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10 Awesome Places to Grab a Scoop in Calgary

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It’s summer, and you need relief in the form of a cool, sweet, creamy treat, right? Sure, you can grab a pint of ice cream at the grocery store, but what’s the fun in that? Far better to take your brood on an ice cream outing at one of these sweet shops. Who knows, maybe you’ll make it your mission to visit every single one before summer’s out. We won’t judge.

Made by Marcus
What started out as a macaron business has morphed into one of the city’s most sophisticated ice cream shops. As much as we love Marcus’ handcrafted cones, it’s his sundaes that really stand out. Happy Camper is an awesome take on s’mores, and berry lovers swoon over the Chambord raspberry sauces drizzled on French Kicks. Got a birthday on the horizon? Inventive ice cream cakes put Diary Queen to shame.

Village Ice Cream
Scooping up artisanal, small batch ice cream, it’s worth waiting in line to score a scoop from Village. Flavours such as melted chocolate, cardamon and Guide’s mint put them on the map, but good luck trying to sway your kid away from salted caramel. Non-dairy options let those with food sensitivities enjoy a summer time treat at one of their three locations. In a rush? Nab an ice cream sandwich or pint to enjoy back home.


Street Eatery
Calgary’s a bit late to the crazy milkshake trend, but we’re making up for it with the mile-high concoctions whipped up at this fusion restaurant. You can get a regular milkshake here (we’re still swooning over peanut butter and salted caramel), or amp up the style points with a blinged out Street Shake. Berry Crush is the sweetest and prettiest to Instagram, while C.R.E.A.M. (chocolate rules everything around me) is a dense concoction, best taken down by dark chocolate fans.

Nice Cream
One of the few ice cream shops in Western Canada to make ice cream through a liquid nitrogen freezing processes, the result is a creamier and smoother texture compared to conventional ice cream. Every ice cream is made right before you, giving kids a bonus, unobtrusive science lesson while observing the unique freezing process. In addition to fun flavours, you can jazz your cone up with fun toppings.

My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe
A classic ice cream shop that hasn’t changed in decades, the walls are covered with classic ice cream memorabilia and staff wear retro ice cream parlour uniforms. There’s so many flavours of hard ice cream served up (over 70!), the ice cream counter runs the entire length of both Calgary locations. The people watching’s pretty good from their outdoor benches, and there’s a playground at Flander’s Park, across the street from the Marda Loop location.

Fiasco Gelato
If you can’t swing by their funky gelato factory and coffee bar located in the southeast, you’re sure to find Fiasco at many local grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Uber eats and Skip the Dishes also deliver. We especially adore how many dairy-free options they handcraft every day – including a dark chocolate sorbetto.

Sweet Tooth
The best food trend to come out of Thailand since Pad Thai, we’re loving the rolled ice cream served up at this Centre Street sweet shop. The ice cream is made from scratch before being rolled on a freezing surface and presented oh-so prettily into a cup. Think of it as a fancy sundae – one that’s presented with panache. Go ahead and let kids to get close to the counter to watch the magic.

Re:Grub
You’ll score major cred bringing teens and tweens to this hipster outpost just south of downtown. Despite being bedazzled with toppings that range from whole donuts to ice cream sandwiches to s’mores and cotton candy, the fancy milkshakes at ReGrub aren’t outrageously expensive. They aren’t massive either, but are suitably sized for small tummies or those who want to pair their shake with a juicy burger.

Leavitts Ice Cream Shop
A Calgary institution for over 30-years, Lics (as it’s more commonly known), offers a wide variety of sugar-free and lactose-free ice cream, plus milk-free sorbet. They even offer a double-wide cone, which is way filling, and totally worth it. Take yours and meander along the Bow River pathways.

Amato Gelato
You’d almost think you were in Italy, not trendy Kensington, while gazing upon the dozens upon dozens of decadent gelato flavours on display. In addition to traditional gelato, you can also score tofulati (made with soy), plus non-dariy and no-sugar options. As much as we love sampling so many flavours, we heart the dessert pairing options, too!

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