Beku Gelato, Carlton

MELBOURNE | Beku Gelato is one of my favourite spots for Gelato in Melbourne. I was saddened when I learned that the original Brunswick spot was closing down, but that feeling didn’t last for long when I discovered that it was reopening up the road in Carlton. I recently visited the new location for What’s On Melbourne.

Beku is owned by Agusta Triwahyu, a qualified engineer who gave up her career to move to Rome and learn how to make gelato. Agusta’s gelato draws upon her Indonesian heritage to create gelato with a twist. There’s classic flavours on the menu (try the chocolate, and Turkish delight), but the main reason to come to Beku is for the Indonesian inspired creations.

There’s a core range of flavours and a few rotating tubs so you never know exactly what you might find. Only the best quality, real fruits and ingredients are used, and it shows. The teh tarik flavour is a favourite of mine, and a must try. Other great choices include things like cendol, calamansi gelato, and coconut sorbet with generous chunks of jackfruit.

Durian is one of the signature flavours that you must try. It’s a divisive fruit, beloved by many and reviled by others. If you’re on the fence, I encourage you to try it here. Durian is infused into the gelato in a way that draws out its sweet and fragrant aspects, in a quite mild yet definitely noticeable way. You might just be converted.

Along with gelato, there’s drinks like teh tarik, the tamarind turmeric kunyit asam, and kopsugren (cold drip coffee with fresh milk and coconut sugar).

Beku Gelato

150 Lygon Street
Victoria 3053

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Mon – Thu: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri – Sat: 12:30pm to 11:00pm
Sun: 12:30pm to 10:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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