Niska | Robotic Ice Cream Bar
Niska is a must-see, must-eat experience located at Federation Square.
Fall in love with our unique and exciting robotic ice cream bar.
The store is in Federation Square, with ice cream served by three robot attendants Pepper, Eka and Tony.
Our ice cream is divine
They are all locally-produced in Melbourne with the best artisan tradition of gelato and ice cream making.
Our flavours are subject to availability but there are 16 of them on offer at any one time.
(please note we have dairy free, gluten free and vegan flavours available)
🍧 Black Sesame
🍧 Rum & Raisin
🍧 Peanut Butter
🍧 Fig & Marscapone
🍧 Blood Orange
🍧 Caramel Fudge
🍧 Rocky Road
🍧 Bubble Gum
🍧 Apple Crumble
🍧 Panna Cotta
🍧 Sticky Date
🍧 White Chocolate
🍧 Fig, Honeycomb & Caramel
🍧 Cookies & Cream
🍧 Matcha Green Tea
Enter the bright, white shop and you'll see them hard at work, each tasked with a different step of the serving process. One takes your order and payment via an interactive menu screen. Here, you can choose from suggested dessert combos, or create your own from a selection of ice cream flavours, toppings, sauces and extras. The frozen stuff is all made locally in Melbourne, with ice cream varieties including favourites like hazelnut, salted caramel, coconut and rocky road.
A second robot staff member has just one arm, but scoops like a boss, filling diners' cups from a rotating wheel of different flavours. The final futuristic helper adds any toppings to the cup and delivers the final product to a glass kiosk. There's a screen displaying which orders are on the way and a handy ding of a bell when one's ready to be picked up - when yours is up, just scan your receipt barcode and it'll let you grab it.
Still a little iffy? A real, live human staff member is always on hand - just in case or any ice cream emergencies - and any potential robot glitches are managed by an off-site computer tech support team.
Happily, Niska's futuristic leanings extend beyond the high tech staff to other important areas. In a nod to the planet's future, the store's ice cream cups are made from clear polycarbonate with a P5 grading, and are fully recyclable when placed in one of the in-store bins.
NISKA is located in Fed Square's Crossbar building, opposite ACMI café and Beer Deluxe in the main square.
Permanent store at Federation Square
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Federation Square [show]
⊜ Corner Swanston Street and Flinders Street Melbourne | Map
✆ + 61 3 9655 1900
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