Melbourne's top ice creameries The sweet, creamy nature of ice cream means you will hardly ever encounter a bad ice cream. Just about any ice cream store you walk into will serve up a satisfying scoop. But some ice creameries have truly exceptional treats that compel you to keep coming back.
While ice cream is a favourite treat on balmy summer days by the beach, Melburnians are in love with the dessert so much that our ice cream shops are open even on the stormiest days of winter.
7 Apples You can't talk about Melbourne's best ice cream shops without mentioning 7 Apples- even if they are technically not an ice cream shop at all. In fact they are an Italian gelateria, specialising in dairy-based gelato and fruity sorbet. On their website, 7 Apples is at pains to differentiate their gelato from ice cream, pointing out that gelato has a lower fat content, is denser as it has no air added to it, and is served at a higher temperature, making it seem creamier.
Peculiar flavours and lots of them characterise 7 Apples, which serves up concoctions such as lavender, award-winning fig pudding, coffee crunch and Mars bar flavoured gelati. Their sorbet range includes limoncello, Redbull, and blood orange.
7 Apples is located on Acland Street, St Kilda, and is open daily from 10:30am.
Cold Rock Cold Rock revolutionised the simple idea of adding confectionery to your ice cream, with their exotic ice cream flavours and extensive array of chocolate and candy to mix in with your dessert.
You may need to put your new year's resolution diet on hiatus during your trip to Cold Rock, as once you've chosen a flavour such as cheesecake or bubblegum, you'll be adding in treats like Mars bars, gummi bears and nuts. There are some seasonal fruit options. Your ice cream is then mixed on their 'cold rock', a chilled metal bench, and served in a cup which looks small, but feels huge when you try to finish it.
Cold Rock has some of the most exciting ice cream creations Melbourne has to offer.
Some ice cream connoisseurs thumb their nose at Cold Rock, because it is a chain rather than a homely, independant company. Yet you cannot argue with their interesting concept of selling ice cream with confectionery mashed into it, nor can you argue with how divine it tastes.
Cold Rock has nearly 30 outlets in Melbourne, including stores in St Kilda and Hawthorn. A full list can be viewed here.
Lick Me Ice Cream Lick Me Ice Cream specialises in locally made gourmet ice cream, which includes only natural colours and flavours. As far as ice cream goes, their products are comparatively healthy, being reduced-fat and containing some fruit. If you have special dietary needs, Lick Me is a hassle-free place to source ice cream, with all their products being free of nuts, gluten, gelatin and wheat. The flavours available are not as extravagant as other ice creameries, but they cover all the favourites with flavours such as chocolate deluxe, mango tango, pistachio and hokey pokey.
Lick Me Ice Cream stores also make Smash'n'Shake milkshakes. Much like the DIY ice cream creations of aforementioned ice creamery Cold Rock, you choose a base flavour for your milkshake from their ice cream selection, then choose mix-ins such as Maltesers, Gummi Bears and Picnic bars. Finally, you select a topping. Smash'n'Shakes cost a modest $5.95.
Lick Me's main store in Camberwell is attached to the factory where the ice cream is made. They also have two outlets, in Bentleigh and in Sandringham.
Jock's Ice Cream
Could Jock's Ice Cream be the home of Melbourne's tastiest? The diminutive Albert Park store certainly has quite the reputation. It's a little bit retro, with plenty of wall-space covered in framed awards.
Two scoops from Jock's Ice Cream. Photo credit: Charles Haynes.
There isn't much of a selection, but the flavours they do have are award-winning and always receive rave reviews. Whether you fancy the gingerbread, lemon yoghurt, or PB&J; or prefer a more traditional flavour such as chocolate or berry; you will discover just why Jock manages to win so many awards.
Despite being so exalted, Jock's Ice Cream has about the same price points as other ice creameries, with their ice cream being $5 for two scoops. However, as shown above, the servings are quite small.
My favourite is Yumbos on Rathdowne St, next door to La Porchetta. Its all made by the owner and is so so so so good. The Banana icecream is the best I have ever tasted and goes really well with the caramel and macadamia flavour!