The Best Ice Cream in Toronto
The best ice cream in Toronto is, for the most part, all natural and scratch-made in small batches before being dressed up with all sorts of fantastical toppings and served in nostalgic retro-inspired shops that pull at our collective heartstrings. From inventive flavours to novel serving styes, this city has it all.
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The lineup outside this Ossington bakery and ice cream shop is a testament to its deliciousness. Look forward to inventive ice cream flavours like black tea, burnt toffee, and mission fig with honey and chèvre. Single scoops sell for $3.80, but the house specialty is ice cream sandwiches featuring half a cookie for $4.40.
All natural, from-scratch and very limited batches of ice cream are made on site by this sweet little Dundas West shop. Flavours change with the seasons and on whims, but have recently featured salted caramel, PB&J, and dairy-free editions like cocoa nib cashew ice cream. A single scoop sells for $3.45, a double goes for $4.90, and then there's every imaginable upgrade, from ice cream sandwiches to affogatos.
The features in the freezer case are constantly in flux at this locally famous ice cream purveyor with locations in the Distillery and the Annex. Order hand-packed pints to go or by the scoop in cups, cones, sundaes, floats, and milkshakes. Recently featured flavours include sweet cream, spicy mango, and roasted marshmallow. Single scoops sell for $3.81, doubles go for $5.
Already gaining acclaim at three Toronto locations and counting, this confection shop makes its ice cream from scratch in a range of unique flavours including maple bacon, cinnamon crunch, and even a healthy variety of vegan flavours. Single scoops sell for $4, while a double is $6, and a triple is $7. Better still, try a decadent chocolate-dipped ice cream bar ($5).
This roadside attraction on the Queensway is only open during peak summer season. The retro burger shack is famous for ultra thick malt milkshakes and classic cones crowned with chocolate and vanilla soft serve swirls. Order at the walk-up window then slide into a picnic table to enjoy.
This sweet spot in Yorkville scoops out over two dozen ice cream varieties, plus froyos, sorbets and soft serve. Signature flavours include the espresso fudge mud pie, white chocolate, and something called the Toronto pothole featuring almonds, marshmallows, peanuts and chocolate chunks.
The sweet scent of waffle cones wafts out onto the street and draws patrons inside this retro ice cream parlour in the heart of Little Italy. The menu offers a little something for everyone, no matter if you're craving a strawberry shake, pralines and cream cone, or a triple scoop sundae.
Get your rocky road fix at this creamery on the Danforth where cones and cups are packed to the max - even the kiddy cone is enormous. The ice cream factory does brisk business in scoops throughout the summer months, while in the off-season, this place is the go-to for take home tubs.
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