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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.

Here is the best ice cream in Toronto.



Ed's Real Scoop
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Ed's Real Scoop

This Toronto institution boasts three locations that churn out a whole spectrum of frozen treats including gelati, frozen yogurt and, of course, thick creamy, all natural ice creams. The selection in the shop cycles through 100+ flavours including my fave, burnt marshmallow.

Bang Bang Ice Cream and Bakery
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Bang Bang Ice Cream and Bakery

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.


Dutch Dreams
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Dutch Dreams

The quirky ice cream shop on Vaughan Road enjoys a loyal following of those who just love the kitschy, over-the-top decor. The homemade ice cream finds itself scooped into candy coated waffle cones, blended into obscene one litre milkshakes, and crafted into overloaded sundaes.


Greg's Ice Cream
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Greg's Ice Cream

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.


Sweet Olenka's (Kensington Market)
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Sweet Olenka's (Kensington Market)

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).

Tom's Dairy Freeze
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Tom's Dairy Freeze

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.



Summer's Ice Cream
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Summer's Ice Cream

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 Big Chill
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The Big Chill

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.


Maple Leaf Dairy
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Maple Leaf Dairy

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.


Lickadee Split
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Lickadee Split

Dozens of flavours of ice cream are the main draw at this east side ice cream shop. The rotating selection features ever popular picks including Birthday Cake, S'mores, and Polar Paws, plus several non-dairy sherbets. One scoop will set you back $3.75, or double up for $5.25.


Ice Cream Junction
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Ice Cream Junction

This retro-styled joint in the Junction keeps the freezer cases stocked with 36 Kawartha Dairy flavours. Order any flavour from $3 or a double scoop from $4, and indulge with a root beer float, banana split, or ice cream-topped Belgian waffles or funnel cakes.

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns at Sweet Jesus

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