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The top 15 soft serve ice cream in Toronto

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 are my picks for the top soft serve ice cream in Toronto.

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 a flagship location on West Queen West, this ice creamery 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. 

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.

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.

Tsujiri

These matcha specialists 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.

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 gelato food truck now has a brick and mortar location near Yonge & Bloor. Beyond gelato the shop is dishing out soft serve in flavours like mango lassi, vanilla bean and four berry.

Taiyaki NYC

You no longer have to mission all the way out to New York to get a taste for these fish-shaped soft serve filled cones. The Toronto location can be discovered near Yonge & Bloor.

Beach Shack

If you're in the Harbourfront area of Toronto and are hankering for some soft serve make your way to this takeout stand serving up classic cones covered with sprinkles. 

Roselle Desserts

The Corktown spot is now serving their soft serve delights out of their back alley. You'll need to pre-order and pre-pay on Sundays via their website and pick-up your soft serve between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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.

L'Arc en Ciel

Gelato may be the star of this Little Italy shop but don't pass up a chance to take down on their soft serve sundaes. Flavours change often so every visit will bring something different.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at Tom's Dairy Freeze. With files from Tanya Mok and Jaclyn Skrobacky.


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