The Best Gelato in Toronto
The 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.
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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