Got a craving for the best soft serve ice cream in Toronto?
While I love all frozen desserts, I definitely have a soft spot for soft serve.
Soft serve is a lot creamier and smoother than regular ice cream, and it’s just a lot easier to eat, ya know?
I don’t know, I just love my soft serve ice cream, okay?!
From unique, Asian-inspired soft serve flavours to decked out ice cream cones, here are some of the best soft serve ice cream spots to visit in Toronto!
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Best soft serve ice cream spots in Toronto
Wondering where the heck everyone in Toronto gets that cool-looking black soft serve ice cream?
iHalo’s ube and charcoal coconut twist soft serve is so good, you’ll literally cry tears of joy.
They’ve definitely got some of the best soft serve ice cream in Toronto, and you’ll definitely want to revisit them all summer long.
You can enjoy their amazing ice cream either at their Trinity Bellwoods Park or High Park locations – both great locations for ice cream, I must say.
P.S. don’t be freaked out by your next number two if you eat the charcoal flavour. I warned ya.
LOCATION: 915 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON
Fugo is another amazing dessert spot in Toronto that offers handcrafted, Asian-inspired ice creams.
Try their vegan Tropical Paradise soft serve, which is a mix of mango and pineapple!
They’ve also got some amazing hard ice cream options (like the Cookie Monster), as well as adorable mini doughnuts.
LOCATION: 205 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON
Need a reason to get out of the house every week?
Bar Ape’s unique gelato flavours change by the week, which they usually announce on Instagram.
Some of their recent flavours include Ontario Peach and Roasted Green Tea Caramel, and they occasionally have vegan gelato flavours as well.
Enjoy their gelato soft serve-style, or try one of their gelato ice cream bars.
Bar Ape opens from May through October, and they’re only open from the late afternoon through late evening.
Their shop is actually more of a takeout window, but there are benches around for you to sit and enjoy your gelato!
It’s also cash-only, so be sure to have some on-hand!
LOCATION: 283 Rushton Rd, Toronto, ON
Nani’s serves up artisan gelato and sorbettos on the daily, and they’ve also got gelato soft serve.
What makes them unique: their flavours are an infusion of Asian, Indian, and Italian flavours!
Some of their recent soft serve flavours include Passionfruit (vegan) and Vanilla Bean!
They produce hundreds of gelato flavours using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, and they offer a different selection of 8-10 different flavours in-store every Monday, which they announce on their Instagram.
They actually started out as a food truck, and now they have a storefront in the Yorkville neighbourhood!
LOCATION: 6 Charles St. East, Toronto, ON
Tom’s Dairy Freeze is a favourite of local Torontonians during the summer.
Summer just ain’t complete without a visit to Tom’s for some fresh scoops of ice cream!
Choose between Vanilla or Chocolate soft serve (or get a twist), and get it dipped or add toppings!
Like Bar Ape, it’s also a takeout window, and it’s actually been running since the 60’s.
Their shop is located in Etobicoke, so you’ll need to drive or take public transit to get here.
LOCATION: 630 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON
Roselle is actually a French-inspired bakery and dessert shop, but they’ve got some fantastic soft serve made in-house.
They change up their soft serve flavours every so often, but their famous Earl Grey flavour with white chocolate pearls and lemon filling is famous and a must for tea lovers!
Don’t forget to take some of their amazing pastries home with you!
LOCATION: 362 King St. East, Toronto, ON
Butter Baker is a French bakery in Toronto, and they’ve everything from croissants, to cakes, to soft serve!
Some of their recent flavours include Strawberry Vanilla soft serve and Guava Vanilla soft serve!
Their soft serve is actually only available from April through October, and the flavours change up every month.
It’s all handcrafted using natural ingredients and local Ontario dairy and free-run eggs.
They even make their own freshly-baked vanilla waffle cones, if you’re more of a cone than a cup person!
You can find them on Dundas downtown or in Markham.
LOCATION: 120 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON
You might know WVRST for their German sausages and bites, but did you know they also have some of the best soft serve ice cream in Toronto?
Some of their past flavours include Salted Maple Rosemary and Toasted Marshmallow!
You can grab their soft serve at their Union Station or King West locations.
LOCATION: Various locations
You’ve probably heard of Dave Chang’s Momofuku, but you might not know about the secret dessert shop inside the restaurant!
Hidden on the second floor of Momofuku is Milk Bar, a NYC-based bakery with delicious confections created by pastry chef Christina Tosi.
You’ll find the soft serve machine at the front of the restaurant though, and they switch up the flavours every now and then.
Dave Chang is one of my fave chefs, and he has two documentary series on Netflix!
LOCATION: 190 University Ave, Toronto, ON
Nothing beats matcha ice cream in Asia, but in my opinion, TSUJIRI is as close as it gets in Toronto.
Both their Matcha and Hojicha soft serve flavours are absolutely amazing.
They’re originally from Japan, and they’ve got locations across Canada.
They’ve got two locations in the GTA – one downtown by the Eaton Centre, and one in North York by Yonge & Sheppard!
LOCATION: Various locations
Milkcow Cafe is a South Korean dessert chain that’s all about organic and natural milk soft serve.
Their soft serve is made using local and organic milk, and it’s made without preservatives!
You can get their milky soft serve on its own, or choose from one of their specials decked out in all kinds of different toppings.
Find them in Midtown Toronto, just north of Yonge & Eglinton!
LOCATION: 2651 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
If you’re taking a stroll along the Toronto Harbourfront, stop into The Fix for some house-made soft serve ice cream.
Grab the classic Vanilla or Chocolate soft serve ice cream, or try their vegan Peanut Butter or Mango-Pineapple flavours.
Their menu also changes up by the season, so you can peep in every now and then to try their new flavours!
They also serve up hard ice cream from Ontario-based Shaw’s Ice Cream, which they use in their decked out ice cream cups.
The Fix is a sister shop to Joe Bird, a Harbourfront restaurant dedicated to all things chicken and beer.
LOCATION: 207 Queens Quay West #150, Toronto, ON
Sweet Jesus, now that’s one heck of a cone.
They have a couple of different soft serve flavours available, but their whole thing is their fancy, jazzed-up cones.
Their special cones feature either Vanilla, Chocolate, or Coconut soft serve, and they also have a seasonal soft serve flavour that switches up every so often!
They’re also a sister shop to La Carnita, one of the best Mexican restaurants in Toronto!
LOCATION: Various locations
Chimneys are a traditional Hungarian treat, and Eva’s Original Chimneys sweetens it up with all of the fixings.
You’ll definitely want to get your chimney cone with soft serve and toppings, and you can choose between a dairy Vanilla or vegan Vanilla flavour.
The cones are made using only 7 natural and mostly-organic ingredients, and each one is hand-rolled and baked-to-order!
Even their toppings are made from scratch, and they even have vegan options for my plant-based friends.
You can find them in the Annex downtown or in Mississauga.
LOCATION: 454 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
La Diperie is a Montreal-based dessert chain with several locations in the GTA, and it’s pretty much heaven on earth for dessert lovers.
Ice cream, ice cream cake, cookies – you name it, they’ve got it!
They’re actually most known for their dipped cones, which is vanilla soft serve dipped in your choice of heavenly Belgian chocolate and toppings.
If you’re a chocolate lover, you absolutely need to visit La Diperie.
LOCATION: Various locations
Best soft serve ice cream in Toronto:
- iHalo Krunch
- Fugo Desserts
- Bar Ape Gelato
- Nani’s Gelato
- Tom’s Dairy Freeze
- Roselle Desserts
- Butter Baker
- Milk Bar
- Milkcow Cafe
- The Fix Ice Cream Bar
- Sweet Jesus
- Eva’s Original Chimneys
- La Diperie
These were some of the best places to grab soft serve ice cream in Toronto!
If you’re looking for more great places to eat in Toronto, be sure to check out some of my other posts on Toronto restaurants.
If you’re looking for even more fun activities and things to do in and around Toronto, be sure to check out some local tours!
And if you’re looking to try your own hand at making ice cream at home, I’ve also got a super simple 2-ingredient ice cream recipe.
Be sure to check out some of my other blog posts on Toronto dessert spots:
- Instagram-worthy dessert spots in Toronto
- Dessert delivery in Toronto
- Ice cream spots in Toronto
- Gelato spots in Toronto
- Vegan ice cream spots in Toronto
- Bubble tea spots in Toronto
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