Sweater weather has finally left us alone and that can only mean one thing — ice cream weather has arrived! With our Milli Muses in mind, we have rounded up the best places to cool off at with a tasty treat in both Toronto and Hamilton. Sure McFlurries are good, but have you ever had Cap’n Crunch Gelato?!

 

TORONTO

 

Tom’s Dairy Freeze

Serving authentic soft serve ice cream (and many other family favourites) since 1969, Tom’s Dairy Freeze is not just a stop along the way — it is a destination! Located on the Queensway and open 7 days a week, Tom’s Dairy never disappoints. If it’s a good old fashioned banana split that you are craving or just a simple cone, Tom’s has it all! And the best part? — Toms has plenty of picnic tables to allow you to enjoy your treats under the sun!

 

Sweet Jesus

Looking for the ice cream cone to end all ice cream cones? Look no further! Known for their abundance of toppings on the outside and soft serve on the inside, you can’t go wrong at Sweet Jesus! With soft serve ice cream covered in everything from cotton candy to birthday cake (with a candle on top), Sweet Jesus has a topping for everyone. And don’t forget to try their shakes, frappes, and hot chocolates — the options are endless… and delicious!

 

Bang Bang Ice Cream

Their unique flavours are what set Bang Bang Ice Cream apart from the rest! With everything from London Fog to Cinnamon Toast, let your taste buds run wild. For even more excitement, try your ice cream on a Bang Bang cone — the shop’s take on the Hong Kong Waffle cone! Waffles and ice cream… what’s not to love?

 

Eva’s Original Chimneys

Most known for their popular food trucks, Eva’s Original Chimneys began in 2015 and has experienced continued success ever since. Chimney Cones are bread-like freshly baked Hungarian pastries made into ice cream cones! Crunchy on the outside with a fluffy dough on the inside, these mouth watering treats are even available for vegan diets! With cone flavours like Golden Glaze, Cinnamon Sugar, coconut and more, it is hard to pick just one. Add layers, drizzles, toppers or spreads to your order and watch as the ice cream cone of your dreams comes to life!

 

Brett’s Ice Cream

Brett’s Ice Cream has a great spread of 30 flavours to choose from and a new feature flavour every week! With options like gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free, this ice cream shop takes pride in handcrafting each and every one of their flavours. They even give their customers the option to order their scoops on a hand rolled Konery cone, all the way from Brooklyn! With cone flavours ranging from Avocado Lime to Melon Prosecco and everything in between, this is the ultimate ice cream experience!

 

HAMILTON 

 

The Purple Pony

Located just outside of Hamilton in Ancaster, The Purple Pony is the place to bring your kids! With over 30 flavours of ice cream as well as dairy and gluten free options, this ice cream shop is too cute to miss. With a patio made up of toy purple ponies to sit on (or play on)…The Purple Pony is sure to bring out your inner child! Oh, and did we mention they serve Kawartha Dairy?!

 

Henry Brown’s Small Batch Ice Cream

Proudly made using nothing but organic, natural and local ingredients, Henry Brown’s Small Batch Ice Cream has been serving their fresh and seasonal flavours since 1837! Located in the Hamilton Farmer’s Market, Henry Brown’s offers unique flavours including Toasted Pistachio, Marshmallow Fruit Loops, Black Sesame and many others that often seem too good to be true!

 

Paradise Smoothies and Ice Cream 

Stop by Hamilton’s Paradise Smoothies and Ice Cream for some of the city’s coolest desserts (literally)! Not only can you get a great scoop of ice cream from Paradise, but also available are ice-cream waffle sandwiches, ice cream donut sandwiches, and ice cream cookie sandwiches! If you are in the mood for something different, this popular Hamilton destination also offers milkshakes, banana splits and more.

Panini & Ice Cream 

Don’t be fooled by the name, Panini & Ice Cream is so much more than just a sandwich shop! Serving Hewitt’s ice cream and featuring mouthwatering milkshakes, this is the place to go for extreme desserts! Served in cups with the cutest quotes and with the most delectable toppings, this is one for the summer bucket list.

 

Amo Gelato Cafe

With its in house made gelato, Amo Gelato Cafe has the most unique gelato flavours imaginable! Marshmallow, Cheesecake and Cap’n Crunch are just some of the amazingly decadent choices available at this gelato-lover’s dream destination! If gelato isn’t what you are craving, go for an AMO-Float instead!