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Il Dolce Freddo

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Lygon Street
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116 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Takeout

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
The best!!!

Hands down, the best gelato in Melbourne. The most amazing flavours. Rich and creamy. It's like being in Italy. Do yourself a favour and get down and try some.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Simon K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hands down, the best gelato in Melbourne. The most amazing flavours. Rich and creamy. It's like being in Italy. Do yourself a favour and get down and try some.

Thank Simon K
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in Carlton, Melbourne for 3 days and visited Il Dolce Freddo on each of those days. Need I say anymore! We can't wait to visit Carlton again for our gelato fix.

Thank Headsterb
Dongguan, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great choice of ice cream flavors. We tried Tiramisu, passion fruit, lychee and salted caramel. As we took so long to choose, the owner asked us to sample more flavors. We liked the fruity flavors best, they have really intense taste.

Thank Andreas P
la habra heights
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tastes exactly like all the other made by machine ice creams I've tried in my search for authentic ice cream in Melbourne. Though it was ranked in the top ten on some sights we researched my wife and I were surprised that it survives in such a great Ice Cream street. Tried salted caramel and ended just getting a... More 

Thank michael f
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Good range, quality gelato... Ten times better than the fluoro coloured muck from G....issimo! Can recommend the Ferrero and Crunchy Hazelnut. Generous servings too.

Thank Mikelp01
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Husband went back for seconds, and our friends loved the variety. You would miss it though unless you looked inside.

Thank Rose W
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

This is a must visit place when I go to Melbourne. Situated in the centre of Lygon St. Los of selection to choose from. My favorite are mango, Lemon, pistachio and mocha.

Thank Pearl L
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

The perfect finish to a great meal at la Guido was stumbling across this place. Just like great Italian gelato. Had pistachio and lemon - yum.

Thank amr100
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

I came here after visiting Universal over the road. First mistake. Don't go anywhere after Universal, their food is good and plentiful. It makes it hard to eat too much of anything later. I tried just one scoop - because of previous comments - and it was salted caramel. It was nice and creamy, not overpowering in flavour, could possibly... More 

Thank BagmanNZ
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Lygon Street is famous for Italian food and this ice cream parlor did not disappoint with their gelato. I always keep coming back for the salted caramel. Sooo good! They also allow free tastes, which is great if it's your first time or you just want to try out new flavors. One of my favorites in Melbourne!

Thank darthkulot

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 116 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighborhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: 61396393344

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 9
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Staying in Lygon Street

Neighborhood Profile
Lygon Street
If you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the place. Until recently, this neighborhood was home to the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who started their day with a local espresso. They are gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this Little Italy which has something for everyone. Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way they do it "back home" and maybe even a bit of amore. The number of gelato choices will leave you in a state of indecision and wide footpaths, big awnings and a sea of packed tables makes this al fresco dining experience a continental buzz. Even if you’re not eating, it’s worth the stroll just for the people-watching, which, of course, is an Italian tradition.