Location: 93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East, Melbourne
After eating and working her way around Italy, Lisa Valmorbida blessed us with her gelateria pop-up store in 2013. After overwhelming success, Pidapipo now has two locations on two of Melbourne’s most renowned streets. But, don’t expect the typical colourful display of gelato you’ve come to know from other ice creameries. Pidapipo does things a little differently. The Chapel and Lygon street gelaterias use traditional Italian pozzetti fridges to keep the gelato hidden away. Doing so ensures that it is stored at the perfect temperature and tastes its best. Some of the twelve flavours on offer are pistachio, rose, coconut, ricotta and fig, and Nutella swirl.
Widely recognised as one of the best artisan gelaterias in Melbourne, Gelateria Primavera’s reputation indeed precedes it. Located out the front of Spring Street Grocer, its fluorescent shop front will lure you in, while its prime selection of gelato will keep you coming back. The gelato is made daily using the highest quality ingredients and is kept fresh in old-school pozzetti cabinets, ensuring that the taste is top notch. The rotating selection of milk-based gelato and dairy-free sorbets includes something for lovers of classic gelato, as well as those with a penchant for adventure. Try the traditional fior di latte, pistachio or lemon sorbet, or a creative concoction such as peach and basil sorbet, salted caramel laced with chilli or the watermelon and fresh mint.
Ice cream is the real MVP of food. Even when it’s bad, it’s good, and let’s be real, it’s very rarely bad. Young, old or in-between. Rain, hail or shine. Soft serve, gelato or sorbet, ice cream is always a good idea. Here in Melbourne, we’re undoubtedly spoilt for choice when it comes to the enormous amount of artisan ice cream options available to us. However, you should not be expected to waste valuable ice cream eating time trying to figure out where to go. Deciding on a flavour, cup or cone and how many scopes should be the hardest decisions that you have to make. To help you narrow down your choice, we’ve put together a list of the best ice cream and gelato shops in Melbourne.
Location: 27/29 Best St, Fitzroy North, Melbourne
Location: 71 Melville Road, Pascoe Vale South, Melbourne
7Apples has been serving up its particular innovative flavours since summer 2001. Among its lineup of tasty classics such as strawberry and French vanilla sits a selection of cutting-edge tastes, such as Red Bull, pinot noir and honey, and fig. Together with the vast variety of classic and creative flavours, you can expect a high quality and consistent product. 7Apples thick, creamy and sweet treats will keep you coming back time and time again. For extra cool points, owner Mark Mariotti named 7Apples after a nightclub in Tuscany.
Hidden inside Spring Street is the constantly crowded Gelateria Primavera. It’s crowded for a reason. As well as serving some of the best ice cream in the city, you can also find some unusual flavours like cinnamon and ricotta, or goats curd and avocado, alongside more traditional offerings, such as salted caramel and dark chocolate or their classic fruit sorbet. Whether you come for the classics or take a step on the wild side and try something a bit different, you’re sure to leave with a smile after tasting this delicious ice cream.
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.
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.
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.
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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.