Artisan, hand-made, nitro and old-school gelato – taste your way through these delectable city scoop shops.
Take a break from your shopping at Queen Victoria Market and pop into Geloso Gelateria. Their gelato is made in-house from recipes passed down three generations. Treat yourself to a Gelato Shake or vegan-friendly sorbet with flavour favourites including mango, hazelnut and cherry ripe.
For desserts with a mix of tradition and creativity, head to Pufflets. Their authentic Hong Kong style egg waffles come in adorable shapes and are injected with a range of exotic and nostalgic Asian flavours. Indulge on the original puffle with house-made apple pie filling, vanilla gelato and buttery oat crumble topped off with whipped cream.
Liquid nitrogen reigns supreme at Nitro Lab, making their gelato the silky soft stuff of your sugary childhood dreams. Top off fabulous flavours like Belgian chocolate 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 lemon, ginger and honey.
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, blood orange, coconut and raspberry, and vanilla bean with honeycomb. Find them on Lygon Street in Carlton and Degraves Street in the city.
This moveable ice-cream cart boasts creations like Macadamia Dolce and Popstic Tacos, as well as 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.
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 lime and coconut, berry pavlova and peanut butter fudge with choc chips. Bellissimo!
A Docklands secret, Limonetto Gelati make all their fresh flavours on-site. Tucked into a structure that 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.
Ninety years after Godiva was established in Brussels, the luxe Belgian chocolatier has come to Melbourne. 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.
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