What’s better than an ice cream treat on a hot day? Not much, which is why it’s such a good thing that Toronto has some seriously good places to get ice cream. Here are a few of the best.
Dutch Dreams has been serving ice cream for over 25 years. The family owned and operated shop serves ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbets as well as sundaes, Dutch pancakes and banana splits. Some of their ice cream flavours include Dutch chocolate, cotton candy, cherry vanilla, espresso and pistachio, just to name a few.
There are also a variety of toppings to choose from and you can mix and match flavours to create a custom cone.
The Big Chill
This cheerful ice cream shop on College Street is hard to miss with its green and pink sign. The décor is retro-inspired giving the place an old fashioned vibe. There are over 30 flavours to choose from as well as 20 different toppings. In addition to cones and cups you can order Belgian waffles, crepes, sundaes, banana splits, milkshakes and ice cream sandwiches.
The Lansdowne Cone
Located in Bloordale, this small, friendly ice cream spot offers 30 locally made flavours to choose from, including pomegranate sherbet, espresso, birthday cake, cookie dough, rum and raisin and cotton candy among many more. You can also order up decadent sundaes if you’re in the mood for something a little more indulgent.
Ed’s Real Scoop
There are three locations of this popular spot to get ice cream including Roncesvalles, Leslieville and the Beach. Their ice cream is made with Ontario milk and cream and churned at a low speed which makes it dense and rich thanks to the minimum amount of air getting in.
They also offer gelato and sorbet, sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream cakes and pies, floats and frozen yogurt. There are also non-frozen treats available like chocolates and fudge.
Tom’s Dairy Freeze
It’s hard not to love the old fashioned drive-in feel that you get at Tom’s, where icy treats and diner favourites have been served since 1969. The popular spot in Etobicoke has you covered where ice cream is concerned with your choice of authentic soft serve ice cream, old fashioned sundaes, milkshakes and banana splits. If you’re looking for something more substantial there are burgers, hot dogs, fries and onion rings on offer as well.
Summer’s Ice Cream
Summer’s Ice Cream in Yorkville has been open since 1985 and offers 24 flavours of small batch, homemade ice cream. There are lots of traditional flavours to choose from like strawberry, cookie dough and chocolate chip, but also a few more unique blends to try like calypso lime coconut, strawberry rhubarb and almond butter toffee. Summer's also serves sorbet and frozen yogurt.
This cute shop in the Junction might be known more for their handcrafted chocolate, but their ice cream is well worth trying – and coming back for. Made with organic ingredients in small batches, their ice creams are packed with flavour. Try the rhubarb, mint chocolate chip, or the swashbuckling banana, which features organic fair trade rum, coconut milk and bananas.
Bang Bang Ice Cream and Bakery
This popular spot on Ossington is known for their incredible ice cream sandwiches which you can get on a several varieties of cookies, including vegan varieties. Choose your ice cream flavour from the rotating roster and your cookie and walk out with a delicious summertime treat. Take-home tubs of ice cream are also available.