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The HOT List: Top 12 Best icecream and gelato in Melbourne

best gelato melbourne

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:

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  1. Gelato Messina , 237 Smith St, Fitzroy

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

  1. N2 Extreme Gelato 329 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

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.

n2 extreme gelato

3. Jock’s Ice Cream and Sorbets, 83 Victoria Ave, 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.

4. Gelato Primavera / Spring St Grocer, 157 Spring St, Melbourne

Classic Italian gelateria with clean, fresh flavours and a lovely view of Parliament House.

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5. Cuppa Turca, 244-288 High St 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

  1. Candied Bakery, 81a Hudsons Rd, Spotswood

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.


  1. Il Dolce Freddo, 116 Lygon St, Carlton

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.


8. Pidapipo, 299 Lygon St, Carlton and 85 Chapel St, Windsor


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.

9. Miinot Gelato, 71 Melville Rd, Pascoe Vale

miinot gelato

A tiny shop with a huge following for its freshly churned gelati made on site with a daily rotation of flavours.


  1. Il Melograno, 76 High Street, Northcote

il melograno

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

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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

1565 Gelateria

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.

Where are your favourite place for ice cream and gelato in Melbourne?

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

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She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

This Post Has 8 Comments
    1. Hi Shellie, thanks for your comment. I haven’t made it to Miinot Gelato yet, hence I can’t say whether it rates in my Top 10. I’ll head there this summer and maybe it will bump someone else off the list :)

  1. Casa del Gelato. Lygon St , Carlton. Near
    Argyle Place. Old school and our everything house made, soy flavours too. ?

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