Where to find Asian-inspired ice cream in Toronto

Asian-inspired ice cream has taken Toronto by storm. With tropical sorbets, robust teas, savoury sesames and more, these treats are worth sampling and scooping to your heart’s content. This isn’t a chocolate and vanilla kind of roundup, so try something new next time you’re craving a frozen, creamy and oh-so-decadent dessert. [Image credit: iStock.com/AnnaPustynnikova]


147 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C5

Tsujiri is a Japanese brand with over 155 years in the tea business. Expanding to Toronto, Tsujiri is now known for its matcha soft serve, floats, shaved ice and sundaes. The matcha is guaranteed to impress, with a strong, bold flavour that true green tea lovers will adore. The house specialty is the Tsujiri sundae – matcha soft serve layered with roasted rice bits, red bean paste, and mochi balls all topped with a pink cookie made with Sakura flowers.

Put A Cone On It Ltd

633 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K8

Hojicha, red bean, black sesame, matcha, and more – this Koreatown ice cream café offers classic Asian ice cream flavours and experimental delights. On the sorbet side, mango, guava and kalamansi evoke the tropics of Southeast Asia with tart, sweet and extra fruity flavours. The café is bright and Put A Cone On It stocks a number of Japenese treats, cookies and candies to pair with your scoop of choice.


394 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A6

Serving gelato with an Asian twist, Kekou offers flavours like green tea, ginger milk, jasmine tea, black sesame, green bean coconut and avocado banana with chunks of banana and flakes of coconut in every scoop. Let the staff lead you through a sampling of what’s new and popular – these exciting flavours speak for themselves.

Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake

596 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 1M5

Attached to the original Uncle Tetsu’s, this offshoot serving up matcha-infused soft serve is becoming a hot topic amoung cool-treat enthusiasts in TO. The mirror opposite to Uncle Tetsu’s, the matcha shop is decorated in green, celebrating the rich, robust flavours of green tea in cheesecakes, smoothies and the aforementioned, not to be missed, matcha soft serve. Try it on its own or twisted with cream-flavoured soft serve.

Hibiscus Cafe

238 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L7

Hibiscus is a family-run café in the middle of Kensington known for its homemade dairy-free ice cream and gluten-free cones. Made with coconut milk, homemade mung milk or almond milk, you’ll find classic Asian flavours like matcha and black sesame. Head in for brunch and take a scoop to-go or enjoy a sweet crepe a la mode.

Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery

93A Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z2

The ever-cool Bang Bang ice cream shop on Ossington offers up its purple Totaro flavour, paying homage to both the loveable animated Japanese film Totoro and the unassuming purple vegetable. Taro is similar to a sweet potato and is often used in sweet and savoury Asian cooking. Taro has a light, nutty flavour and it works perfectly with extra creamy dairy. Bang Bang’s taro-flavoured scoop is extra creamy and has coconut shavings throughout. Toss a scoop in one of Bang Bang’s Hong Kong-style egg waffles, and take your enviable dessert for a stroll through Trinity Bellwoods.

Millie Creperie

161 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L9

Millie Creperie serves sweet and savoury Japanese-style crepes with awesome gelato combinations. A Japanese crepe is thinner and crispier than a French crepe and it is rolled into a cone, making it the perfect vessel for sweet treats and ice cream. Millie’s standout dessert option is the Japanese Special, a combination of green tea and red bean paste, a crepe cone, house-made matcha sauce and a smooth and creamy green tea gelato.

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