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.Read More
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
1. Wild Willy's
Homemade ice cream in the Pointe-Claire Village, steps away from Lakeshore. If you live in the West Island, you know Wild Willy’s.
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
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)
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
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.
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6. Pizzeria Gema
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.
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.
8. Gastronomia Roberto
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
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
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
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.