We all scream for these Calgary ice cream parlours

Going out for ice cream should always be a special event. These Calgary parlours and stands make ordering a bowl or cone just that. [Photo courtesy of Village Ice Cream]

Village Ice Cream

820 49 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1G9

Ice cream maker Billy Friley is highly acclaimed for his premium, small-batch ice cream flavours and use of local and organic ingredients. Two store locations — Victoria Park and Britannia Plaza — serve an ice cream roster that includes flavours such as salted caramel, Phil & Sebastian Coffee, cardamom and vanilla bean. Seasonal specials and non-dairy ice cream are also available.

My Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe Ltd

2048 42 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 2M7

A Calgary ice cream institution with two city locations, My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe serves 72 flavours of the sweet ‘n’ chilly stuff, plus a handful of dairy- and sugar-free options. Its location at 85th Street and 8A Avenue Southwest features a huge bulk candy bar.

Leavitt's Ice Cream Shop

3410 3 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 0M2

Lics for short, Leavitt’s Ice Cream Shop serves hard ice cream on house-made waffle cones or by the bowl. Its big, green chalkboard notes all its many available flavours. For ice cream eaters with dietary concerns, the shop serves milk-free sorbet as well as lactose- and sugar-free ice cream varieties.

Angel's Cappuccino & Ice Cream

Edworthy Park, Calgary, AB T3B 0L9

On the north side of the water, this homey little shack sits across from Edworthy Park on the Bow River Pathway system. Customers can eat inside, on the café’s small patio or just keep on walking or riding, cone in hand. The place closes when the temperature falls below -10C.

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2J 7A7

A rustically welcoming café and bakery in Fish Creek Park, Annie’s is situated in a restored farmstead run by the park’s respected Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant. Open seasonally, it’s a popular stop for hikers, bikers and in-line skaters. Sit down with a selection from the café’s ice cream list or enjoy your cone on the go in this lovely natural area.

Mackay's Cochrane Ice Cream

121 River Ave, Cochrane, AB T4C 2C2

An ice cream cone destination owned and operated by the Mackay family for more than 65 years, Mackay's Cochrane Ice Cream is located just northwest of Calgary in the picturesque town of Cochrane. Made in the family's own factory, the shop's bestselling flavours include chocolate fudge chunk, cookies and cream and maple walnut. Long lineups in summer move quickly.

Amato Gelato Cafe

7-2104 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3R7

One of four Calgary and area locations, Amato Gelato in Kensington serves Italian gelato ice cream as well as non-dairy sorbetto. Eat in or take a tub home to enjoy at your leisure. Also ask about custom cakes.

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