caramel theme, nothing beats the Cupping Room's king shake. It is a very sweet thickshake, topped with a huge piece of caramel popcorn.

What lovely weather for a brunch date at @thecuppingroom! Time for some magical drinks - house blend flat white and the salted caramel popcorn king shake. A photo posted by The Food Avenue (@thefoodavenue) on Apr 11, 2015 at 7:55pm PDT

The strawberry-flavoured Jam Donut shake comes with an actual doughnut! And if you're in a hurry, takeaway shakes are ideal.

Bringing all the boys to the yard is this jam doughnut milkshake from @thecuppingroom. It comes with an actual doughnut! #winning #humanbrochure   A photo posted by The Food Avenue (@thefoodavenue) on Nov 13, 2014 at 5:00pm PST

I avoided the line at @thecuppingroom after the balloon spectacular by getting this Peach, maple and walnut milkshake to takeaway from the back window! #Winning #thecuppingroom #cuppingroom #milkshake A photo posted by The Food Avenue (@thefoodavenue) on Mar 16, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT

6. Salted caramel smoothie - O' So Smoothie (Westside Acton Park)


While not technically a milkshake, this is a drink that has been included in my list because it is o' so good! It's a smoothie made of banana, cashews, dates, maca powder (Peruvian ginseng), agave syrup and almond milk - that tastes like a salted caramel milkshake! The dates in this smoothie give a natural sugar hit and a caramel-like flavour. The smoothies from this place have the added bonus of being dairy and gluten free, and suitable for vegans.

7. Nutty Professor - Eighty Twenty (Braddon) Another healthy alternative to the standard milkshake, that doesn't compromise on taste is the Nutty Professor. Cacao, milk (or milk alternative) banana, peanut butter and maca are blended together for a delicious peanut buttery drink.

Pretty much a meal in itself! The Nutty Professor smoothie from @eightytwentyfood #Yum A photo posted by The Food Avenue (@thefoodavenue) on Sep 6, 2014 at 8:43pm PDT

Special mentions

While not exclusive to Canberra, Koko Black does amazingly decadent thickshakes too.

Indulging in decadent takeaway #icedchocolates from @KokoBlackChocolate after a spicy (mouth-burning) Thai lunch! My friend got the Iced Mocha and I got the Salted Caramel flavoured Iced Chocolate! 🙊 A photo posted by The Food Avenue (@thefoodavenue) on Jun 2, 2015 at 8:22pm PDT

In my milkshake quest, I found a few other options, but didn't get a chance to check them out for myself. Frugii Dessert Laboratory will be selling thickshakes in their Braddon store in the coming weeks. However, Stripey Sundae at Gold Creek already do milkshakes with Frugii ice cream!

Ain't this the cutest little milkshake you ever did see? We love being a kid friendly business that serves grown up flavours! #norainbowicecreamhere #kidfriendly #canberra #gungahlin #sophistikid #vanillabean #goldcreek #stripeysundae #frugii A photo posted by Stripey Sundae (@stripeysundae) on Jan 12, 2014 at 7:04pm PST

A photo posted by Stripey Sundae (@stripeysundae) on Jan 12, 2013 at 8:01pm PST

According to @fimail70, Stand By Me Cafe in Lyons does an Eton Mess milkshake and a Vanilla honeycomb milkshake!

Eton Mess milkshake - I didn't get to taste much of it but it seemed pretty yum from the little bit I got! @standbymecafe #latergram #cafe #visitcanberra #igerscanberra #localscan #restaurantaustralia #sofranksocial A photo posted by Fiona Brammall (@fimail70) on Jul 5, 2015 at 7:22am PDT

Vanilla honeycomb milkshake at @standbymecafe on Friday afternoon for an end of term treat with the kids. So much choc honeycomb at the bottom! Yummy! #latergram #localscan #igerscanberra #visitcanberra #restaurantaustralia #cafe #sofranksocial

A photo posted by Fiona Brammall (@fimail70) on Jul 5, 2015 at 7:17am PDT

What's your favourite milkshake flavour? Have I missed any amazing milkshakes in Canberra? Leave a comment below :)

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