Girls and Boys opens Fitzroy vegan dessert bar

A nostalgic ode to the Mr Whippy of our youth, serving super-good vegan vibes.

Girls and Boys is a take away vegan dessert bar in Melbourne’s Fitzroy dedicated to indulgent and healthy plant-based treats and sweets.

Specialising in vegan soft ice cream and gelato, the menu also includes cakes, smoothies, thick shakes, spiced mylks and specialty lattes.

In the pick-up fridge you can grab some of the following to go: cold-pressed juices, smoothies, tonics, breakfast bowls as well as a daily selection of salads and specials.

Girls and Boys is the brainchild of Laki Papadopoulos and Mark Price from Transformer Fitzroy and the iconic Vegie Bar.

Together with pastry chef Jackson Magner they are committed to great-tasting healthy treats that include gluten-free and refined-sugar-free options.

Explaining where the inspiration for the name came from, Laki says: “There was not much else that induced the same sort of excitement when we were growing up as the sound of the Mr Whippy Van coming your way from the next street, or pulling up at the beach.

“Then the time spent waiting in line and deciding on what to get — a plain ice-cream cone, choc top, or the whole hog, double-cone choc top with sprinkles, nuts or a flake bar.

“The name Girls and Boys comes from the innocence and memories of those days. We are hoping that people feel the same way about our vegan offering.

“All of our soft serves are 100 per cent plant-based, made with coconut milk and organic brown-rice syrup. They are nut-free and gluten-free — good for you and good for the planet.”


Girls and Boys Super Good Vegan Vibes, 32 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Melbourne, phone 03 9417 6766.