Happy Eats Gelato
189 Union Road, Ascot Vale
Smooth, velvety and not too rich, Happy East Gelato hits the spot with locals. Their snickers flavour is highly recommended. If food ethics is your bag, you can saviour an artisan gelato and know you’re helping the planet a smidge. Happy Eats uses great-tasting seasonal fruit that might otherwise go to waste because of its odd shape or colour.
183 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe
With a couple of top chefs behind the helm, this is a foodie haven. Boca Gelato sticks to classic Italian flavours but throws in the occasional surprise, such as the recent lavender and honeycomb, to tempt the intrepid gourmand. There are vegan options too. Check it out if you’re visiting nearby Heide Museum of Modern Art.
Shop 3/170/172 Warrandyte Rd, Ringwood
Although the giants of gelato are primarily found in Melbourne’s inner city, this gem in Ringwood is worth pulling off Eastlink for a pick-me-up. The most popular flavours at Mastika include a rosewater-based gelato topped with rose petals and pistachios. This store opened during one of Melbourne’s COVID lockdowns, proving ice cream is a sought-after pleasure during tough times.
75 Acland Street, St Kilda
7 apples founder Mark Mariotti learnt to make gelato in Tuscany and named his business after his favourite Italian nightclub. Since 2009, he’s been scooping awards for such flavours as banana dulce leche and salted caramel. You’ll find 7 Apples kiosks at Emporium in the city and Chadstone Shopping Centre as well.
602 Balcombe Road, Black Rock
Davey Mac’s makes its soft, creamy gelati and refreshing sorbetti in-house, and queues are guaranteed on warmer days. You’ll find perennials such as chocolate, pistachio, and lemon, but specials such as lychee and Milo will expand your horizons. Grab a cone and take a scenic walk to Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, or towards Sandringham for a dramatic view of Red Bluff.
The Ormond Ice Creamery
742 North Road, Ormond
In an unassuming suburb in Melbourne's south east lies The Ormond Ice Creamery, an ice cream and gelato shop proving you don't need to travel all the way to the beach or city to get connoisseur tastes and flavours. Combined with friendly service, grab yourself a delectable flavour like Golden Gaytime, Red Velvet Oreo Cookies and Cream, or a 'K9' scoop for your favourite furry pal.