Perth’s 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 a bunch of the best ice cream and gelato spots around Perth:
Swan River Gelato
A recently new addition to the plethora of ice creameries in Fremantle, Swan River Gelato sets itself apart with decadent flavours made from scratch – the scratch being magnificent home grown produce. Boasting “no shortcuts, no preservatives. Just gelato made the right way” you’d be a fool to miss out on this one-of-a-kind, artisan spot next time you’re in Freo.
5/17-19 Collie Street, Fremantle
This minimalist gelateria has had heads turning since it opened – and for good reason. Flavour options range from ultra traditional (chocolate and pistachio) to sheer adventurous (avocado and lime sorbet). Slinging flavours to satisfy everyone, one lick of their latest lemon and lime is perfect for summer and will transport you straight to the Amalfi Coast.
276 William Street, Perth
Messina is fresh off the gate opening its first WA store in alte 2023, serving an impressive selection of 40 gelato flavours – 35 permanent classics and five delicious weekly rotating specials. You have to give their Perth only special, Rotto Buns (cream bun gelato with whipped cream and raspberry puree), a try!
497 Beaufort Street, Highgate
Cute as a button, the Cono Gelato cart has reached cult status amongst gelato lovers of Perth. Popping up at markets and events all over town, a peek under the pozzetti will reveal traditional Italian flavours like stracciatella, Amalfi-inspired ricotta dotted with amaretto crumb and infused with rosemary and lemon zest, or creamy, tangy mascarpone and coffee or classic Sicilian pistachio – but we also can’t help but be tempted by the more new-wave flavours, like a vegan Aperol spritz-inspired scoop, mango lassi spiced with cardamom or the decadent triple peanut crack.
Name a better duo than cold gelato and warm service? You can get both in spades (or scoops, rather!) at Vic Park’s Milan Gelato. While it’s bringing full-throttle Italian vibes, they’re not afraid to push the boundaries of traditionalism, with flavours like nutella-misu, peaches and cream and Biscoff all making appearances.
258 Albany Highway, Vic Park
If you’ve ever wanted to try deep fried ice cream, this is your chance! Enjoy gooey Italian gelato encased in a crispy outer shell covered in dreamy toppings – just the idea alone is enough to make your mouth water. Locally made with love, you may have had good ice cream before, but you’ve never had any this pretty.
138b Oxford Street, Leederville
FOMO Freo, 10 William Street, Fremantle
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, 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 – if you’re in Rotto in summer make sure you pay ’em a visit at The Basin! (@savourthemomentperth)
8/10 Roe Street, Northbridge
11 Essex Street, Fremantle
The Basin, Rottnest Island (summer only)
Pietro Gelateria is pumping out gelato that manages to be both authentically Italian and fantastically experimental. Whether you like it in a cone, on a stick, or even in a cannoli, Pietro have a huge range of flavours available – staples include ricotta, orange and dark chocolate, orange and fennel, lavender and earl grey and coffee and salted caramel. If that isn’t enough, they’ve got six constantly rotating limited edition flavours on the go as well. Highlights of their recent specials include grape and green tea, peach, mascarpone and almond, and ricotta, basil and berry – as well as a pretty out-there savoury potato and mint number. Now if that isn’t experimental, we don’t know what is!
789 Albany Highway, East Vic Park
5/861 Beaufort Street, Inglewood
3/323 William Street, Perth
Mimmo’s Gourmet Gelato
Made fresh each day in small batches, Mimmo’s gelato has been turning heads with plenty of awards over the years. – in fact, six consecutive Royal Show wins. While this gelato is good enough to enjoy all on it’s own, take things up a notch or two with gelato-filled cannoli, or even enjoy it with some house-baked Sicilian brioche!
Unit 9, 121 James Street, Guildford
Churning some pretty picture-perfect gelato from their Subi and Northbridge stores, Whisk Creamery‘s sweet treats taste as good as they look. Nothing is done by halves here – think towering peaks of ice cream drizzled with decadent caramel sauces, cronut ice cream sandwiches (this needs no explanation, surely), or absolutely Insta-worthy taiyaki.
151 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
246 William Street, Northbridge
Gusto Gelato boasts “Handcrafted Happiness” – and who wouldn’t be happy with a cone of this goodness in your hand? Handcrafted using traditional techniques, these nostalgic flavours will tempt anyone: choc malt milkshake gelato with chunky choc chip cookies, a pavlova gelato rippled with mango and raspberry with smashed meringue, or milk chocolate smashed with lamington chunks.
Elizabeth Quay, 5 Geoffrey Bolton Avenue, Perth
741 Newcastle Street, Leederville
845 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Ultra-cool “new-wave” gelateria Chicho Gelato has been churning some of Perth’s best gelato since opening their Northbridge store in 2016. Merging old-school techniques with new-school flavours and top-tier produce, its easy to understand why. As well as timeless classics, Chicho excel at unique and refined flavour combos – lavender and honeycomb and malted milk cornflake cookie are oft-returning superstars – but their collabs and limited edition flavours are a particular treat. You’ll be more than convinced to enjoy ice cream in winter with a toasty gelato con brioche.
180 William Street, Northbridge
1 Cantonement Street, Fremantle
Tucked inside The Sunshine Harvester on James Street 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. (@savourthemomentperth)
1/1 James Street, Fremantle
664 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
From the team behind El Grotto and Si Paradiso, Dumbo Gelato 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.
148 The Esplanade, Scarborough
Okay so Get Chunky is obviously more a cookie joint than an ice cream one, but gosh darn you have not lived until you’ve had one of their sweet-as-hell cookies, warmed up and pumped full of ice cream and all the other toppings in the world. They’ve got vegan and gluten free options too, so now everyone can feel guilty after indulging in some of Perth’s sweetest treats.
7/81-83 Walcott Street, Mt Lawley
10 William Street, Fremantle
3/900 Albany Highway, East Vic Park
The Milk Barrel
Handcrafted and unpretentious, Milk Barrel has been serving up award winning gelato from their Hillarys shop since 2017. Small batches are made fresh on premises using traditional Italian methods, and with over 16 flavours on offer, everyone’s covered: whether you’re into a super simple Sicilian pistachio or the more decadent flavours like Ferrero Rocher or pavlova. Those with more adventurous tastebuds should keep an eye out for their super popular, also award winning durian ice-cream.
Shop 100B, Hillarys Boat Harbour, 28 Southside Drive, Hillarys
Billy Van Creamy
After their roaring success in Melbourne, the Perth-born lads behind Billy Van Creamy are now in Karrinyup and all about simplicity, churning hand-made ice-cream with no “funny stuff”: no emulsifiers, no stabilisers, no artificial colours or flavours. Simple flavours made with high quality ingredients are king – so as well as a few rotating specials, you’ll find a tidy list of favourites on offer, (think along the lines of chocolate, choc-mint, vanilla bean, espresso) as well as a selection of vegan flavours that more than hold their own. With vegan peanut butter choc-chip on offer, who needs dairy?
West Deck, Karrinyup Shopping Centre, 200 Karrinyup Road, Karrinyup
Speaking of vegan, how about purveyors of all-vegan ice-cream Roho Bure? These guys make it a little too easy too indulge, but then again, when it’s vegan, sugar-free and gluten-free, it’s hard to feel all that guilty about it. Ensuring that the vegans amongst us no longer have to pick from one or two options, Roho Bure have a huge, ever-changing list of flavours. Recent specials include mango, orange blossom and candied almonds, coconut and pandan blondie, and salted peanut and almond brittle. If that’s not enough, you can have yours in a cookie sandwich, or a doughnut sandwich if it’s a Friday (TGIVDF… thank God it’s vegan doughnut Friday), or even pick up an ice-cream cake for a special occasion.
This name should bring back lots of memories of trying to convince your parents that a combo of bubble gum ice-cream, gummy bears and Maltesers wasn’t going to leave you with a tummy ache – but always did. This Aussie institution lets you choose your ice-cream flavour and yummy mix ins, and nothing has ever really beat the novelty of watching them smash it all up together in front of you.
11/148 The Esplanade, Scarborough
Shop 207/58 Southside Drive, Hillary’s
2/8 Dwyer Turn, Joondalup
Gelare’s serves the kind of comfortable treat you revert to when you’ve had a hard day – delicious, delectable, and absolutely to die for. Available in numerous stores spread across Perth, they’re known for their insane sundaes – hot fudge basket and bueno sundae to name a few. It’s creamy comfort at its finest.
Header Image Credit: KULD Creamery