Cool down with my list of the best ice cream and gelato in Melbourne, a difficult (but delicious) list to compile.
Here they are, In no particular order:
Best Ice Cream and Gelato Shops in Melbourne
1. Gelato Messina, Melbourne (Various Locations)
I used to live around the corner from Gelato Messina and god do I miss it. When it’s busy it’s like a nightclub, but the ice cream there is worth the wait.
Their ice cream cakes are unbelievable – we’ve had them several times for special occasions and they always elicit oohs and ahs.
Gelato Messina , 237 Smith St, Fitzroy, (02) 9331 1588, email@example.com
2. Jock's Ice Cream, Albert Park
A favourite with Albert Park locals and an ice cream store worth travelling for – just look at all the prizes on the wall.
Jock's Ice Cream and Sorbet, 83 Victoria Ave, Albert Park, 02 9686 3838, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Gelato Primavera / Spring St Grocer, Melbourne CBD
Classic Italian gelateria with clean, fresh flavours and a lovely view of Parliament House.
Gelato Primavera / Spring St Grocer, 157 Spring St, Melbourne,
+61 3 9639 0335, email@example.com
4. Cuppa Turca, Northcote
The only place in Melbourne where you can sample dondurma, Turkish ice cream. It's stretchy and icy and made fresh daily.
Cuppa Turca, 244-288 High St Northcote, +61 422 288 161, firstname.lastname@example.org
The soft-serve machine at Candied Bakery smashes out some unique flavours every week, often coinciding with whatever festive occasion is happening at the time.
Candied Bakery, 81a Hudsons Rd, Spotswood, +61 497 103 428, email@example.com
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Get some of the best Asian flavours of gelato in Melbourne. Their pandan is to die for and if you like durian ice cream, this is the place to get it.
Il Dolce Freddo, 116 Lygon St, Carlton, +61 3 9639 3344, firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Pidapipo, Melbourne (various locations)
One of my favourite gelateria, mainly for their creamy and clean-tasting hazelnut hidden inside the stainless steel Italian-built pozzetti fridge.
You can always judge the quality of a gelateria by their hazelnut gelato, which is gram for gram the most expensive gelato to produce.
Pidapipo, 299 Lygon St, Carlton and 85 Chapel St, Windsor, 0393474596, email@example.com
8. Miinot Gelato, Pascoe Vale
A tiny shop with a huge following for its freshly churned gelati made on site with a daily rotation of flavours.
Miinot Gelato, 71 Melville Rd, Pascoe Vale, +61 3 9383 4258, firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Il Melograno, Fitzroy
Forget any mass-produced choc tops at the nearby Westgarth Cinema and save your appetite for a post-movie cone at this authentic Italian gelateria instead.
Il Melograno, 381 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy email@example.com
10. Piccolina Gelateria, Melbourne (Various locations)
Stylish traditional gelateria serving their fresh granita, sorbet and gelati out of pozzetti tubs. Try their Better than Nutella!
Piccolina Gelateria, 802 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn and 296 Smith St, Collingwood, +61 3 8456 0071, firstname.lastname@example.org
11. 1565 Gelateria, Kensington
Watch the kitchen churn out freshly made gelato and buy bread and baked goods too.
1565 Gelateria, 3 Gower St Kensington, (03) 9376 1965
12. Beku Gelato, Brunswick East
Small shopfront scooping unusual Asian flavours such as durian, teh tarik and coconut sorbet with jackfruit.
Beku Gelato, 171 Lygon St, Brunswick East, 0432 011 728
13. Billy Van Creamy, Fitzroy North & Brunswick
Billy Van Creamy ice cream doesn’t contain any artificial colouring or preservatives, synthetic stabilisers or emulsifiers – just organic milk, fresh cream, raw sugar and free range egg yolks. There are also vegan options!
Billy Van Creamy, 212 st Georges Road, Fitzroy North, email@example.com
14. Footscray Ice Cream Co, Footscray
The Footscray ice cream shop (next to Up in Smoke) are scooping delicious ice cream and sorbets by the folks behind the Woodend Ice Cream Co. Some of the most popular flavours are the mascarpone caramelised fig and chocolate cheesecake brownie. They've also got a large selection of dairy-free sorbets and gluten-free waffle for those with dietary requirements.
Footscray Ice Cream Co, 28 Hopkins Street Footscray, 0431 796 698
15. Scoopy Milk Bar, West Footscray
Scoopy Milk Bar is a Melbourne dessert store that introduced Melburnians to the wonders of ‘bingsu' – a Korean shaved ice dessert. The Scoopy Kitchen is open for pick up from 4pm to 8pm on Thursdays to Saturdays via their online store and delivery on most delivery platforms.
Score 15% off your next order when you bring your rinsed out bingsu containers and bring them back to the Scoopy Kitchen (or their CBD store) to recycle as part of the Scoopy For the Future: Buy Back Program.
Scoopy Milk Bar, 4 McArthur St West Footscray, +61 3 9642 2203, firstname.lastname@example.org
16. Happy Eats Gelato, Ascot Vale
From refreshing sorbets to indulgent gelato, Happy Eats has got you covered!
Made from the best ingredients possible, Happy Eats‘ homemade gelato uses perfectly good quality fruit and vegetables from the Happy Apple Greengrocers that might have gone to waste due to only being imperfect in shape, size or colour.
On top of the sorbet and gelato offerings, the store also offers vegan and gluten free options, cold-pressed juices and delicious sweet treats.
17. Lagom Gelateria, Brunswick
Its Gelato time at Lagom Gelateria! Enjoy a scoop of happiness with your friends and family. With the 20 classic and 24 unique flavours available at their store, you'll surely never find a taste that will bore your palate.
Their store at Brunswick is open everyday from 12pm to 9pm.
Lagom Gelateria, 822 Sydney Road, Brunswick, (03) 7015 9142, email@example.com
18. Kariton Sorbetes, Footscray
Fine dining chefs John Rivera (ex-Lume) and Minh Duong (ex-Maha) created the online business in August 2020 selling Filipino-inspired artisan gelato. They are now scooping ube halaya, buko pandan, keso and more unique flavours (plus soft serve and hand held gelato/sorbet treats) from their bricks-and-mortar store in Footscray.
Be patient with the lines and you will be rewarded!
Kariton Sorbetes, 50 Leeds St, Footscray