Perth’s new niche of dessert joints has exploded over the last couple of years, accompanied by an influx of new and improved ice cream and gelato stores. Gelato carts and pop-up vendors have evolved into regular fixtures in Perth, allowing for the people of our state to enjoy locally churned ice cream and gelato.
Here’s ten of the best, according to Lyvia from @savourthemomentperth:
KULD CREAMERY, Highgate + Fremantle
Defined by their trademark hashtag #licklocal, their epic ice cream sambos and their infamous vegan craft ice cream, Kuld Creamery is a local treasure. Dream team Mati and Kaitlyn started Kuld Creamery in a little alleyway store on Beaufort Street in Highgate, before expanding to Fremantle under their glowing ice cream cone insignia. With a regular rotation of bold and exciting flavours such as Burnt Mallow, London Fog (Earl Grey Tea), Lemon Butter Swirl, Game Day (Crinkle Potato Chips, Toffee Coated Pretzels, Chex Cereal and Nuts) and Pumpkin Pie, the only thing better than discovering what’s on offer for the week is the service. Personalised and friendly, Kuld Creamery epitomises the very essence of Perth’s close community.
PIETRO GELATERIA, East Vic Park
Since opening in May last year, Pietro Gelato has been serving flavours such as Coffee Espresso & Ricotta and Orange & Dark Chocolate from their aesthetically pleasing store in Victoria Park. The absolute winner are their Pear, Moscato & Rosemary concoction and the Cinnamon-Infused Hot Cross Bun flavour, which will please any gelato lover. On top of doling out ice cream, Pietro Gelato also do gelato cannoli, ice cream sticks, granitas and ice cream cakes! The people at Pietro Gelato are always willing to give you an extra taste of their newest flavours and all with a winning smile.
WHISK CREAMERY, Subiaco + Northbridge
Whipping up ice cream at both their Subiaco and Northbridge stores, Whisk Creamery has been paving the way for unique ice cream-inspired desserts since 2014. While you can slip out of the store with a container of smooth Callebaut Chocolate & Italian Roasted Hazelnut Gelato with gold foil, or their celebrated Black Sesame gelato, it is hard to divert your eyes away from their Instagram-worthy waffles, loaded milkshakes (Salted Caramel Popcorn anyone?), cronut ice cream sandwiches and gelato cakes. Their ice cream pops and the freshly-baked taiyaki also
boasts some of their best flavours.
GUSTO GELATO, Leederville + Elizabeth Quay
A stroll along the Leederville Strip, or a tourist venture along Elizabeth Quay isn’t complete without a stop at Gusto Gelato. With their watercolour-splashed walls, Gusto has their usual range of flavours plus one or two weekly specials. Whilst their original range of Salted Caramel, Caramelised White Chocolate and Apple Pie is delicious, their “Chief Wiggum” (a blend of café latte gelato with caramel sauce and cinnamon donuts) is bound to send anyone into sugar-induced heaven. Their sorbets and gelato are also available gluten/dairy-free and vegan.
CHI CHO GELATO, Northbridge
Four words: Belgium Chocolate On Tap. Chi Cho Gelato began as a sunny striped gelato cart, delivering smiles and gelato around Perth before finally establishing a permanent store in Northbridge. Celebrated as “new wave” gelato, their churning method involves using local fresh cream and milk from the Southern Forest region, which is then deposited by batches into “pozzetti” (dark wells with opaque lids, shaped as tall silver swirls of gelato). In short, Chi Cho honours the traditional Italian process of gelato making. Their menu consists of Blood Orange Sorbet, Burnt Butter Popcorn, Limoncello and Malted Cornflake Cookies, which can be polished off with a drizzle of chocolate. Fatta Fresca!
JERSEY JACK GELATO, Como + Whitfords + Perth
If you need a fix of pandan coconut, durian and milk honey & cornflake then Jersey Jack is calling your name. Home of the “Little Mostro” (Little Monster) creation – a tyrant of three scoops of ice cream, chocolate shards and a mini chocolate-filled cone, Jersey Jack knows how to party! Their dessert experience is rounded off by a triple-decker waffle tower filled with sorbet or ice cream, French crepes, and ice cream-filled donut sandwiches! With a new store in Yagan Square and Whitford City, their flagship store in Como is always worth a visit, particularly if you are peckish for a decadent gelato shake.
STAMPEDE GELATO, Fremantle
Tucked inside The Sunshine Harvester on James St in Freo, Stampede Gelato has been scooping favourites such as Lavender Honey & Strawberry Sponge Cake, Nutella Tim Tam, White Chocolate Vegemite & Maple Syrup and Digestive Cookies. Stampede prides themselves as one of the very first companies in Perth changing it up with inventive flavours. Also on the streets is Stampede’s new white ice cream truck, zipping around Perth to deliver their special flavours to markets and events.
THE JUNCTION ICE CREAMERY, Midland
Before ice cream was a trend, the humble Junction Ice Creamery in Midland was dishing out scoops (and tubs!) of classic flavours such as Black Forest, Tiramisu and my personal favourite, the English Toffee for years. With two Dairy Industry Gold Medal Awards under their belt for their Double Espresso and Hazelnut Choc Noir flavours, Junction Ice Creamery will always have a special place in our hearts! The searing hot Christmas season is also never complete without a trip to grab some of their Christmas Cassata, Plum Pudding and Christmas Pannetone flavours.
HONEY I’M HOME, Perth
If you couldn’t deduce from their name, Honey I’m Home creates raw honey-infused ice cream for the masses at their new Yagan Square store. Their Candy Decadent Honeycomb Ice Cream is one for the sugar-hungry palette, but their Salted Caramel Fudge Honey Gelato and Matcha Honey Gelato are also a true celebration of West Australian’s Jarrah Honey. Pop in for a scoop, a jar or even just to check out their awesome interior of timber honeycomb-shaped shelves and glowing warm lighting.
DUMBO GELATO, Scarborough
Dumbo Gelato are a relatively recent addition to the Scarborough Esplanade, but have very quickly made an impact. From the team behind El Grotto and Si Paradiso, they bring the same amount of love and attention to ice cream as they do booze and food. Their various and rotating varieties are made fresh in the shop every day, using local natural ingredients, fresh seasonal fruit, and organic milk from Margaret River.
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