The Scoop on Toronto’s Coolest Ice Cream Parlours




In Toronto, going out for ice cream is a favourite thing to do in the Summer. And we're not talking about a naked scoop on a sugar cone with sprinkles. On our quest for the best warm weather desserts in the city, we rounded up the coolest and ultimately, the best ice cream shops for kids in Toronto — perfect for an afternoon of melty decadence on your way to or from the city's best family attractions.

Here are 5 of the best ice cream parlours in the city...


Ed's Real Scoop

Ed’s Real Scoop
Various Locations in Toronto
Ed’s Real Scoop has 3 locations in Toronto: 2 on Queen Street and 1 on Roncesvalles in Toronto’s west end. The shop uses the highest quality, natural ingredients to make all their artisanal ice creams, gelati, frozen yogurts, and other treats, earning it the reputation of the city’s favourite and best ice cream. The store also features a huge array of baked goods and sweets.
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Tom's Dairy Freeze

Tom's Dairy Freeze
630 The Queensway, Toronto
Tom's Diary Freeze has been serving its specialy: authentic soft serve ice cream, old fashioned sundaes, milkshakes, and banana splits since 1969! Tom’s, a staple in the Etobicoke community, has that late-night drive-in appeal with parking spots all around, and picnic tables with blue umbrellas. The menu also features heartier fare like burgers, hot dogs, and fries, which you can top with a milkshake in one of countless available flavours.
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The Big Chill

The Big Chill
566 College Street, Toronto
The Big Chill is a quaint, old-fashioned retro ice cream parlour with a colourful design, checkered floors, and marble counters. With over 30 flavours of ice cream to choose from, and over 20 fixins, there are hundreds of possible creations. The extensive 'sweet' menu features crepes, sundaes, ice cream sandwich cookies, Belgian waffles, milkshakes, banana splits, and much more!
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Greg's Ice Cream

Greg's Ice Cream
750 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Toronto's favourite ice cream parlour attracts long lines in the Summer. For more than 30 years, the store uses local, natural ingredients in their ice cream and has been a crowd favourite ever since. The handmade ice cream offers traditional and speciality flavours, like roasted marshmallow, grape nut, and coffee toffee.
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Summer's Sweet Memories

Summer's Sweet Memories
101 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
For over 30 years, Summer's has been proudly serving Toronto with the best homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbets, and waffle cones in Yorkville. All of their ice creams are made in-store daily, using the finest quality ingredients. Fresh cream and yogurt is delivered regularly from a local dairy, cocoa is imported from Holland, and the shop sources natural fruit purees, nuts, and candies. When possible, they support local farmers for seasonal ingredients. You can find their ice cream products in some select Loblaws stores.
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