When the temperature starts to climb, there's nothing better than tucking into an ice cream cone or cup full of delicious gelato. Whether you're a classic vanilla kind of person or prefer something a bit more adventurous, there are so many awesome spots around Perth whipping up phenomenal gelato in flavours to suit everyone's tastebuds.
Here are our fave spots whipping up Perth’s best gelato.
More gelato university alumni, Chicho opened up shop in Northbridge after running the market scene with their adorable gelato carts, Frank and Pina, for several years. Chicho like to bend the rules a little flavour-wise and each one tastes exactly as it sounds. They’ve got lavender honeycomb, jalapeno pineapple and matcha green tea with caramelised white chocolate. Gelato goers can also top any of their flavours with chocolate sauce from Chicho’s free-flowing chocolate tap. Yum.
Leederville, Elizabeth Quay and East Victoria Park
I’m not really sure what I ate for dessert before this gem popped into my life a few years back. A graduate from gelato university in Italy, we think Gusto Gelato owner Sean Lee is responsible for some of the tastiest gelato in Perth. Our favourite Gusto flavours have to be the Gusto—roasted peanut gelato with chocolate sauce and chunks of brownie—and the apple pie. They’re all amazing though! And did we mention Gusto has Nutella on tap?
East Victoria Park and Inglewood
With mind-blowing flavours and beautiful decor, Pietro Gelateria is master of the finer details. Dishing up creamy homemade scoops free of commercial flavourings and artificial additives, you can enjoy yours in a cone, cup, on a stick or even in a custom gelato cake.
Dumbo Gelato comes bearing a fresh, daily-made menu of the decadent Italian dessert from the brain-team behind epic eatery and boozy venues, El Grotto and Si Paradiso. Ignite your tastebuds with cult-favourites like vanilla, honeycomb, pistachio, and mango, or dive in deep with some classic Australian flavours like pavlova, Milo milkshake, and lamington. Those looking for something gutsier can opt for one of many boozy options, or go out on a whim and try the salted caramel inspired cheese and vegemite treat—the love child of mascarpone, cream cheese, and salty vegemite.
The Milk Barrel
The team at The Milk Barrel took home the awards for Champion Gelato and Best Small Dairy Producer (excluding cheese) at the 2017 Perth Royal Dairy Awards, so we think they probably deserve a spot on this list. But that's not what got us. No, we love them for their beer gelato and the way they make the most of seasonal fruits to bring us scoops like persimmon, fig, mango and more.
Kuld Creamery uses the freshest WA ingredients to bring us Perthlings some seriously delicious ice cream. Think matcha fresh mint chip, peach cobbler, Nutella and Maltesers, chai and even the sweet beet cone topped with chunks of fudgy beetroot brownie. They do some great vegan ice cream too in case you and dairy are not friends.
Swan River Gelato
Fremantle and Leederville
Forget imitation flavours and mass production, Swan River Gelato is all about balancing traditional methods and recipes with fresh local ingredients, and yes, you really can taste the difference. There are 40 flavours to choose from daily, so slip on your stretchy pants and get tasting.
Roho does vegan gelato and they do it well. Yes, we know that vegan gelato is not 'real' gelato, but trust us, you want us to tell you about this place. With flavours like salted caramel, coconut vanilla with dehydrated raspberry dust and a raspberry coconut and cardamom flavour, it's no wonder we love it here! Plus, you can top your ice cream with one of their raw treats which is really just the cherry on the vegan cake.
Billy Van Creamy
Northbridge and Karrinyup
Creating incredible flavours by hand and using only the best ingredients, it’s no surprise that the Billy Van Creamy original ice cream truck was a such a massive success in Melbourne before expanding to Perth. Think delicious organic dairy ice cream and famous housemade cashew milk vegan ice cream; there’s really something for everyone at Billy Van Creamy.
Pop-Up and Online
Denada Co are serving up sugar-free but completely delicious ice cream. If you can't make it to one of their pop-up locations like Ol Buoy, Cottesloe Beach, you can order a pint online and just try not to eat the whole tub in one sitting. You can choose from peanut butter, chocolate, choc mint and vanilla and while they are all good, we can't go past a scoop of peanut butter topped with a scoop of chocolate.
Vegemite white chocolate truffle gelato. Yes, you read right. And it’s surprisingly delicious. In fact, it’s the only way I would like to consume Vegemite in the future, and that’s saying something. Stampede Gelato’s other flavours include malteser pretzels, sour red skittles and instant coffee Tim Tam ginger nut biscuit and more. You can catch them inside the Sunshine Harvester Works in Fremantle.
Subiaco and Northbridge
Home of the pavlova cone, salted caramel cronut gelato sandwich and gelato cakes, Whisk Creamery whip up their soft-serve style gelato fresh, right before your eyes. Choose from their menu of icy desserts, smoothies and milkshakes or make your own sundae. Gelato flavours include jasmine tea and blue pea flower, burnt vanilla and black sesame.
Want some more sweet treats? Pair your gelato with one of Perth's best doughnuts.
Image credit: Nancy Hanna