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The Best Milkshakes in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / July 5, 2011

Milkshakes TorontoThe best milkshakes in Toronto make you stop and linger over that first taste. While, yes, the pause could be explained as lightheadedness due to attempts to force a super-thick shake through a straw, I like to think of it as a sort of pleasure coma; momentary paralysis due to dairy delight. Nothing satiates a sugar craving quite like this creamy elixir, especially when it has been blended to the right consistency and texture.

And while there is a place for the passion fruit berry banana milkshake on the roster of Toronto offerings, I think the real measure of a milkshake purveyor is how it serves its chocolate. To win my approval, it must be incredibly rich, impossibly creamy, yet true to the old-fashioned chocolate shake feel. The places that have made it on this list seem to have achieved that fairly well.

These are the best milkshakes in Toronto.

Ed's Real Scoop

Ed's Real Scoop

The key to a fantastic milkshake is to start with fantastic ice cream. For that, Torontonians (especially east-enders) know that Ed's is the place to go. The staff at Ed's will make you a milkshake out of any of its ice creams or sorbets (I suggest the coffee toffee), for $4.25 or $5.31 depending on size. Ed's also offers a new Maple Bacon ice cream. Any takers on the milkshake? More »

Tom's Dairy Freeze

Tom's Dairy Freeze

Tom's Dairy Freeze just has that perfect vibe to really enjoy an old-fashioned milkshake. The flavours, though, stray from just the traditional, and include Rum Butter, Lemon/Lime, Mint, and Orange. Available in regular, thick, and malt, Tom's milkshakes come in three sizes and start at $3.25. More »

Dutch Dreams

Dutch Dreams

For those who like their milkshakes with a side of whimsy. And if drinking a milkshake makes you feel like a kid, drinking one in Dutch Dreams will make you feel, uh, even more like a kid. Dutch Dreams offers milkshakes using any flavour of its homemade ice creams, and each shake is $5.93 including tax. More »

The Lakeview

The Lakeview

The Lakeview's shakes are straight-up classics, available in chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry. These classics, however, can be spiked (for an extra charge) and blended with extras such as bananas, peanut butter, or mixed berries. The latest "kick" added to the roster? Pie. Yes, they will actually blend pie into your milkshake. Shakes start at $5.65. More »

The Big Chill

The Big Chill

The Big Chill is great for a late-night shake. That is, as long as you don't mind waiting in a pretty fair-sized line, depending on the night. The Big Chill makes its milkshakes using its homemade ice cream, in flavours such as Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter (I'm drooling..), Dutch Apple Pie, and Blood Orange Sorbet. $6.65 With tax. More »

Dangerous Dan's

Dangerous Dan's

Ah, good ol' Double D. There's nothing that pairs with a 24oz burger quite like a strawberry shake, right? Dangerous Dan's shakes are simply delicious, creamy and surprisingly addictive. They're available in flavours such as chocolate, vanilla, banana, coffee, or Elvis, its famed chocolate/peanut butter combination. More »

Big Smoke Burger

Big Smoke Burger

Is it the milkshake itself or the burger/milkshake pairing that tastes so damn good? In any case, it's hard to order up a burger a Big Smoke (formerly Craft Burger) without also opting for one of its classic shakes. Nothing extraordinary here, just chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry available for $3.95 each. More »

W Burger Bar

W Burger Bar

W Burger Bar offers both regular and spiked milkshakes, the latter of which comes in irresistible varieties such as Chocolate Silk made with Kahlua, Cherry Brandy, and White Crème de Cacao. The regular milkshakes are available in chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry, and the secret is - Chapman's ice cream? Apparently so. Shakes are $4.99 for regular and $9.99 for spiked. More »

Bombay Chowpatty

Bombay Chowpatty

The go to place in Little India for something frosty, Bombay Chowpatty is best known for their Royal Falooda and lassis but they also make fresh to order Mango shakes ($3.49), a blended combination of vanilla ice cream and alphonso mango topped with ground dry pistachios and sucked through a thick straw. More »

Discussion

35 Comments

Dave / July 5, 2011 at 10:12 am
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wait, you're telling me the second best is in Etobicoke? Did BlogTO buy a car? How exciting!
Johnny Tronno / July 5, 2011 at 10:18 am
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Wow, a 'Best Of' list that's not from 2008. Awesome!
Hatts / July 5, 2011 at 10:33 am
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Sarcastic snarkiness. Exclamation!
Gabe / July 5, 2011 at 11:54 am
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Hey, I'm Al Pacino!
Poot / July 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm
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Comments complaining about anything at all that isn't in the direct downtown core. "When did this become Blog(Markham/Scarborough/Etobicoke/North York/Mississauga)?"

Creative sentiment, original thought!
Daniel Day Lewis / July 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm
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I drink your milkshake. I drink it up!
Hannah / July 5, 2011 at 01:15 pm
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I've been doing some summer milkshake tasting so I'll be checking out these shops. Though I love Dutch Dreams and the huge size of their milkshakes, when I went the proportions were off and it was a bit too milky, still good though. South St. Burger has some really good milkshakes as well, only problem is it's too damn small.
Jesse Ewles / July 5, 2011 at 02:22 pm
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Craft Burger's milk shakes are also awesome.
Patricia / July 5, 2011 at 02:58 pm
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I work around the corner from W Burger Bar, so when I saw this list this morning I decided to have an afternoon treat. My chocolate milkshake was thick and delicious. I highly recommend it.
Jeremy Wilson / July 5, 2011 at 03:01 pm
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Tom's Dairy Freeze? Really?

I was just there this past weekend with my girlfriend as we were in the area and I'd heard of it's excellent reputation. She ordered Cookie Dough and Mint Chocolate Chip in a bowl, and I tried an Orange and Chocolate shake.

The shake tasted like orange-scented floor cleaner and was undrinkable. It was also made with soft serve. Her ice cream was the cheap crap filled with stabilizer gums and air, and tasted like it.

I get that it's "vintage" and all that but it was sub-Dairy Queen quality. Truly the *worst* I've ever had, so seeing it as second on this list is really surprising.
Niklas replying to a comment from Jesse Ewles / July 5, 2011 at 03:20 pm
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They are listed as Big Smoke Burger.. same place, new name
irishboy33 / July 5, 2011 at 03:21 pm
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Green Eggplant on Queen East in the Beach. Can't be beat.
realtalk / July 5, 2011 at 04:50 pm
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Green Eggplant indeed has some crazy milkshakes.
Sam Smith / July 5, 2011 at 07:25 pm
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Sorry but you should take Dangerous Dan's off the list. I tried the milkshake there today due to your article and it sucked. McDonald's has even better than what they serve there.
Steph / July 5, 2011 at 09:17 pm
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Yuck, I had a milkshake at Lakeview once. It tasted like chalk.
hellebelle / July 5, 2011 at 09:20 pm
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you failed to mention that lakeview's milkshake comes in the standard milkshake glass, accompanied by a metal cup that contains the "overflow", which contains a volume of milkshake almost equivalent to that in the glass!
Ryan Henson Creighton / July 5, 2011 at 09:20 pm
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Burger Brats in the club district on Adelaide has some crazy-delicious milkshakes (along with everything else in the joint). Try the triple chocolate. Wow!
katie / July 5, 2011 at 09:53 pm
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Stampede Burger's boozy rum shake. Mmmmm....
ginnee / July 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm
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Seconding the vote for South St Burger. Love the chocolate shakes there.
Bernard / July 6, 2011 at 12:08 am
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How can you not include ShakeOlait... a new milkshake/smoothie store on Yonge and Gerrard. Its amazing, you can customise your own milkshake by choosing your ice cream and whatever ingredient you want in it. I went there at the weekend and had a butter pecan and ferrero roche shake. yum!!!
Bernard / July 6, 2011 at 12:10 am
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also i would love it if BlogTO would stop recommending the same places in every category! Why can't we be recommended new up and coming places to dine!
Brad / July 6, 2011 at 01:44 am
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Everyone complains about every list posted, but forgets that we the readers are the ones who vote for the best
Ryan L. replying to a comment from Bernard / July 7, 2011 at 06:45 pm
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Yeah! I demand to see different places in the best ice cream and best ice cream milkshake categories! The two are like totally diffrent
Paul / July 9, 2011 at 12:52 am
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My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard,
And they're like, It's better than yours,
Damn right it's better than yours,
I can teach you, But I have to charge
web tasarım seo / July 11, 2011 at 08:54 am
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awesome review, I am hungry right know...
Adrian replying to a comment from Paul / July 25, 2011 at 08:43 pm
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"My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard,
And they're like, It's better than yours,
Damn right it's better than yours,
I can teach you, But I have to charge"

That's what I said.
Cameron / September 29, 2011 at 03:29 pm
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PAPAYA HUT MILKSHAKE IS THE BEST
Hassan replying to a comment from Dave / February 20, 2012 at 01:47 am
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It's called BlogTo...and last time I checked Etobicoke is part of Toronto. Not to forget Scarborough, North York etc.
Trying / March 22, 2012 at 03:54 pm
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More snarkiness.
Scarborough/Etobicoke/North York is Toronto!
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm
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I work around the corner from W Burger Bar, so when I saw this list this morning I decided to have an afternoon treat. My chocolate milkshake was thick and delicious. I highly recommend it.
MyanRiller / May 23, 2013 at 05:15 pm
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Snakes and Lattes has amazing milkshakes. Though I'm not sure if you want to wait the 1-4 hours it takes to get a table just for the milkshakes.
dexdon / August 23, 2013 at 02:29 pm
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burger brats by peter and adelaide has to be on this list.
Bruno replying to a comment from Bernard / December 14, 2013 at 02:11 pm
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Best milkshake is in mauritius...FERRERO ROCHER 2 STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE 3 SPECULOOS 4 PEANUT BUTTER BANANA 5 CREAM PIE COCONUT ....FROM LE JUICE BAR EBENE MAURITIUS
Gavin / January 30, 2014 at 09:00 am
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Too bad Oshawa is not in the GTA. I've had some great shakes in Savannah, NY, LA and Paris but nothing compares to Hollywood Cone in Oshawa. Strangest thing finding the best shake out there in the Shwa.
Chris replying to a comment from Bruno / March 16, 2014 at 03:56 pm
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People can argue all they like about counting Etobicoke or Scarborough as part of Toronto, but Mauritius is DEFINITELY outside of it!

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