The Lansdowne Cone is an ice cream parlor on Lansdowne just south of Bloor. The shop was conceived by 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 cafe 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.
The variety of flavours available at Lansdowne Cone 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.
I eventually select a scoop of Espresso Robusto from the spread of 28 flavours and head out with my cup.
Coffee 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.