Cool Off this Veganuary in Melbourne with Gelato

Australia is one of the world’s biggest consumers of ice-cream. Luckily for Melburnians, this has influenced a surge in gelato destinations popping up around the city. Much of these gelato stops aren’t necessarily vegan, but they offer a suite of vegan flavours for vegan clientele. Veganuary also means its summertime in Australia so what better way to cool off than with a few scoops of delicious, icy gelato?

Gelato Messina at three locations around Melbourne

Whether it’s summer or winter in Melbourne, you’re sure to be queuing up to get a taste of Gelato Messina’s exquisite gourmet gelato flavours made onsite. When you do arrive at the counter, you’ll be met by some of the most unique gelato flavours in the city. All ingredients are made from scratch and the result is worth the wait. Pandan and Coconut, or classic Chocolate Sorbet, even Blood Orange are some of my go-to flavours. Seats are limited so be prepared to stand and consume your purchase. Three locations are found in the inner-city Melbourne area; stores can be found interstate in Queensland, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, too.

237 Smith Street Fitzroy Victoria 3065

164 Swan Street Richmond Victoria 3121

171 Chapel Street Windsor 3181

Fritz Gelato at various locations around Melbourne

Organic gelato and the beach naturally go hand-in-hand. After sunning and bathing yourself for the day at the beach in Lorne this summer, head to Fritz Gelato afterwards to cool down. If you can’t make the lengthy trip to Lorne, then you can still experience Fritz Gelato at any of the locations dotted around Melbourne. The vegan options, from Blueberry Buzz to Lychee and Lime, create a list of flavours to sample.

334 Bridge Road Richmond Victoria 3121

Shop 11, South Melbourne Market, Coventry Street South Melbourne Victoria 3205

Shop 804, Market Square, Prahran Market Commercial Road South Yarra Victoria 3141

4/32 Mountjoy Parade Lorne Victoria 3232

Miinot Gelato in Pascoe Vale South

Fresh natural flavours and ‘velvet smooth’ textures accentuate the artisan gelato found at Miinot Gelato. This is another locale where locals queue for the gelato goodness found here, and there’s standing room only.  You’ll find traditional flavours, yet the vegan options give rise to unexpected combinations – avocado and fig, mousse, and ‘gigi’. All flavours are made onsite, then smeared into cups with spatulas.

71 Melville Road Pascoe Vale South Victoria 3044

Gelataria Primavera in Melbourne (central business district)

This city-centric locale specialises in house made gelato and sorbetti, cold pressed juices and Romcaffe coffee alongside Spring Street Grocer. Vegan options are abound here, as well as at Spring Street Grocer, so you can make a meal out of it all. Grab a bite of lunch then seek a gelato treat afterwards.

157 Spring Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

Lemon In Lemon Sorbet across locations around Melbourne

Going to a gelataria is part of the fun in vegan travel. What’s even more fun is the gelataria coming to you! Lemon In Lemon is an all vegan, all natural mobile gelato cart that frequents markets around Melbourne and regional areas. Creators of Lemon In Lemon Sorbet, Chris and Laura, started their business after falling in love with lemon sorbet during a trip to Italy. Now, they’re emulating these flavours for Melbourne vegans. What’s better is that Lemon In Lemon Sorbet can be hired for private events, too! Start with classic lemon flavour and then move to other exquisite flavours such as mandarin or pineapple and lime.

Find Lemon In Lemon Sorbet at various events around Melbourne


Archies’s Place in Belgrave

Archie’s Place is a smoothie and juice bar in Belgrave, nestled in the hilly surrounds of The Dandenongs. Archie’s Place also specialises in gourmet, small batch gelato and sorbets that includes a selection of vegan flavours. Choose a few flavours by the scoop, grab a seat and scoop up mouthfuls at your own pace. A perfect gelato stop on a hot day when you’re day-tripping to this part of Melbourne’s eastern outskirts.

1686 Burwood Highway Belgrave Victoria 3160

Have you experienced the vegan gelato on offer in Melbourne? Can you recommend any other spots that aren’t listed here? I’d love to hear about the gelato found in your travels.

Disclaimer: Justine de Jonge at Fire & Tea did not receive any payments or free products in exchange for the views expressed in this blog post.

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