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Hot? Here’s all the delicious icy treats you’ll need to keep it cool during the warmer weather

Gelateria Primavera

Brought to you by the people behind Spring Street Grocer, Gelateria Primavera continues to blow our minds with gelati and sorbetti that capture flavours so sharply it's like eating in high definition. Their signature fior di latte ice cream base, is incredibly rich and works with other flavours every time. Melbourne.

Jock's Ice Cream and Sorbets

It's not just the store's proximity to the beach, or the fact that iceman Jock Main can faithfully translate any flavour into ice cream form, be it sweetcorn or beetroot, it's the fun. Main bounces around handing out free tasters of house-favourite Hokey Pokey (vanilla, dotted through with sticky honeycomb) to all, young and old. Albert Park.

Gelato Messina: Fitzroy

Sweet dreams are made of gelato. Specifically the incredible salted coconut and mango combination at Gelato Messina's Melbourne outlet in Fitzroy. Queues are standard at their Sydney stores and on a hot night expect the same here, but that cup of Bounty – coconut milk gelato with chocolate chips and desiccated coconut - will be worth it. Fitzroy.

N2 Extreme Gelato

On days of extreme heat, N2 Extreme Gelato is just the ticket. It's the sciency ice creamery started by ex-accountant Min Chai, where ful-on flavours like chocolate caramel creme brulée and Ferrero Rocher are frozen on the spot using KitchenAids and liquid nitrogen. It's like Scienceworks for deliciousness. Fitzroy.

Helados Jauja

This Argentinean ice-creamery sits amid the Ducatis and tourists lining Lygon. Their sticky dulce de leche (caramel made from sweetened milk) balanced with bitter-sweet dark chocolate chips is the best, but we like the weird gear – yerba mate tea tastes like green tea with a nutmeg edge and is almost savoury. They pile it high here, and, you can get an affogato to go – that's a shot of espresso over your ice cream. Zing! Carlton.

Candied Bakery

There's a good whack of inspiration from New York's Momofuku Milk Bar here in the sweets. 'Crusty brownie pie' is a wedge of dark chocolate brownie with a crushed pretzel pie crust. Stick that with a side of Milo or malted milk soft serve and you've got yourself a party. They're doing one hell of a doughnut, filled with whipped Italian style custard zuppa Inglese – and you can trust them with your coffee order too. Spotswood.


It's all about the super soft, almost stretchy blood orange sorbet at this Lygon Street favouite. It's down the Brunswick East end, so there are less tourists, but just as big of a queue. Go for the classics like chocolate –it's so rich and dark it's almost black – and the favourites like apple pie: sweet, toatsy and tasty as hell. Brunswick East.


Black and white check floors meet Red Bull flavour at Mark Mariotti's old meets new school St Kilda gelateria. Prepare for a wait – the creamy Ferrero Rocher flavour has made this joint legendary, but we come for the fresh fruit sorbets. Load up on the tart apple, or passion fruit, and hit the beach. Quickly, this is fresh and melty. St Kilda.


Talk about your quality Italian Gelato – this place is the real deal. Lisa Valmorbida travelled to Italy and learnt from the ice-cream experts at the Carpigiani Gelato University before opening Pidapipó here in Melbourne. Add some Nutella for a little something extra. Carlton.

Il Melograno

In true Italian style, you can have your scoop sandwiched in a brioche bun at Il Melograno. These guys make some of the best and freshest iced treats this city has seen, using fresh seasonal produce for their sorbets and granitas and using traditional Italian flavour combos for their gelati. Northcote.

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Emergency Supplies
We always keep a tub of Bibelot's chocolate and peanut caramel gelato in the deep freeze for all our late night needs. 

Can’t get down with dairy? Hit rice paper roll queen Miss Chu for a fresh fruit slushie, vodka optional.

Check out the Yoghurddiction food truck or hit up Yo-Chi in Carlton and Yarraville for low fat frozen yoghurt fun. 

Updated on 24 Nov 2015.

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