Times have been tough, but ice cream is one creature comfort we can always count on. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a DQ Blizzard, satisfying a true ice cream craving calls for a cone made with a bit more care. Here are 15 places in Montreal that do ice cream justice, made in-house and with a whole lot of love.Read More
15 Standout Ice Cream Shops in Montreal
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1. Hoche Glacé
Hochelaga is home to Montreal’s first wholly vegan ice cream spot, doing entirely dairy free soft serve, scoops, sundaes, and even ice cream sandwiches for dogs — made with substitutes like coconut or rice milk.
2. Gastronomia Roberto
For a lot of Montrealers, Roberto’s is the only place for authentic Italian-style frozen desserts. The gelateria and restaurant has been around 1982. There’s a variety of pasta for sale, too.
QC H2G 1A1, Canada
This Petite-Patrie newcomer opened their doors mid-pandemic, so operations have been geared towards serving scoops safely from the outset. This year, patrons will be able to order ice cream from inside the shop, with designated spots laid out for safely distant lineups. The menu here covers the gamut, from soft serve to hard ice creams, slushes, sundaes and even a kombucha float options always on offer.
4. L'Armoire à Glaces
L’Armoire à Glaces scoops artisanal ice cream and a wide range of frozen desserts and cakes in Plaza St-Hubert, including an espresso one made with Dispatch Coffee’s excellent roasts.
5. Pizzeria Gema
Pizza aside, Gema is also a fantastic place to indulge in frozen custard. Made with milk from Laiterie Chagnon in Waterloo, Quebec, the treat comes in Belgian chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, and more. Extras like butterscotch sauce, macerated cherries, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and salted, roasted nuts are worth the splurge.
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). There’s no bad play here, whether you get adventurous (pictured: rose water and raspberry) or stick to a simple vanilla swirl. The shop’s proximity to Laurier Park makes it extra popular throughout the summer.
7. Monsieur Crémeux
It started as a popular ice cream truck but now has brick-and-mortar digs, thanks to Little Italy entrepreneurs Louis-Philippe Breton and chef Martin Juneau (Pastaga, Cul-Sec wine bar, Le Petit Coin). Get your next level soft serve, slush drinks, ice cream sandwiches, and more.
8. 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 Saint-Denis.
9. Kem Coba
The line that forms outside this seasonal Mile End gem practically snakes across the street to Wilensky’s. A wry Twitter account keeps an eye on things throughout the summer. Featured soft serve twists are far from ordinary: try caramel-pear, pandan, and coconut-strawberry, to name a few — or get scoops of the iconic salted butter flavour.
QC H2W 1E3, Canada
Dairy is typically a key ingredient in traditional ice cream, but Plateau newcomer Swirl is challenging that conception with all dairy-free soft serve. Made from a coconut milk base, seasonal flavours and Asian-inspired ingredients will also be incorporated into the flavour rotation over the course of the summer.
Soft serve is the focus at this new Plateau creamery on St-Denis. Flavours are internationally-inspired based on desserts from different regions. Beyond the vanilla and chocolate staple, the flavours change weekly, and might include New York cheesecake or tiramisu.
12. Ripples (multiple locations)
This ice cream shop on the Main has been around for over 15 years, and has added a Mile End location. Owner Richard Bernett started out making ice cream at home and fell in love with the craft, expanding his repertoire to over 30 flavours. Try the halva scoops.
13. Dalla Rose
This St-Henri spot is one of the bright younger things on the ice cream scene, from a duo who met working at hit Italian restaurant Nora Gray. The pair have a knack for developing new flavours and switching around the menu — expect anything from fleur-de-sel caramel to coconut matcha and beyond. By winter, it morphs into a ramen shop.
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14. Ca Lem
NDG’s favourite ice cream and sorbet is (most likely) the lovely Ca Lem. There’s a clear eye towards Asia in the flavours: taro, lychee, black sesame, and more. Their fruity soft serve can also compete with the reigning monarchs in that field, Kem Coba.
15. Wild Willy's
Homemade ice cream in Pointe-Claire village, steps away from Lakeshore. If you live in the West Island, you know Wild Willy’s.