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The Best Ice Cream in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 1, 2015

ice cream torontoThe 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.

See also

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

Ed's Real Scoop

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. More »

Bang Bang

Bang Bang

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. More »

Scoop Shop

Scoop Shop

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. More »

Dutch Dreams

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. More »

Greg's Ice Cream

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. More »

Sweet Olenka's

Sweet Olenka's

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). More »

Tom's Dairy Freeze

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. More »

Summer's

Summer's

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. More »

Big Chill

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. More »

Maple Leaf Dairy

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. More »

Lickadee Split

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. More »

Ice Cream Junction

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. More »

Discussion

13 Comments

mike / July 1, 2015 at 02:12 pm
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Delight in the junction? Oversight. They make their own ice cream, and it is unbelievable. Have not had better.
Sasha replying to a comment from mike / July 1, 2015 at 03:30 pm
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Wasn't missed or an oversight it just didn't get enough votes to make the top 12. Don't forget to vote when BLOGTO does its best of polls if you want to see your favorite places onthese lists.
Stephanie / July 1, 2015 at 05:20 pm
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Wtf is maple leaf dairy... No, that ice cream store is called st.clair ice cream.
It is cheap and delish. A must try for sure , but you'll find it underneath the name of St.clair ice cream not maple leaf
Kayt / July 1, 2015 at 05:52 pm
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Coco Organic Chocolate & Ice Cream is THE best. Hands down. #365 Jane Street, just South of Annette. My faves... real strawberry, pear, pistachio and of course chocolate.
Nikki replying to a comment from mike / July 1, 2015 at 06:05 pm
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Shh, we don't need these plebs eating all of our strawberry rhubarb ice cream... Send them to Ice Cream Junction and let's keep the good stuff.
robert / July 1, 2015 at 08:01 pm
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Marble slab creamery on young st 337 Toronto has the best ice cream I have ever had . I coe from hot country with huge assortment of ice cream and this ice cream is really something exceptional . Most recommended .

I don't know if it' the best in Toronto since I didn't try the other places mentioned here but this ice cream is just great.
Justin / July 2, 2015 at 08:55 am
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Chocolateria's ice cream is a hidden gem on Roncesvalles. A limited number of flavours, but all AMAZING, made in house and affordable.
Ronces / July 2, 2015 at 09:38 am
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Ed's Real Scoop is great with its SUV prams but the best ice cream on Roncesvalles is from The Chocolateria. Made from the freshest ingredients, the ice cream is delicious and better than Ed's.
bill replying to a comment from mike / July 2, 2015 at 11:46 am
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couldn't agree more with delight. huge oversight. you should have to make your own ice cream to get on the list.
CV / July 2, 2015 at 04:01 pm
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I 100% agree with Kayt. Coco's on Jane has amazing home-made ice cream. It is some if the best I've had (and I eat a lot of ice cream!)
dc / July 14, 2015 at 09:37 pm
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So many places on here don't even make their own ice cream (looking at you dutch dreams and big chill) ... I agree with everyone else who mentioned you should only be on this list if you make your own.
Crackerack / July 27, 2015 at 10:22 am
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Ed's Scoop is great but often there is a huge lineup: https://flic.kr/p/wbkSwx
Marko / July 30, 2015 at 10:54 am
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Totally off topic as it wasn't here in Toronto, but I recently visited Charlottetown PEI and loved the ice cream at a place called COWS Ice Cream in the harbour area. Even the smell of the shop was amazing. I'd love to see if any of these in the top ten compare .... great list

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