Okay Lucy, Mornington

Gelato by the seaside. It’s a natural combination, even on a bitterly cold winter’s day. Despite the bleak weather conditions, Mornington was a-buzz. But it was a little quieter on the Esplanade near our target, Okay Lucy, just around the corner from the lunchtime action in Main Street.
Peach-hued Okay Lucy has been open for a couple of years now. Its gelati is made in small batches with a focus on natural ingredients sourced from local Mornington Peninsula producers.

Lui Jon Gelato, Kew

The little foodie enclave at Kew’s Willsmere Village – home to a clutch of on-trend cafés as well as one of our favourite burger places – now has its very own artisan gelateria. Opening in mid-January, Lui Jon Gelato is already a rising star of Melbourne’s gelaterie.

Smartly turned out in its signature deep blue and white, the centrepiece of the small shop is – of course – the gelato cabinet.

Il Piccolo Gelato, Ballarat

Cooped up with the coronavirus lockdowns in Melbourne, it looked like we would miss out on the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale. But miracle of miracles, the organisers were able to extend the dates and so we caught the very last few days of the BIFB.
And of course no visit to Ballarat is complete without copious amounts of gelati from one of our favourite artisan gelaterie, Il Piccolo Gelato.

The French Lettuce, Bulleen

The French Lettuce – that much loved patisserie and bakery – also creates superb artisanal gelato! But gelato is only available at The French Lettuce’s Bulleen store, not at the original Carlton outlet.

This second outlet of The French Lettuce opened in August 2020. It’s a huge space – heaps of room for tables and chairs, as well as for displaying a mighty impressive range of patisserie.

Nice Guy Eddie Gelato, Heidelberg Heights

#always2scoops! Nice Guy Eddie’s hashtag catchphrase is very close to our hearts.

The three chaps behind Nice Guy Eddie come with some mighty impressive industry credentials. So it’s hardly surprising that the Eddies have a very serious commitment to artisan techniques and high quality ingredients. Anyone who can discuss the relative merits of vanilla beans from Madagascar versus Papua New Guinea gets our tick of approval.

Scoopydoo Gelato and Cake Shop, Malvern

Melbourne is out of lockdown! And we’re super keen to continue exploring Melbourne’s gelaterie. But our excitement at returning to a new normal is tinged with a touch of sadness – some of our favourite places didn’t make it through. Fingers crossed we will see those talented gelato makers popping up somewhere again soon.

There must be something about gelato – so many of the gelato makers we meet are lovely people, passionate about their craft. Just like Michael at Malvern’s Scoopydoo.