Toronto’s most epic frozen treats

When it comes to Toronto’s most drool-worthy frozen desserts, we’re not talking your basic crème glacé. You may have seen photos of them on your social media news feeds, quickly hitting the retweet or like button and cyber-stalking for hours. From the most extravagant ice creams to soda floats to everything-in-between, here’s where to find the most epic frozen treats in Toronto. [Image credit:]

Sweet Jesus

106 John St, Toronto, ON M5H 1X9

There’s a reason this place is called Sweet Jesus. But make no mistake, you didn’t die and go to heaven – this is real life. This place has line-ups even when it’s cold out! Picture this: An ice cream cone filled up with a caramel and strawberry rhubarb soft serve twist, throw on a load of cake bites and chopped strawberries, and drizzle it with strawberry sauce. If that’s not enough, they have other flavours (cotton candy, anyone) plus paletas, root beer floats, and cold and hot espresso beverages garnished with wild cards like bacon – #DropsMic.

Arctic Bites

21 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L1

The beauty of living in Toronto is that you get to taste all sorts of international treats. Arctic Bites brings Thai-inspired ice cream to the 6. They pour cream onto -20-degree cold plates, adding ingredients, smoothing it out and thickening it as it freezes, then rolling it out into a bowl, and then (duh) topping it with more goodies. Serving up tempting flavours like cinnamon toast crunch, matcha, taro, mint chocolate Oreo, Thai iced tea, morning coffee, and so much more, this is certainly one worth heading to the Baldwin Village for.

Pancho's Bakery

1017 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6H 4B5

You may have heard of Pancho’s Bakery and its “I love Churros” offerings (their food trucks make appearances at several Toronto festivals, much to the hungry delight of festival-goers). Now they’ve introduced churrocones: ice cream in freshly fried churros. The Mexican pastries are rolled into a cone, deep fried, dunked in cinnamon sugar, topped with ice cream and placed in a cup to save you from a hot, melting mess. You can choose different flavoured ice creams, syrups and toppings like coconut, cereal, nuts and more.

Scoop Shop by Sweet Sammies

808 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V3

Sweet Sammies is known for their delicious, fresh-baked cookies, one half of what may be the city’s best ice cream sandwich (though you can substitute for macarons, brownies and profiteroles instead). They have delicious ice cream flavours like mascarpone stracciatella, strawberry rhubarb pie, peanut butter and jelly, pistachio, mango froyo and salted caramel brownie cheesecake, to name a few. They also have other cool treats like popsicles, ice cream cakes, sparkling apple cider and root beer floats, and watermelon mint granite with sparkling lemonade.


147 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C5

This Japanese tea brand has opened up shop on Bay and Dundas. Their specialty is matcha – from drinks to pastries to ice cream (the desserts have three levels of flavour intensity so you can measure up the bitterness). The cute downtown spot offers soft serve and sundaes layered with crunchy roasted brown rice, red bean paste, a chestnut and chewy shiratama ball, and cherry blossom cookie. Matcha floats are also served and made with iced blended and topped with a choice of matcha or vanilla soft serve, or swirl mix of the two.

Toronto Union Station

65 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E6

If you’re not drooling yet, this Budapest-born dessert spot will have your mouth watering in no time, because now we’re talking about the great human beings who decided to fuse ice cream and doughnuts. Eva’s Original Chimneys’ food truck can be found at the Union Summer market until September 2016. The cone-shaped doughnuts are coated with organic cane sugar and cinnamon, filled with Reid’s Dairy soft serve (or you can opt for the dairy-free option of coconut whipped cream), then topped with other delicious goodies like local berry compote, homemade salted caramel brownie and organic cocoa drizzle.

Booyah Inc.

16 Vaughan Rd, Toronto, ON M6G 2N1

Three words: taco ice cream. Booyah serves your choice of flavoured ice cream in a taco-shaped, chocolate- and sprinkle-dipped waffle cone, topped with things like cookies, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate and whipped cream. They also have cinnamon buns smeared with Nutella, sprinkled with icing sugar and stuffed with chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. If that’s not enough choices for you, Booyah also serves ice cream sandwiches and milkshakes, too. How’s that for a boom shakalaka?!

Salads shouldn’t be boring. Thankfully, Toronto has some delicious choices. Whether you’re looking for meaty options or full-on vegetarian and vegan, these are the best salad bars to hit up in the 6 – from hefty portions to unique and nutritionally packed ingredients. Warning: you’ll become a salad convert in no time. [Salad at Salus Fresh Foods. Photo by Parisima Baha]
It can be hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the hustle-bustle of Toronto city life. Juice bars are the perfect solution, offering quick grab-and-go options that are nutritious and tasty. Whether you’re looking to go on a cold-pressed juice cleanse, need a quick, filling smoothie or healthy snacks and lunch options, these top juice bars have you covered. [Photo courtesy of Greenhouse Juice]
Turmeric lattes, also known as golden milk, started becoming a trend in 2016, continued well into 2017, and now they are a regular item on the menu of many cafés in Toronto. Not only is it a healthy drink, it’s also very soothing. With a nutty base, some spicy and many unique variations, here’s where you’ll find this hot, or iced, drink in the 6. [Turmeric latte at OFFSITE Photo by Parisima Baha] 
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