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20 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.

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 serve creations in your standard cup but it's getting it served up in a watermelon that is really the show stopper. 

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.

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Summer is not complete without a visit to Tom's Dairy Freeze. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

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. 

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.

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.

Sweet Jesus

One of the first shops to start Toronto’s obsession with ice cream, Sweet Jesus now has multiple locations in the city and counting. Their soft serves are the epitome of decked out: expect all sorts of crunchy, gooey, colourful things adorning your cone.

Soft Serve Ice Cream Toronto

Why have one when you can have two Sweet Jesus cones. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

La Diperie

Another 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.

Nani's Gelato

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

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. Visit their Instagram page for availabiltiy throughout spring and summer.

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Roselle has you covered for sweet treats. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

El Habanero & Churrobar

This Cuban restaurant in Scarborough brings us soft serve with chunky additions like whole chocolate chip cookies and brownies with single glazed churros stuck right in the middle. 

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.

The Dessert Kitchen

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

Soft Serve Ice Cream Toronto

The Dessert Kitchen will satisfy all your soft serve cravings. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

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.

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 flavour. Check their Instagram for their latest offering. 

Cabano's Comfort Food

The Yorkville spot has added soft serve to their menu of goodies. 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 peanut butter, vanilla, chocolate and mango-pineapple. 

Soft Serve Ice Cream Toronto

Visits to the The Fix consist of ice cream and waterfront views. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

PannTea

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

Home Baking Co.

Soft serve flavours like vanilla and London Fog are on rotation at this Bloordale Village bakery during the summer months.

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. 

Lead photo by

Cabano's. With files from Tanya Mok and Jaclyn Skrobacky.


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