The best ice creams, gelati & sorbets in Montreal
We all cherish the warm summer weather, and knowing where the best ice creams are is really important! The origins of ice cream go way back to the Roman Empire and Emperor Nero (we’re talking first century anno domini years!), who apparently liked what we would call a sorbet, made of fruit, honey and snow, brought to Rome for him from the Alps (of course!) Over the centuries, ice cream has evolved thanks to different recipes from all around the world ranging from China to the Middle East, and from Italy to North America. Nowadays, whether it be ice cream, sorbet or gelati, the choice of flavors is endless and we are lucky that Montreal has it all, especially the artisanal kind of frozen treats.
Our « best of » list has been compiled with the invaluable expertise of Cacao Barry – an internationally renowned French chocolate company that has been in the business for more than 170 years. It has been a great honour and pleasure to work with Cacao Barry to prepare this list of Montreal’s finest ice cream products. Cacao Barry has the reputation of being a high-end producer of some of the world’s finest and most refined chocolate! Working with cocoa growers and chefs around the world, Cacao Barry offers a wide range of cocoa products, chocolate coatings, dried fruit products, chocolates from exclusive plantations and delicious chocolate recipes.
Ice cream shops or creameries (or ice cream parlours as they have sometimes been known), were often connected to dairies but that has all changed and today’s small artisan ice cream shops are gaining in popularity, as our list indicates. The most popular ice cream flavour still remains vanilla with connaisseurs preferring pure French vanilla or vanilla bean. Chocolate is the next favourite.
Eating quantities of ice cream can come at a ‘hefty’ price so we tried to walk or bike to most of these places, anything to counter the accumulative effect of too much of a good thing! Here’s our list of the best ice creams, gelati and sorbets in the city :