Artisan, hand-made, nitro or old-school. Taste your way through these delectable city scoop shops.

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, this is not for the faint of heart. Find them on weekends at Queen Victoria Market.

An ice cream in a frozen watermelon


This South Korean sensation serves signature soft ice cream topped with wild ingredients. Think everything from fairy floss affogato to flamin’ hot cheeto soft serve. But the real cream of Milkcow‘s crop is the fruity ice cream sandwich. Juicy frozen watermelon, filled with dreamy pink soft serve for the ultimate (vegan!) treat.

The outside of an ice cream shop


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 their dessert obsession. Favourites include pistachio, blood orange and vanilla bean with honeycomb. Find them on Lygon Street in Carlton or Degraves Street (psst, this is where the Nutella tap lives) in the city.

Two swirls of soft-serve ice cream in cones dipped in chocolate, sprinkles and nuts.

Aqua S

Okinawan influence, sea salt and OTT toppings. That’s what makes Aqua S so unique. Swing by their QV location and you could score big with specials like the layered honey cake sundae. Or keep it ‘simple’ with red velvet, matcha and cheesecake. Did we mention you can order any cone draped in a ring of fairy floss?

An ice cream in a cone

Gelateria on The Docks

Who doesn’t need a treat right now? Gelateria on the docks have 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.

A robot with an ipad attached to it

Niska robotic ice cream bar

In a world first, robots are serving ice cream unassisted at Fed Square. With three cute and quirky AI-ce cream experts at the helm, Niska opened in 2019 to much fanfare. Step into the future and try all 16 locally made flavours.

An ice cream in a cup

Geloso Gelateria

Take a break from your shopping at Queen Victoria Market and pop into Geloso Gelateria. They make gelato in-house from recipes passed down three generations. Treat yourself to regulars like hazelnut and cherry ripe, or try your luck and hope the jam donut special is on the menu.

Gelateria Primavera

Delicious gelato, shakes and juices from the front of the Spring Street Grocer.

Lavezzi Gelateria

Gelato made from scratch, using high-quality raw ingredients.


Great for unique flavours of gelato, quality coffees and sandwiches, cakes and bread.

Casa del Gelato

An award-winning gelati shop that has been making delicious ice cream on Lygon Street since 1980.


Fresh gelato in loads of flavours.

Barbarella Gelato and Wine

Premium gelato, perfect coffee and an excellent wine list all within the historic Block Arcade.


99% fat-free frozen yoghurt made fresh daily with organic milk and yoghurt with active cultures.


Rotating flavours of gelato and sorbet in a cone-shaped store by the water.

Last updated on Fri 15 Jan 2021

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Gelateria on The Docks

Serving ice cream and gelato under the Melbourne Star in Docklands.

Lavezzi Gelateria

Gelato made from scratch, using high-quality raw ingredients.

Piccolina Gelateria

Pure and authentic Italian gelato.

Mörk Chocolate Brew House

Mörk Chocolate is a specialty hot chocolate company creating chocolate blends in small batches.