Sunday, March 01, 2020

Cuppa Turca

December 25, 2019

We had a misplaced hunch that Black Waffle would be open on Christmas day, and it was Cuppa Turca that instead sated our mid-afternoon hankering for icecream. This High St cafe serves a rare range of Turkish desserts, including dondurma/ice cream. (Here's a nice SBS Food article covering the cafe's inception.)

The texture of dondurma is more substantial and less frothy than the icecreams usually scooped in Australia, with a bit of chew and stretch about it. Cuppa Turca rotate their flavours and we've found that about a third of them tend to be vegan and coconut-based. They're not just falling back on the usual fruit flavours when they go dairy-free: the cup above boasts Turkish delight and dark chocolate ($6.80), and we saw black tahini among the options too.


Cuppa Turca has also received positive coverage on TOT: HOT OR NOT.

Cuppa Turca
244 High St, Northcote
9489 3114
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Accessibility: We think there's a gentle incline rather than a step on entry. We ordered and paid at a high counter. Interior furniture is reasonable crowded. We didn't visit the toilets.


  1. I love it when vegan options are not just fruit. So many fun flavours to make!

    1. I completely agree, Susan! I'm noticing good chocolate options around more often, but it's still a treat to see a broader variety of vegan flavours in non-vegan shops. :)