Unique Ice Cream Spots in Montreal Eat Well

Summer is officially here in Montreal and sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than a frozen treat to keep cool. There are many spots in the city to enjoy tasty ice-cold desserts. Looking for a healthier option? Sorbet, gelato and frozen yogurt contain less fat than traditional ice cream. Gelato is a decadent low-fat option, fro-yo is made with yogurt and milk instead of cream, and sorbet is made from fruit juice or fruit purée. Whether you like it in a cone or in a cup, these places offer a variety of creative and yummy flavours. Prices range between $4 and $8 depending on the size and type of cone.

Kem CoBa
Kem CoBa means third auntie’s ice cream in Vietnamese and it is the co-owner, Ngoc’s nickname, given to her by her niece. Along with her French partner Vincent, they offer ice cream and sorbet flavours inspired by their backgrounds. The ingredients are premium quality with no preservatives nor artificial flavours. You can expect to wait in line for 10 minutes but you won’t leave disappointed. Flavours include La Latina: mango & dulce de leche – La Florida: orange & coconut – La New-Yorkaise: strawberry & cheesecake.

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60 Fairmount W., (514) 419-1699
Tu-Thu: 12 to 7 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 12 to 8 p.m.
Sun: 12 to 5 p.m.

Pandan Creamery
Open for a month now, Pandan Creamery is the first place in Montreal to serve Thai rolled ice cream. Located in St-Henri, the ingredients are mixed on a frozen plate and manipulated until the ice cream hardens, before being rolled up into 6 pieces. The preparation takes between 2 and 4 minutes. The flavours merge the crèmerie’s owner, Madhuri Kumar’s Malaysian and Montreal roots. All flavours and toppings are homemade with fresh, local and natural ingredients. They contain no preservatives or synthetic additives. The cream is fresh from Laiterie Chagnon in Waterloo, QC. The Pandan Sundae is quite unique, made from the South East Asian tropical plant, it has a buttery and nutty aroma.

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3833 Saint-Jacques
Tu-Sun: 12 to 9 p.m.

Les Givrés
All of Les Givrés products are made in house, including their ice cream cones. That’s right, everything is made from scratch without the use of artificial colours and because they use only local ingredients, flavours vary from season to season. This artisan dairy bar is open all year long so if you’re into creative flavours and interesting combinations you can enjoy their frozen treats in the middle of January, if you like. Some varieties are available in grocery stores. Flavours include strawberry rhubarb and cream cheese bagel.

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2730 Masson, (514) 373-7558 334 De Castelnau Street East, (514) 507-7558
Sun-Wed: 12 to 9 p.m.
Thu-Sat: 12 to 10 p.m.

CA LEM, which means ice cream in Khmer and in Vietnamese has been open since May in NDG, where ice cream parlours have been few and far between for too long. This new spot offers South-East Asia inspired flavours and if you can imagine it, they probably have it. They also serve refreshing iced-coffee and cold thai tea, if you need an extra boost. Flavours include matcha green tea, earl grey milk tea, coconut basil and strawberry lychee.

6926 Sherbrooke Street West, calem514@gmail.com
Mon-Sun: 12 to 8:30 p.m.

La Diperie
La Diperie carries its name well. A chocolate lovers dream come true – there are 21 varieties of  yummy Belgian chocolate flavours to dip your base of vanilla soft serve ice cream into, before adding toppings to it. There are different sizes and but it is recommended to start with a small serving as it becomes quite filling. They now offer warm pastry cones at the Des Pins locations, which is a first in Montreal.

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68 Des Pins Street West
5585 Ave Monkland, 1 877-599-4438
Sun-Wed: 12 to 10 p.m.
Thu-Sat: 12 to 11 p.m.

Mr. Crémeux
Mr. Crémeux started as a foodtruck in 2012 and opened a permanent location last spring. There is a little something for everyone at this artisanal dairy bar including soft serve and hard ice cream, slushies, milkshakes, sundaes. Their pretty little sundaes are vanilla soft serve ice cream topped with sauce, crumble and fresh local berries and we bet you will want to try their yummy ice cream sandwich with its vanilla ice cream nestled between two decadent chocolate cookies.

43 Beaubien Street East, mcremeux@gmail.com
Mon-Thu: 3 to 9 p.m.
Fri-Sun: 12 to 9 p.m.

L’Armoire à Glaces
Situated in Plaza Saint-Hubert, L’Armoire à Glaces is many things. Known for their original gelato and sorbet flavours and frozen cakes, they also offer expressos and grilled-cheeses. All of their flavours are original recipes made on-site and are gluten-free. Flavours include litchi passionfruit, almond milk white chocolate and maple bacon.

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6228 Saint-Hubert Street, (514) 276-0777
Mon-Wed: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thu-Sat: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sun: 12 to 8 p.m.

Whether you prefer the more classic varieties or more innovative and exotic flavours, Havre-aux-glaces aims to please.  The artisanal dairy bar offers home-made ice cream and sorbet all year long and has 4 locations in the city, with the most recent one opening in the Quartier des Spectacles last summer. They also offer a wide variety of tasty desserts and specialize in maple products. Flavours include Masala chaï – Mango Malaï – Bissap (hibiscus flower, cardamom, star anise & cinnamon.)

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Marché Jean-Talon, 7070 Henri-Julien St. C-7, (514) 278-8696
Mon-Sun: 9 a.m to 10 p.m.

145 Sainte-Catherine Street West, 514-439-8744
Mon-Sun: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

138 Atwater Ave., 514-938-1836
Mon-Sun: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

1575 Fleury Street East, (514) 439-5088
Mon-Sun: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Léo Le Glacier
Léo Le Glacier has quite the assortment of unusual, fruity flavours, all of which are home-made in the italien tradition. You can enjoy your gelato or sorbet, in a cone or in a cup, on their cute little terrasse. Indulge in serviceberry, sea buckthorn and elderberry this season, you won’t be disappointed. Other flavours include watermelon pomegranate, raspberry thyme, apricot rosemary and lavender.

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916 Duluth Street East., (514) 573-5990
Sun-Wed: 1 to 11 p.m.
Thu-Sat: 1 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Crèmerie Bo-Bec
This charming craft ice cream shop is just minutes away from Laurier Park and is a popular spot for families. From the outside it may not look like much but you can find a selection of 24 artisanal flavours as well as traditional soft serve ice cream. They also serve sundaes, milkshakes and slushies for all tastes. Flavours include pink lemonade, rose water, dulce de leche and crème brûlée.

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1300 Laurier Street East, (514) 527-1396
Mon-Sun: 12 to 10 p.m.

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