The Best Ice Cream Parlours in Melbourne

Photo of Matthew Clark
9 February 2017

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.

N2 Extreme Gelato

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Banana Smoreo at N2
Banana Smoreo at N2 | Courtesy of N2 Extreme Gelato
Bringing the science back to ice cream, N2 Extreme Gelato offers delicious gastronomic twists to the classic gelato. Using liquid nitrogen to freeze their tasty concoctions, these well-balanced and creamy ice creams will take you back to old high-school science classes, except this time you don’t leave with chemistry homework, you leave with a cup of sweet, refreshing ice cream. N2 is an unashamedly indulgent ice cream experience.

Billy Van Creamy

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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Gelateria Primavera

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.

Gelateria Primavera, 157 Spring St, Melbourne VIC, Australia+61 3 9639 0335

Jock's Ice Cream & Sorbets

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This local ice cream store opened its doors after the owner, and former chef, Jock, discovered a passion for making ice cream while recovering from a motorcycle accident. Located in Albert Park, not far from Melbourne’s CBD, Jock’s Ice Cream & Sorbets is home to around 30 enticing flavours of creamy ice cream with clever and kooky names. Be sure to try the Obama Rama peanut butter and jelly flavoured ice cream.


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.

Pidapipó Gelateria, 299 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC, Australia +61 3 9347 4596

Pidapipó | Courtesy of Pidapipó
Pidapipó | Courtesy of Pidapipó

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.

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