Nothing screams summer more than cooling off with some delicious ice cream! Here in Ottawa, we are lucky because there are so many mouthwatering ice cream shops.
No matter if you prefer unique ice cream flavours, frozen custard, gelato, sorbet, soft-serve or need vegan ice cream there are plenty of options available. Now that the weather is getting warmer, it is time to invite your BFF and check out all these amazing ice cream shops in Ottawa:
Where: 477 Bank Street
At Moo Shu Ice Cream & Kitchen you can try delicious Asian-inspired ice cream flavours served on a bubble waffle or regular cone. The types of ice creams available frequently rotate, such as Hong Kong Milk Tea, Tang Zhong Milk Bread and black sesame.
Where: 102 Fairmont Avenue
You need to try the delicious nut-free frozen custard at The Merry Dairy. They offer scoops of their delicious ice cream in a variety of flavours and as soft serve.
Where: Mooney's Bay Beach
For the best way to celebrate summer, head to Mooney's Bay Beach where you can find The Beach Shack Ottawa. The cute ice cream shop sells a bunch of unique ice cream cones coated in a variety of candy toppings.
Where: 131B Beechwood Avenue
This playful ice cream shop specializes in mouthwatering sundaes. To follow the school theme all the signatures sundaes have a school themed name too, such as class pet, pop quiz, class clown and snow day.
Where: 1130 Wellington Street W
The award-winning gelato at Stella Luna Gelato Cafe is outstanding. They have two locations in Ottawa and offer a vast range of flavours of gelato and sorbet.
Where: 1213 Wellington Street W
This gelato food truck opened in Ottawa last year and sells gelato from May to early November. The flavours change daily, with 7 flavours of gelato being available each day.
Where: 87 Murray Street
This beautiful cafe will make you feel like you are in Italy and specializes in serving authentic Italian gelato. The award-winning gelato flavours at Mantovani 1946 frequently change so there is always something new to try, and they also carry vegan options too.
Where: 217 Bank Street
For a delicious treat head to Magic Molecule to try their liquid Nitrogen ice cream. The ice cream is made to order, and is not only super creamy but is surrounded with a smokey misy from the Nitrogen.
Where: 344 Preston Street
Located in Little Italy, Gelatini Gelato offers a variety of unique homemade Italian-style gelato.
Where: 102-55 Murray Street
Piccolo Grande has long been a local favourite for gelato and sorbet in the Byward Market. Some of the most popular flavours include pistachio, coconut, and lemon. They also carry vegan options too.
Where: 350 Elgin Street
Pure Gelato is a great spot to visit once things get hot in Ottawa. They sell a variety of delicious gelato flavours that are perfect for cooling you down. While visiting make sure to take a photo of your gelato and the marquee sign that says "treat yo self".
Where: 1303 Wellington Street W
At Little Jo Berry you can enjoy outstanding vegan soft serve. The flavours change all the time, so it is best to check their Instagram account (@littlejoberrys) to see what is currently available.
Where: 273 Britannia Road
This ice cream shop is only a short walk away from Britannia Beach. The Beachconers specialize in selling small-batch ice cream made with high quality and local ingredients.
Where: 71 George Street
Lois 'n' Frima's Ice Cream has been opened in Ottawa for over 30 years! This ByWard Market shop has a vast assortment of ice cream flavours including non-dairy and sugar-free too.
Where: 1 Beaverbrook Road
Once the weather is warm, head to Brett's Ice Cream which serves some fantastic soft-serve. Their soft serve with a colourful swirl edge looks as good as it tastes!
Where: 429 Richmond Road
Montreal’s popular La Diperie finally opened here in Ottawa. At this ice cream hot spot, there are so many delicious options to pick from that you will have a hard time figuring what to try first. While La Diperie specializes in soft-serve dipped into one of the 30 chocolate flavours and covered with your choice of candy topping, they also offer ice cream sandwiches, cookie dough with soft-serve, and vegan options too.
Where: 449 Hazeldean Road
You won't believe how big the ice cream cones are at Chocolats Favoris! Here you can enjoy delicious soft-serve dipped into your choice of chocolate flavour. They also offer ice cream sundaes and sandwiches too!