Top 10 best ice cream spots in Toronto

Kaela Johnson | Life

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cool off these last few weeks with some tasty ice creams!

Most of the spots on this list are kosher, and offer vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free alternatives.

This list is in no specific order.

Dutch Dreams

Dutch Dreams is known for their over-the-top ice cream cones, milkshakes, and sundaes. They also use a secret recipe that has been passed down for several generations.

The Dutch-inspired shop’s flavours include New York Cheesecake, Pina Colada, Heavenly Hash, and many more. Get your cone dipped in chocolate topped with sprinkles, M&Ms, or Oreo pieces. Toppings include fresh fruit or cotton candy, which is the most popular topping.

Aside from ice cream, they also serve Baked Alaska, waffle ice cream sandwiches, pancakes and more bakery items.

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Waffle ice cream sandwich

Kosher: Yes
Vegan/Dairy-free: Yes – Serves sherberts/sorbets
Nut-free: N/A
Gluten-free: N/A
Location: 36 Vaughan Road, Toronto, Ont.
More information: Dutch Dreams

All images from Dutch Dreams Instagram.

Bang Bang

Bang Bang is known for their unique flavours and Big Bang cone, which is a bubble style waffle cone.


Fun flavours include Burnt Toffee, London Fog, Thank You Very Matcha, and more.


They also serve a wide variety of cookies, some of which are vegan and gluten-free, and a puff ice cream sandwich; choux pastry covered in brown sugar Craquelin stuffed with ice cream.

Kosher: No
Vegan/Dairy-free: Yes – Average of four flavours that are coconut milk and water based
Nut-free: Most ice creams are nut free, but items may come into contact with nuts
Not 100%, items may come into contact with gluten
 93A Ossington Ave, Toronto, Ont.
More information: Bang Bang Ice Cream


All images from Bang Bang Facebook.

Tom’s Dairy Freeze

Tom’s Dairy Freeze is best known for their old-fashioned, delicious and authentic soft serve.

Grab a delicious Vanilla, Chocolate, or flavour burst ice cream in a regular or dipped cone. Or try an extra thick Butterscotch milkshake, Spiced Apple sundae, or a frozen yogurt!

Still hungry? Tom’s also serves grilled items such as burgers, fries, chicken nuggets and poutine at the shop.

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Kosher: Yes
Vegan/Dairy-free: Yes, only Lemon sorbet
Nut-free: Not 100%, items may come into contact with nuts but soft serve is the closest to nut-free
Gluten-free: Not 100%, items may come into contact with gluten
Location: 630 The Queensway, Etobicoke, Ont.
More information: Tom’s Dairy Freeze

All images from Tom’s Dairy Freeze Instagram.

Arctic Bites

Arctic Bites is known for their non-traditional ice cream: Thai-inspired ice cream rolls.

The fairly new shop serves hand-crafted ice cream rolls called “Polarolls”, using cold plates to roll the ice cream.

Flavours include Peanut Butter Nutella ice cream: crushed peanuts, chocolate sticks and drizzle, and topped with whipped cream, and Taro Coconut ice cream: lychee jelly, waffle cookie, condensed milk drizzle, and topped with whipped cream.

Kosher: No
Vegan/Dairy-free: No
Nut-free: Not 100%, items may come into contact with nuts
Location: 21 Baldwin Street, Toronto, Ont.
More information: Arctic Bites

All images from Arctic Bites Instagram.

Sweet Jesus

Sweet Jesus is known for their topping filled ice cream cones.

Grab a Birthday Cake cone: Vanilla soft serve, cream cheese icing, birthday cake bits, rainbow sprinkles and a candle or Krusty the Cone: Vanilla soft serve, cotton candy, cotton candy sauce, rainbow sprinkles.

The shop has many locations such as the Eaton Centre, Vaughan Mills, a shop in Ottawa and Muskoka, and also serves drinks such as milkshakes and hot chocolates.

Kosher: No
Vegan:/Dairy-free: Yes – Substitute Coconut milk ice cream or Strawberry puree ice cream
Nut-free: Not 100%, items may come into contact with nuts
Not 100%, items may come into contact with gluten
Several across Canada
More information: Sweet Jesus

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All images from Sweet Jesus Instagram.

Hollywood Cone

Hollywood Cone is known for their over-the-top sundaes and milkshakes.

The movie-themed restaurant serves classic flavours and you can choose from toppings such as Kinder Surprise, Red Velvet pieces, Cheesecake pieces, Belgian chocolate dip and more.

Feeling for a shake instead? Talk Nerdy To Me is a strawberry pop rock shake with pop rocks, cotton candy, sour belts and a huge lollipop. The Funnel Cake Shake is a strawberry shake with a full funnel cake powdered sugar, ice cream, strawberries and strawberry sauce.

They also offer donut ice cream sandwiches.

Kosher: Yes, uses kosher ingredients but not kosher-certified by a Rabbi
Vegan/Dairy-free: No
Nut-free: Not 100%, items may come into contact with nuts
Not 100%, items may come into contact with gluten
1167 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ont.
More information: Hollywood Cone 

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All images from Hollywood Cone Instagram.

Ed’s Real Scoop

Ed’s Real Scoop makes over 100 flavours of ice cream, gelato, sorbet and frozen yogurt.

Enjoy a Raspberry White Chocolate ice cream or a Belgian chocolate gelato at any one of their four locations in Ontario.

Craving some chocolate with that ice cream? Grab some Callebaut Belgian chocolate truffles, chocolate dipped Oreos, fudge or Ed’s Famous Giant Tortoises: fresh caramel with pecans dipped in chocolate.

Kosher: N/A
Vegan/Dairy-free: Yes. Serves sorbets
Nut-free: Not 100%, items may come into contact with nuts
Several locations
More information: Ed’s Real Scoop

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All images from Ed’s Real Scoop Instagram.

La Diperie

La Diperie is known for their various Belgian chocolate dipped ice creams.

There are over 40 dips including activated charcoal, chilli chocolate, lavender, and regular milk, white and dark chocolates.

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Flavours include Cally’s Key Lime Pie: lime-flavoured white chocolate with cookie crumble or The Après Match: dark chocolate dip with pretzels and caramel drizzle.

La Diperie also serves an ice cream cookie sandwich: ice cream is dipped in chocolate and covered in your choice of topping. They also offer vegan ice creams, chocolate dip and cookie dough.

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Kosher: N/A
Vegan/Dairy-free: Yes
Nut-free: N/A
Location: 372 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ont.
Several locations in Montreal, QC.
More information: La Diperie

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All images from La Diperie Instagram.


Nanashake is dedicated to serving the best vegan desserts made with all natural ingredients.

Flavours include Rosey Pistachio, Mango Madness, and Strawberry Funshine.

They also offer cakes, bowls, popsicles and Nanashakes that are so healthy you can drink them for breakfast!

Kosher: N/A
Vegan/Dairy-free: Yes, everything is vegan!
Nut-free: Not 100%, items may come into contact with nuts
4750 Yonge Street, unit 134, Toronto, Ont.
More information: Nanashake

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All images from Nanashake Instagram.

Sweet Olenka’s

Sweet Olenka’s is known for their unique ice cream flavours and bars.

Flavours include Cherry Coke, Red Velvet and Chai Spice Tea. Cookie ice cream sandwiches are available and are dipped in chocolate.

Ice cream bar flavours include Red Velvet, Salted Caramel and Raspberry.

Vegan ice cream options include Coconut, Black Sesame, Matcha Green Tea and many more.

Aside from ice cream, the shop also makes hand-crafted chocolate such as Salted Caramel and Hibiscus Rose.

Kosher: No
Vegan/Dairy-free: Yes
Nut-free: Not 100%, items may come into contact with nuts
Several across Ontario
More information: Sweet Olenka’s

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All images from Sweet Olenka’s Instagram.

Featured image collage photo 1: Dutch Dreams Instagram, photo 2: Hollywood Cone Instagram, photo 3:  Arctic Bites Instagram, photo 4: La Diperie Instagram.

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