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The Lansdowne Cone

Posted by Robyn Urback / Reviewed on May 2, 2011 / review policy

Lansdowne ConeThe Lansdowne Cone has finally opened, satisfying great anticipation from the Bloordale community. "A few weeks ago, back when paper was still on the windows," manager Kaili tells me, "I was standing outside the shop and two women down the street started waving to get my attention. When I turned, they looked at me and yelled, 'WHEN ARE YOU OPEN?!'"

"So, yeah, the community has been looking forward to this for a while."

Lansdowne ConeThe Lansdowne Cone opened its ice cream parlor on Lansdowne just south of Bloor on Easter weekend. The idea was conceived two Toronto natives whose first summer jobs were at ice cream shops. They found this place--previously occupied by a nail salon--and painted it green and chocolate brown, inspired by a little café they came across in Paris. Add a bar, some chalkboard menus, and a counter of toppings, and the simplistic but fun-looking shop was ready to go.

Lansdowne ConeThe variety of flavours available at Lansdowne Cone, however, is anything but simplistic. Sourced from a local producer, the shop offers everything from Birthday Cake ice cream to Pistachio Almond Crunch, Caramel Canoodle and vegan-friendly Mango Sorbet ($2.25 kiddie, $3.00 single, $3.75 double). If you're keen on something a little more extravagant, you can choose one of the shop's appropriately named sundaes ($4.50 single, $5.50 double), such as the Mud, which is made with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, cookie crumbs, whipped cream and gummy worms.

Lansdowne Cone is also in the midst of rolling out its milkshakes and homemade waffle cone station, though Kaili admits, "I'm more of a cup person."

Lansdowne Cone"There's just something about ice cream that's so fun," she tells me as we get to chatting. "There's so much joy--that sounds cheesy--but everyone just loves it."

Lansdowne ConeKaili strikes me as a soon-to-to-be huge hit among Bloordale kids--and no, not just because she's serving ice cream. She's all smiles, incredibly friendly, and we soon stray from chatting about ice cream to our favourite cafes and spots in the city. I eventually select a scoop of Espresso Robusto from the spread of 28 flavours and head out with my cup (there's no seating at Lansdowne Cone, though Kaili tells me they're thinking about bar stools).

Lansdowne ConeCoffee ice cream has always been my favourite, and this one doesn't disappoint. It's creamy and flavourful, with lots of toasted almonds bits and coffee candy pieces. Other than wishing I had paired it with a Double Fudge Brownie scoop (cafe mocha?), I was totally satisfied.

The Lansdowne Cone is open every day from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will likely be open seasonally, closing near the end of October for the wintertime.

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Discussion

32 Comments

Kamal / May 3, 2011 at 09:30 am
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Woooooo A+A, way to go guys!
Kae / May 3, 2011 at 10:05 am
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Sweet addition to the neighbourhood!
Erin Marchak replying to a comment from Kae / May 3, 2011 at 11:17 am
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Sweet indeed, Kae! I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can indulge in some of those delicious treats.

Ice-cream FTW.
Alex / May 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm
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Thanks to a ton of friends, family, and all the help that went into The Cone. It is unbelievable!!

Rob Ford / May 3, 2011 at 01:07 pm
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Love this place! Can't get enough of that peanut butter chocolate
Steve / May 3, 2011 at 01:16 pm
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Can't wait to make the trek to the LC! Looks Awesome!
Jessica / May 3, 2011 at 01:16 pm
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This place rocks my WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING! This article is SPOT ON!
JS / May 3, 2011 at 02:41 pm
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It's going to be a hot summer, can't wait to drop in.
Futronic / May 3, 2011 at 03:46 pm
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"Sourced from a local producer, the shop offers everything from Birthday Cake ice cream to Pistachio Almond Crunch, Caramel Canoodle and vegan-friendly Mango Sorbet."

Who is the local producer? Are they bringing in ice cream from Ed's, Greg's, or someone else?
rusty replying to a comment from Rob Ford / May 3, 2011 at 04:54 pm
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I agree, peanut butter chocolate is the best
Kaye / May 3, 2011 at 05:30 pm
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It's all about that birthday cake ice cream, with an added scoop of chocolate peanut butter. I love this place already!
pontiac / May 3, 2011 at 06:29 pm
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AWESOME. I've been waiting for this. But why are they only open till 7pm? Ice cream on a hot summer night (like 10pm) is the best!

Also - little tip - there's another new place that just opened up on Delaware, just north of Bloor, right near the Ossington subway exit on Delaware. It's a cake shop that also serves ice cream!
Mike D / May 3, 2011 at 07:07 pm
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THIS ICE CREAM TASTES LIKE SEX!!!! I GO HERE EVERY DAY AT LUNCH TIME!
David H / May 3, 2011 at 07:10 pm
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Amazing. Yeah, Caramel Canoodle is the way!!
David H replying to a comment from Rob Ford / May 3, 2011 at 07:12 pm
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Is this actually Rob? I like you a little more sir.
Alex replying to a comment from pontiac / May 3, 2011 at 07:32 pm
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Hi Pontiac - we're actually now open until 8pm and will be extending hours as the days get longer (and warmer...and sunnier!)
Hope to see you soon
Stephen Harper / May 3, 2011 at 09:08 pm
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This place sucks.
Ally / May 3, 2011 at 11:48 pm
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Hahaha! Those two women who yelled across the street were myself and my roommate!!!

I love the staff and the ice cream is delicious! They didn't let me down. I'm really happy with this place. :3
Scott / May 4, 2011 at 09:26 am
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A welcome addition to the neighborhood. The kids and I love it!
Lisa / May 4, 2011 at 02:51 pm
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Love this place!! So happy to see it just up the street from where I live! A very welcome addition to Bloordale.
Ian replying to a comment from Futronic / May 4, 2011 at 07:28 pm
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Hey futronic, as far as i know its actually a local supplier from Etobicoke, you should stop by and ask one of the staff someday, and you can get a delicious scoop of ice cream at the same time!
Rob Ford replying to a comment from Ian / May 4, 2011 at 07:36 pm
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Etobicoke is the best! I hate Toronto.
Tablabar / May 10, 2011 at 12:24 am
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Right now i really want to eat some ice creams............yummy
Mack / May 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm
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LOVE The Cone! Caramel Canoodle puts me in my happy place :)
A local / May 11, 2011 at 02:33 pm
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Nice addition to the skeezy intersection... now they just need to get all the other storefronts fixed up. And where, pray tell, is a bench outside, where one could enjoy their ice cream cones?!!
Alex replying to a comment from A local / May 14, 2011 at 08:47 pm
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Hi there,

We plan on a bench outside. Also, we're now open 1-9pm!
Tom / May 15, 2011 at 08:57 pm
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This place rules! Super good ice-cream and friendly service!... completely unlike shitty Ortolan, ha.
N / May 17, 2011 at 05:00 am
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yummy ice cream, great location ,friendly service. however they messed up our order, and our change and seem to be a bit flustered and confused. otherwise i would still go back, but i am double checking my bill!!. the birthday cake and the cotton candy are AMAZING though
AZ / May 19, 2011 at 02:02 pm
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I love this place! Great ice cream, friendly staff. Totally reasonable prices too.
MelodySoul / June 10, 2011 at 01:46 am
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looks like they might be sourcing from dutch dreams, based on the flavours
Bec / June 27, 2011 at 06:19 am
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I live in the neighbourhood and was planning on taking my three-year-old... until I read this article, that is! The ice cream sounds delicious but I didn't realize there was no seating. Taking a cone "to go" in the summer heat is really not a great option for those of us with small children.
Adrian replying to a comment from Bec / June 29, 2012 at 03:19 pm
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They have stools now!

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