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Where to Get Some of the Finest Ice Cream Montreal Has to Offer

Cool off with butterscotch-topped frozen custard, a rose water and raspberry scoop, or a sour beer ice cream float

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Be it in a cup or a sweet, buttery waffle cone, swirled or scooped, piled high with multicoloured toppings or left bare, ice cream is one of the surest ways to beat the summer heat. Thankfully, Montreal has some great spots where to overload on the cold stuff. Here are 18 ice cream destinations worth checking out.

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1. Wild Willy's

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20, ave Cartier, Pointe-Claire
QC, H9S 5L5
(514) 695-5022
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Homemade ice cream in the Pointe-Claire Village, steps away from Lakeshore. If you live in the West Island, you know Wild Willy’s.

2. Bouza

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3821 Boulevard Saint-Martin O, Laval
QC H7T 1B2, Canada
(450) 680-1332
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Chewy, stretchy booza is the specialty at this spot, worth the trip to Laval. It’s serving the Middle Eastern frozen sweet in alluring flavours like rose water, achta (a rich clotted cream) and pistachio, banana chocolate chip, and — its signature — atop a bed of shredded cotton candy.

3. Crèmerie Meetha

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787A Rue de Liège O, Montréal
QC H3N 1B1, Canada

This quick hit, family-run ice cream shop in Park-Ex scoops flavours based on traditional Indian desserts. They’ve got one option dotted with chunks of gulab jamun (small deep-fried and syrup-soaked balls of milk solids), another with roasted pistachios and pieces of Jalebi (a funnel cake-like confection), and a mango-flavoured riff on rasmalai. Pints and ice cream cakes are also available. (Meetha reopens in June.)

4. Ca Lem (multiple locations)

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6926 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H4B 1P9, Canada
(514) 500-8155
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NDG’s ice cream and sorbet of choice comes from the lovely Ca Lem, which over the years has expanded to include five locations sprawled across the city. There’s a clear eye to Asia in its flavours, with options like taro, lychee, black sesame, and more.

5. Saison des pluies

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301 Rue Guizot E, Montréal
QC H2P 1M5, Canada
(514) 384-5053

Last summer, oh-so-cool Villeray café Saison des Pluies transformed an adjoining garage space around the corner, on Henri-Julien, into a mini ice cream shop. Its soft serve twists are vegan and coconut-based — and are sure to make for a mighty fine affogato.

6. Pizzeria Gema

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6827 St-Dominique, Montreal
QC H2S 3B1, Canada
(514) 419-4448
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Pizza aside, Gema is also a fantastic place to indulge in frozen custard. The treat comes in vanilla bean or a flavour of the moment, with toppings including butterscotch sauce, Baci crumble, salted, roasted nuts, and macerated cherries — all worth the extra splurge.

7. Iconoglace

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1320 Rue Bélanger, Montréal
QC H2G 1A1, Canada
(514) 991-7391

This Petite-Patrie frozen treat destination opened its doors mid-pandemic, but managed to secure an exceptionally loyal following with ease. The menu here runs the gamut, from soft serve to hard ice creams, slushes, sundaes, and even ice cream floats made with kombucha, iced tea, and sour beer from nearby Mellön Brasserie.

8. Gastronomia Roberto

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2227 Belanger Est, Montreal
QC H2G 1C5, Canada
(514) 374-5653
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For a lot of Montrealers, Roberto is the place for authentic Italian-style frozen desserts. The gelateria and restaurant has been around since 1982. And while there, you can peruse their wide variety of pastas for sale, too.

9. L'Armoire à Glaces

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6220 St-Hubert, Montreal
QC H2S 2M2, Canada
(514) 276-0777
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L’Armoire à Glaces serves up some spectacular artisanal gelato, sorbet, and soft serve on Plaza St-Hubert, with rotating fresh flavour combinations like raspberry rose water, Medjool date and hazelnut butter, and a vegan dark chocolate and mint tea twist.

10. Kem Coba

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60 Fairmount Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2M2, Canada
(514) 419-1699
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The line that forms outside this seasonal Mile End gem practically snakes across the street to Wilensky’s. Featured soft serve twists are far from ordinary: Try caramel-pear, pandan, or coconut-strawberry, to name a few — or get scoops of the iconic salted butter flavour.

11. Dalla Rose

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4609, rue Notre Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada
(514) 846-1555
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This St-Henri hotspot is one of the brightest lights on the Montreal ice cream scene, from a duo who met working at hit Italian restaurant Nora Gray. They have a knack for developing new flavours and switching up the menu, so expect everything from peanut butter and jelly to apple crumble — made with local ingredients — and beyond. Pint delivery available across the island.

12. Bo-Bec

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1300 Laurier Est, Montreal
QC H2J 1H3, Canada
(514) 527-1396
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Bo-Bec makes soft serve, sorbets, frozen yogurt, and traditional ice cream, with a wide range of flavours on hand — although the maple is perhaps most beloved. The shop’s proximity to Laurier Park means it’s extra popular throughout the summer.

13. Meu Meu

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4458 St Denis, Montreal
QC H2J 2L1, Canada
(514) 288-5889

This Plateau crémerie makes frozen custard from a crème anglaise base with flavours including Madagascar vanilla, Chinese ginger, and cardamom, as well as soy milk-based ice cream, and fruit sorbets. The little bench out front is the perfect spot to enjoy a cone or cup and people-watch on St-Denis.

14. Swirl

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230 Rachel St E, Montreal
QC H2W 1E3, Canada

Dairy is typically a key ingredient in most ice cream, but Plateau shop Swirl is challenging the norms with its dairy-free soft serve. Made from an organic coconut milk base, seasonal flavours and Asian-inspired ingredients get incorporated into the flavour rotation over the course of the summer.

15. Ripples

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3971 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y4, Canada
(514) 842-1697
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Ripples owner Richard Bernett started making ice cream at home and fell in love with the craft, expanding his repertoire to more than 30 flavours. He’s been temporarily displaced across the street from his original Main location, and since 2019, also runs a second outpost, on Jeanne-Mance.

16. Unicone

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3873 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada
(438) 346-4854
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Soft serve is the focus at this Plateau parlour. Beyond the vanilla and chocolate staples, flavours are inspired by desserts from around the globe and have in the past have included everything from New York cheesecake to prekmurska gibanica (a layered Slovenian pastry).

17. Sachère Desserts

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1274 Boul. de Maisonneuve E, Montréal
QC H2L 2A3, Canada
(514) 357-8390
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This Village pastry shop regularly wows with seasonal tarts and layered cakes, and come summer dispenses some consistently delicious vegan soft serve twists. Flavours change weekly, but have included the likes of hibiscus flower and oat milk with vanilla bean; and mandarin, passion fruit, and matcha with candied kumquat. 

18. Hoche Glacé

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2225 Avenue Bennett, Montréal
QC H1V 2T4, Canada
(514) 303-6040
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Nestled behind the Maisonneuve Market, this sought-after Hochelaga spot excels at vegan ice cream — be it soft serve, scoops, or sundaes. Dairy-based options are also available, and they even make ice cream sandwiches for dogs, ensuring there really is something for everyone.

1. Wild Willy's

20, ave Cartier, Pointe-Claire, QC, H9S 5L5

Homemade ice cream in the Pointe-Claire Village, steps away from Lakeshore. If you live in the West Island, you know Wild Willy’s.

20, ave Cartier, Pointe-Claire
QC, H9S 5L5

2. Bouza

3821 Boulevard Saint-Martin O, Laval, QC H7T 1B2, Canada

Chewy, stretchy booza is the specialty at this spot, worth the trip to Laval. It’s serving the Middle Eastern frozen sweet in alluring flavours like rose water, achta (a rich clotted cream) and pistachio, banana chocolate chip, and — its signature — atop a bed of shredded cotton candy.

3821 Boulevard Saint-Martin O, Laval
QC H7T 1B2, Canada

3. Crèmerie Meetha

787A Rue de Liège O, Montréal, QC H3N 1B1, Canada

This quick hit, family-run ice cream shop in Park-Ex scoops flavours based on traditional Indian desserts. They’ve got one option dotted with chunks of gulab jamun (small deep-fried and syrup-soaked balls of milk solids), another with roasted pistachios and pieces of Jalebi (a funnel cake-like confection), and a mango-flavoured riff on rasmalai. Pints and ice cream cakes are also available. (Meetha reopens in June.)

787A Rue de Liège O, Montréal
QC H3N 1B1, Canada

4. Ca Lem (multiple locations)

6926 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H4B 1P9, Canada

NDG’s ice cream and sorbet of choice comes from the lovely Ca Lem, which over the years has expanded to include five locations sprawled across the city. There’s a clear eye to Asia in its flavours, with options like taro, lychee, black sesame, and more.

6926 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H4B 1P9, Canada

5. Saison des pluies

301 Rue Guizot E, Montréal, QC H2P 1M5, Canada

Last summer, oh-so-cool Villeray café Saison des Pluies transformed an adjoining garage space around the corner, on Henri-Julien, into a mini ice cream shop. Its soft serve twists are vegan and coconut-based — and are sure to make for a mighty fine affogato.

301 Rue Guizot E, Montréal
QC H2P 1M5, Canada

6. Pizzeria Gema

6827 St-Dominique, Montreal, QC H2S 3B1, Canada

Pizza aside, Gema is also a fantastic place to indulge in frozen custard. The treat comes in vanilla bean or a flavour of the moment, with toppings including butterscotch sauce, Baci crumble, salted, roasted nuts, and macerated cherries — all worth the extra splurge.

6827 St-Dominique, Montreal
QC H2S 3B1, Canada

7. Iconoglace

1320 Rue Bélanger, Montréal, QC H2G 1A1, Canada

This Petite-Patrie frozen treat destination opened its doors mid-pandemic, but managed to secure an exceptionally loyal following with ease. The menu here runs the gamut, from soft serve to hard ice creams, slushes, sundaes, and even ice cream floats made with kombucha, iced tea, and sour beer from nearby Mellön Brasserie.

1320 Rue Bélanger, Montréal
QC H2G 1A1, Canada

8. Gastronomia Roberto

2227 Belanger Est, Montreal, QC H2G 1C5, Canada

For a lot of Montrealers, Roberto is the place for authentic Italian-style frozen desserts. The gelateria and restaurant has been around since 1982. And while there, you can peruse their wide variety of pastas for sale, too.

2227 Belanger Est, Montreal
QC H2G 1C5, Canada

9. L'Armoire à Glaces

6220 St-Hubert, Montreal, QC H2S 2M2, Canada

L’Armoire à Glaces serves up some spectacular artisanal gelato, sorbet, and soft serve on Plaza St-Hubert, with rotating fresh flavour combinations like raspberry rose water, Medjool date and hazelnut butter, and a vegan dark chocolate and mint tea twist.

6220 St-Hubert, Montreal
QC H2S 2M2, Canada

10. Kem Coba

60 Fairmount Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2M2, Canada

The line that forms outside this seasonal Mile End gem practically snakes across the street to Wilensky’s. Featured soft serve twists are far from ordinary: Try caramel-pear, pandan, or coconut-strawberry, to name a few — or get scoops of the iconic salted butter flavour.

60 Fairmount Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2M2, Canada

11. Dalla Rose

4609, rue Notre Dame Ouest, Montreal, QC H4C 1S5, Canada

This St-Henri hotspot is one of the brightest lights on the Montreal ice cream scene, from a duo who met working at hit Italian restaurant Nora Gray. They have a knack for developing new flavours and switching up the menu, so expect everything from peanut butter and jelly to apple crumble — made with local ingredients — and beyond. Pint delivery available across the island.

4609, rue Notre Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada

12. Bo-Bec

1300 Laurier Est, Montreal, QC H2J 1H3, Canada

Bo-Bec makes soft serve, sorbets, frozen yogurt, and traditional ice cream, with a wide range of flavours on hand — although the maple is perhaps most beloved. The shop’s proximity to Laurier Park means it’s extra popular throughout the summer.

1300 Laurier Est, Montreal
QC H2J 1H3, Canada

13. Meu Meu

4458 St Denis, Montreal, QC H2J 2L1, Canada

This Plateau crémerie makes frozen custard from a crème anglaise base with flavours including Madagascar vanilla, Chinese ginger, and cardamom, as well as soy milk-based ice cream, and fruit sorbets. The little bench out front is the perfect spot to enjoy a cone or cup and people-watch on St-Denis.

4458 St Denis, Montreal
QC H2J 2L1, Canada

14. Swirl

230 Rachel St E, Montreal, QC H2W 1E3, Canada

Dairy is typically a key ingredient in most ice cream, but Plateau shop Swirl is challenging the norms with its dairy-free soft serve. Made from an organic coconut milk base, seasonal flavours and Asian-inspired ingredients get incorporated into the flavour rotation over the course of the summer.

230 Rachel St E, Montreal
QC H2W 1E3, Canada

15. Ripples

3971 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4, Canada

Ripples owner Richard Bernett started making ice cream at home and fell in love with the craft, expanding his repertoire to more than 30 flavours. He’s been temporarily displaced across the street from his original Main location, and since 2019, also runs a second outpost, on Jeanne-Mance.

3971 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y4, Canada

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16. Unicone

3873 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4, Canada

Soft serve is the focus at this Plateau parlour. Beyond the vanilla and chocolate staples, flavours are inspired by desserts from around the globe and have in the past have included everything from New York cheesecake to prekmurska gibanica (a layered Slovenian pastry).

3873 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada

17. Sachère Desserts

1274 Boul. de Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC H2L 2A3, Canada

This Village pastry shop regularly wows with seasonal tarts and layered cakes, and come summer dispenses some consistently delicious vegan soft serve twists. Flavours change weekly, but have included the likes of hibiscus flower and oat milk with vanilla bean; and mandarin, passion fruit, and matcha with candied kumquat. 

1274 Boul. de Maisonneuve E, Montréal
QC H2L 2A3, Canada

18. Hoche Glacé

2225 Avenue Bennett, Montréal, QC H1V 2T4, Canada

Nestled behind the Maisonneuve Market, this sought-after Hochelaga spot excels at vegan ice cream — be it soft serve, scoops, or sundaes. Dairy-based options are also available, and they even make ice cream sandwiches for dogs, ensuring there really is something for everyone.

2225 Avenue Bennett, Montréal
QC H1V 2T4, Canada

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