Footscray and surrounds has been somewhat devoid of a good icecream parlour. Charlie's did open a gelati bar on Droop Street but to me, half the pleasure of an icecream in summer is lolling about outside the shop or walking along a pleasant promenade, which is hard to do on a busy strip like the Droop St/Ballarat St corner. Hello Gelo is a recent addition to Yarraville village which is supremely wonderful for lounging about, particularly on a warm summer night.
The icecream here is handmade, very creamy and ranges from the classics to curiosities such as chestnut (made with real chestnut puree and marron glace pieces) and pear & Pernod. A kids' cone, which is ample even for an adult, is a mere $2.50 or $3 for two flavours. Take-home packs may be made up, too.
I tried to interest the kids in blood orange or black forest cake, but they just wanted chocolate and bubblegum. Some things never change.
Thanks Kenny for the tip!
15 Anderson Street, Yarraville (map)
Phone: 9078 5696
Hours: Mon-Wed 11am-8.30pm, Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri & Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm (but variable depending on the weather)
Layout: Inaccessible upstairs seating but can sit on the street