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The Best Ice Cream And Gelato In Melbourne 2024

By Urban List Writers 13th Feb 2024

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The heat is beaming down, the beach is calling, and you've got a thirst that only the iciest drink is going to quench. But there's something else calling your name, something that is going to instantly cool that core temp down, something that is totally worth forgoing the summer bod for—ice cream.

With summer in full swing, we’re ready to indulge in countless scoops, so without further adieu, here are the best ice cream and gelato shops in Melbourne for 2024: 

Various Locations

A person holding up a two-scoops of some of the best ice cream in Melbourne with a red background.

Coming in with an exciting new take on the dessert variety is Kōri — a boutique ice cream store inspired by the flavours and methods of Japan. The brand is a joint venture between former Masterchef guest chef and dessert specialist, Bernard Chu (LuxBite) and trailblazing Melbourne chef, Joane Yeoh (Press Club, Tonka, Coda).

This isn't your run-of-the-mill gelato store, Bernard and Joane have brought this less intense sugar approach and focused in on flavour. If you’re overwhelmed by the flavour variety why not start with a Kōri staple and opt for the matcha pistachio. Find Kōri in Hawthorn along Glenferrie Road, and more recently in the heart of Melbourne CBD on Bourke Street.

Augustus Gelatery

Augustus is a passion project between two friends who have turned their Italian heritage into a gelato empire with 30+ stores across the state. Here you’ll certainly feel the nostalgia for childhood visits to ice creameries as you stare wide-eyed at the glass cabinet containing thirty-two flavours to choose from.

You can dig into a cup of boysenberry cheesecake, peanut fudge brownie or carrot cake frosting. Every element of the dessert is carefully considered by the Augustino team when creating their authentic artisan gelato in single batches. 

Zero Gradi  

Having zero in your name must be a gelato thing? Well, if it means serving up delicious ice cream, like at Zero Gradi, we don’t care. Zero Gradi is the younger sibling to Melbourne’s beloved Italian hubs Gradi , 400 Gradi Cicchetti and 400 Gradi  with four stores in Victoria: Brunswick, Crown Casino, Mornington and Mildura.

Showing off the sweeter side to Italian cuisine, Zero Gradi constantly trials new flavours. At the moment, they’re scooping up sour cherry and white chocolate, Ferrero Roche and a good mix of other gourmet flavours.  

Cono Gelateria

757 gilbert road, reservoir.

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A refreshingly nostalgic sojourn to the gelato shops of old,  Cono  is a soulful ice cream shop on Gilbert Road. Harkening back to more a classic Italian gelateria, it's a simple menu with 12 classics from your Nutella, Pistachio and Hazlenut to two rotating specials be it a Fior di latte with raspberry, roasted coconut and a house-made chocolate ganache or mascarpone and quince. Opened by Daniel Gargaro a born and bred Reservoir native back in December 2021, the store is an extension of his passion for the suburb, "I grew up in the area and just really wanted to give something back to a community that I really love". 

Block Arcade, Collins Street, Melbourne CBD

Named after the classic 60’s sci-fi film, Barbarella is only serving up the essentials; gelato by the scoop and wine by the glass. The gelateria takes up residence in the historic Block Arcade and fits in seamlessly into the Victorian-era thoroughfare with its curved black ironwork, marble countertops and dark oak tables.

You can depend on them for the classic flavours like pistachio and chocolate or try something more experimental depending on the seasonal fruit selection. Whatever your reason for being in the city, Barbarella will surely be worth a quick detour.

The shopfront of one of the best ice cream and gelato shops in Melbourne with a green logo.

The second the temperature spikes in Melbourne there is a line outside of Pidapipo faster than you can say… well, Pidapipo. Their Mojito flavour is a thirst-quencher in the hot hot heat, and any gelateria that allows you to add extra Nutella is okay in our books—yes, they have a Nutella tap.

If you want to live out all your chocolate fantasies, grab the Nutella swirl and obviously add extra Nutella. Don’t worry, there’s no such thing as too much. Find Pidapipo in Carlton, Windsor, CBD, and Fitzroy.

Kenny Lover 

796 high street, thornbury.

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Kenny Lover  is a 70s-style eclectic ice cream spot. If you’re after a little Bauhaus art-deco style and some mind-blowing ice cream head here. Their flavours are all made in-house and frequently updated. The team at Kenny Lover is known for their use of native Aussie ingredients and innovative flavour combos.

For example, at the moment expect pineapple and lemon myrtle sorbet or soy sauce and choc-coated Rice ice cream. Also, run over because at the moment they have a fairy bread and brown butter ice cream. Do we need to say anything else? I guess it doesn’t hurt to mention that they serve hot chips too. 

Kariton Sorbetes

This Artisanal Filipino inspired ice cream store likes to believe they’ve created the gelato you never thought you needed until you taste it. Kariton Sorbetes handcrafted gelato pulls from Asian flavours and skillfully combines it with quality ingredients.

They have over twenty-five flavours in their repertoire that have aptly been named “K’s Classics”, however, the window selection only features twelve at a time so you’re encouraged to switch it up every visit. Their ‘Biskwit’ creation is a crowd fave featuring a simple milk gelato base mixed with cookie butter and spiced biscuit crumb. You can get your scoops to devour immediately or take home tubs to indulge in later from their stores across Melbourne: Footscray, Chinatown and Glen Waverley.

Fluffy Torpedo 

5/159 smith street, fitzroy .

A group of people standing around a brick bar laughing at one of the best ice cream shops in Melbourne.

Taking out the mantle for the best moniker for an ice cream store,  Fluffy Torpedo  is the latest by-the-scoop boutique to open up on Smith Street in Fitzroy. Pivoting from your run-of-the-mill flavours and exploring the full potential of the dessert medium, Fluffy's approach incorporates left-of-centre combinations: from a Vegemite and white chocolate, Mountain Dew Oreo to the daring honey and soy sauce creation for the truly bold.

Stepping inside your met with a colourful collection of artwork, a wall laden with A4 sheets of flavour descriptions and of course glossed floors with sour strap lollies set underneath, it may be new but it's making its name as one of the best ice cream shops in Melbourne.

Meno Zero 

While they offer a range of artisan cakes and desserts, Meno Zero is best known for its decadent gelato. They aim to bring a spoonful of Italy to you, with traditional gelato flavours like strawberry and chocolate, but also exciting flavours like Caramel Cheesecake or Tim Tam. For one of the best ice-cream spots in Doncaster East and Dromana, Meno Zero is worth a taste.

It's not all about the cake when perusing Acland Street's thriving thoroughfare on a hot day. We're also major fans of  7 Apples  artisanal gelato; if you can fight your way through the hordes of backpackers, they have a rotating display of 26 flavours at any one time, with around 100 in total, and they're open to suggestions for new concoctions. Now also open in QV Melbourne and Chadstone Shopping Centre.


Small-batch gelato hub Lavezzi has been in the business for over 150 years. So it’s fair to say they know what they’re doing. Their philosophy is simple too, high-quality ingredients churned daily to create their iconic and naturally made Italian gelato.

With tradition at the heart of Lavezzi, everything is done in-house, from their gelatos to homemade waffle cones. However, we aren’t sure if you’ll see their delicious chocolate flowing tap 150 years ago. Their menu is pretty lavish, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed with choice, try their lemon curd cheesecake, ricotta and pear, honeycomb crunch or Nocciola di Piemonte. 

Gelato Messina

A perfectly round scoop of ice cream topped with chocolate at one of the best gelato shops in Melbourne, Messina.

This joint's quite popular in the Melbourne gelato stakes, with mammoth queues that spill out onto the street, come rain, hail or, hopefully, more prevalent, shine. Us Melburnians do love to queue these days, but the reality is we won't unless it's worth it, and the fact of the matter is, Gelato Messina is pumping out some of the city's finest gelato. 

Grab your mates to keep you company, or a really good book, and get in line. The salted caramel and white chocolate are worth every mouthful and we love the roasted hazelnut flavour, with the nuts imported from Cortemilia, Italy.

Miinot Gelato

71 melville road, pascoe vale south.

Several tubs of ice cream at Miinot Gelato, a great ice cream option in Melbourne.

Popping up in a stretch of Melville Road that's seen better days, Miinot Gelato is worth the detour for some of Melbourne’s best gelato. Husband and wife team, Emma and Gary, are killing it with a small but perfectly formed gelato list that steadfastly avoids pre-mixed bases. They're packed with real fruit goodness, too, like their mouth-watering watermelon.

83 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park

Boasting a fair few medals to their name, Jock's is one of the best southside spots to grab a cool gelato fashioned from top-notch ingredients. We can't go past their good ol' US of A special, the Obamarama, involving the obligatory peanut butter and jelly combo so beloved Stateside.

Luther’s Scoops  

528a sydney road, brunswick.

Luther's Scoops is scooping some of the best gelato in Melbourne.

Another great ice cream shop in Melbourne’s north is  Luther’s Scoops.   The hub is named after Luther Burbank, who was a plant breeder that worked alongside the land, rather than on top of it. Luther’s Scoops has adopted this mantra and in their ice cream want to carry Burbank’s legacy.

They do this by producing seasonal flavours and supporting local farmers. This means their menu is constantly adapting to seasonal produce, all while using a french-style egg custard base that results in an ever-so rich and creamy ice cream. 

"We do love introducing people to new and interesting flavours—but it has to taste amazing. I try to avoid novelty for the sake of it," says Christian Williams, founder and ice cream maker.

Billy Van Creamy

A person wearing a ring and gloss nails holding up a cone of one of the best ice cream Melbourne has.

If you've stumbled across Billy Van Creamy, you have made it to the right place. They always have a good mix of traditional ice cream, vegan flavours and sorbet—so to say there is something for everyone is an understatement.

Their vegan Peanut Butter, Choc Chip is pretty mind-blowing and for something a little more refreshing try their Coconut sorbet. Or, live it up with your choice of ice cream sandwiched between two brownie cookies. Get it in Brunswick and Fitzroy North.

Gelato Papa

A tub of gelato at one of the best ice cream shops in Melbourne

Gelato Papa opened seven years back, and both Preston and Fairfield are all the better for it. With a range of freshly-made gelato with ingredients all made from scratch in-store, and a range of gelato cakes like the Vegan Bombe Alaska, Gaytime with a mash of caramel and chocolate ganache covered in crumbled malt, or the Raspberry Swirl with milk gelato laced with ribbons of raspberry sauce, Gelato Papa should be on your radar this summer.

Gelateria Bico 

288 albert street, brunswick.

A pink neon strip light in one of Melbourne's best gelato shops, Gelato Papa.

Father and son duo, Domenico and Davide Gaglioti spent years in Bologna studying the art of gelato. With all that knowledge and lots of time put in perfecting their craft, they opened up  Gelateria Bico  in Brunswick. They serve a range of classic gelato and sorbets, including vegan options too—and they’re always spicing up their menu with new specials to keep you crawling back.

Also, Bico has created a mind-blowing gelato dessert: Tartufi. Similar to a chocolate truffle, the Tartufi is a gelato-based dessert ball that combines two flavours of gelato with a creamy or sweet centre. For example, their classic Tartufi combines hazelnut and chocolate gelato with a chocolate-sauce centre. So do yourself a favour and try Bico’s for one of the best gelatos in Melbourne’s north.

Piccolina Gelateria

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Piccolina's  founder Sandra Foti quit her job and travelled to Italy to learn the art of gelato making. She brought that knowledge back to Melbourne and now has over five stores in the suburbs, and we're forever grateful.

Everything at  Piccolia Gelateria  is made fresh, from the gelato itself to the brownies that go into the chocolate brownie gelato. All of the classic flavours are here, with a few extras thrown in for good measure.

Girls & Boys

382 brunswick street, fitzory.

Brought to you by the team from Vegie Bar and Transformer Fitzroy , Girls & Boys is their dessert destination. In particular, they are dedicated to serving some of the best plant-based gelato in Melbourne. Whether you’re vegan or not—you’ll want a taste of one of their incredible flavours.

Try their cookie dough and honeycomb or hazelnut brownie if you’ve got a sweet tooth. Otherwise, for something a little more refreshing go for the lychee and raspberry or coconut, lemongrass and sesame brittle. If you don’t get a chance to try all of them, it’s a perfect excuse to head back. 

Beku Gelato

150 lygon street, carlton.

Gracing the gelato grail of Lygon Street in Carlton,  Beku  has set itself out with a slew of South East Asian-influenced scoops. The tidy little store typically has a slew of eager ice cream punters spilling out onto the street, getting their hands on the ever-evolving menu of flavours that change each month. On the cards can be anything from a creamy durian fruit number to Biscoff, and even a zesty Calamansi.  

Boca Gelato 

183 upper heidelberg road, ivanhoe.

Chefs Adam D’Sylva, and Monika Frkovic, who are also behind Tonka and Coda , have created a lovechild— Boca Gelato . Don’t be alarmed, but yes, they have a dark chocolate tap and offer gelato choc-tops. Once trying one of these, you won’t be able to go back to the cinema ones.

While they offer choc-tops, milkshakes, frozen cakes and soft-serve that is all immaculate, their gelato is just as wonderful. Behind the bright terrazzo counter, you can try anything from fresh lemon gelato to Basque burnt cheesecake or pumpkin spice. It really is one of the best gelato spots in Melbourne’s northeast. 

Sundae School Ice Creamery

Four scoops of one of the best ice cream in Melbourne including a raspberry and rainbow sprinkles.

When you find out Sundae School Ice Creamery is from the team behind the former Tuck Shop Takeaway you immediately know it's going to be good. Featuring an ever-changing menu of totally handmade flavours that will challenge what you're expecting when you walk into an ice cream shop.

Flavours have included the likes of ‘Apple Pie’, an apple compote ice cream with hints of cinnamon and house-made pie crumbs. Or the BOM Jesus, a cold-infused Brazilian coffee creation, spiked with toffee, milk choc and orange crunch. Rainbow marshmallow, raspberry and rhubarb sherbet, mango Lassi, caramel cookie butter are some of the other marvellous creations. You'll be blown away by the flavours.

Casa Del Gelato

163 lygon street, carlton.

We love all things 80s, and long-serving local hero, Casa Del Gelato , has been bringing old-school ice cream to the cool kids for over 40 years. A stalwart of Lygon Street's traditional Italian strip, their award-winning scoops are well worth a visit, with their Belgian chocolate offering one of the best gelatos in Melbourne.

The chilli choc version gives a good kick and messes with your senses in the very best way. They also have a bulging soy section, so lactose-intolerant folks and vegans don't have to miss out. The soy-based pistachio is a big yes.

1D Staniland Grove, Elsternwick

A person holding an ice cream outside one of the best gelato Melbourne has to offer.

The crew behind Luna Blu definitely know a thing or two about gelato. Often picking the freshest fruit from local markets and farms, and using single origin jersey milk and cream for their homemade small batch gelato, you can count on them churning every flavour from pistachio and banana caramel to wattleseed stracciatella, roasted strawberry, and rum raisin. Not to forget their killer affogatos and milkshakes. If you’re in and around the southeast, B-line to Luna Blu to keep cool during the warmer days.

Fritz Gelato

While they have a few outposts now, the original Fritz Gelato stall at the South Melbourne Market is still the best in our opinion. Scooping plenty of awards, they stick to their handmade guns, despite the expansive business growth, sourcing organic milk, sugar and other goodies, with the sorbets vegan-friendly too. Do your duty to your country with the Anzac Biscuit flavour.

Little Sky 

332 bay street, brighton.

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A newer ice cream shop on the block is Little Sky. With key values for sustainability, they create small-batch gelato. They’re super invested in creating minimal impact to the environment, but the maximum impact when it comes to taste. So they stay small, support local producers and give back to the community.

All while simultaneously serving up cookies and cream or mango gelato. Due to their small-batch runs, they’re always switching up the flavours, which is perfect if you are after something new each visit. For some of the best ice cream in Melbourne, hit up this bayside spot. 

Hareruya Pantry

15 - 17 lincoln square, carlton.

A small green mochi ice cream, some of the top ice cream melbourne has.

Tucked away behind a red-brick frontage across from Lincoln Square is Carlton’s fairly new addition, Hareruya Pantry —a Japanese convenience store that has quickly earned a stellar reputation for the best mochi ice cream in Melbourne. Scooping from a wide range of Japanese flavours from strong matcha and genmaicha to edamame and the luscious allure of red fruits, the transparently thin sheets of mochi envelop the ice cream, creating a harmonious marriage of creamy yet chewy textures. 

Iscream Melbourne

Two cones of the best ice cream melbourne, one green, one white.

Perched in the heart of the CBD among the eclectic mix of shops and cafes on Elizabeth Street is Iscream , an establishment that has gained a cult following for their mochi-icecream snack packs that consist of mini house-made mochi, a cream cheese sauce and your choice of gelato. With a wide range of unique flavours including fermented rice, Thai milk tea, taro and three distinct types of matcha, Iscream hands down makes for some of the best mochi ice cream in Melbourne. 

45 Leeds Street, Footscray

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Driven by the vision of two Vietnamese-Australian girls, Cà-rem which translates to ice cream in Vietnamese specialises in transforming tropical fruits into velvety gelato. Employing traditional Italian gelato-making methods while infusing their creations with local flavours, Cà-rem steers clear of conventionality, offering unique flavours including avocado, Vietnamese banana and salted kumquat to name a few.

Will's Batch Ice Cream

Scooping from their Williamstown factory, Will's Batch Ice Cream take gelato seriously. The process to hand produce each small batch on the daily is done with tremendous care and consideration to ensure every scoop is full body and rich in texture. Find this nifty Melbourne ice cream store in Elsternwick, Bentleigh, Beaumaris and Williamstown.


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Glacé is your go-to destination for all things frozen dessert, think gelato cakes and ice-cream push-ups. Led by the esteemed Christy Tania, known for her captivating Masterchef challenges, this venue delivers a high calibre of ice cream from the Plaisir Sucre—a milk chocolate and hazelnut ice cream to Snickers Petit Gateau. With its unique bright yellow interior that resembles a submarine and a lineup of exquisitely crafted creations, Glacé undoubtedly ranks among Melboure’s best ice cream scene.

Cuppa Turca 

A person holding an ice cream cone, a best ice cream Melbourne option.

Formerly a tour guide in Cappadocia, Harun Yalcin has brought Turkey to Melbourne through, Cuppa Turca , an ice cream shop specialising in Dondurma—a stretchy and chewy ice cream. Combining botanical ingredients with various milk options and natural flavourings such as halva and candied chestnuts, Yalcin’s Dondurma offers a one-of-a-kind taste and texture. 

Serving some of the most unique flavours as well as ice-cream sandwiches constructed with Koska wafers, Cuppa Turca serves some of the best ice cream in Melbourne, infusing Turkish flair in every bite.

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15 Irresistible Ice Cream And Gelato Shops To Keep You Cool In Melbourne

Beat the heat with a fresh scoop or two.

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Ice cream is the answer to so many problems. Feeling hot? Ice cream. Ate too much for dinner, but still want some dessert? Ice cream. Need a tub of something to eat, while crying and watching a rom-com? Definitely ice cream. Whatever mood you’re in, there’s a whole world of ice cream flavours for you to try. And Melbourne is full of some lovely ice cream and gelato stores that are sure to delight. In no particular order, here are some of our favourite ice cream and gelato shops around Melbourne .

1. Pidapipó

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Cult gelateria Pidapipó started as a concept store in Carlton, and has since grown into a Melbourne phenomenon. All of their gelato is made from scratch on site, in small batches only. Expect different flavours each season, thanks to their use of fresh fruit. If you’re in the mood to celebrate, be sure to try one of their tasty gelato cakes. Then, pop into Pidapipó Laboratorio in Fitzroy and watch them test flavours in the kitchen, and create other delicious goodies like chocolate. See more here.

📍8 Degraves St, Melbourne VIC 3000, 99 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053 and 85 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 318. Find Pidapipó Laboratorio at 429-431 Brunswick St Fitzroy 3065.

2. Kariton Sorbetes

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Enjoy Southeast Asian flavours at this Kariton Sorbetes . With a selection of over 25 flavours rotating between 12 spots in-store, as well as two special flavours at all times, you can be sure to find something that will excite your palate. They’ve got tasty gelato, sorbet and soft serve options for you to discover. Try purple yam gelato, durian gelato with chiffon cake, banana gelato with jackfruit and much, much more. Find out more here.

📍177 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000 and 50 Leeds St, Footscray VIC 3011

3. Barbarella Gelato & Wine

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Inside the historic Block Arcade , you’ll find Barbarella Gelato & Wine . This café is the perfect place for you to take a rest and break, with eight freshly churned gelati and sorbetto from Spring Street’s Gelateria Primavera . Expect classics like pistachio and chocolate, as well as guest spots with seasonal flavours. While you’re there, indulge in a glass of wine, or enjoy a coffee or pastry. Learn more here.

📍282 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

4. Piccolina Gelateria

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Enjoy hand-crafted Italian gelato at Piccolina Gelateria . Every flavour is made from scratch, using seasonal ingredients and traditional recipes and techniques. Try their new weekly specials every Wednesday, and if you find something you particularly like, grab a tub to take home. If you’re thirsty, grab a frappe, and they’ll take your choice of gelato and whip it into a fresh milkshake. And the next time you’re celebrating something, be sure to check out their assortment of gelato cakes. See more here.

📍Hardware Lane, Degraves St, Richmond, Collingwood, Hawthorn, St Kilda and Chadstone.

5. Gelato Messina

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We’re a little bit obsessed with Messina . From their decadent cookie pies to their tasty hot tubs , there’s always something new and exciting going on. When you’re not trying their exciting creations, treat yourself to one of their 35 traditional gelato flavours and five weekly specials. See more here.

📍Brunswick East, Fitzroy, Richmond, Windsor

6. Kōri Ice Cream

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This delightful ice cream store in Hawthorn will take you straight to Japan. Indulge in 24 freshly churned flavours every day, like miso, yuzu, Hokkaido cheesecake, nashi pear and more. Eight of the flavours are plant-based, so there’s something for everyone. Kōri Ice Cream also has some tasty ice cream cakes for you to try, like strawberry shortcake. To indulge in these colourful cakes, simply order online and pick up in-store. See more here.

📍659 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122

7. Fluffy Torpedo

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This cool boutique ice cream store on Smith Street features a floor that’s literally made of 200kgs of sour strap lollies. When you’re not admiring the décor, try their wacky flavours, including Blue Powerade, Cherry Ripe, Vegemite and White Chocolate, Grape Aeroplane Jelly and more. A portion of all sales at Fluffy Torpedo goes to charity, and they use reusable metal tasting sticks, so you don’t have to feel guilty about trying all the different flavours. See their website here for more.

📍 5/159 Smith St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

8. Gelateria Primavera

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Treat yourself to fresh and creative flavours from Gelateria Primavera , at the front of Spring Street Grocer . Their artisanal gelato menu changes daily, using high quality ingredients and seasonal fruits to create new and experimental flavours. The gelato is kept in traditional pozzetti tubs, keeping it fresh. While you’re there, cool down with their range of cold-pressed juices and smoothies.

📍157 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000

9. Gigi’s Gelato

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You’ll find Gigi’s Gelato in the heart of Yarraville. The flavours, made by chef Luigi ‘Gigi’ Pozzoli, will take you on a culinary tour of Italy. For example, the tiramisu is made with mascarpone cheese from Lombardy, and the cassata is a delicacy from Sicily. All of the gelato is made from scratch, and 50 per cent of the sorbet is made from real fruit. The flavours change every day, so you’ll be sure to find something exciting. Click here for more.

📍15 Anderson St, Yarraville VIC 3013

10. Nibbles

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Ice cream taco, anyone? This dessert café in Melbourne Central will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth. They’ve got churros, waffles, and cupcakes to try, but if you’re after ice cream, then you should definitely check out their assortment of ice cream tacos . Watch them roll their different ice cream flavours, like cookies & cream or rainbow road, into a waffle cone taco. Learn more about Nibbles here .

📍 ELLA at Melbourne Central, Cnr Elizabeth & La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000

11. Lavezzi Gelateria

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Over 150 years ago, Amalio Lavezzi made his first gelato in Italy. Since then, his family has perfected his recipes into what we know today. Everything is made from scratch, and hand-churned daily. Enjoy delicious gelato flavours, like pistachio or lemon curd cheesecake, as well as their sorbets, like blood orange or fig. Learn more here.

📍334 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053

12. Gelato Papa

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Gelato Papa uses traditional techniques and combines them with modern flavours. The gelato is made from scratch every day, and there’s always something interesting to try on the weekly specials menu, like pavlova, strawberry prosecco or Israeli yoghurt gelato. After you’ve had your gelato, check out their cakes and find something tasty to bring home. Everything in the store is gluten-free. More info here.

📍14a Gilbert Rd, Preston VIC 3072 and 72A Station St, Fairfield VIC 3078

13. 7apples

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Treat yourself to a taste of la dolche vita with the artisan gelato at 7apples . This award-winning store has got over 100 different types of scoops up their sleeve, with a rotating display for flavours for you to try.

📍75 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182 or Chadstone.

14. Kenny Lover

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Pop into this retro ice cream store and enjoy wacky flavours made from local ingredients. They’ve got a great range of ice cream and sorbets, including vegan ice cream, as well as a rotating selection of classics to keep things fresh. Kenny Lover also sells hot chips, in case you wanted a bit of savoury to go with your sweet. See more here.

📍796 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071

15. Beku Gelato

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Enjoy handcrafted treats with inspiration from Southeast Asia at Beku Gelato . There’s something new to try every month. Past items on the menu included cendol, teh tarik, durian and pineapple sorbet. See what’s new at Beku by keeping an eye on their Instagram stories .

📍150 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053

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Unveiling the Best Ice Cream Melbourne Has To Offer

Prepare for a delicious adventure through Melbourne's sweetest spots! We're unearthing the city's finest ice creams - it's a frosty treat feast!

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From the urban art that sprawls across the iconic Hosier Lane, the earthy aromas wafting from the coffee shops at Degraves Street, to the gastronomic delights gracing the multicultural eateries in the city, Melbourne boasts a symphony of flavours, a harmony of sights, a melody of experiences. But, my friends, the one rhythm that strums along the undertones, ever-present but often overlooked, is the sweet, soothing ballad of the city's ice cream scene.

Yes, indeed. Let me take you on a delightful jaunt down Melbourne's frozen alleys and icy lanes, where we will discover the chilly magic that is the city's legendary ice cream and gelato culture.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Melbourne, where every street corner is a culinary promise, where the summers are as intense as the passion of local foodies, where artisan gelato isn't just a dessert, but an art form. It's a city that manages to fuse innovation, tradition, and indulgence in every lick, every scoop, every creamy bite of its chillingly addictive offerings.

History? Oh, we have plenty of it. Like the whispers of an age-old Italian Nonna's recipe that still dances in the creamy confections of that little gelato shop in Carlton, or the reminiscent taste of childhood summers that cling on to every swirl at that fifty-year-old ice creamery in St. Kilda.

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What about charm, you ask? Try the quaint ice cream stores lined up in the city's heart, their window displays more alluring than the latest fashion trends. Each ice cream shop, with its unique personality, is a seductive temptress, enticing you with the promise of comfort nestled in a waffle cone.

But let's not forget the true rock stars of our chilly tale - the ice cream and gelato themselves. Melbourne doesn't merely do ‘ice cream’; it waltzes with flavours, romances ingredients, seduces your taste buds until all you can think about is that spoonful of artisan gelato as it makes its sweet, sultry descent onto your expectant palate.

Every scoop in this city tells a story. Of artisans, who churn their passion into the creamy wonders. Of the stores, that have watched generations swap stories over a cone. Of the connoisseurs, who brave Melbourne's temperamental weather for the love of their beloved frosty treat.

Ah, Melbourne! A city where ice cream isn't just a summer affair, but a year-long romance. Where gelato is more than just a dessert, but a gastronomical journey. The more you dig in, the deeper you'll fall in love.

Just a word of caution - Melbourne's ice cream charm is delightfully addictive. But worry not, for this is an addiction that comes with zero regrets and countless happy memories. So, what are you waiting for? Tie up those laces and join me on this frosty adventure!

Spoiler alert: your taste buds are in for a rollicking good time. And by the time we are through, you will understand that ice cream, or gelato, or whatever you prefer to call these divine creations, is not merely a dessert, but a way of life in this vibrant city. Now, who's up for a double scoop of this chilly charm?

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The journey, my friends, isn’t as sweet as you’d think. We’ve trudged through every alleyway, ambled down every boulevard, navigated every winding lane Melbourne has to offer. All in the name of unearthing the gems, the unsung heroes, the finest ice cream stores of this vibrant city.

Now, here at The Culturlist, we believe that our mission isn't merely to sample the city's myriad gelato shops - though that is, admittedly, one of the more delicious parts of the job. Our true goal is a sacred quest for taste, for the craftsmanship that distinguishes the truly great from the merely good. We aren't just looking for ice cream; we're on the hunt for legends. We taste-test tirelessly, our palates endure the highs and lows, the joys and sorrows, the triumphs and defeats of creamy sweetness. The harsh bitterness of an espresso gelato. The delicate tang of a lemon sorbet. The luxurious velvet of fine ice cream.

The evaluation is an art in itself. We don't merely rely on our tongues; we engage all our senses. We scrutinize the vibrancy of the swirls, the seductive aroma wafting from each scoop, the tantalizing crackle as our spoons dive into the frosty landscape. We watch the artisans, their movements as rhythmic as a well-choreographed dance, their eyes alight with the same fervor that we recognize in our own hearts. And at the end of this grand adventure, when our tongues are frozen and our hearts filled with icy delight, we pour over our notes, our memories, our impressions, and thus, carve out a list - a celebration of the best this city has to offer.

Ah, the joy of the journey, the thrill of the hunt! We are not just critics, we are culture enthusiasts. And we promise you this - we will keep hunting, keep tasting, keep exploring until we've ensured that every scoop you enjoy in this marvelous city is nothing short of extraordinary.

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Tucked in the vibrant corners of Melbourne, marked by the distinctive hum of city life, are five glorious spots that bear the signature of Gelato Messina. The one we hold particularly dear to our hearts, however, is nestled in the colourful, artsy heart of Fitzroy. Amid antique shops and creative studios, it stands out like a beacon for dessert devotees. Celebrated for its over 40 whimsical flavours, jaw-dropping gelato cakes, and let's not forget, the lip-smackingly divine thickshakes, Messina is like the pied piper of gelato, luring you into its enchanting world. The decor is chic, the vibes infectious, and the promise of an unforgettable experience palpable in every corner.

Why We Love It

At Gelato Messina, you're not just walking into a gelato shop; you're embarking on a sensory journey. One where classic flavours waltz with daring innovation, resulting in a symphony that’s nothing short of gelato genius. Take, for instance, the Salted Caramel Gelato with white chocolate chip - it's a dance of sweet and salty, punctuated by the bold crunch of white chocolate. It's not just the mind-blowing creativity that makes Messina a standout; it's the relentless pursuit of perfection, the commitment to the finest ingredients, and the tangible love that goes into each scoop.

Why You Should Go

Gelato Messina isn’t just a name; it’s an experience. It’s the spirit of Melbourne captured in a chilled serving, transcending beyond the norms of an ice cream shop. With five locations scattered across the city, each bearing the mark of Messina's magic, this is an adventure you can embark on no matter where you find yourself in Melbourne. The charm of Messina lies not just in its innovative flavours, or even in its welcoming atmosphere, but in the very essence of what makes a dessert memorable. With milk sourced meticulously, forming the luscious, creamy foundation of their gelato, it's an indulgence that's rich, flavourful, and a testament to the art of dessert-making. So, whether you're a gelato guru or a food lover ready to venture into new territories, a visit to Gelato Messina is a box you absolutely must tick off on your Melbourne foodie checklist. And remember, it's not just about the taste, it's about the journey. Check out their website here.

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If you wander north from Melbourne's bustling city centre to the laid-back, artsy neighbourhood of Thornbury, you'll find a gem named Kenny Lover. With a name that evokes instant curiosity, this funky, retro-inspired ice cream shop stands out in its audacious uniqueness. Decked out in Australiana kitsch, Kenny Lover adds a vibrant splash to the ice cream scene, daringly pairing the creamy chill of ice cream with the crispy warmth of hot chips. And if you think you've seen it all, wait till you encounter their flavour palette. Ranging from the classics to the truly eccentric, like 'soy sauce', they offer a taste adventure like no other.

Kenny Lover is more than an ice cream shop; it's a time capsule, transporting you back to the 60s, making you fall in love with their delectable creations. And as you savour their flavours, you'll realize that this is no ordinary ice cream store. It's where pistachio ice cream becomes a flavourful extravaganza, where your taste buds tango with unique, carefully crafted flavours that are nothing short of masterpieces. Their commitment to quality is evident, with every lick bursting with pure, unadulterated goodness. But it's the way they make you feel that sets them apart. At Kenny Lover, you're not just a customer; you're a cherished guest, a friend, a part of their colourful, quirky family.

Walking into Kenny Lover, you'll realize why we adore this place. It's not just the unique flavours, or even the exceptional service that gets your heart racing. It's the vibe, the atmosphere that's been crafted with such an attention to detail that you can't help but fall for the 60s retro charm. From the decor to the music, every aspect of Kenny Lover whispers of a bygone era, adding a touch of nostalgia to your gelato escapade. And while you may come for the ice cream, you'll stay for the experience. The small details that reveal themselves as you dig deeper, the welcoming warmth that lingers in the air, the sheer love that resonates in every corner of the place – these are the elements that make Kenny Lover more than just an ice cream shop. So, whether you're a local or a traveller seeking the unique, make a pit stop at Kenny Lover. I assure you, it's an experience that will linger in your heart, tempting you to return again and again. Check out their website here.

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If you ever find yourself in the quaint neighborhoods of Preston or Fairfield, be sure to follow the intoxicating aroma of freshly churned gelato to Gelato Papa. This proud gelateria pays homage to Italian tradition, blending time-honoured techniques with modern innovation to craft exquisite, all-natural gelato every day. Set against the backdrop of cosy locales, the twin outposts of Gelato Papa promise more than just a dessert; they offer an authentic slice of Italy, a delicious memory etched into your taste buds, a love letter to the age-old craft of gelato-making.

What makes Gelato Papa a standout in Melbourne's burgeoning gelato scene? It's their unwavering commitment to quality, their homage to tradition, their adventurous play with flavours. When you taste their Honeycomb and Chocolate Chip ice cream, it’s not just the heavenly marriage of sweetness and bitterness that dazzles you; it's the memories it evokes, the familiarity it infuses into the extraordinary. Or the Raspberry Sorbet, a burst of tart sweetness that shatters the mundane, a love poem dedicated to the humble fruit. Every scoop here is a testament to Gelato Papa's commitment to authenticity, the essence of their passion crystallized in a cup of their creamy delight.

Gelato Papa is more than just an ice cream shop; it's an invitation into a world of flavours, textures, and delightful surprises. With a thoughtful collection of vegan options, it makes sure that no one is left out from this magical gelato journey. Clean, tidy, and brimming with a warmth that is genuinely inviting, Gelato Papa is an amazing place that welcomes you into its fold, making you a part of its enchanting narrative. But it's not just the ambiance or the array of flavours that'll keep you coming back; it's the fact that every flavour has its own story, its own signature that echoes the essence of Gelato Papa. So, whether you're a vegan, a gelato enthusiast, or just someone in search of a delightful scoop of ice cream, Gelato Papa is a place you cannot afford to miss. It's a memory you'll carry in your heart, a taste that'll pull you back, time and again. Check out their website here.

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In the heart of the city, on bustling Spring Street, Gelateria Primavera serves up its creative churnings with a generous side of charm. Rubbing shoulders with the City Wine Shop and the Spring Street Grocer, this unassuming gelato bar commands attention, with its tantalising display of fresh, organic ingredients and a compelling array of innovative flavours. With every scoop, Gelateria Primavera blurs the line between tradition and whimsy, captivating the hearts of gourmands and discerning foodies alike. It's more than just an ice cream shop; it's a purveyor of sweet, creamy dreams.

Gelateria Primavera has a certain je ne sais quoi that captures your senses and lures you into a world of decadent pleasure. But it's not just their knack for creating whimsical, wild flavour combos that had us hooked; it's their commitment to quality, freshness, and authenticity that truly sets them apart. The Salted Caramel Gelato, for instance, is an opus of creamy delight - sweet, salty, perfect. It's not just a gelato; it's a piece of art, a scoop of Italy served up in the heart of Melbourne, a testament to their relentless pursuit of perfection.

Stroll into Gelateria Primavera, and you'll understand why we're smitten. This is not just an ice cream shop; it's a culinary journey steeped in authenticity and tradition. With its amazing gelato that carries the unmistakable hint of Italy, and its reputation of being a trusted companion for many years, Gelateria Primavera offers an experience worth savouring. It's not just the value for money or the sheer enjoyment that you'll get here; it's the warmth, the familiarity, the taste of home crafted meticulously in each scoop. Gelateria Primavera is a name that echoes with the promise of sweet, indulgent memories. And trust us when we say this: you'd want to be a part of that beautiful narrative. After all, who can resist a tale that's sprinkled with sugar and swirled with cream? Check out their website here.

The front window of Melbourne Gelateria, Pidapipo. Taken on 120 film.

As we wrap up this whimsical tour of Melbourne’s ice cream scene, let's take a moment to bask in the chilly glow of our frosty encounters. The creamy confections from Gelato Messina, with its striking marriage of salted caramel and white chocolate, across their five convenient locations, was a true game-changer. Kenny Lover, the colourful ice creamery in Thornbury, intrigued us with the audacity of 'soy sauce' gelato, while their pistachio ice cream lingered like a sweet serenade in our memories.

Then we had Gelato Papa in Preston and Fairfield, where tradition and modernity embraced in the form of their all-natural, handmade gelato, and Gelateria Primavera, nestled on Spring Street, surprised us with its organic ingredients and Italian authenticity. In each of these fine ice cream stores and gelato shops, we discovered not just flavours, but stories, not just ice cream and gelato, but art.

So, whether you're a dessert aficionado with a particular soft spot for artisan gelato or a curious wanderer with an adventurous palate, these spots are worth exploring. They're not just shops, but love letters to the craft of ice cream making, beckoning you to partake in their delightful narrative.

But the real essence of Melbourne’s ice cream scene doesn’t merely lie in these curated recommendations; it thrives in the countless corners yet to be discovered, the myriad flavours yet to be savoured. So, don't just take our word for it. Go forth, explore, taste, experience. Let the symphony of flavours play its melodious tune on your taste buds. After all, the soul of Melbourne, as rich and creamy as its ice cream, deserves to be relished, one delicious scoop at a time.

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The Best Ice Cream Parlours in Melbourne

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In Australia , people know how to cool down on a hot day: with a cold, refreshing ice cream. With a large Italian immigrant population, Melbourne is lucky enough to be home to many authentic gelato producers as well as other classically American ice creameries. There are plenty of great ice cream parlours in Melbourne, so read on to discover some of the city’s favourites.

1. n2 extreme gelato.

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Billy Van Creamy

With a passion for local ingredients and natural flavours, Billy van Creamy is Melbourne’s No. one ice cream van. Originally the dream of two brothers, this ice cream truck was made a reality thanks to dedication and love for good quality ice cream. Travelling around Melbourne, it can sometimes be a bit hard to pin down, but when you do, you can find some mind-blowing organic ice cream. Check out Billy van Creamy on Facebook and Twitter .

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3. Jock's Ice Cream & Sorbets

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4. Pidapipó

Authentic Italian ice cream can be hard to find outside of Italy, but thanks to Pidapipó and their perfected family recipes, you can find delicious handmade gelato in Melbourne. The rustic décor gives the air of a traditional local Italian café. The refreshing ice cream is made daily, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, to create several stunning flavours of gelato . Pidapipó Gelateria, 299 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC, Australia +61 3 9347 4596

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By Matthew Clark Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Matthew Clark is currently living in the south of France working as an English language teacher. After graduating from a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, he plans to travel the world to experience the food, wine and culture it has to offer.

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Yarra Valley Wine Tours in Melbourne

Yarra Valley Overview

With vivid and verdant hilly areas and rugged terrains, Yarra Valley tours offer a serene natural setting away from the usual city hustle of Melbourne. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley from the bird’s eye view and relish in age-old wine such as DeBortoli, Fergusson and Yering Station to newer favourites like Punt Road and Mandala Wines from the wine cellars. Also don't miss out on the amazing chance to encounter the indenous wildlife of Australia in a fun zoo tour. The hot air balloon ride lets one enjoys another panoramic experience.

As you marvel over the sunrise adorning the quant hill stretches enjoy an amusing breakfast alongside delicious champagne. Additionally, the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice-Creamery offer free samples of their handcrafted chocolates and ice cream to satiate your sweet craving. On a mini-coach with storage for cooler boxes for any food and mingle with other travellers as you travel through the lovely valley.

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Highlights Of Yarra Valley

  • Enjoy an amusing tour of the remarkable wineries and breweries which are set in ample settings with verdant natural backgrounds that render a breathtaking view like no other place.
  • Grab a delicious meal in your Yarra Valley tour complimenting with age old remarkable wine as well.
  • Ride the steam train engine and enjoy the breathtaking views of the forests and wilderness. Also get a close encounter with the indenegous Australian wildlife like never before.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Yarra Valley in a fun hot air ballooning experience taking you to panoramic bird’s eye view level.
  • Apart from this, Yarra Valley tours also give you a chance of witnessing the Napoleone Brewery and Cider House and enjoy a generous sample of ciders.
  • At a vibrant chocolaterie, try delectable chocolate and ice cream.
  • Enjoy one beer, and gourmet foods from some of the top Yarra Valley producers.

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The incredible Yarra Valley tours are an awesome chance to admire the neverending stretch of the best of Australian quaint valleys and verdant hills. Take advantage of the chance to tour the Napoleone Brewery and Cider House and try a variety of ciders. In your wine tasting excursion, relish age old ones alongside complementary food dishes as well.

Yarra Valley Food and Wine Day Tour from Melbourne

Your extraordinary Yarra Valley tours include a splendid chance of visiting the Yarra valleys. In your tour you will explore the local culture and ambiance and relish upon the beers, chocolates and understand the art of Australian wine making. Don't forget to stop by the lovely vineyards and estates with cellar doors, including Helen & Joey Estate, Helen's Hill, and Whispering Hills.These Yarra Valley tours are a perfect way to feel more connected with the tranquil nature surrounding you and make memories with your loved ones.

Day Tour To Yarra Valley Winery

Grab an awesome chance to explore the quaint and tranquil Yarra valleys as a part of your Yarra Valley tours and admire the mesmerising natural settings. Throughout your tour, you will come across the Yarra wine cellar, wherein you will learn about the authentic Australian wine making art. In addition to this, Yarra Valley tours provide you the opportunity to visit the Napoleone Brewery and Cider House and try a variety of ciders and ales.

Hot Air Balloon Ride In Yarra Valley

The Yarra valleys are quaint and beautiful natural settings that you will get to enjoy in a fabulous hot air ballooning experience. Take in one of the most awesome Yarra Valley tours from a bird's eye view and marvel over the breathtaking views of verdant valleys, hills and more. This 1 hour flying experience, is conducted under expert guidance and is a safe venture. So as you glide through the gentle wind, make sure to capture the incredible views. After all these, you can have your delectable breakfast and head out on the champagne excursion too.

Yarra Valley Wine Tours in Melbourne

Wine production is an exquisite edutainment tour that you will enjoy in your Yarra Valley wine tours . This 8.5 hour tour lets you enjoy the entire process of making wine right from the scratch. Apart from this, also get to Taste the varieties of wines which include Chardonnay, Sparkling, and Pinot Noir. The wineries and breweries are set, in amusing settings with verdant natural backgrounds that render a breathtaking view like no other place. Post your Yarra Valley tours grab a delicious meal alognode age old remarkable wine as well.

Skydiving And Winery Visit In Yarra Valley

Skydiving is one of the finest yet most thrilling adventures that everyone should try. In your Yarra Valley tours grab an awesome chance of diving from 1000 feet above the sky into nothingness under expert guidance and supervision. Enjoy breathtaking views of the valleys and verdant hills during your fall and make exquisite memories as well. Apart from this, one can also enjoy a tour to the quiet wine cellar. The Yarra Valley tours also give you a chance of witnessing the Napoleone Brewery and Cider House and enjoy a generous sample of ciers and aes.

Puffing Billy Steam Train And Yarra Valley Wine Country Tour

Enjoy extraordinary Yarra Valley tours but rather on a vintage steam train. The train takes you through dense vegetation and wilderness and lets you marvel at the stretch of quaint nature of the valleys. The puffing billy steam train is a fabulous vintage experience that you can enjoy with your family. The train takes you to the amusing Dandenong Ranges which is an underrated part of the town home to many incredible birds and animals. Also taste age old wine whilst taking the Yarra Valley tours.

Things To Do In Yarra Valley

There are various things to do in Yarra Valley which comprises fun wildlife encounters that one can enjoy. Take a ride on the steam train and admire the quaint stretches of the hilly areas. Apart from this, you will also enjoy the remarkable vineyard serving delicious drinks such as DeBortoli, Fergusson and Yering Station to newer favourites like Punt Road and Mandala Wines.

Visit The Vineyards

The fascinating Yarra Valley tours in Melbourne consist of the most serene and quaint hills and valleys. Apart from this, it is also home to a 70 year old wine cellar which takes you on an educational tour to learn about the making of wine. Reish upon the incredible taste efsun of Australia's most fabsoiet which are DeBortoli, Fergusson and Yering Station to newer favourites like Punt Road and Mandala Wines.

Ride The Puffing Billy Steam Train

Enjoy an extraordinary Yarra Valley tours but rather on a vintage steam train. The train takes you through dense vegetation and wilderness and lets you marvel at the stretch of quaint nature of the valleys. The puffing billy steam train is a fabulous vintage experience that you can enjoy with your family. The train takes you to the amusing Dandenong Ranges which is an underrated part of the town home to many incredible birds and animals. Also taste age old wine whilst taking the Yarra Valley tours in Melbourne.

See The Arts

This paradise also consists of an amusing art museum. The museum hosts a number of exhibitions like the superhit David noon and his contemporary art on display, heather B swann and her impreronations and more. The art museum represents a perfect blend of modern and contemporary art and craft with a bend from the past. Bringing in the best of underrated artists from Australia, ths museum tour is a wonderful excursion you should not miss out on.

Wander Through A Field of Lavender

Lavender is one the most beautiful smelling flower species, and your Yarra Valley tours in Melbourne takes you on a mesmerising tour through the divine fields. Surrounded by the wonderful fragrance of the warratina lavender farm, you will also spot a number of picturesque locations to click instagram-worthy pictures as well. Talk to farmers and learn about their hardwork and dedication in growing these wonderful beauties. Also post your tour, take home delicious lavender ice cream too.

Adventure Through A National Park

The exquisite Dandenong ranges feature the most exquisite nature’s bounty that will surprise you. The national park features sloppy terrains that encapsulate the best of charismatic animals such as lyrebirds and wallabies. The ranges also feature volcanic hills, which are not currently active and on which stands the tallest flowering tree known by the name of Mountain Ash. The Yarra Valley tours in Melbourne are an amazing chance to explore the ferntree gully picnic area and capture the awe-inspiring views as well.

 Get Up Close To The Wildlife

If you have kids with you on the trip, then don't miss out on this splendid opportunity to get close to the wildlife. The zoo features some of the most indegenous Australian species that are found nowhere else. Platypus, dingo and Koalas are some of the many exquisite animals that one will spot at this zone. These fun animal encounters are absolutely breathtaking and promise you a fun time in your vacation escapade.

Yarra Valley Tours FAQs

What is the minimum age required to book yarra valley tours.

There is no minimum age requirement for taking the Yarra Valley tours in Melbourne. But there might be some activities which will not be allowed for children.

How long should one spend taking the Yarra Valley tours?

A full day is required to explore the hilly Yarra valley which is also home to a variety of wineries and breweries. Get amazing wilfie counters of koalas and platypus as well. Hot air ballooning and skydiving are other thrilling inclusions in your tour too.

What is the best time to take the Yarra Valley tours?

The best time to enjoy this experience is in the early morning hours. Watch the sunrise from your splendid hot air ballooning experience and make fine memories.

Where is Yarra Valley?

The Yarra Valley is situated in the countryside of Melbourne.

What is special about Yarra Valley?

The Yarra valleys stretch of Melbourne are a quaint vacation space featuring exquisite natural bounties like no other place. With vivid and verdang hilly areas and rugged terrains, one can enjoy the serene natural setting away from the usual city hustle of Melbourne. There is a fantastic range of experience one can enjoy here. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley from the bird’s eye view and relish in age-old wine such as DeBortoli, Fergusson and Yering Station to newer favourites like Punt Road and Mandala Wines from the wine cellars.

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Not just a tour, this is as close to being Willy Wonka as you can get. You'll be eating, drinking and taste-testing your way through our factory, all while becoming a gelato making whizz as our chefs impart knowledge on how and why we make our gelato the way we do.

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Price: $170

Wednesday evenings 6.30-8pm / Location: Messina HQ, Marrickville

Come behind the scenes and see where the magic happens. Located at our shiny new Marrickville home, you'll be taken on an interactive behind-the-scenes tour of our headquarters where all Messina products are made.

At Messina, we are passionate, verging obsessive about the creative process. We make all our gelato, cakes, additions, and chocolate from scratch using the best possible ingredients we can get our hands on. Feels like everyone says the same thing these days, but we want to show you just how far we go to make what we think is arguably the best gelato on the planet.

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What to expect:

  • Meet in our new Messina Creative restaurant for a welcome drink, snack and to dump your bags after a long day at the office.
  • We'll start with a tour of the store, then it's time to get your hairnet on and go inside the factory!
  • Our chefs will explain how we make our gelato jussst so, how we come up with famous 'Messina Specials' and OF COURSE there will be tastings involved so make sure you come hungry. You'll get to see everything we use to make our gelato and our very own Dulce de Leche machine.
  • Ever wondered how we make the famous Dr Evil's Magic Mushroom cake? Now's your time to poke your head in the freezer and find out exactly how. Plus there'll be a chance to glaze a cake in an interactive demo, and eat a slice.
  • Next, we'll head into our custom-built Chocolate Room where you'll see our chocolate being made and get to sample the goods.
  • If you're not full yet, it's back to the store to try gelato fresh from our churning machine, and to choose your flavours for your take-home 500ml tub.  You'll recieve a 'Messina the Recipes' book and a 2 pack of Messina Chocolates.

we are able to cater for dietaries in the tastings if you notify us within 1 week of your booking. If you have a nut allergy, sadly we won't be able to accommodate this in the chocolate part of the tour.

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Where to find the best ice cream in Melbourne

Looking for Melbourne's best gelato and ice cream shops? Artisan, hand-made or old-school. Taste your way through these delectable city scoop shops.

Melbourne's best gelato shops

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Brunetti Classico

Forget the ice cream cart, Brunetti Classico has opened an entire gelato bar on Lygon Street! That Gelato Bar is a sweet little pastel pink space, packed to the brim with 24 flavours. Dig into a cup of refreshing Sicilian lemon granita. Or order scoops of your quintessential summer gelato flavours.

A trio of colourful gelato cups with heart shaped wafers.

7 Apples Gelato QV Melbourne

7 Apples Gelato has opened a swirl station at QV Melbourne. Find the neon-lit store on Red Cap Lane and try a slew of exclusive flavours. There's classic Italian and Asian fusion flavours to choose from. Will it be dark choc and raspberry or coconut pandan jam? Go wild at the topping bar or add a drizzle from the Nutella fountain.

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This tiny cafe does gelato the Japanese way. That is, wrapped in warabi mochi or drizzled in matcha tea! Order traditional Japanese flavours like yuzu, black sesame and hojicha. Or try refreshing bingsu. When you've finished your sweets, visit the gacha vending machines to score cute capsule toys.

Two white cups willed with Asian-style ice cream

Beku Gelato

There's nothing quite like a fruity gelato on a summer's day. Beku , now on Lygon Street Carlton, creates natural handmade gelato with tropical flavours. With new, fresh flavours released each month, fan favourites like coconut sorbet won't last forever. Check out Beku's Instagram and see the changing menu via stories.

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Pidapipo Lygon Street

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 the team's dessert obsession. Order pistachio, fior de latte or rockmelon sorbetto. Try out the selection of cakes, perfect for birthdays and celebrations. Flavours include banoffee pie, bombe Alaska tiramisu and more.

A narrow ice cream shop with a domed concrete ceiling and projections on the walls.

Kariton Sorbetes

Kariton Sorbetes is inspired by classic Filipino desserts with a unique twist. All the products are made from scratch, using the best quality ingredients. Try interesting flavours like turon. This banana gelato comes topped with caramel, jackfruit, candied sesame seeds and caramelised spring roll pastry. Or opt for a fresh sorbet with pink guava.

An ice cream in a cup, drizzled in chocolate.

Piccolina Gelateria

Found on the corner of Hardware Lane, the first CBD Piccolina store will not disappoint. Walk up the bluestone to the pastel-toned, Italian-style gelateria and you almost feel like you're in Europe. Our pick? Pistachio gelato, stacked with whipped cream and doused in Nutella swirl.  And yes, there's a free-flowing Nutella tap. For something a little extra, try out the gelato sandwiches and Nutella ice magic.

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Gelateria Primavera

Gelateria Primavera does artisan gelato in the authentic Italian style – made from fresh, seasonal fruit. The gelato menu changes daily as the team create new flavour combos, like pistachio and cardamom. Stop into the gelato shop at the front of Spring Street Grocer for a scoop or two.

Blue tongs adding a chocolate brownie to cups of pink gelato.

1565 is the year gelato was invented, and it's also the name of a seriously good ice cream spot. This Kensington cafe has mastered the art of gelato. Taste test inventive flavours, inspired by Italian cuisine. Try ricotta and honey; poached fig; orange and fennel or a refreshing watermelon and mint.

A person scooping ice cream into a tub with many different flavours in the background.

Il Dolce Freddo

Artisan Italian gelato with Asian-inspired flavours? Yum! Il Dolce Freddo on Lygon Street offers unique flavours like hibiscus latte with chilli choc chip, pandan and coconut, and matcha green tea. Be sure to try a scoop of the love-it-or-hate-it durian.

Someone pouring a pot of coffee over a cup of ice cream.

Geloso Gelateria

Take a break from your shopping at Queen Victoria Market and pop into Geloso Gelateria. The team make gelato in-house from recipes passed down three generations. Treat yourself to regulars like hazelnut and cherry ripe, or if you're lucky, the jam donut special is on the menu.

A double scoop ice cream in a cone.

Gelateria on The Docks

Who doesn’t love a treat? Gelateria on the Docks has cold comfort in 52 different delicious homemade flavours. Gluten and dairy-free options are very much on the menu. Foodie faves include vegan dark chocolate and rich licorice.

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A sundae bar is popping up at this Italian restaurant for a limited time only. Visit Marameo this December to try old-school treats. Think gelato sandwiches, pavlova sundaes and Ferrero Rocher ice cream with hot fudge. Thirsty? The adults-only drinks menu includes frozen watermelon cosmos and the sgroppino-inspired 'LimonCHILLo'.

Three bowls of ice cream

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, not for the faint hearted. Find it on weekends at  Queen Victoria Market .

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Ice Cream & Street Art Adventure

What you’ll do.

On this family-friendly experience, you’ll discover some of Newtown’s best street art, while any kids will be kept entertained with delicious ice cream samples from local businesses.

Starting in a park close to Newtown’s main street, your host will give a brief introduction to what types of street art there are and the stories they tell. You’ll then set off on a 5-minute walk past beautiful old houses to your first ice cream stop. To start your ice cream adventure, we’re transporting you to Italy, with a scoop of super creamy gelato. We cater for all dietary requirements – please let us know if you have any when booking.

You’ll then explore the backstreets of Newtown with your guide weaving in entertaining stories behind the colourful street art. A second dessert stop is provided near a park, with a gourmet take on an Aussie classic. You’ll have a short break, and kids can draw their own street art (pencils & paper provided) or have a quick play at the nearby playground.

Continuing your street art journey, you’ll re-join the main road, with a few more pieces of art to discover before finishing with another scoop of ice cream – this time, we’re heading to Turkey. Anyone with a sweet tooth is going to love this place!

This is where your experience ends, but your host can recommend one more ice cream stop if you’re still hungry!

What’s included

  • 2 hour guided activity (approx. 1.5 km covered)
  • 2 ice cream servings (a single scoop at 2 different locations)
  • 1 other small dessert serving
  • Option of coffee or tea for parents/adults at 1 of the food stops
  • Coloured pencils and paper for children to draw their own street art
  • Map with recommendations for more street art to explore
  • Group photos

Tour details

Perfect for: Families, children and anyone with a sweet tooth.

Group size:  4 – 12 people. Minimum of 4 people required for tour to proceed at the regular price.

Age range: All ages are welcome on this tour. The content and activities in this tour is are appropriate for children from the age of 4 to 15. Children under 4 are free of charge. Children over 15 are also welcome and we can adapt the content to suit. We walk about 1.5 km at a relaxed pace on a mostly flat route. The route is also pram/stroller friendly. Please note all children must be accompanied by a paying adult/guardian.

Tour length:  2 hours.

Price: 55 AUD per person (same price for children and adults).

Start location:  We meet in Hollis Park, near the playground towards the corner of Georgina St and Warren Ball Ave.

End location: We finish at “Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream” on Enmore Rd. From here, it is a 5 minute walk to Newtown train station or a 1 km walk back to Hollis Park.

Please note:  This tour is still available, but availability is limited. Please contact us if you are interested in booking and we can discuss an available date.

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Where to Find the Best Ice Cream in Melbourne

From traditional gelaterias to avant garde parlours, these are Melbourne’s best ice cream spots.

Whether you’re after something to do on a sunny day , a satisfying dessert or simply have a sweet tooth that won’t quit, Melbourne’s best ice cream shops have you covered.  Discover storied gelaterias churning classic Italian flavours alongside boundary-pushing shops that are dreaming up novel combinations. Vegan ice cream lovers are looked after, too, with stunningly fresh sorbets and creamy scoops made from alternative milks.

Here's where to find the best ice cream in Melbourne.

Billy Van Creamy

Banoffee, vegan mylk choc coconut rough, fig and bay leaf, lemon tart, oat milk and peach swirl and salted dark chocolate ganache are just some of the magical varieties of gelato to get the scoop on at Billy Van Creamy . Creamy is right at this Fitzroy North favourite, where the variety of flavours are made with the freshest seasonal ingredients from trusted local suppliers. 100% natural and delicious, this is some of the best ice cream in Melbourne to try this summer. 

Worth noting: It's looking to be a refreshing, sherbet fuelled summer ahead at Billy Van Creamy. Their recent addition of orange sherbet to the special's menu has been a big hit, and has made a zesty transition onto the full time menu. 

212 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

Sundae School Ice Creamery

No messing around, this is 80's style ice cream brilliance and must try on those sweltering summer days in Melbourne. Another Fitzroy North location, this time at newly minted Sundae School Ice Creamery , where restaurant quality ice cream is being made by one passionate pastry chef. Go old school with the classic ice cream sundae - 3 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream, salted chocolate fudge, brown butter peanuts, whipped cream and a cherry on top. Or grab a cone of a more unique flavour offering, like their cardamom burnt honey and pistachio, blueberry cheesecake or lemon creamsicle. Nostalgia-inducing and oh-so delicious, we can't get enough of this cool new ice cream spot. 

344 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North 

Fluffy Torpedo

With the iconic Fitzroy Pool within easy reach, it's little wonder why this eclectic neighbourhood is ripe with juicy ice cream joints. Say hello to one of its latest and greatest, Fluffy Torpedo . Cool name and the bedazzling sour strap lollies floor notwithstanding, this is where to go to try some of the best ice cream in Melbourne. Trust us, you're here to sample their wildest flavours - and of that, there are many!

Mountain Dew and Oreo. Salted Nutella and parmesan. Marshmallow with grape Aeroplane Jelly and pink salt. Blue Powerade. Durian. Miso-cinnamon and white chocolate. Kalamata. Honey and soy sauce. Vegemite and white chocolate. Peppermint chocolate slice. Smoked Cherry Ripe. Striking the balance between nostalgic ingredients and crazy combinations, these a some of the more interesting scoops available in the city and so worth venturing out for. 

Sitchu Tip: Obsessed with these interesting flavour combinations? Same! Did you know that you can send Fluffy Torpedo your phenomenal ice cream flavour combinations here , and if they ever make it, they'll send you free tubs!

5/159 Smith Street, Fitzroy 

Happy Eats Gelato

Ascot Vale's Happy Eats Gelato are scooping out some of the best tasting, most sustainable and wonderfully homemade gelato for everyone to enjoy. 

Head in for a taste of their wonderful, happy creations. This is where to go for some of the best fruit gelatos and sorbets in Melbourne. But they haven't stopped just with premium handmade gelato; they also also serve up gelato cakes (you can customise your own and choose your own flavours), gelati shakes, choc-tops, gelato sandwiches, brownies, cannoli, and cold pressed juices - all hand crafted on site. 

189 Union Road, Ascot Vale 

Unique and delicious are two words to summarise just how good the ice cream is at Beku . Tucked along Lygon Street and its plethora of Italian delis, ice creameries, cafes and restaurants, Beku stands out from the crowd of regulars with its Indonesian and South East Asian influences. 

Choose from selection of artisanal, hand crafted flavours of creamy gelato. There's a passion and respect here for preserving the real taste and texture of each and every ingredient - which means an explosion of flavours in every mouthful. Past flavours have included roasted green tea (hojicha), pandan rice pudding, matcha latte, taro, and Injeolmi (a roasted soy bean with mochi topping). 

Sitchu Tip: For an indulgent summer refreshment, be sure to try one of their special cold brew drinks - we're big fans of the Ombak, which is cream cheese topped!

150 Lygon Street, Carlton

Hareruya Pantry

In our opinion, this is an essential ice cream in Melbourne experience. Unassuming but beloved, if you only go in to Hareruya Pantry for one thing, it has to be for one (or four) of their handcrafted gelatos. Simply have them in a cup to enjoy, or get them wrapped in mochi skin as a Daifuku. Or, maybe sandwiched between rice wafer crisp as a Monaka. There are eight flavours to choose from, including strong matcha, genmaicha with kuromitsu and mochi, houjicha chocolate, white sesame, biscoff cookie with red currants, murasaki imo (purple sweet potato), mikan with coconut, and red fruits with elderflower and yuzu. 

15-17 Lincoln Square S, Carlton 

Bianco Latte Gelateria and Italian Desserts

Creamy texture, real depth of flavour and unique but perfectly considered combinations unite at Bianco Latte .

From gelato cakes to cannoli and of course gelato, these ice cream in Melbourne legends newest shop can be found in Northcote, but they also cater to the Elwood and Yarraville set, and have hireable carts for your next ' must-add-ice-cream' event.

All of their artisan gelato flavors are made from scratch using the best local, seasonal and quality imported ingredients. They opt for fresh jersey milk from grass fed cows along the Great Ocean Road and keep all their flavors well balanced to let the artisan ingredients shine. We love that they import their pistachios from Bronte in Sicily - it gives a clever nod to tradition and authenticity. 

We're also big fans of their ricotta and honey combination, as well as their unique specials like prickly pear. After choosing your favourite flavour/s, be sure to add lush toppings like hot Nutella, whipped cream and amarena cherry, for an added touch of drama. 

331 High Street, Northcote 

17 Ballarat Street, Yarraville

104 Ormond Road, Elwood

Gelato Papa

A beautiful marriage of traditional techniques are met with modern flavours at Gelato Papa . Crafting beautiful, all-natural gelato bases from scratch every day, they're serving up authenticity at its finest. This means every ingredient of every base – from chocolate, coconut and yoghurt to gorgonzola cheese, Nutella and black honeycomb – is carefully chosen, measured, mixed and churned with precision. You won’t find artificial packet pastes and tinned flavours here. They also make some seriously delicious sundaes, and the variety of flavours range from apple pie to black sesame. Come join them for a scoop. 

Sitchu Tip: Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside. they've just introduced a deep fried gelato to the menu - and it's our latest obsession. Will you choose vanilla gelato or chocolate gelato? Don’t forget to add your choice of warm caramel or warm fudge on top!

14a Gilbert Road, Preston

72a Station Street, Fairfield

Gigi's Gelato

We're big fans of this decadent yet good for you gelato shop in Yarraville. Intricately made from scratch in the back kitchen by Italian born chef Luigi 'Gigi Pozzoli, the artisan gelato at Gigi's will delight those lucky enough to taste it. Incorporating some of Italy's finest and most iconic flavours, think tiramisu made with mascarpone cheese from Lombardy, gianduja from Piedmont, Bacio from Umbria and our favourite flavour: Cassata from Sicily. If that's not drool-worthy enough, Gigi's Gelato also sells a select range of layered gelato cakes in picture-perfect designs.

15 Anderson Street, Yarraville 

Cono Gelateria

You'll want more than one cone of the oft-Italian inspired flavours at Reservoir's Cono Gelateria . From Nutella bomboloni and peach sorbet, to stracciatella-chocolate chip and weekend only sorbet-filled brioche buns and espresso, it's serving up a vibrant expression of La Dolce Vita. 

It also takes a nostalgic approach to its revolving door of specials; if you can get it, the banana and crunchy peanut is the ultimate crowd pleaser, and the white chocolate, caramel and pretzels combination a truly indulgent affair. 

757 Gilbert Road, Reservoir 

Gelateria Primavera at Spring St Grocer

The only thing you need to know about this inner city gem is that they make the finest pistachio ice cream outside of Italy. That's it. That's the ice cream tea. 

Perched within Spring Street Grocer , Gelateria Primavera is a strong contender for best ice cream in Melbourne. Ingredients are high quality, seasonal flavours range from classic to strange, and the pozzetti cabinets they use allow for the preservative-free gelato to remain nice and fresh.

This buzzy spot might be our go-to for the classic pistachio, but other favourites like chocolate, mango-passionfruit and Fior di latte fare beautifully here, and sit alongside more unique delights such as peach and basil sorbetto and apple crumble. All the more reason to come back time and again this summer. 

157 Spring Street, Melbourne 

Pidapipo Laboratorio

Yes, it's an institution, and deservedly so. Pidapipo deserves every metre of the long lines it generates. Every day it unquestionably delivers some of the best ice cream in Melbourne. Our pick of the bunch scattered around the city, is the dessert destination within itself, Pidapipo Laboratorio . Between the chocolate room, extravagant gelato cakes, and all-round pasticceria vibes, it can be difficult to remain focused, but the experimental scoops you won't find anywhere else will keep you firmly rooted in the delicious present. 

Upon entry you'll be meet with eight stainless-steel pozzetti, which rotate limited-edition flavours by the week, day or even the hour, depending on how small the batch is. Specialty ingredients are crafted into distinctive flavours; you might indulge in goat's yoghurt and saffron, a passionfruit cheesecake or white chocolate and pink peppercorn scoop.  

We highly recommend celebrating with one of the delectable gelato cakes stacked high in glass freezers. From classic Ferrero Rocher and Sicilian cassata to Banoffee Pie and Neapolitan Bombe Alaska, your tastebuds will thank you. 

429 - 431 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 

Miinot Gelato

This low-key gem, tucked away in Pascoe Vale South is small but mighty and easily serving up some of the best ice cream in Melbourne. While Miinot Gelato sports a small selection of flavours, each one is every bit exceptional. Simple fruits such as lemon, or burnt fig  are elevated by their intensely natural taste, thanks to an all-fruit base. There's even the occasional crunch of seed in the raspberry. But our all-time favourite is the pavlova, so delicious it requires double the scoop. 

Sitchu Tip: Looking for something sweet post-date night at Bar Tobala? Stroll down to Miinot, and indulge in a more elaborate, adults-only flavour like the Nonno blend mascarpone, with sultanas soaked in Pedro Ximenez sherry. Divine!

71 Melville Road, Pascoe Vale South 

Luther ’ s Scoops

This 'farm-to-freezer' ice creamerie will transport you to countryside pastures via their rustic, seasonal scoops. Lick your way to joy with flavours such as banoffee pie, buffalo yoghurt and leatherwood honey, butterscotch ripple and lemongrass pineapple sorbet. Owner Christian Williams is an ex-Lune Croissanterie pastry chef who knows a thing or two about dessert, working closely with local farmers and suppliers to source the freshest, most flavoursome fruit. All the ice cream at Luther’s is made using an egg custard base, resulting in a texture that’s even creamier than gelato.

528A Sydney Road, Brunswick 

Boca Gelato  

Tradition meets modernity at this gorgeous mint green gelateria in Ivanhoe. From behind a colourful terrazzo counter they serve delightfully smooth gelato and sorbetti for all palates. Purists can head straight for classic Italian flavours like pistachio, coffee and bacio, while the more adventurous are served by rotating specials that could comprise basque burnt cheesecake, pumpkin spice or carrot cake. Dinner party coming up? Bring one of their whimsical layered ice cream cakes for a sure fire way to be the favourite guest.

183 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe 

Kenny Lover

You won’t find many fancy ice creameries selling hot chips for dipping, but Kenny Lover celebrates this iconic pairing with gusto. This Australiana-themed parlour is all about native ingredients and experimental flavour combos, with picks like coffee and wattleseed, lemon myrtle sorbet and brown butter apple tart. Enjoy them as is, alongside piping hot chippies or in bubbly spiders made with bottle fermented sodas. The décor is a nostalgic trip to the ‘70s complete with orange suede banquettes, bubblegum floor tiles and a shag pile rug on the ceiling. Oh, and they also host weddings .

796 High Street, Thornbury

Kori’s Japanese-inspired ice cream is such a hot ticket that queues snake out the door even during winter. Opened by pastry mavens Bernard Chu (LuxBite) and Joane Yeoh (Coda), they’re creating 24 flavours every day with creative renditions including matcha pistachio, hojicha hazelnut, vanilla tofu and even sake. Their number one scoop is a refreshingly tart Fuji apple sorbet which is set to be a hit all summer long. The shop’s futuristic red and coral theme makes a great backdrop for your scoop selfies, too.

659 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

Piccolina Gelateria

Piccolina's 100 percent natural gelato is lusciously creamy yet air-light, making it one of the city’s favourite places for a post-dinner treat. It's hard to go past classic flavours like lemon sorbetti, stracciatella and fior di latte (best enjoyed with a lashing of their molten “better than Nutella”) but specials like zesty jaffa and crema catalana will certainly tempt. Piccolina is also known for their delicately-crafted celebration cakes, which include a fairy bread-inspired layer cake and a giant “Ferrerolina” rocher modelled after the iconic chocolate.

Various locations in CBD, Collingwood, Richmond, Hawthorn and St Kilda

Kariton Sorbetes

Churning small batch gelatos with big Filipino flavours is Kariton , a new Footscray destination founded by fine dining chefs John Rivera and Minh Duong. They’re translating the country’s most loved cocktails, ingredients and desserts into vivid gelati – think ube halaya (purple yam with caramelised coconut curds), keso (cheddar and vanilla with roasted cashews) and avocado condensed milk. Made with creamy Gippsland Jersey milk, you can get your gelato in a cup, cone or soft homemade bread bun, just like they do in the Philippines.

50 Leeds Street, Footscray 

Little Sky 

What’s better than a cooling double scoop on the way home from the beach? This petite bayside gem is doing things their way, maintaining a natural ingredients-only ethos and making all their waffle cones in house. Traditional stainless steel pozzetti tubs ensure their gelato is always at the perfect temperature and texture – and inside you’ll find rich dairy flavours, zippy fruit sorbets and a selection of vegan options made with oat, cashew, coconut or almond that are as creamy as the real thing.

332 Bay Street, Brighton

It only makes sense that you’ll find some of Melbourne’s best gelato in Lygon Street, our city’s own Little Italy . While you can’t go wrong with classics like ricotta and pear, bacio and dulce de leche, it’s their fun original flavours that keep us coming back. The bright acidity of their cherry sorbetti, the creamy tang of their lemon curd cheesecake and the nuttiness of their black sesame are simply irresistible.

334 Lygon Street, Carlton 

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Steve Chubbuck dies: First memorial for business owner and advocate set for next week

Family and friends set to mourn the passing of steve chubbuck, ice cream shop owner and community activists who supported several causes in brevard county.

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Friends and family are set to pay the first of several tributes next week to Steve Chubbuck, an Army veteran and former firefighter who parlayed his love of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream into quietly raising awareness in Brevard County about issues ranging from police brutality to voting rights, human rights and banned books.

Chubbuck, who owned four Ben & Jerry's ice cream shops across Florida, died March 31 in an apparent accidental drowning at his St. Augustine home. Among his shops: the Melbourne Ben & Jerry's at the Oaks .

“He had a personality type of someone who has a hundred ideas an hour. He was constantly riffing about ideas,” said Jessica Shaw, Chubbuck’s wife.

“I’m just hearing things and getting calls about how he was always helping with a cause, no matter what it was. He got a lot out of it,” Shaw told FLORIDA TODAY.

Chubbuck’s activism reached a number of communities in Brevard. He quietly worked with organizers of the 2020 March for Justice, which highlighted the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Brevard veteran Gregory Lloyd Edwards. Edwards died in 2018 after a confrontation with Brevard County Sheriff’s correction officers at the county jail. A federal judge ruled last year that while Edwards' death was "an unquestionable tragedy," there was no violation of Edwards' constitutional rights.

The march, organized by a coalition of Brevard community advocates, drew 4,000 people to the streets of Cocoa for what to date was the largest protest seen in the county.

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“We met during Gregory Edwards protests in 2020. He was a veteran and what Sheriff (Wayne) Ivey allowed to happen to Edwards really resonated with Steve. That’s the first cause that we connected on,” said Alton Edmond, a criminal defense attorney who ran unsuccessfully against the sheriff in 2020.

Chubbuck — who owned three other franchises of the ice cream parlor in Nacatee, Daytona Beach and St. Augustine — paid for signs passed out among the crowds calling for justice in the Edwards case and even billboards positioned across Brevard County questioning what happened behind bars to the veteran.

He also worked with Edmond and John Verdi, a former New York Police Department veteran and literacy advocate, to help foster stronger face-to-face relationships between Brevard youth and law enforcement agencies in Cocoa and Melbourne. That included providing ice cream as a way to bridge the gaps between the groups.

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“He was quite literally giving us free ice cream to get people to come out. He played a key role in supporting the protests that you saw around Brevard. He reached out to me to see if I would do something to help get people to vote,” said Lauren Giacone, founder of Brevard Peace Keepers, a group which drew attention to the Edwards case along with other issues.

Chubbuck would often brainstorm with the activists to come up with ideas on how to get out their messages out.

“We were activists together. (Steve) was really the whole reason that the Brevard Peace Keepers were out there. It all snowballed because of him," Giacone said.

Chubbuck was born in Anchorage, Alaska, to a mother who worked as a police officer. He relocated to Lake Worth, Florida, with his mother after his parents separated, Shaw said. He decided to join the Army after high school and rose to the rank of sergeant before going to work for a private investigation firm. Later, Chubbuck became a firefighter medic in Martin County before meeting Shaw in 2015.

The pair would often share thoughts about pressing issues like the Black Lives Matter movement and the narratives formed around a spate of police shootings involving Black men during that time.

“I was visiting Florida and very liberal. He hadn’t been exposed to the ideas I had. But he listened. He would go back to find out on his own,” she said.

Then, after years of taking calls in the middle of the night and going to traumatic incidents, Chubbuck retired from the fire department in 2020. He had bought the Ben & Jerry’s franchise in Melbourne in 2018 and began funding several causes.

In the the store, he joined with other activists like Verdi of the Hey! Blue organization and Adam Tritt, founder of Foundation 451 , in setting up a banned book stand to give customers a chance to read books targeted by groups like Moms for Liberty. 

“He loved ice cream. His favorite was Cherry Garcia, and always thought it would be a fun thing to do. He said the fire department was really stressful," Shaw said. Chubbuck continued with his advocacy, despite the protests and continued threats of boycott aimed at his businesses on social media.

When in May 2020, the couple saw the video of 46-year-old George Floyd, pleading for his mother as a police officer used his knee to press into his neck, "he was furious," Shaw said.

"There’s a certain type of veteran who joins the military because they believe in our Constitution, that was him," she said. "He had a very strong sense of rage at injustice. Then when we learned about what happened to Gregory Edwards, he just wanted to raise money for the widow. He wanted everyone to know what happened."

“He didn’t talk about it; he didn’t brag about what he was doing," Shaw said. "He just did it. And now I’m getting calls about all of the good things he was doing.”

The first of several memorials for Chubbuck will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Butler Beach in St. Augustine. Another memorial is planned for Melbourne later but the details have not been finalized. He is survived by his wife , Jessica Shaw, and 22-year-old son Aidan.

J.D. Gallop  is a criminal justice/breaking news reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Gallop at 321-917-4641 or  [email protected] . X, formerly known as Twitter:  @JDGallop.

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Three To Try: Melbourne’s Best New Gelato and Ice-Cream Shops Are Scooping Asian-Inspired Flavours

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Kōri , Hawthorn “Japanese-inspired, Melbourne-bred” is the tagline for new coral-coloured ice-creamery Kōri. It arrived in Hawthorn in August and already it’s hitting the sweet spot. “We definitely underestimated how busy we were going to be,” says ex- Coda chef Joane Yeoh, who owns the business with Bernard Chu, co-founder of South Yarra patisserie Luxbite . “We try to keep up with the consistency and quality [but] we don’t want people queuing for long.” Here you’ll find 24 ice-cream flavours – including eight vegan options. Some of the most popular include matcha (and matcha pistachio) and strawberry shortcake. Or you can venture into more savoury territory with flavours like miso, black sesame, dassai sake and sweet potato kuromitsu (a Japanese sugar syrup similar to molasses). Yeoh’s number-one, though, is the fuji apple sorbet.

Kariton Sorbetes, CBD (and Footscray ) Just eight months after parking the proverbial kariton (Filipino street-food ice-cream cart) and opening a bricks-and-mortar shop in Footscray, Kariton Sorbetes has expanded with a new gelato store on Russell Street in the CBD. It’s a futuristic flagship for former Lume and Sunda chef John Rivera and former Maha pastry chef Minh Duong, who first launched Kariton as a takeaway service in 2020 – with the goal of becoming “the Asian Messina”. Here, find all the popular flavours – like ube (purple yam), mango float and champorado (rice pudding) – in scoops, tubs or pillowy bread buns. Plus, taho soft-serve (silken-tofu-flavoured ice-cream topped with soy-milk panna cotta, boba pearls and oolong tea syrup), and rotating slushies that are exclusive to Chinatown (like the Sarsi Spida – sarsaparilla slushie with tonka bean milk foam). The Filipino-inspired menu is projected onto the curved, sky-blue ceiling.

Hareruya Pantry , Carlton “It sounds like hallelujah, but in Japanese it means ‘sunny shop’,” says Kantaro Okada of Hareruya Pantry, his perfectly named, sun-drenched eatery – a new addition to Carlton. Behind a red-brick frontage (and roller door), it looks out onto the playground in Lincoln Square, which is exactly where Okada (who’s also behind the upstairs Leonie , and cafes Le Bajo and 279 ) imagined his customers perching with jam-packed bento boxes, baked goods and gelato. Gelato-wise, there are around eight flavours available to take away in a cup or tub, wrapped in mochi in daifuku style, or sandwiched by rice wafers in monaka style. The offering is focused on Japanese flavours; you might find matcha, Calpis (an uncarbonated soft drink) and yuzu, and avocado yoghurt, made by chef Ayano Suzuki.

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Missy Elliott Announces ‘Out Of This World Tour' Feat. Ciara, Busta Rhymes, & Timbaland

Missy Elliott has announced the " Out Of This World Tour ," her first-ever headlining tour featuring Ciara , Busta Rhymes , and Timbaland .

The 24-city tour is co-produced by Live Nation and Missy's longtime manager, Mona Scott Young . 

Missy Elliott shared her excitement about the tour with the following statement: 

This is an incredible time in my life as I am experiencing so many milestone ‘firsts.'

Being the FIRST female Hip Hop artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now going out on my FIRST headline tour.

Fans have been asking me to tour forever but I wanted to wait until I felt the time was right because I knew if I was ever going to do it, I had to do it big, and I had to do it with family!

So get ready to be taken OUT OF THIS WORLD with me, Busta Rhymes, Ciara, and Timbaland!

We can't wait to share this experience with the fans!

Mona added: 

Missy has always been an iconic groundbreaker and continuously pushes herself to be bolder and go where she has never been before – and surprisingly, one of those places is headlining her own tour!

For decades, fans and peers worldwide have clamored for Missy to tour and they're finally going to get what they've been asking for as she teams up with Ciara, Busta, and longtime partner-in-rhyme Timbaland, to deliver a start-to-finish, nonstop, high-octane, OUT OF THIS WORLD concert experience.

This will be one for the books, so trust me, you don't want to miss it!

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Missy elliott's 2024 'out of this world tour' dates.

  • July 4 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
  • July 6 - Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena
  • July 9 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
  • July 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Crypto.com Arena
  • July 13 - Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
  • July 16 - Denver, CO @ Ball Arena
  • July 18 - Austin, TX @ Moody Center
  • July 20 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
  • July 21 - Fort Worth, TX @ Dickies Arena
  • July 24 - Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
  • July 25 - Sunrise, FL @ Amerant Bank Arena
  • July 27 - Atlanta, GA - State Farm Arena
  • August 1 - Baltimore, MD @ CFG Bank Arena
  • August 2 - Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum
  • August 3 - Belmont Park, NY @ UBS Arena
  • August 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
  • August 8 - Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
  • August 9 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
  • August 10 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
  • August 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
  • August 15 - Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
  • August 17 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
  • August 19 - Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
  • August 22 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena

Tickets for the tour will be available through a Verizon presale starting Tuesday (April 9) at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday (April 11) at 10 p.m. local time. 

General ticket sales begins Friday (April 12) at 10 a.m. local time.

Do you plan to travel to another dimension this summer with Missy Elliott, Ciara , Busta Rhymes , and Timbaland with the " Out Of This World Tour ?"

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