After what’s felt like the longest winter of all time, things are heating up. The sun is shining, the air feels lighter and our attention is turning to the kings of warm weather treats: ice-cream and gelato (they’re not exactly the same thing).

But though restrictions are easing, we’re still in lockdown; at home a lot more than we want to be. Fortunately, ice-cream places have been doing this takeaway thing for ages now (cones and cups, anyone?) and have many have gracefully added delivery to their service. These are the best.

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Pidapipo

This renowned Lygon Street gelateria has been delivering since well before the pandemic. When you order, you can even get some of the brand’s signature melted Nutella. If you miss Pidapipó’s signature queue too much, here’s how to replicate it: put on some Italo-disco music and stare at your gelato for 20 minutes before you allow yourself to eat it. Sorted.

299 Lygon Street, Carlton

Piccolina Gelateria Collingwood

Piccolina’s Hawthorn, Collingwood and St Kilda locations are delivering via Uber Eats. This gelato is revered for a reason, but keep an eye out for the excellent range of cakes and other treats on offer too.

296 Smith Street, Collingwood

Kenny Lover

This retro ice-creamery is more steeped in kitschy Australian than a Golden Gaytime ad from the ’70s. Alongside your ice-cream, be sure to add on a couple of serves of hot chips (for dipping). Plus there’s the Be My Quarantine ice-cream cake – one of our favourite lockdown cakes. Find Kenny Lover on Door Dash and Uber Eats.

796 High Street, Thornbury

Lavezzi

In addition to its full line-up of flavours, this Carlton gelateria also a great roster of choc-tops (remember going to the movies?) and some big-hitting ice-cream cakes: the Bombe Alaska here is packing just the kind of over-the-top energy we need coming into spring. Order on Uber Eats.

334 Lygon Street, Carlton

Bico

Bico is keeping it simple with gelato delivered by the litre or half-litre. That’s about it. If you’re feeling jazzy, add some waffle cones. Find it on the major delivery apps.

288 Albert Street, Brunswick

Beku Gelato

Beku takes inspiration for its flavours from Southeast Asia, rather than Europe. Yuzu and blueberry, durian and condensed milk are all past flavours. It’s on Uber Eats, but is only available on weekends.

171 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Billy van Creamy Fitzroy North

This old-school ice-creamery (which also happens to have a killer line-up of vegan options) is doing free delivery to eligible suburbs. That makes more room in your wallet for more ice-cream. Order here and check here for details and a full list of eligible suburbs.

27 Best Street, Fitzroy North

Gelato Papa

Here, traditional techniques meet experimental flavours. Past highlights have included matcha, coconut and gorgonzola. No need to worry if you’re just after a classic flavour though – they’re here as well. Be sure to check out the other sweets on offer too. Delivery is free for orders over $40. Order here.

14a Gilbert Road, Preston

Glacé

Christy Tania’s sweets shop is delivering a whole heap of ice-cream flavours. Bestsellers include the pavlova and cookies and cream flavours, but don’t miss out on the range of ice-cream cakes, babkas and macarons either. Available on Uber Eats.

1A Peel Street, Windsor

Meno Zero

In addition to oodles of gelato flavours, this Doncaster East gelateria has one of the best ranges of semifreddos in Melbourne. The tiramisu and tartufo both look great, but our eyes are set squarely upon the Meno Rocher: a giant, gelato-filled take on a Ferrero Rocher. Find Meno Zero on Uber Eats.

914a Doncaster Road, Doncaster East

Cuppa Turca

Dondurma is a type of stretchy, Turkish ice-cream. And it’s pretty hard to find in Melbourne. Cuppa Turca specialises in the stuff. If you want a break from gelato but still want to scratch that sweet, frozen itch, this is your pick. Plus there’s colourful Turkish delights and shatteringly crisp baklava. Cuppa Turca is on Uber Eats.

244 High Street, Northcote

Zero Gradi

The gelato-focused spin-off 400 Gradi is on Uber Eats and has an ample roster of classic flavours to choose from. Add some cannoli to your cart while you’re at it.

93-97 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Augustus Gelatery

This gelateria (originally named for the Willy Wonka character Augustus Gloop, who knew a thing or two about sweets) is delivering on all of the major apps. There’s a ton of flavours to choose from, as well as an extensive milkshake selection.

15A Pascoe Street, Pascoe Vale

Davey Mac’s

Order a tub or two from this long-standing bayside favourite, which just reopened. Flavour-wise, there’s the usual suspects but if you’re after something a little extra, then the elaborate ice-cream cakes are your go. Davey Mac’s runs its own deliveries within a five-kilometre radius.

602 Balcombe Road, Black Rock
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