There are so many ice cream options for a family to enjoy when out and about in the summer, and with so many choices, why settle for boring? Here are our picks the best ice cream shops in Ottawa — unique flavours, fun dips and add-ins, variety and flavour. It’s the very best of the good stuff in the capital.
We all scream…
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Located in Chelsea, just across from downtown is the brightly coloured building of La Cigale. This is a local favourite, serving up homemade sorbets and ice cream (we recommend the raspberry and white chocolate). Choose from the type of cone you like best (regular, sugar or waffle), or take your ice cream in a cup. No matter your choice, lounge on one of their Muskoka chairs in their grassy yard to enjoy the treat.
With locations in Orleans and Kanata, Chocolat Favoris adds a little adventure when selecting ice cream. Each cone is dipped in chocolate, but what we love is that there is a variety of chocolate dip to choose from, from milk chocolate to hazelnut, cookies and cream and more. We love this choose-your-own-adventure ice cream!
The Merry Dairy
This is not your regular ice cream truck. Merry Dairy serves frozen treats and drool-worthy ice cream and can be found in various places across the city in the summer—visit their website to keep up to date on where the next stop will be (you don’t want to miss it). Can’t wait? The Merry Dairy Cart and Truck are available to rent for your next family reunion or summer event.
Pascale’s All Natural Ice Cream
Made with natural ingredients and sold only in select locations and shops across the city or at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, Pascale’s ice cream is a tasty treat no matter how hot it is outside. With special seasonal flavours like avocado honey and lime, and their signature selection that includes passion fruit and peanut butter salted caramel, it’s easy to see (and taste) why Pascale’s is so popular.
You may usually go to Purdy’s for their chocolate, but with three locations across Ottawa, it’s also a delicious spot to grab an ice cream cone or specialty dipped ice cream bar—which the kids love (who doesn’t love ice cream on a stick?)
Purdy’s is known for their mouth watering chocolate so it’s no surprise that their ice cream is just as enticing.