I think we can all agree that summer means ice cream. Some would travel far and wide to find the best scoop of ice cream, and in this case, you don't have to travel far outside of Ottawa to find it! Ottawa is of course packed with a ton of amazing ice cream spots, even some that cover it in liquid nitrogen. But if you're more of a simple person, you'll love this place.
I feel like it's becoming less and less normal to just serve ice cream on a cone. You can find ice cream in bubble waffle cones, served on watermelons, and even in between macarons. But just a simple scooped ice cream into a cone? Does that even exist anymore?
Of course it does, and La Cigale in Chelsea has it all and more. La Cigale is a hidden ice cream shop in Chelsea that is to die for. Located in an adorable green house, their ice cream is homemade and made in-store and they have so many options to choose from. If you're more of a simple person or are more daring when it comes to your food choices, then you'll love all of the options La Cigale has.
La Cigale is in Chelsea, but it's super close to Gatineau Park which means you can treat yourself to a little ice cream after a difficult hike. Not only is the ice cream amazing, but so are the views. The house is a pale lime green colour with flowers all around it, and the lawn is decked out in colourful chairs. It's the perfect place to go if you're feeling sad because it will 100% cheer you right up.
La Cigale has a ton of flavours. Their options range from mega mint, to banana Skor, to lavender. Seriously, all ranges of flavours are at La Cigale! If you want something more than ice cream, they also serve gelato, sundaes, smoothies, shakes, and banana splits. You can opt for a cone or a cup for your ice cream.
La Cigale is located at 13 Chemin Scott in Chelsea, and their hours vary. They're open yearly from Easter weekend to the end of October, so you need to get your fix in multiple times during the summer! For more information on menu, hours, and location, check out their Facebook page here.