Cool Down At The Best Ice Cream Shops In Montréal: Part 2

Summertime in Montréal is magical. With winter days long gone and outdoor festivals filling the streets, Montréal transforms into a city that’s hard to resist. Once the warm days arrive, so do the ice cream cravings! We’ve rounded up the must-try ice cream treats in Montréal.

Dalla Rose
4609 Notre Dame West; dallarose.ca

Saint-Henri’s pastel-coloured Dalla Rose is committed to the craft of making the best handmade ice cream and cookies, and more specifically, to perfecting the ice cream sandwich. You can pair your favourite cookie and favourite ice cream to create the ultimate, customized treat. We highly recommend their maple sandwich made with chocolate cookies, fior di latte ice cream and an oozing maple centre. When corn season in Québec arrives, the Corn Ice Cream is a must try, and pairs well with the double chocolate cookie. Plus, several vegan cookie and ice cream options are always available.

Kem CoBa
60 Fairmount West and 2525 Rue Des Ormeaux; facebook.com/Kem-CoBa

It’s not summer in Montréal until you’ve lined up for ice cream at Kem CoBa. This artisanal ice cream shop is, in fact, just a simple green and pink counter where you place your order. Choosing is difficult with exotic flavours on the menu like Mango Lassi, Salted Butter and 72% Dark Chocolate + Raspberry. However, the soft serve is the real star of the show. Flavours change seasonally, and will definitely brighten up your Instagram feed. The most memorable flavours include Sour Cherry Sorbet and Raspberry Lychee Sorbet.

Havre-aux-glaces
Several locations; havreauxglaces.com

Dozens of delectable ice cream flavours vie for attention at Havre-aux-glaces. The original Jean-Talon Market location continues to inspire their fruit sorbets – they taste as if you’re biting into a fresh piece of fruit, whether it’s a mid-summer Québec strawberry or a tropical mango. Enjoy the attention to detail, right down to the rose-shaped cups. Bonus: the cups and spoons are made from corn and are entirely compostable!

Ripples Ice Cream
3880 Saint Laurent Blvd; ripplesicecream.com

Ripples has been a go-to ice cream parlour for the past 30 years, and the tiny shop comes alive once summer starts. The array of ice cream flavours can be dizzying, but the Kulfi (cardamom and nuts), Halva (sesame butter, halva chunks with chocolate marble) and Fenni Rose (rose-scented ice cream with candied fennel) are all excellent, and the Chocolate 6x was voted one of the best chocolate cones in Montréal.

San Gennaro
69 Saint Zotique East; sangennaro.ca

San Gennaro is a much-loved Little Italy café that’s always buzzing, where happy crowds enjoy great espresso or a slice of one of the best pizzas in town. Their desserts are also a hit, especially the authentic Italian gelato. One of San Gennaro’s specialties is serving the gelato in a sweet brioche bun, like a gelato sandwich. This particular way of eating gelato is enjoyed as a breakfast treat in Sicily to beat the ruthless summer heat, and works just as well in Montréal.