Artisan, hand-made, nitro and old-school gelato – taste your way through these delectable city scoop shops.
Ninety years after Godiva was established in Brussels, the luxe Belgian chocolatier finally came to Melbourne just in time for Christmas 2017. Their store on level one of Emporium Melbourne is part cafe, part boutique, so there are divine treats for now and later. Oh my Godiva! Their double-choc ice-cream is now and forever.
Liquid nitrogen reigns supreme at Nitro Lab, making their gelato the silky soft stuff of your sugary childhood dreams. Top off fabulous flavours like raspberry Nutella tart with everything from a syringe of sweet syrup to crumbled brownie.
Tucked into the Spring Street Grocer, Gelateria Primavera is a traditional Italian gelateria with a dose of healthy curiosity. Gelato made from seasonal fruit and other quality local and imported ingredients await in polished pozzetti ice-cream tubs. The menu changes daily, but you may find flavours like salted caramel and chilli, watermelon and mint, or pinenut, saffron and orange.
A gelateria that has won Melbourne’s hearts (and stomachs), Pidapipo combines an Italian’s love of the ‘icy arts’ with a fondness for local ingredients. The rotating selection of tastes, handmade daily, is a testament to the team’s dedication to dessert. Favourites include pistachio, watermelon, coconut and raspberry, and honey joy.
This moveable ice-cream cart boasts creations like Macadamia Dolce and sorbets such as Gin & Tonic. Needless to say, you’ll want to hunt this one down on your bad days. Popstic serves its wares in flawlessly fun heart, block and tropical shapes, although a classic ice-cream cone is available if you prefer to indulge the traditional way.
Venture to Gelocchio on Lygon Street and indulge in Italian gelato made from 100 percent natural ingredients. With gelato cakes, ice-cream sandwiches, traditional ice-cream, and even ice-cream pooch treats, you’ll be wanting to make repeat visits. Vegan flavours are also on offer.
Starting in Sydney in 2002, this gelato sensation has expanded across Australia, and internationally, from Singapore to Saudi Arabia. It’s almost impossible to resist their sweet temptations, made from Calabrian family recipes and natural ingredients churned in-store. Agonise over Gelatissimo Carlton’s feast of flavours, including caramelised fig, berry pavlova and peanut butter fudge with choc chips. Bellissimo!
A Docklands secret, Limonetto Gelati makes all their fresh flavours on-site. Tucked into a structure that itself resembles a greying ice-cream cone (maybe I’ve had too much ice-cream in my life?), their rotating flavours include Ferrero Rocher and lemon sorbet.
The South Korean ice sensation, Milkcow, serves signature soft ice-cream topped with quality ingredients like honeycomb, caramel popcorn and fairy floss clouds. Hop in line and wait for some of the creamiest soft-serves around.
Snap freeze your dessert this summer. Known for its nitrogen-frozen sweet treats, Dex2Rose brings a quirky creativity to the world of gelato. Inspired offerings include Nutella Floatella, Chocolate Stout, and Unicorn Party! – a magical mix of roasted strawberries and buttermilk.
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