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The Best Gelato in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 9, 2014

gelato torontoThe best gelato in Toronto is made by artisans with a reverence for tradition - and the creative good sense to go beyond the old school Italian standards like plain ol' bacio or nocciola. This list of gelaterias values quality and craftsmanship, but isn't afraid to have a little fun, especially if that means boozy spiked flavours, or hey, even bacon - excuse me, pancetta-studded variations.

Here is the list of the best gelato in Toronto.

See also:

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Dolce Gelato

Dolce Gelato

Greektown, Little Italy and most recently, a prime corner lot in Kensington Market have all been blessed with outlets from this gelateria. Each location offers an astounding selection of 40 to 60 flavour's including popular picks pistachio, bacio and penguino (white chocolate drizzled with Nutella). Pick two flavours when ordering a small ($4.25) or medium ($5.50), or get a big container ($7.50) and pick three flavours. Tubs by the litre ($21) and half litre ($11) are available too. More »

La Paloma

La Paloma

Open since 1967 in Corso Italia, this gelato parlour pays tribute to the Sicilian sweet with a roster of 75 to 80 gelati on offer daily. Pricing starts at about $4.75 for the first scoop, but good lucky not going overboard when selecting from creamy options like tiramisu, torrone or bright, summery fruit flavours like strawberry, green apple, kiwi or orange. More »

Ed's Real Scoop

Ed's Real Scoop

All natural gelati and and dairy-free (fruit and ice only) sorbetti are stocked alongside Ed’s renowned ice creams at three Toronto locations. Carrying 16 flavours at a time, you’ll find uncommon choices like sangria, pina colada, and pear starting at $2.95 for a small, all the way up to $8 pints. More »

Hollywood Gelato

Hollywood Gelato

Skip the traditional gelato at this Midtown joint, and opt instead for fun house flavours like cake batter, key lime pie or roasted marshmallow. The freezer case carries 22 options daily from a repertoire of 200+ recipes and are available by the cup or cone (plain, sugar or waffle), two ($4), three ($5) or four ($6) flavours at a time. For take-home, order up to 1.5 litres in a vat. More »

G for Gelato

G for Gelato

This pizza, espresso and gelato bar on Jarvis keeps 36 flavours on display, including an exclusive assortment featuring salted chocolate peanut butter, coconut basil, and a boozy smoked whiskey vanilla caramel. A single flavour in a cup or waffle cone sells for $4, while two flavours go for $5.50, and three is $6.75. On Tuesdays stop in for a two-flavour promo for the price of one. More »

Arte Gelato

Arte Gelato

In Bloorcourt Village this licensed gelato joint scoops up as many flavours as you'd Iike no matter what sized cup or cone you order ($3-$6). In addition to frozen dairy treats, here you'll find vegan and sugar-free options too, as well as - wait for it - boozy selections like champagne or Guinness, complete with 2% alcohol content (19 and over only, obviously). More »

Boreal Gelato Company

Boreal Gelato Company

This Parkdale gelateria cycles through 65 flavours, of which 16 or so are always on hand. Unique selections include candied bacon and root beer flavours, plus vegan dairy-free sorbetto and almond milk-based versions in unusual choices like lemon-olive oil or sweet clementine. Single servings range from mini to large ($3.40-$6.50), or take home a half litre for $11.30, or a litre for just over $20. More »

Hotel Gelato

Hotel Gelato

Starting at $3.50 per cup, the gelato at this Eglinton West cafe comes in a traditional roster of flavours like lemon and vanilla, as well as rare house-made varieties like avocado, sponge toffee and mojito. More »

Il Gelatiere Artgianale

Il Gelatiere Artgianale

On Mount Pleasant this gelateria whips up tempting and unusual flavours like the pancetta, studded with caramelized bacon in a maple base, or the sweet and spicy chocolate and chili pepper. Purchase in sizes ranging from small ($4.75) to large ($7.50), and in takeaway containers packed as full as you like ($3 /100 gm). More »

Gelato Simply Italian

Gelato Simply Italian

The bustling midtown gelateria does gelato in 160-plus flavours, though you'll only find the freezer case displaying 32 at a time. Order small ($5) to large ($7.50) cups or cones in flavours like pistachio, mint chocolate chip or dulce de leche, or take home as much you like by the tub, sold by weight ($33/kg). More »

Ice 'n Cake

Ice 'n Cake

This dessert destination at the Shops at Don Mills offers 24 types of gelato at a time. Popular flavours include Ferrero Rocher, Sicilian pistachio, Greek yogurt and salted caramel. The bambino cone sells for just under $4 while a regular is $5.50. More »

Kekou Gelato House

Kekou Gelato House

In Baldwin Village, Italian ice creams are inspired by Asian ingredients and come in a rotating selection of creative flavours like durian, Hong Kong milk tea, green tea whiskey and Vietnamese coffee. Ranging in size from small ($3.75) to large ($5), order in a cup or a house-made waffle cone that comes in plain, seaweed or black sesame varieties. More »

Discussion

22 Comments

KevinN / July 9, 2014 at 08:09 am
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I will agree Dolce has amazing gelato. Nice patio too.
ThatsANice / July 9, 2014 at 09:03 am
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Dear BlogTo voters...for once I agree with you. Nice list.
Alex / July 9, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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For east Yorkers and east Danforthers, check out La Cigogne at Monarch Park/Danforth. Surprisingly good gelato (along with amazing croissants!)
Chad / July 9, 2014 at 02:58 pm
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So glad to see Boreal on the list. Great gelato and great people!
Mike / July 9, 2014 at 03:03 pm
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Gelato Simply Italian on Yonge is very good. Glad it made the list!
tt / July 9, 2014 at 03:10 pm
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There's also a new artisanal gelato spot in the Junction called La Vizziata, on Dundas & Pacific.

Not as much choice as la Paloma and a little on the expensive side, but good stuff still.
Andre / July 9, 2014 at 03:12 pm
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Since I was a kid, the family has been going to Hollywood Gelato. Haven't been to the other ones because Hollywood Gelato has never made me want to try anything else.
C replying to a comment from ChefD / July 9, 2014 at 03:22 pm
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I wouldn't be so quick to throw stones in that glass house of yours if I were you, fella.
randy / July 9, 2014 at 09:10 pm
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Ice n cake used to be good... But I think they they switched owners... Since the switch it wasn't as good anymore. That lady sue was the best.
April / July 10, 2014 at 07:37 am
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There's a new gelato place in Etobicoke called Lola's that just opened up in June that is amazing!! If you love gelato, it is a must. It's located just north of the Waterfront Trail (Humber Bay Shores) and south of the Lakeshore, so if you're biking or walking on a glorious sunny day and are craving a gelato, you have to stop in. It is just as good as the best gelaterias in Italy. The Salty Caramel and Nocciola are delicious. We live in the neighborhood so I'm in heaven! lolasgelato.ca. 14B Brooker's Lane
PC / July 10, 2014 at 09:46 am
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La Vizziata, on Dundas & Pacific is absolutely a little bit of heaven on earth! You have not had good Gelato until you try this place! Amazing Gelato, great atmosphere! Definitely a must!
Sandy / July 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm
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I definitely agree with tt, I've been to La Vizziata in the Junction. Its definitely our new gelato spot. They don't have as many flavours on display at once like the bigger gelaterias but they make and alternate the flavours daily and have cool different flavours like Chili Chocolate, Mexican Mango, and Butter Popcorn!!! We are so in love with this place!
loper / July 10, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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What? No, Food Palace?
Alex / July 10, 2014 at 11:12 pm
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I've tried Il Gelatiere Artgianale, Dolce Gelato, and Hollywood Gelato and Kekou Gelato and I rate them in that order. If you are around Hollywood, you should go over to Il Gelatiere, it is that much better. Kekou is good and I am a repeat customer, but I would go to the other places over it.
Loraine / July 11, 2014 at 12:50 am
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I was never a big fan of gelato, but i can say that kekou really did changed my mind!! There's just something really fresh and non-icky about it. If you're not a gelato fan, but like cold treats, check it out! Just keep an open mind - they are asian-inspired flavours.
BillyO / July 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm
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While they do more than gelato, Soma chocolate (in the Distillery and King West) do the best chocolate and various nut based gelato flavours. Like it's not even close, their roasted almond gelato is unmatched. Second best in TO would be Il Gelaterie on Mt Pleasant (ranked way too low at #9) and then Dolce. Only been to Hotel Gelato once but it's a cute little shop with good gelato. La Paloma and Hollywood are a little overrated IMO (both are good, but others are better). Another really good gelato provider is the mobile gelateria, BeGood - the don't have a store, just a bike. Good individual gelato tubs and gelato sandwiches.
Nikki / July 29, 2014 at 04:19 pm
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I agree with BillyO, Soma in the Distillery is pure gold! Their flavour selection is limited but the taste/texture of their nut & chocolate based gelato is unparalleled. They have some interesting berry flavours as well like blueberry basil. Yummmy! Just wish they were open later.
Elle / August 26, 2014 at 06:59 pm
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agreed, La Vizziata in the Junction is amazing!! SO GOOD.
Olivia B. / August 26, 2014 at 07:48 pm
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Agree with dolce being #1, but would have liked to see hollywood's ranked at #2. You haven't lived unless your combine the twix with rocky rocher.
kal / August 26, 2014 at 11:49 pm
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For me the best gelato this side of Italy has to be at touti gelati and cafe on Queens street east and Queens quay west i have visited both locations many times with my family and after spending alot of time in Italy in the past i can say this is closest you will get real Italian gealto in Toronto the salted caramel and london fog gealtos are delicious and very flavorful and the staff are so helpful and friendly also my kids favorite is there birthday cake galato that tastes just like a birthday cake definatly recommend to anyone to give them a try.
lisa / August 31, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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Sorry folks but nino d'aversa has been around for 40 years and has been making the best gelato in the city since then. If you haven't already. . You must go have a taste.
LETSHOPEITLASTS / September 22, 2014 at 01:12 pm
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Kekou gelato beats all of them!!

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