As we know all too well, summer in Toronto ends as quickly and suddenly as it begins. This season, make the most of those extra long, hazy days and try to visit each and every one of the city’s best ice cream parlours. We’ll make it easy for you: start with the seven listed below.
DUTCH DREAMS | 36 Vaughan Road
Tucked away on a quiet street in midtown, just blocks from its original location, the newly minted Dutch Dreams still sticks out like a glittering sore thumb, its flashy pink and purple décor a clarion call to dairy fiends in need of a fix. While waiting in the unavoidable lineup, you can dream up your perfect, customized cone.
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TOM’S DAIRY FREEZE | 630 The Queensway
It’s worth the trek to Etobicoke. Tom’s Dairy Freeze, a bona fide ice cream landmark, has been serving scoops out of its singular location since 1969. Soft serve, splits and burgers, it is the perfect port of call for your summer evening.
BAKERBOTS BAKING | 205 Delaware Avenue
The granddaddy parlour that birthed those insanely good sandwiches (see Bang Bang below), Bakerbots knows how to hook in the flavour junkies. With ice cream treats available only three nights a week, those in the know arrive early, and get extras for the walk home.
BANG BANG ICE CREAM | 93 Ossington Avenue
A spinoff of Bakerbots, Bang Bang, with its industrial setting and sleek, minimalist décor, may not look like your average ice cream joint, but you’ll forget all about it once you’ve experienced one of their fantastic custom flavours (London Fog, Cinnamon Toast, Orange Cardamom) wedged between two equally fantastic cookies. A fully functioning bakery, stop by for custom cakes and bring the party home.
THE BIG CHILL | 367 Manning Avenue
A whimsical façade, and a friendly, welcoming staff, The Big Chill is the perfect family ice cream parlour. A staple in Little Italy for ages, these folks make the most of their neighbourhood reputation, offering customized kids parties and impromptu mini concerts on their generous patio. Most importantly: 30+ ice cream flavours!
ED’S REAL SCOOP | 2224 Queen Street East, 920 Queen Street East, 189 Roncesvalles Avenue
With three generously spaced locations, the legendary Ed’s Real Scoop is the go-to venue for frozen (and unfrozen) treats of all kinds. Pick up some toffee, homemade fudge, or a creamy liter tub to take home. Either way, you’re not leaving empty-handed.
THE LANDSDOWNE CONE | 659 Lansdowne Avenue
Proudly serving Bloordale since 2011, The Lansdowne Cone is your destination for hardcore dairy variety. With an extensive list of staples, plus some seriously unique finds (Heavenly Hash, Caramel Canoodle, Pomegranate Sherbet), this newly minted site, with its modest, unflashy exterior, has got you covered.
Need a yummy way to cool down this hot weekend? Try some of our refreshing sherbets like watermelon and lime! pic.twitter.com/98rdLwZ1JJ
— Lansdowne Cone (@lansdownecone) May 18, 2013