Whether the sun’s shining or you’re having an after-dinner treat, the city’s gelaterias are scooping some of the nation’s best. We’ve taken on the arduous task of narrowing down a few of the best gelato shops in Perth:
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. They’ve currently got a pop-up in Bicton, and we’re hotly anticipating the new Freo store opening soon!
180 William Street, Northbridge
From its humble beginnings as a gelato delivery service, Stampede’s been the low-key MVP of gelato in Perth. Pack an appetite, and a sense of adventure, and mosey on down to Freo’s the The Sunshine Harvester Works for some wonderfully weird and wacky flavours. Some recent combos include miso, white chocolate and cinnamon, peach and blue Powerade and olive oil Tim Tam, raspberry balsamic sorbet and their signature, Vegemite white chocolate. Keep an eye out for their vintage US postal truck, too: this super cute, solar-powered truck is available to hire for your next event – the solar panels mean no generator, which means the truck is super mobile and whisper quiet.
1 James Street, Fremantle
Without getting into the nuances of ice-cream vs gelato, the super friendly folks at Kuld manage to balance gourmet ingredients with crowd-pleasing flavours, which is really our main concern. Each week they churn a rotating roster of small-batch ice-cream for their two stores, with flavours that range from the ever-popular salted caramel, New York cheesecake, mint chip and chocolate chunk, to more unique flavours, like carrot cake – a cinnamon and brown sugar ice-cream, swirled with cream cheese icing and heaps of their mum’s beloved carrot cake, or cajeta, a Mexican goat’s milk caramel with a swirl of chocolate coated potato chips. What a combo! Their cookies are also amazing on their own, but hey, it seems like a waste not to sandwich a scoop between two…
Laneway, 460 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
11 Essex Street, Fremantle
Relative newcomers to the gelato game, Dumbo Gelato have been getting tongues wagging since their opening in 2019. Brought to you by the same team as Scarbs neighbour El Grotto and Highgate party spot Si Paradiso, you know Dumbo is going to be super slick in the branding and fit out departments, but rest assured: the gelato is just as good. A menu that is 50% vegan and mostly gluten-free, four-legged friends can even get in on the action, with a special dog-friendly gelato. Now that’s inclusivity!
Drawing from nostalgic Australian desserts, expect flavours like pavlova, Milo milkshake and lamington, a Vegemite-swirled play on salted caramel, as well as native Australian wattle seed and macadamia. Don’t be surprised if the other venues’ influence seeps through, either – with seasonal boozy flavours like limoncello spritz, negroni dad and Tommy’s margarita. I know where I’ll be next weekend…
Check out our interview with Dumbo Gelato owner Kane Hipper here!
7/148 The Esplanade, Scarborough Beach
Billy Van Creamy
After their roaring success in Melbourne, the Perth-born lads behind Billy Van Creamy opened a second store in Northbridge late 2018, and the luminously pink fit-out is hard to miss. These guys are 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?
Photo by @withoneeyeshut
454 William Street, Northbridge
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.
226 Carr Place, Leederville
322A South Terrace, South Fremantle
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
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!
Shop 16B, The Park Centre, 789 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
861 Beaufort Street, Inglewood
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
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
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.
252 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
Cover photo: Dumbo Gelato