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Far East flavours
Located in Notre-Dame-de-Grace (N.D.G) this little ice cream shop offers big flavors. As local favourite, it’s not unusual to see a lineup that stretches out the door. Asian flavours are on the menu such as pandan, coconut ash and black sesame, Vietnamese coffee and rosewater-pistashio. Their soft serve creations change weekly. Get one of everything.
This modest ice cream shop (run by the husband and wife duo Vincent Beck and Diem Ngoc Phan), sees lines that stretch the length of a city block where patrons often wait between 20 and 30 minutes to satiate their ice cream cravings. With signature soft serve flavours that change weekly like rosewater, raspberry/lychee and orange/coconut, it’s easy to see why people are willing to wait!
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Icy Italian gelato
A venture by two former employees from the popular Italian eatery Nora Gray, (Dalla Libera and Nick Rosati) come this Griffintown ice cream oasis. Using locally sourced organic dairy products and seasonal ingredients, their flavours change often. Don’t forget to try the ice cream sandwiches. Pick-up and delivery now available.
When you ask an Italian Montrealer where the best place for gelato is, chances are they’ll point you in the direction of “Roberto.” A great variety of classic flavours to choose from, as well as other pastries and desserts, there’s no wonder why this spot has been around for 37 years!
It’s not exactly gelato, but Pizzeria Gema’s walk-up take out window has people lining for their frozen custard in Little Italy. Have your cup of their deliciously decadent soft-serve topped with sour cherry, crushed bacci or have your cone dipped in dark chocolate ganache.
Ice cream isn’t all about funky flavours that tempt the palates of little ones: grown-ups deserve an icy treat too! Visit Gelaterie Pierino for its boozy wine-infused gelato. Custom ice cream cakes available too!
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This classic neighbourhood ice cream shop offers up soft-serve and hard-packed ice cream, homemade sorbets, banana splits, shakes and ice cream sandwiches. You can also skip the line by ordering online.
With seasonal hours that start from the moment the mercury rises in April until the first sign of autumn (mid-September) it’s not uncommon to see lineups at The Main’s favourite ice cream parlour. Try the halavah or blackberry chocolate chunk cheesecake ice cream!
Le Glacier Bilboquet
With multiple locations across the island of Montreal, Le Glacier Bilboquet has been a fixture in the ice cream scene for over 35 years. With a promise for only using the highest available locally sourced ingredients (milk and cream from the Saguenay, chocolate from the Montérégie, fruits from Eastern Townships) everything is made with love.
Wild Willy’s has been wrangling ice cream cravings for over 20 years. A great selection of homemade flavors including, apple pie and even a stout flavoured ice cream, try the “King Kong” bowl with five of your friends (it has 15 scoops of ice cream!), they’ve even got icy treats for our four-legged friends.
Cool off with a dip
Driven by his passion of chocolate, Chocomax’s owner John Chan pursued his chocolate making dream by studying at Callebault College in Belgium before settling in Montréal and opening Chocomax 26 years ago. Since then, he’s been tantalizing the locals uptown with his chocolate treats and signature Belgium chocolate soft serve and variety of dips.
What started as a modest shop in the Plateau has expanded to over 20 locations across the city. Soft serve with a choice of over 40 different kinds of dip like cookies and cream, salted caramel or classic milk chocolate, top your cone with funky toppings like crushed pretzels and candies, the combinations are endless.
What began as an artisanal chocolate shop in Lévis (outside of Québec City) 38 years ago has now become a chain of chocolate stores across Canada. It offers 14 varieties of decadent chocolate fondue dips, including chocolate praline, dark chocolate and dulce de leche, for the classic vanilla or strawberry soft serve.
A frozen treat oasis for vegans, this shop is one of its kind in Montréal. Offering hard packed and soft serve, this spot definitely delivers when looking for a dairy-free treat to cool off in the colourful Hochelaga-Maisonneuve area.
Cremerie Meu Meu
In addition to this plateau ice cream parlour’s menu of luscious crème anglaise based ice creams, they offer flavourful fruity sorbets and ice soy-milk options as well.
Described as a “a minimal soft-serve shop using nothing but good ingredients,” Swirl is satiating every vegan’s need for a cool treat in the summer heat with non-dairy soft serve. Seasonal flavours will be featured on the menu throughout the summer months.
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Le Blueboy: Artisan Glacier
Cones are so passé. That’s why the folks at Blueboy have hopped on board with the current trend of fried confectionary cones (churros) and have also introduced fruit bowls! Have your watermelon-basil sorbet served in half a hollowed out watermelon.
Unicone is a family run ice cream shop where sisters Yasmin and Sara Atouk look to flavors from around the globe and their passion for travel as inspiration for their ice cream menu. Think your nonna’s tiramisu from Italy or a New York cheesecake.
Glace des Arts
If you’re in the Quartier des Spectacles taking in some of the summer’s awesome festivals, stop by this spot for a refreshing soft serve. Glace des Arts features a signature flavour that changes weekly – vegan options available as well!
Check out this Hawaiian themed snack bar located right in the heart of the Village. This ultra “Instagrammable” spot features the city’s only equally photogenic taiyaki ice cream – AKA soft-serve ice cream in a fish-shaped waffle cone! Flavours change weekly.
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Artisanal ice cream
With two locations, one at the Jean-Talon Market and one at the Atwater Market, the team at Have aux Glaces changes their ice cream flavours depending on what’s in season and available in the market – they are opened all year around at the Jean-Talon Market location. 12 choices of ice cream, and 12 choices of vegan sorbet.
One of Montréal’s finest artisanal ice cream shops, Les Givrés is open year around. Everything is made in-house from their specialty ice creams and sorbets down to the cones.