Melbourne

The Best Ice-Cream and Gelato in Melbourne

What's ya flavour?

No matter the weather, ice cream is always a good idea.

There’s nothing like a scoop of Italian gelato to transport you to the holiday you wish you were on, or some old school flavours to take you right back to the days of childhood bliss.

With so much European influence in Melbourne, we do pretty damn good on the ice cream/gelato front. 

Whether you’re after a vegan delight, a classic Italian scoop, a fruity sorbet or a fully decked out sundae with toppings galore, we’ve got something you’ll enjoy.

Here are the best ice cream and gelato spots in Melbourne.

@pidapipo_gelateria via Instagram

Pidapipo

Carlton
Pidapipo is so popular, that there are lines streaming out of the tiny gelateria even in the middle of Winter. It’s for good reason, though. It’s the most authentic Italian gelato we’ve ever tried here in Melbourne and with constantly circulating flavours, there’s always something new to try as well as an old classic. 
How to order: You can pick up takeaway from their stores in Windsor or Carlton, or order delivery via UberEats

@piccolinagelateria via Instagram

Piccolina Gelateria 

Collingwood
Despite the original Piccolina’s location being Hawthorn, this beautiful Collingwood store has become its HQ. It’s known for fresh and simple Italian gelato, made the old fashioned way, with minimal flavours. It’s quality over quantity, baby. They also offer an incredible range of cakes and other sweet treats too. 
How to order: You can get takeaway at their store or order online

@kennylovericecream via Instagram

Kenny Lover

Thornbury
This kitschy Aussie ice-creamery will not only give you iconic ‘70s vibes, but also weird and wonderful handmade flavours, that come with crazy toppings such as soy sauce, yuzu and sake, olives and white chocolate. Plus, there are hot chippies for dipping.
How to order: Go pick yourself up a treat or pre-order online on their website

@billyvancreamy via Instagram

Billy Van Creamy

Fitzroy North
An old-school ice-creamery, doing new and exciting things. They’ve got delish vegan options, an all organic and natural range and they even have ice-cream trucks for wedding hire. Located next to Piedemontes, it’s perfect for an ice-cream picnic.
How to order: Pop in for takeaway or buy some cute merch online

@bekugelato via Instagram

Beku Gelato

Brunswick East
This gelato shop takes inspiration from Southeast Asia, rather than Italy, offering eccentric flavours such as durian, lychee, Turkish Delight and Malaysian condensed milk tea. Owner Agusta Triwahyu learnt to make gelato in Rome, and her skills mixed with Southeast Asian flavours is truly something not to be missed.
How to order: You can order delivery online via their website

@gelatomessina via Instagram

Gelato Messina

Fitzroy
Sydney’s beloved gelato chain is super popular here in Melbourne, with its bustling crowds, cool staff and loud music… it’s truly a cool kids hangout spot and we understand why. They have an incredible line-up of flavours, with new ones dropping all the time. They also offer coffee, sweets and sometimes, giant cookie cakes. Our fave location is Fitzroy, but there’s a few Messina’s around Melbourne, including Fitzroy, Windsor and Richmond.
How to order: You can order delivery via their website or pop past for a browse and take away

@miinotgelato via Instagram

Minnot Gelato

Pascoe Vale South
The owner of Minnot, Emma Nicholas-Jennis, grew up in a gelato store (jealous!), so it’s unsurprising that she scoops up some of the best in Melbourne-town. Our pick for unbeatable flavour is the burnt fig: it will truly take you to Venice.
How to order: Go past for takeaway or buy some cute merch online

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Melbourne

The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 

Windsor

The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâté and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.

Photo: @nicos.melbourne

Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano

Fitzroy

Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

Photo: @stansdeli

Specials at Stan’s Deli

Malvern

Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

Photo: @kingwilliam_takeaway

King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

Photo: @saulssandwiches

Saul’s Muffuletta

Carnegie

The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

Photo: @palette_melbourne

Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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