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The Best Gelato in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 3, 2015

gelato torontoThe best gelato in Toronto values tradition, quality and craftsmanship but isn't afraid to have a little fun when it comes to flavours. These artisanal gelato makers stock not just the old school Italian standards, but gets creative with Asian ingredients and booze-spiked variations.

Here is the list of the best gelato in Toronto.

See also:

The top 30 ice cream and gelato in Toronto by neighbourhood
The Best Ice Cream In Toronto
The Best Ice Cream Sandwich in Toronto
The Best Frozen Yogurt in Toronto
The top 10 under the radar gelato in Toronto
The top 10 under the radar ice cream shops in Toronto

La Paloma

La Paloma

In business since 1967 this gelateria in Corso Italia, specializes in this sweet Sicilian staple offering over 75 different types of gelati. The first flavour starts at $4.75 though everyone knows it's best to double up selecting creamy options like tiramisu, torrone to pair with summery fruit flavours like strawberry, lemon, or orange. More »

Arte Gelato

Arte Gelato

This gelato joint in Bloorcourt Village puts their liquor license to good use, offering boozey (age 19+) selections including champagne, and Guinness beer flavours with a 2% alcohol content. Mix and match as many scoops as you can fit in a cup (or cone), prices range from $3 to $6 depending on size. More »

Dolce Gelato

Dolce Gelato

Locations in Greektown, Little Italy and Kensington Market offer an astounding selection of 40 to 60 flavours including traditional varieties such as pistachio, baccio and penguino, a white chocolate gelato drizzled with Nutella. Select at least two flavours when ordering small, medium or large cups and cones ($4.25 to $7.50). More »

Ed's Real Scoop

Ed's Real Scoop

All natural gelati is billed alongside Ed’s renowned ice creams at three Toronto locations. Carrying 16 flavours at a time, expect to find unusual flavours such as sangria, pina colada, and pear starting at $2.95 for a small, all the way up to $8 pints. More »

G for Gelato

G for Gelato

Pizza, espresso and gelato are a trifecta of deliciousness at this shop on Jarvis. The display case carries 36 flavours of gelati in popular flavours like salted chocolate peanut butter, coconut basil, and a boozy smoked whiskey vanilla caramel. Four dollars buys you a single flavours in a cup or waffle cone, while $5.50 gets your two choices, and $6.75 buys three. More »

Lola's Gelato

Lola's Gelato

This lakeside gelateria in Etobicoke serves up a taste of the dolce vita in a paper cup. Find the display case stocked with a vibrant array of flavours including classics like chocolate, hazelnut, and lemon, plus signature flavours like salted caramel, and Elvis with banana peanut butter crunch and jelly. A single scoop sells from $2.55, two scoops goes for $3.95, and three sells for $5.95. More »

Il Gelateria Artiginiale

Il Gelateria Artiginiale

Cycling through over 150 gelato recipes means there's always something new to try at this gelateria on Mount Pleasant. Tempting flavours include the fico (fig), panna cotta, and, spicy chocolate. Sizes range from small ($4.75) to large ($7.50) as well as takeaway containers packed as full as you like ($3/100g). More »

Gelato Simply Italian

Gelato Simply Italian

Find 32 flavours on offer daily that cycle through 160+ gelato flavours. Order small ($5) to large ($7.50) cups or cones in flavours like pistachio, mint chocolate chip or dulce de leche, or buy in bulk by weight ($33/kilo) in tubs. More »

Hotel Gelato

Hotel Gelato

This midtown cafe and dessert shop offers a roster of gelati flavours that range from traditional to exotic. Choose from classics like lemon, hazelnut and vanilla, or get adventurous with unique options including avocado, sponge toffee and Mojito. Prices start at $4.40 for a small cup. More »

Soma

Soma

Two boutique locations (in the Distillery District and on King West) are the source for all things cocoa from this artisanal chocolate maker. The retail outlets carry a dozen or so house-spun gelati and sorbetti in signature dark and milk chocolate varieties plus complementary flavours like lemon sour cream, blood orange and mascarpone. . A single scoop sells for $4.55, while a pint goes for $12. More »

Kekou Gelato

Kekou Gelato

Italian ice creams inspired by Asian ingredients are the specialty of this gelato shop in Baldwin Village. You won't find stracciatella, but look forward to flavours like Tsing Tao peach, spicy salted pineapple, and roasted oolong tea. The shop sells small ($3.75), medium ($4.50) and large ($5) cups or house-made waffle cones that come in plain, or decorated with seaweed, or, black sesame varieties. More »

Grinning Face

Grinning Face

The non-dairy gelato shop in Cabbagetown specializes in artisanal gelato made from coconut milk and fresh, natural ingredients. When in season, find flavours like wild raspberry & mint, and wildflower honey & roasted beets, offered alongside staples like Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean, and dark & handsome chocolate. Single serving cups are priced at $4.50 and take away pints for $10.50. More »

Discussion

27 Comments

JT / July 3, 2015 at 08:13 am
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Can't wait to try some of the places on this list. Not sure if it's just the location in my area, but La Paloma is so far from authentic and lacks flavour. I hope the places I plan on trying are better than what I'm used to at La Paloma...
La Paloma / July 3, 2015 at 08:42 am
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Has really good gelato but Niño D'Aversa I would say is just as good.Never will forgot as a kid having gelato at my cousins restaurant/ bar in Italy, to this very day I try banana gelato everywhere hoping it'll be the same as that time in Italy, hasn't happened yet :(
Gelato / July 3, 2015 at 09:19 am
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last time I had G for gelato, My stomache was "off" for the rest of the day. The fact that the gelato tasted like it had been in the freezer for the last 10 years should have been warning enough... but gelato.

Gelato Simply Italian is the best in the city, IMO.
meatballs / July 3, 2015 at 09:58 am
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No love for Hollywood Gelato on Bayview? Soooo gooooood.
cnataku / July 3, 2015 at 10:17 am
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I haven't been to all of the places on the list, but I've been to some and Kekou Gelato and SOMA are the only ones I've seen that store the gelato in the Pozzetto holding cabinet to ensure freshness, so they've got my vote.
ScoopMasterFlex / July 3, 2015 at 10:40 am
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Ed's Real Scoop on Roncy is incredible, but one that was missed on this list is in the Junction and called La Viziatta which is incredible!
Claudia replying to a comment from cnataku / July 3, 2015 at 10:45 am
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Sud Forno does it too, and all three serve excellent gelato.
Jacquie / July 3, 2015 at 10:53 am
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Lick-It Gelato is a definite fave!
Iris / July 3, 2015 at 11:07 am
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Love Gelato is a great spot for anyone in Markham (Main St. Markham). I know this is for Toronto specifically, but anyone in the area should check this place out.
JR / July 3, 2015 at 12:49 pm
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No Gelato exists east of Parliament according to BlogTO readers. Not even Ed's Real Scoop, which originated (and still is) in the Beaches. Sigh.
Birdie / July 3, 2015 at 03:18 pm
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Isn't Kekou Gelato closed?
GRBY / July 3, 2015 at 03:25 pm
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BlogTO failed miserably by not putting Lick It on Queensquay on this list. They have crazy innovative flavors like Early Grey, Lavendar and Wasabi gelato along with classics like salted caramel and Chocolate and such. Really surprised to see them being overlooked.
JR replying to a comment from Ed's is Number 4 on the list / July 3, 2015 at 08:45 pm
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I did, I pointed out Ed's because they mention the Roncy location, but not the Leslieville or Beaches locations, even though they predate the Roncy one. They're all good, I just thought it typical of a BlogTO list that it's all west end stuff.
m replying to a comment from JR / July 4, 2015 at 07:19 am
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BlogTO's best of is reader voted. If you want something more east then get on here and vote
Abe replying to a comment from ScoopMasterFlex / July 4, 2015 at 09:02 am
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With Flex on this one...they can't all be listed, but god damn that salted caramel gelato made me cry a little.
talentscout / July 4, 2015 at 09:54 am
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Where is Hollywood Gelato on Bayview? These people have not done their homework...Best in the city....rated by Toronto Life...
talentscout / July 4, 2015 at 09:57 am
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I do not recommend La Paloma....$8 bucks for a scoop of Gelato? What a rip off....Went once I will never go again.
paige replying to a comment from Birdie / July 6, 2015 at 01:49 pm
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Kekou Gelato closes in the winter, it's open now. Went there just this weekend, place was busy, but the wait wasn't too long. Love their new gelato flavours!
Truong Thai replying to a comment from meatballs / July 6, 2015 at 08:09 pm
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I'm actually surprised that I didn't see Hollywood Gelato on the list either! And it's 3 scoops for $5... How do you even go wrong with that?
dolceboooo / July 6, 2015 at 09:34 pm
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Dolce and anyone else using an ice cream scoop in their gelato shops should be boycotted .... its cheap and not authentic.... weak
Mr. Brown / July 9, 2015 at 01:41 pm
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Boreal Gelato!
josie erent / July 18, 2015 at 03:11 pm
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who keeps promoting the worst and most expensive Gelato place....YOU PEOPLE ARE NUTS>..HOLLYWOOD GELATO ALL THE WAY>>>LA PALOMA SUCKS...
La paloma is garbage / July 18, 2015 at 03:49 pm
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La paloma sold out and now it's a filthy place. No soap In the bathrooms and sinks broken. Plus there gelato just tastes off. I grew up in the area and it used to be good now it's horrible people stay away



Hanna / July 18, 2015 at 08:10 pm
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What? No Lick It Gelato on Queens Quay West? They have the best Gelato anywhere!!!
Alex / July 19, 2015 at 02:17 am
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The worst customer service at Dolce Kensington market location
dolcesucks / July 19, 2015 at 11:28 am
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Not real scoops.... they use an ice cream scoop with half the size scoops for the same price. Sell outs .... if its to expensive to do things the right way don't do it. Italian is authentic for a reason. Can't stand people using our culture to make money and then cutting corners away from authenticity. Boycotted for life!!!
Corrina / August 12, 2015 at 11:15 am
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I cannot believe Hollywood Gelato did not make this list??

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