It's a simple fact that summer would not be summer without ice cream. Now that the warm weather has finally arrived, it's time to indulge in as many icey treats as possible. Thankfully, Toronto has tons of ice cream and frozen yogurt shops all over that city to satisfy your cravings. From self-serve spots with all the toppings you can imagine to classic parlours that never go out of style, here are the 10 best ice cream and froyo shops in Toronto!
This ultra chic ice cream shop with a hot pink neon sign has over 25 flavours including some that are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. They also have an insane topping bar, and their freshly baked cookies make the best ice cream sandwiches. But you can't leave Booyah without trying an ice cream taco-- that's right, it's a waffle taco shell with three scoops of your choice, plus whip cream, chocolate and caramel sauce, and toppings.
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Located in the financial district, this shop specializes in kefir (pronounced keh-feer) a naturally tangy, soured milk product from eastern Europe. This creamy, frozen treat is basically like yogurt but with more healthy probiotics and protein-- so you can feel good about going for that extra scoop! They have an amazing exotic fruit selection including mangoes, dragonfruit, guava, fresh figs, and pomegranate. Not to mention, all of their cereal toppings are prepared in-house with no refined sugar or shortening!
3. Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery - 93 Ossinton Ave
Get ready to stand in line, because this stylish bakery-meets-ice cream shop is one of the most popular in the city. They're known for serving up unbelievable flavours inside their equally mouthwatering baked goods, from choux pastry cream puffs to pastel-coloured macarons. Some of their out-of-this-world flavours include burnt toffee, orange cardamom, London fog, and lychee rosewater raspberry.
4. Yogurty's - Various Locations
With 5 locations across the city, Yogurty's was one of the very first self-serve froyo chains to make it big in Toronto. And for good reason-- they've got over 150 flavours and an insane selection of toppings like Angry Bird gummies, cheesecake bites, and chocolate covered marshmallows.
5. Dutch Dreams - 36 Vaughan Rd
A few doors down from Booyah, this Toronto institution has been serving homemade scoops for the past 25 years. The walls inside this old-school parlour are covered in antiques and vintage frames, and you can't miss their bright yellow storefront! They've got a rotating selection of over 60 ice cream flavours, chocolate and candy covered waffle cones pressed daily, and 1-litre milkshakes for only $5!
6. Cosmic Treats - 207 Augusta Avenue
Cosmic Treats is a vegan restaurant offering pub style dishes along with a full ice cream parlour and candy shop in the heart of Kensington Market. They have a rotating selection of over 40 flavours of their silky smooth artisanal ice cream made from a cashew base. If you're allergic to nuts, they also offer frozen yogurt made of organic, non-GMO soy that's completely gluten and nut-free!
7. iHalo Krunch - 831 Queen St. W
Get your phones ready, because iHalo Krunch offers Toronto's first black-on-black charcoal ice cream and charcoal waffle cones. This spot is incredibly photogenic with its minimalist decor and a slew of extremely colourful, Insta-worthy soft-serve flavours.
8. Village Chill - 325B Lonsdale Road
This tiny Forest Hill Village spot is serving up some of the most creative froyo flavours around like oreo, lychee, and mangosteen. Since there's no seating inside, Village Chill is a quick, grab-and-go spot that's perfect for those last-minute cravings or when you're in a hurry.
9. Wong's Ice Cream - 617 Gerrard St E
If you're searching for something a little different that your run-of-the-mill ice cream parlour, then look no further than Wong's Ice Cream-- a one-man shop serving up mouthwatering Asian-themed icey treats. Don't be fooled by its bare bones decor because the flavours will blow your mind: black sesame and salted duck egg, wasabi honey, Vietnamese coffee, and chocolate yuzu!
10. Arctic Bites - 21 Baldwin St.
One of the first places in Toronto to offer Thai-style ice cream rolls, this product is much thinner and more refreshing than traditional ice cream. Be sure to have your phone out while they create the ice cream roles-- it's mesmerizing to watch! The yummy toppings range from cookies to marshmallows to breakfast cereal.