6 of the Best Places for Gelato in Toronto
On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than a scoop (or three) of gelato. Ice cream’s less-fatty cousin, gelato is made with a blend of mostly milk, some cream, and sugar. It’s denser, creamier and silkier than ice cream, and served with a spade rather than a scoop. With flavours ranging from the classics like vanilla, pistachio, and bacio, to the adventurous like raspberry chipotle and black sesame, there’s a gelato to suit your taste buds.
Here are 6 of the best places for gelato in Toronto.
1. Kekou Gelato
With two locations (one on Queen Street West and one in Baldwin Village), Kekou serves delicious cold treats, featuring a wide variety of Asian inspired gelato flavours. At their Queen Street location, you’ll also find popsicles, soft serve, teas, bobas and pastries. You can find gelato flavours ranging from black sesame and red bean to green tea and HK milk tea. Or you can opt for a gelato bar, topped with melted chocolate and nuts.
Image: Instagram/ @kekougelato
At Death in Venice, the gelato is made daily, and the flavours are created to wow your taste buds. Stepping away from the traditional, you’ll find flavours like Popcorn and Salted Caramel, Rhubarb and Licorice, and White Chocolate and Hibiscus. They also offer vegan and dairy-free options including Cardamom Rosewater and Lime, and Raspberry Chipotle. Not to mention their extra adventurous combinations like Grilled Cheese and Sourdough, and Nu Bagel and Cream Cheese.
Serving gelato-lovers in four different areas (The Beaches, Leslieville, Roncesvalles, and Mimico), Ed’s Real Scoop offers homemade artisanal gelato you’ll love. Their gelato is a blend made with mostly milk and some cream, and they use only the finest ingredients. Think pistachio gelato made with 100% pure pistachio paste and hand-chopped pistachios, and hazelnut gelato made with pure hazelnut paste. On top of gelato, they also serve ice cream, sorbet and fro-yo, so you can try them all!
4. Dolce Gelato
With over 60 flavours to choose from and three locations around Toronto, you can hop into Dolce Gelato in Little Italy, on the Danforth, and in Kensington Market. Choose from flavours like avocado, bubble gum, bacio, espresso, and so much more. Whether you prefer a plain, sugar, or waffle cone, or a cup (they offer 3 sizes), you can enjoy your gelato just the way you like.
Hollywood Gelato is a family-run gelato shop located in the Leaside area. With 200 recipes in their repertoire, they display their top 22 flavours for their customers. They’re dedicated to creating innovative, fun and top-notch gelato for you to enjoy, and they only use the finest ingredients. Their display case currently features favourites like Reese Peanut Butter, Key Lime Pie, Cake Batter and Tiramisu.
Image: Instagram/ @hollywoodgelato
6. Bar Ape
Bar Ape does gelato differently, offering soft serve, sundaes, bars, and take-home tubs. Their soft serve is served in a cup, and every Wednesday there’s a new soft serve pairing planned around seasonal Ontario fruit. Their gelato sundaes are made with Fior Di Latte (sweet milk) and rotating toppings made from scratch in-house or by other local businesses (think: Kitten and the Bear and Roselle). Plus, they have a mobile gelato truck that serves their handcrafted gelato bars.
What’s your favourite gelato place in Toronto? Share with us in the comments!
Featured image: Instagram/ @sweetjesus
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Kate is a Toronto-based freelance writer and founder of lifestyle blog, www.layeredindulgence.com. When her head isn’t buried in her laptop, you can find her taking a hot yoga class, curled up with a good book, or sipping a chai latte at one of Toronto’s various cafés. Follow her adventures @katebialowas.