As soon as the temperature jumps up a few degrees, it’s instantly perfect ice cream weather. After all, there’s no greater time to get a cone of something soft, cold and delicious, with the sticky remains on your fingers for hours.
Melbourne has been crazy about it for some time, but now it’s Geelong’s turn to indulge in the artisan delight that is Augustus Gelatery with a new store just opening up on Gheringhap street.
Handmade fresh in Essendon each day, there is a massive selection in-store with 36 different kinds of the Italian treat, including all your favourites and some unique ones that you’ve just gotta try. Cotton Candy, fig and almond, espresso, bacio, tiramisu, strawberry cheesecake, and choc hazelnut fudge just to name a few. We can promise you’ll transport yourself to Italy with just one lick no matter what you decide!
In sorbet territory, you’ve got all the usual suspects – mango, strawberry, lemon, watermelon, and raspberry, along with dark chocolate, green apple and passionfruit options!
There are also delectable vegan options which include peanut butter and jelly, coconut and mango, pistachio, and salted caramel, and for those not wanting a coned icy treat, there are also amazing handmade cakes (we spy Lemoncello Delight) and ‘crazy shakes’ made from ingredients from the indulgent gelato itself. Clearly, they’re catering for all sweet tooths across the board – and we’re not mad about it.
Not only is the product bloody delicious, but the shop itself is super cool, boasting a vibrant atmosphere with a lively purple, lime, and black colour palette, and a 365-days-a year opening policy, making it the perfect place for a get together with friends, family, partners, colleagues – you name it.
It’s clear that it’s not just the gelato that drives this business, but it’s about the colours, the textures and the nostalgia that comes with it. As the brains behind the gelatery, Joe, explained, “it’s about the kids; making them happy and giving them a bit of an experience”. As self-confessed kids at heart, we’re pretty stoked with this addition to the regional ice cream scene.
Open from 11am until 11pm, it’s perfect for those early-morning sugar hits, as well as the late-night cravings and post-dinner dates, especially as the nights are finally starting to warm up – just look for the neon green sign on the street.
But say you don’t want to leave the comfort of your perfectly air-conditioned house? Well, fear not, the icy legends do take home tubs and are on Uber Eats, meaning someone else can bring the world of scrumptious wonderment to you!
With a full three months of summer ahead, we encourage everyone blessed with a sweet tooth to search out some of the best ice cream Geelong has to offer. I know I’ll be heading in to try the dark chocolate sorbet…
Augustus Gelatery is located on 41 Gheringhap Street, Geelong.
Written by Bert Seaton