Technically, summer should last for three long, glorious months, but in Melbourne you never know what Mother Nature has in store for us. So when the sun is shining, you want to make the most of it. Which means sun, surf, sand and most importantly, ice cream.
Now there's nothing worse than wasting a golden opportunity and indulging in some below average ice cream. So here's a list of some of the best places to get your ice cream fix this summer.
Jock's Ice Cream 83 Victoria Ave, Albert Park
The ice cream genius himself
Gingerbread, apple pie, peanut butter and jelly, oh my! Jock's is relatively new on the block but they certainly came on the ice cream scene with a bang. A bang of creamy, creative flavours that is. The shop itself has an old-school soda shop vibe, which makes it the perfect place to consume some tasty ice cream.
Oh the variety! There's some much on offer it's almost worth skipping breakfast and lunch just to come here and gorge on all the sweet, sweet goodness. But I'm not just talking about ice cream, because Gelobar offers a range of irresistible Italian treats like shortbreads, slices, biscuits and cakes. No wonder there's often a line leading all the way down the street.
For something a little out of the ordinary, Passionflower offers a variety of ice creams, desserts, pancakes and waffles with a delicious Asian twist. You'll find black sesame ice cream, pandan ice cream, taro ice cream and durian ice cream, just to name a few. Not to mention the abundance of red bean, jelly cubes and glutinous balls that adorn their desserts. If you're up for a change from the everyday and looking to broaden your summer horizons, at Passionflower you'll be deliciously rewarded.
There's a reason why Casa Del Gelato has been successfully operating in a quint little shop for over 13 years; if they were to ever close, there'd be ice cream mayhem on the streets of Lygon. Casa Del Gelato turns ice cream from a treat into an addiction. The flavours here are vivid, real and fresh. Not to mention pretty cheap considering three scoops of ice cream will only set you back $5.00.
Speaking of flavours, along with some of the more classic offerings like hazelnut, pistachio, chocolate and lemon, they also have amazing creative flavours such as chestnut, prickly pear and Christmas pudding. They also offer a pretty impressive range of soy ice cream which tastes just like their milky counterparts. So all of you out there who are lactose intolerant, or aren't milk fans, throw you're hands up and rejoice. You'll be having tasty ice cream this summer.
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Their ice cream flavours have won awards upon awards upon awards. And with just one lick you can see why. Chucks of chocolate, lashings of caramel, handfuls of nuts, and pieces of fig, cherry, pear, peach or apricot will please your palate. But if you're still not convinced then I all I have to say is, cinnamon doughnut ice cream. Need I say more?
And more.. When it comes to ice cream everyone has their own favourite place. So which place has you screamin' for ice cream?