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Melbourne’s coolest ice-cream shops

Artisan, hand-made, nitro or old-school. Taste your way through these delectable city scoop shops.

PHAT fried ice cream

An old school Chinese restaurant treat gets new life at Phat. Creamy scoops of vanilla ice cream are deep-fried in batter for a crisp coating. Topped with sweet indulgences like caramel sauce, popcorn and marshmallows, this is not for the faint of heart. Find them on weekends at Queen Victoria Market.

Three ice creams in cups with various toppings on them

PHAT fried ice cream

Niska Robotic ice cream bar

In a world first, robots are serving ice cream to the masses at Fed Square. With three cute and quirky AI-ce cream experts at the helm, Niska opened earlier in the year to much fanfare. Step into the future and try all 16 locally made flavours.

Aqua S

Okinawan influence, sea salt and OTT toppings – that’s what makes Aqua S so unique. Swing by their QV location and you could score big with specials like the layered honey cake sundae. Or keep it ‘simple’ with red velvet, matcha or cheesecake. Did we mention you can order any cone draped in a ring of fairy floss?

Milkcow

This South Korean sensation serves signature soft ice-cream topped with wild ingredients. Think everything from fairy floss affogato to flamin’ hot cheeto soft serve. But the real cream of Milkcow‘s crop is the fruity ice-cream sandwich. Juicy frozen watermelon, filled with dreamy pink soft serve for the ultimate (vegan!) treat.

A watermelon segment stuffed with ice cream

Milkcow

Nitro Lab

Liquid nitrogen reigns supreme at Nitro Lab. Their sci-fi scoops emerge from plumes of smoke in a deliciously theatrical display. Enhance your treat with toppings like nutella, brownie chunks and rice crispies.

Gelateria Primavera

Found in Spring Street Grocer, Gelateria Primavera is a traditional Italian gelateria. Made from seasonal fruit and quality ingredients, the menu changes daily. But regular faves include salted caramel and chilli, raspberry sorbet and ginger honey.

Pidapipo

Pidapipo combines an Italian’s love of the ‘icy arts’ with a fondness for local ingredients. Handmade daily, the rotating selection of flavours are testament to their dessert obsession. Favourites include pistachio, blood orange, coconut and raspberry, and vanilla bean with honeycomb. Find them on Lygon Street in Carlton or Degraves Street in the city.

A vanilla ice cream cone in front of a neon sign

Pidapipo

Geloso Gelateria

Take a break from your shopping at Queen Victoria Market and pop into Geloso Gelateria. They make gelato in-house from recipes passed down three generations. Treat yourself to an array of flavours like mango, hazelnut and cherry ripe.

Godiva

Melbourne got a little bit fancier when Godiva moved in. The sleek gold interior of their cafe comes second only to the decadent desserts on the menu. See the magnificent swirls of their double choc soft cream up close at Emporium.

A person holding up a chocolate ice cream cone

Godiva

Gelatissimo

Made from Calabrian family recipes and churned in-store, it’s hard to resist Gelatissimo‘s sweet temptations. Agonise over a feast of flavours, including berry pavlova and peanut butter fudge. Bellissimo!

Limonetto Gelati

A Docklands secret, Limonetto Gelati make all their fresh flavours on-site. Tucked into a conspicuous waffle cone-esque building, you’ll wonder how you never noticed them. Rotating flavours include Ferrero Rocher and lemon sorbet.

1565

A gem hidden among the sweet surrounds of Kensington, 1565 is an Italian-inspired gelato shop. Unique flavour combos – like strawberry basil and orange fennel – keep locals coming back for more. They’re open late too, so look no further when the mercury stays up after dark.