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Summer is creeping upon us and as usual, we’ve been on the hunt for the best of the best frozen sweet treats that Melbourne has to offer, in particular those of the gelato variety. Melbourne has an abundance to choose from, but we’ve chosen out favourite five, all churning out top-notch gelato.
N2 Extreme Gelato
The crazy crew at N2 Extreme Gelato aren’t strangers to a spot of food innovation, taking pride in the wacky flavours and kooky combinations that they come up with. Showcasing food theatre at its finest, it’s worth hanging around to watch your order being whipped up. The food scientists-cum-gelato-extraordinaires use liquid Nitrogen to freeze the mixed ingredients into one of the most fresh and delicious frozen treats you can get your mitts on.
Flavours change daily, but you can expect options along the lines of matcha crème brulee, spiced pumpkin, and lychees. You’ll find these purveyors of joy on Brunswick Street and in the CBD.
Helados Jauja focuses on the simple things in life – great ingredients, fresh flavours and sweet treats. Combine those things and you’ve got yourself one helluva Melbourne gelato joint. Preferring to let individual flavours shine, there are less flavour combination options but plenty of stand alones that we can guarantee you haven’t seen in gelato form before – think craft beer, toasted black sesame, blue cheese, eggnog, and caramelised pear. Don’t be shy, they’re all insanely good.
Spring Street Grocer
Gelato might not be the first thing that Spring Street Grocer brings to mind, but it should be. The stellar grocer and sandwich bar has also well and truly mastered the art of gelato making. The menu changes daily but the quality remains the same – no additives or preservatives are used and only the best quality fruits and creams are included. Keep an eye out for flavours such as salted caramel and chilli, goats curd, walnut and honey, and watermelon and mint, just to name a few.
Pidapipó has a rich history of passionate gelato making – its owner Lisa Valmorbida travelled to Carpigiani Gelato University (yes, that’s a real place!) to learn from the world’s best. And now Melburnians are reaping the benefits. Pidapipó keeps things relatively simple, focusing on using fresh ingedients and traditional methods. You’ll be able to find your favourite flavours, including berry, passionfruit, pistachio and chocolate. Our pick? The coffee and mocha fudge.
Windsor and Richmond
Gelato Messina doesn’t really need any introduction and as such, it’s an obvious inclusion in our list of Melbourne's best gelato joints. Messina has recently opened another store at the Windsor end of Chapel Street (yipee!). The menu is extensive and we challenge you to make a quick decision. You’ll be face-to-face with around 24 gelato flavours, including apple crumble, poached figs in marsala, and pear and rhubarb. Flavour combinations change regularly, so don’t get stuck on one; mix it up. And be prepared for queues out the door; we promise it’s worth the wait.
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