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25 soft serve ice cream you need to try in Toronto this summer

Soft serve ice cream in Toronto is like holding a handheld beacon of summer. No matter what your flavour preference, there are so many options in the city you can get everything from the basic vanilla kind to the most ridiculously decked out cones.

Here is where to get soft serve ice cream in Toronto this summer.

Tom's Dairy Freeze

This soft serve institution is as classic as it gets. Opening the windows of its takeout station every spring in Etobicoke, Tom’s has been making their minimally decorated soft serve from real cream since 1969.

iHalo Krunch

With High Park and West Queen West locations this ice cream shop has been on a nonstop roll since it first brought its black ice cream to the city. 

Milkcow

The storefront near Yonge & Eglinton is offering up tasty soft serve creations in a standard cup but the real show stopper is when they serve it in a watermelon slice.

La Diperie

A brand that keeps it simple, this ice creamery with multiple Toronto locations only has one kind of soft serve: the vanilla kind. Then follow the dips, which come in flavours like chocolate and chilli chocolate, followed by toppings like cookie crumble.

Eva's Original Chimneys

The expertly rolled chimney cones at this Annex bakery are baked on Slovenian ovens before being filled with towers of sweet fillings, icing and toppings like s’mores or brownies.

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Two is better than one at Eva's Original Chimneys. Photo by Jesse Milns.

Butter Baker

Now that it's summer, the narrow corridor of this patisserie by Dundas and Bay offers soft serve in a variety of unique flavours, poured into waffle cones baked fresh in-house. 

Tsujiri Toronto

These matcha specialists with locations in Little Tokyo and in North York on Yonge Street offer their special stone-ground green tea soft serve in a variety of combos. Grab a sundae or float to satisfy those your matcha cravings.

Roselle Desserts

The Corktown spot is goes beyond beautiful and tasty baked treats. Their Earl Grey soft serve is something that should be not missed out on this summer.

Saryo

The Tokyo transplant is serving up some truly mind-blowing desserts and beverages in their shared Konjiki Ramen restaurant space in North York. One thing you cannot pass up on is their hojicha and matcha soft serve. Get them on their own or mixed into sundaes.

Bar Ape

The walk-up ice cream stand near St. Clair West always sports a long line as soon as the temperatures heat up. However, one taste of their soft serve in flavours like fresh mint and Ontario apricot you'll realize it's worth the wait.

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Make sure you bring some money as Bar Ape is cash only. Photo by Jesse Milns.

The Dessert Kitchen

Discover this spot in Harbord Village. Here you'll find quite a large menu of sweet and savoury eats including soft serve in unique flavours like Dalonga Coffee.

Bernhardt's

The rustic French bistro on Dovercourt specializes in rotisserie chicken but that doesn't mean you shouldn't end off your meal on a sweet note. Opt for one of their epic soft serve creations that is constantly rotating in flavours.

Cabano's Comfort Food

The Yorkville location of this popular spot has added soft serve to their menu of goodies for the summer. Order it up in flavours vanilla, chocolate or twist. If you're looking for something more elevated ask about their sundaes.

The Fix Ice Cream Bar

If you're hankering for some soft serve when you're near the Harbourfront look no further than this sister project to Joe Bird. On their menu of frozen goodies you'll find soft serve in flavours like Chocolate Overdose.

Cereal Box Cafe

The spot in Chinatown takes your favourite cereals and tranforms them into epic ice cream creations. Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbels and Fruit Loops are all options.

Kitaya Takeout

You can find this Japanese takeout stand serving up desserts like hojicha and matcha soft serve ice cream sundaes inside C&C Supermarket in Don Mills. 

Nani's Gelato

The popular spot near Yonge & Bloor goes beyond gelato scoops. The shop is also dishing out soft serve in flavours like Nutella, mango lassi and pistachio.

Summer's Ice Cream

Soft serve at this Yorkville ice cream parlour comes in the form of Dole Whip. The vegan juice-based soft serve is a super refreshing option and available in flavours like pineapple and strawberry.

Fugo Desserts

The popular dessert shop in Little Tokyo is where you'll find soft serve sundaes in flavours like Oreo, Tropical Paradise and Birthday Bash.

Wvrst

You wouldn't expect a place specializing in wieners to have great ice cream but this beer hall on King West has a tight menu of homemade soft serve that's really unique.

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The perfect end to a meal at Wvrst is their ice cream. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

Booyah

It's not just hard scoops at this parlour on Vaughan Road. The space also is a home to a soft serve machine. So order up a vanilla cone and have it dipped into some Belgium chocolate. 

PannTea

Taro, matcha and milk tea sundaes are just some of the soft serve dessert options available at this Scarborough bubble tea cafe.

S'cream

While the Yorkville parlour may be known for their boozy creations they also have delectable soft serve offerings. Chocolate. vanilla, rose and matcha are just some of the rotating flavours available.

Bunner's Bake Shop in Kensington Market

Oat milk soft serve is available at the Kensington Market location of this popular vegan and gluten-free bakery.

Vilda's

The takeout spot on Dovercourt is headed by the same people behind Bernhardts and just like the sitdown restaurant this bodega-style sandwich shop is churning out epic ice cream sundaes that will not disappoint.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at Tom's Dairy Freeze


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