Cool down with my list of the best ice cream and gelato in Melbourne, a difficult (but delicious) list to compile. In no particular order:
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.
Watch your ice cream being made as the custard is frozen using clouds of liquid nitrogen, resulting in a very smooth and light consistency. They serve up a rotation of bizarre flavours weekly.
A favourite with Albert Park locals and an ice cream store worth travelling for – just look at all the prizes on the wall.
Classic Italian gelateria with clean, fresh flavours and a lovely view of Parliament House.
The only place in Melbourne where you can sample dondurma, Turkish ice cream. It’s stretchy and icy and made fresh daily.
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.
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.
My favourite gelateria, mainly for their creamy and clean-tasting hazelnut hidden inside the stainless steel Italian-built pozzetti fridge. According to this article you can always judge the quality of a gelateria by their hazelnut gelato, which is gram for gram the most expensive gelato to produce.
A tiny shop with a huge following for its freshly churned gelati made on site with a daily rotation of flavours.
Forget the choc tops at the Westgarth Cinema and save your appetite for a post-movie cone at this authentic Italian gelateria instead.
11. Piccolina Gelateria, 802 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn and 296 Smith St, Collingwood
Stylish traditional gelateria serving their fresh granita, sorbet and gelati out of pozzetti tubs. Try their Better than Nutella!
12. 1565 Gelateria, 3 Gower St Kensington
Watch the kitchen churn out freshly made gelato and buy bread and baked goods too.
13. Beku Gelato, 171 Lygon St, Brunswick East
Small shopfront scooping unusual Asian flavours such as durian, teh tarik and coconut sorbet with jackfruit.