Stay Cool with Montreal’s Best Ice Cream

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by .


Summertime calls out for ice cream and Montreal answers with a delicious variety of cool options, creative flavours, and local, all-natural ingredients. Find some of the best cold comfort in the city among our crème-de-la-crème choices…

Les Givrés (3807 St-Denis). Located in the heart of the Plateau, among clothing boutiques, hip cafes and favourite restaurants, this artisanal ice cream maker has become a Montreal staple, know for its numerous inventive flavours and elaborate ice cream desserts. Grab a mid-day cone while shopping or pick up a pint at several centrally-located stores. bilboquet montreal

Bilboquet (1311 Bernard W., 4864 Sherbrooke W., 1600 Laurier E., and at kiosks in the Old Port). One of the longest-established artisanal ice cream parlours in the city – the Bernard in the Outremont neighbourhood shop opened in 1983 and still draws long lines of sweet-toothed fans every summer – Bilboquet consistently delivers on quality and its custom-made flavours. As a bonus, pints of ice cream are also available at several speciality grocery stores around the city.


Havre-aux-Glaces (at the Jean Talon Market in Little Italy and at Atwater Market in St-Henri). Tucked between bakeries and farm-fresh produce stands, this local ice cream purveyor and dessert maker is known not only for greeting customers with a smile but for having as many ice cream flavours as fresh-fruit sorbet choices, from darkest chocolate to maple syrup (from their own trees) to refreshing pink grapefruit. Also notable: the size of a small bowl at Havre-aux-Glaces is deceptive, capable of holding three different flavours of ice cream and definitely enough to qualify as a substantial after-dinner treat.

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Maison Christian Faure (355 Place Royale). This traditional French pastry shop and school located in a quaint building in Old Montreal features four floors of flavours, including a boutique and cafe. With great attention to detail, Maison Christian Faure matches its talents for gorgeous pastries, cakes, croissants and more confections with ice cream treats that are just as divine.


Juliette & Chocolate (377 Laurier W., 3600 St-Laurent, 1615 St-Denis, 1626 Ste-Catherine W.) and Suite 88 Chocolatier (1225 De Maisonneuve W.). Chocolate lovers look no further for melt-in-your-mouth extravagance or a little something cold to accompany the handmade chocolates and pastries made by these two Montreal experts. High-quality ingredients, sourced locally and internationally, go into all their gelato, ice cream and sorbet – a perfect match to their luxury chocolates.


Les Délices de l’érable (84 St-Paul E.), Les Glaceurs (453 St-Sulpice) and Cafe-Terrasse Chez Catherine (31 de la Commune E.). Three cafes all located in Old Montreal and all with their own specialities – local maple syrup, gourmet cupcakes, and pastoral Quebecois diner fare, respectively. Each expands their scrumptious repertoire to include several flavours of refreshing, locally-made ice cream, gelato and sorbet in the summer months.


Kem Coba (60 Fairmount W.) Sunny days bring Mile End neighbours together in line outside Kem Coba, makers of perfectly simple, delectable ice cream and sorbet – try their crème fraîche and Vietnamese coffee flavours as well as two ever-varying flavours of natural soft-serve ice cream.


Engaufrez-Vous (8 Rachel E.). Specializing in waffles, this bright and friendly brunch-and-breakfast restaurant just off St-Laurent Boulevard boasts creative waffle-centric meals and a high-energy atmosphere, upping the ante in summertime with ice cream additions, including homemade waffle cones filled with ice cream, fruit and other sweet toppings.

Ripples (3880 St-Laurent). Save room for ice cream after your Schwartz’s smoked meat sandwich – located pretty much right across the street from the smokey institution, this excellent hole-in-the-wall knows how to satisfy any sweet tooth with classic flavours and more elaborate concoctions.



Point G (1266 Mont-Royal E.). Known primarily for a variety of bite-sized, colourful macaroons, this bakery and gourmet food shop entices with ice cream too, inventing new flavours every year to savour on their own or in an ice-cream sandwich of Point G’s own styling – between two macaroons, of course. 

Gastronomia Roberto (2227 Bélanger). Travel further east in Montreal to find some of the most authentic Italian gelato in the city. For over 25 years, this Italian cafe and delicatessen has been serving up to-die-for scoops of chocolate, hazelnut and all kinds of fabulous flavours in between.


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