The Best Ice Cream in Montreal: Our favourite spots

The best Ice cream

We all cherish the warm summer weather, and knowing where to find the best ice cream is really important! The origins of this delight 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, it 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 flavours is endless and we are lucky that Montreal has it all, especially the artisanal kind of frozen treats.

Ice cream shops or creameries (or 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 flavour still remains vanilla with connaisseurs preferring pure French vanilla or vanilla bean. Chocolate is the next favourite.

If you’re looking for more suggestions, check out our list of the best croissants in Montreal, or the best Italian restaurants in Montreal!

Here’s our list of the best ice creams, gelati and sorbets in the city :

Crèmerie Dalla Rose

Dalla Rose’s small creamery recently opened in St-Henri and wow, what delicious ice cream is on offer!  The mouth starts to water with multiple different flavours to choose from plus there are 6 different ice-cream sandwiches with rotating flavours and these are the crèmerie’s specialty.  Choose what kind of biscuit and ice cream flavour works for you and it is made right there on-the-spot.  The exceptional deliciousness is down to the high-quality of the ingredients and perfect for a hot summer day. Alison Slattery

4609 Notre-Dame Street West

Crèmerie Meu Meu

Meu Meu’s ice cream is always extraordinary.  The friendly welcome into this tiny space is extended to each customer and the staff are very attentive, adding to the experience. Meu Meu is popular and the photos on the walls are testimony to its appreciative customers. The choice of ice cream flavours is very creative and original and we also found the homemade iced yogurts very flavourful.  Meu Meu serves ice cream of such a good quality, it is easy to recommend. lea_raciop

4458 Rue Saint-Denis

Pizzeria Gema

Gema Pizzeria may be one of Montreal’s finest pizzeria’s, but Gema also has a counter selling extraordinary soft ice cream. Thanks to chef Michele Forgione’s recipe, Gema is now a Tastet favourite for ice cream. Whether it’s vanilla or chocolate ice cream, dipped in chocolate or caramel, the outcome is ice cream heaven! Julie Perreault

6827 Rue Saint-Dominique

Crèmerie Bo-Bec

Crèmerie Bo-Bec is an artisan ice cream shop located in the heart of Plateau Mont-Royal. It opened in 1989 near Parc Laurier and may look a little dated, but we’re there for the ice cream.  With more than 20 homemade ice creams and traditional soft ice cream, there’s a flavour for everyone.  Go to the self-serve counter for take-out. Photo Frenchcuisse

1300 Avenue Laurier Est

Chez Tousignant

Surrounded by a decor typical of a 1950s snackbar, Chez Tousignant’s menu has tried and true classic snacks but they also serve the same excellent soft ice cream from Pizzeria Gema, making it de facto delicious. Why? Because the owners of the two places are one and the same.  The difference, however, is that at Chez Tousignant, you can also choose between a chocolate or vanilla milkshake, and between soft ice cream made of chocolate, vanilla or both. It’s all good! Julie Perreault

6956 Rue Drolet

Café San Gennaro

San Gennaro is one of the best Italian cafés in Montreal.  They serve many excellent dishes, including pizza al taglio, and their Italian coffee is really good. It’s a small space painted in soft tones and the service is friendly. The gelati choices are wonderful, fulfilling what your tastebuds may be desiring.  Allow yourself to feel swept away by San Gennaro’s charm and atmosphere. San Gennaro

69 Rue Saint-Zotique Est


Spoom is the ice cream counter at Restaurant Mile-Ex, a location we often refer to as a good place to dine.  Place your order at the window or from inside Mile-Ex.  Spoom comes from the Italian « spuma »,  a type of frozen dessert like a frothy sorbet, made from whipped egg white, fruit juice/wine & syrup « with the consistency of a creamy foam », explains Gregory Paul, one of the creators behind this venture. The flavours change according to the season and whims of Spoom but count on at least 6 choices. If you drop in while on a walk with your four-legged friend, there’s even a veal option! Audree_ellem

6631 Rue Jeanne-Mance

Ca Lem

Ca Lem is a creamery near the Loyola Campus of Concordia University, in Montreal West, that offers a very good ice cream. The place is welcoming, the small terrace of the creamery is very nice and the product offered is very good. With nearly 20 flavors, the place offers a choice for many tastes and even offers a flavor of the week. You will certainly find many satisfied students, but that’s often a good sign.

6926 Sherbrooke Street West
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Photography by Alison Slattery

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