Did you know that National Ice Cream Day is coming up on July 21st? I know, I know, everyday is “National Something Day”, but, when you’re suffering through a major summer heat wave, why not use National Ice Cream Day as an (extra) excuse to indulge in some of the best ice cream in Toronto?
From ice cream parlours to great restaurants serving up epic ice cream-based desserts, keep reading to discover 7 local gourmet spots in Toronto to check out for the best ice cream in the city.
Death In Venice Ice Cream
If you’ve ever talked to me about ice cream, there’s a 100% chance that I have brought up my love for Death In Venice Gelato Co. I’m happy to say that since writing about ‘Where To Get The Best Ice Cream in Toronto for Hardcore Foodies‘ a few years ago, Death in Venice has greatly expanded to be more readily available throughout the city. They also moved their HQ location to Dundas and Gladstone, but during summer months you can find their pop-up inside the Pusateri’s food market at Sak’s Fifth Avenue on Queen Street, and their Gelato Cart Pop-Up at Adelaide and Victoria as well as Adelaide and University. Click HERE to check out all of their flavours, including Saffron Vanilla Ginger, Pistachio Baklava, Corn On The Cob and more.
Maple Leaf Tavern
If you’re in search of something extra special to celebrate National Ice Cream day that you can’t get on just “any other day” then scoot over to Maple Leaf Tavern on Gerrard Street East ASAP. Created especially for their Summerlicious 2019 menu, this incredible Brownie Cookie Dough Häagen-Daz Ice Cream Bar is coated in a crisp layer of dark chocolate. Sprinkled with caramel popcorn, it has the perfect amount of crunch. Don’t wait to try this confectionary creation because this bar is only available until July 21!
Bang Bang Ice Cream
A go-to ice cream destination since 2014, I think it’s safe to say that Bang Bang Ice Cream still tops everyone’s list as one of the best spots for great ice cream in Toronto. With foodie-pleasing flavour combos like Lychee Rosewater Raspberry, Genmaicha-Matcha Tiramisu, and Cinnamon Toast, I can honestly say this spot is actually worth the wait (in the very long lineup).
Originally hailing from NYC (as you may have been able to tell from the name), Taiyaki NYC is a Japanese soft serve ice cream spot that serves their ice cream in the highly Instagrammable (and pillowy soft) fish-shaped cones filled with red bean paste or custard. You can also top your ice cream with everything from chocolate drizzle to crushed Oreos and mochi. Their Toronto location can be found in Little Tokyo at Bay and Dundas.
When it’s so hot out that roaming around a nice, air-conditioned mall is the only suitable option for getting your daily steps in, reward yourself with a visit to Tora inside Yorkdale Shopping Centre for their signature Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiches. Not only are these yummy sammies only $4.50 each, but they involve vanilla ice cream and tasty yuzu jam between two vanilla biscuits.
Ed’s Real Scoop
As someone who thoroughly enjoys a great scoop of plain AF vanilla ice cream, I can totally understand if you’d prefer to head somewhere with great quality ice cream and flavour options that you can recognize from your childhood. If this is the case, then head to your nearest Ed’s Real Scoop location in Leslieville, Mimico or Roncesvalles.
Northern Maverick Brewing Co.
Thankfully, getting your hands on a delicious serving of ice cream in Toronto doesn’t always have to involve hour-long lineups. At Northern Maverick Brewing Co., not only you can build your own sundae with maple or vanilla soft serve ice cream, but you can enjoy it while sitting down at a real table too. Try it topped with a seasonal fruit compote or their signature Beer-amel.
(Story by Editor-in-Chief, Gracie Carroll)