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. While COVID restrictions meant that we couldn’t sit inside when we visited, there is room for a few stools – a lovely bright spot to watch the world go by. Continue Reading

The French Lettuce, Bulleen

The French Lettuce – that much loved patisserie and bakery – also creates superb artisanal gelato! But only available at the 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. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

Beku Gelato, Brunswick East

A modest little pale blue shop in Brunswick East produces some very special gelati. Gelati with the flavours of South-East Asia, with few concessions to Western tastes. Beku – it means ‘frozen’ in Bahasa Indonesia – has some sublime gelati, bringing back fond memories of a long-ago time on our travels through Malaysia and Indonesia. Continue Reading

Lagom Gelateria, Brunswick

What do you get when you mix the Swedish concept of ‘lagom’ with Italian gelato? Being an admirer of many things Swedish, plus memories of some wonderful travel experiences in a time long-ago before lockdown, I was super keen to find out how Lagom Gelateria combines Swedish sensibility with Italian passion.

While the foundation for this Brunswick gelateria is based on traditional Italian techniques and recipes, the creative process for developing new and interesting flavours is guided by the principle of ‘lagom’ – everything being in balance, or in moderation. Continue Reading