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Where to try the best milkshakes in the world

Recently updated on August 14th, 2023 at 04:30 pm

In honour of National Chocolate Milkshake day (yep, it’s a real day!) we’ve scoured the globe to find the best milkshakes in the world. From simple classics to thickshakes and over-the-top creamy ‘artshakes’, there are so many types of milkshakes to put on your travel radar. Whether you find yourself in America, Asia or Australia, here’s where to go for the best milkshakes around the world. 

The Market Milkshake Bar, Miami, United States

For the best milkshakes in Miami, you’ll have to chase the Market Milkshake Bar food truck around town. It roams the streets of Miami making deliciously decadent freakshakes. Vegan friends are catered for too with plant based milks.

JoJo’s Shake Bar, Chicago, United States

JoJo’s Shake Bar is the sort of place that takes milkshakes to a whole new level. While they do actually offer a huge range of basic, no-frills shakes, their “Biggie Shakes” menu is where they unleash the sugar rush with crazy toppings, cream and add ons.

Garage 51, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The award-winning Garage 51 is known for its espresso coffee and various types of milkshakes. This cool looking Kuala Lumpur cafe has an industrial feel and also serves up baked eggs, croissants and bagels, perfect to off-set your sugary shake.

Soft Serve Society, London, United Kingdom

The freakshake trend can be a little over the top, so if you want something smaller and paired back, but a step up from your classic chocolate shake, try this London ice cream bar. Soft Serve Society’s mini freakshakes include flavours like matcha topped with crunchy nut cornflakes, oreo crumbs and a white chocolate sauce.

Patissez, Canberra, Australia

Love Nutella? You’ll love the “Pretzella” at Australia’s original home of freakshakes. People have been known to travel to the nation’s capital, Canberra, just to order one of cafe Patissez’ milky drinks. One of the best milkshakes in the world, this one starts with a base of blended milk and Nutella, is drizzled with Nutella, includes a whipped Nutella cream and Nutella dunked pretzels. 

The Yard Milkshake Bar, United States

If you love a “freakshake” this milkshake bar offers some of the best. With monthly specials and gluten and vegan options, take your pick from dozens of crazy milkshakes with crazy names and toppings like “The Mermaid”. It has a base of birthday cake ice cream, pink and teal marshmallow cream, a rim of mermaid candy, whipped cream, a rock candy stick and a while chocolate mermaid tail. Phew, good luck finishing that! The Yard Milkshake bar has locations in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

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25 Degrees, Singapore

This LA burger bar has taken Singapore by storm, but with an Asian twist. Think boba-flavoured milkshakes with pearls… yep, really! Try the Bobalicious milkshake, or if you like potato chips the Chipsters shake has your name on it. Of course, there are classic malt shakes and less adventurous flavours to pair with your burger too.

Spiked Rich, Florida, United States

Did someone say boozy milkshakes? Bourbon and caramel were basically made for one another and at this South Florida ice cream bar you can combine the two in a donut-topped shake. Served in a martini glass, these adults-only milkshakes at Spiked Rich come in flavours like mango margarita, cookies irish cream and spiked coffee. 

Venchi, Rome, Italy

Eating gelato in Italy is one of the greatest experiences on earth. Milkshake lovers can have their gelato and drink it too with a gelato shake at Venchi, one of Italy’s oldest chocolate makers. Famous for top quality gelato that uses natural and local Italian ingredients, and you can blend any flavour into a shake, topped with cream. 

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Milk, Brisbane, Australia

When it comes to scouring the globe for the top milkshakes around the world, sometimes there is nothing better than simplicity. It’s the uncomplicated harmony of fresh milk, quality ice cream and syrup that can’t be beat, and Milk Cafe & Bar in Brisbane honour this.  Sure they offer deluxe thickshakes with toppings, but the main focus is on classic milkshakes and thickshakes with basic flavours like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and caramel.

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UnSHAKEable, Texas, United States

Want a milkshake that changes the world? unSHAKEable is a non-profit social project that helps people get back on their feet by providing employment. “We believe everyone deserves a second chance, people to love them and a ridiculously lit milkshake.” Cheers to that!

So, those are the best milkshakes in the world according to us. Would you travel to Asia or America or Australia for the best milkshakes around the world? Let us know in the comments…

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