Rain, hail or shine ice cream is, for many, the dessert of choice. We have scoured around Melbourne’s burbs to bring you the best frozen delights this city has to offer.
This ice cream shop in the sunny suburb of Sandringham serves up a delicious range of artisan gelato and sorbets. With dairy and gluten-free options available, there is a flavour for everybody. You won’t, however, only find frozen treats at Cool Delights on Bay [25 Bay Road, Sandringham]. Head in store and get your day started with a morning fix of green smoothies, protein shakes and cold pressed juices. The gelato store is owned and operated by the Matino family who make everything you see in their freezer in-house. Grab your friends and head on down to try some of their delicious flavours, including honeycomb crunch and panna cotta raspberry swirl. While you’re there it is also worth taking a look at their impressive custom-made gelato cakes for your next birthday celebration.
Found on Victoria Avenue in Albert Park, Jock’s Ice Cream [83 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park] has become as much a part of the suburb as Andrews Hamburgers and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. The store opened in 2011 after Jock Main, the owner, was injured in a motorbike accident. The unfortunate incident is now looked upon as fate, as this is when Jock discovered a new passion and began making ice cream. The ice creamery has consistently been known to serve up some of the best in town and recognised even more so for its quirky flavoured frozen creams. Jock has created some outrageous and unthinkable flavours, from sweetcorn to garlic. However, we suggest trying Jock’s stalwart flavour — Hokey Pokey. It is made up of vanilla ice cream, solid lumps of honeycomb toffee and a whole lot of love. The shop also garnered media attention when Justin Bieber was photographed enjoying an ice cream in front of the store. Needless to say, the shop was a hit with teenage girls thereafter!
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Arguably the king (or queen) of popular Melbourne gelato stores is Gelato Messina [237 Smith Street, Fitzroy]. You’re likely to find a line streaming out the door at any one of the three Melbourne locations. The main idea behind Gelato Messina at all their stores — including two in Queensland, 11 in Sydney, three in Melbourne and one in Las Vegas — is to make ice cream that makes people happy, and that they do. Their various flavours are made entirely from raw and natural ingredients; artificial flavourings and preservatives are not welcome. The franchise has been voted the best ice cream in Australia and for good reason. The natural ingredients produce an amazing array of flavours and make for some mouth-watering gelato. Some of our favourite flavours include chocolate fondant as well as pear and rhubarb. At Messina it’s more than just ice cream, it’s about creating an experience that will put a smile on the customers face, something which they have achieved time and time again (the proof is in the pudding… or ice cream!).
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Lisa Valmorbida spent a long time preparing to open her first gelateria, Pidapipo [299 Lygon Street, Carlton], in Lygon Street. In 2013 she travelled to Carpigiani Gelato University to learn the trade that has taken our great city by storm; she was far ahead of this curve. What she learned has allowed her to open up one of the most popular gelaterias in town. After she completed the course she ‘tried and tested, evolved and perfected’ many of the flavours that are so popular in her Lygon Street shop today. Her popularity outgrew the original shop, so she opened second in Windsor. Both stores have an array of exciting extras for you to try. Soak up the loud music and enjoy the exciting atmosphere of either location while choosing one of the many authentic gelato flavours. Upgrade to a brioche cone or go the whole nine yards and top your ice cream with Nutella from the free-flowing Nutella tap. These stores are sure to impress any family member or friend, it’s even a great spot for a first date… if you don’t fall in love with the ice cream first!
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With a name inspired by the famous Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory character who is renowned for loving sweet treats, how could we go past Augustus Gloop Gelatery [15A Pascoe Street, Pascoe Vale]? Playing on the theme of the movie, Augustus Gelatery focuses on taking both classic and experimental flavours to a new level. Their delicious flavours that are made onsite daily include many crowd favourites like Kinder Surprise and caramel mud cake. With so many flavours to choose from it can be difficult to choose just one. Never fear — here you can try up to three different flavoured scoops for $8.50. If that’s not enough to satisfy your taste buds, get more bang for your buck and go all out with a one-litre tub for $20. For a winning combo, we suggest taking home half Tim Tam and half Pistachio. As a bonus, you’ll never have to worry about missing out on this ice cream goodness as Augustus Gloop Gelatery is open 365 days a year. Yep, you have read correctly and that includes December 25th — Merry Christmas!
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