On hot days like these, there's only one cure to beat the heat: ice cream. The sweet, creamy treat is the best way to instantly feel a little cooler.
Whether you're celebrating, mourning, stress-eating or something in between, ice cream is always there for you. Unlike your terrible A.C, it will never let you down!
Soft-serve is an underrated kind of ice cream, and we've got an abundance of great places that serve up swirls of the photogenic frozen desert. Read on for a list of some of the best soft-serve in Montreal.
Where: 3880 Boul. St-Laurent
This is probably my favourite ice cream shop in the city: their Kulfi ice cream, as well as their chai latte ice cream, are fantastic. They also have a fun array of soft-serve ice cream.
Where: 60 Avenue Fairmount O.
Kem Coba is famous for their exotic ice cream flavours. Their soft-serve ice cream is handmade with care, and you can tell when you eat it. Not to mention the fact that it's gorgeous to look at (and photograph!).
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Where: 1300 Ave. Laurier E.
Not even gonna lie to you, I interrupted this article to go get some mint chocolate chip ice cream from Bo-Bec. That's how good it is: you'll have it once and you'll never stop thinking about it.
Where: 230 Rue Rachel E.
This innovative new ice cream shop in the Plateau makes dairy-free ice cream. The shop just opened this year and it's already making waves with its delicious soft-serve ice cream.
Check out their Facebook page!
Crèmerie Meu Meu
Where: 4458 Rue St-Denis
What: This artisanal ice cream shop has a variety of flavours that they cycle through, so you can expect to try something new every time you go!
Where: 2225 Ave. Bennett
What: Three words: vegan soft serve. You can top your ice cream with a variety of toppings like sprinkles, nuts, and berries. You can even make awesome vegan parfaits with a chocolate coulis sauce.
Where: 6926 Rue Sherbrooke O.
What: Ca Lem is known for its wide and colourful selection of ice cream. The NDG creamery has a host of Asian-inspired ice cream flavours, and they all rock.
Where: 3813 A Rue St-Denis
Three words: cheesecake-flavoured cones. This ice cream shop offers this and so much more with concoctions guaranteed to delight your sweet tooth.
Where: 6827 Rue St-Dominique
This place offers frozen custard, soft serve's creamier, sweeter cousin. A true delight for those looking to try something new.
Glace des Arts
Where: 1635 Rue Clark
This gourmet ice cream shop in place des arts (yes, the pun is great) serves up some seriously wonderful flavours, which change on a regular basis. French vanilla? Blackberry and tarragon? Yes, please!
Where: Locations across the city and the North and South Shores.
What: Personally, I'm obsessed with this place. The chocolate is fan-tas-tic. The soft serve that you dip the chocolate into is fantastic as well. YUM!
Where: Locations across the city.
This ice cream shop is known for its wild and whacky flavours like ginger and pumpkin spice. It's delicious funky — oh, and it's open all year round.
Find out more on Instagram!
Where: 423 Place Jacques-Cartier
This café in the Old Port is beautiful, and it serves beautifully simple ice cream in super fun cones. Delicious and sweet, just the way it should be.
Where: 150 Ave. du Mont-Royal E.
What: Le Blueboy is an artisan creamery with insanely large ice cream portions. Just check out the monster below.
Where: Locations across the city.
What: Sure, you don't necessarily go to the Diperie for the soft-serve itself, but you sure as heck go for their variety of toppings. My personal favourite? Green tea and sprinkles. Delicious AND insta-worthy. They even have vegan options!
La Dolce Vita
Where: 3776 Rue St-Charles N., Kirkland
La Dolce Vita is a tiny and underrated gelato shop in the West Island. It has some of the best gelato in the city, and their soft serve is pretty darn good too.
Where: Several locations in Laval.
This Laval creamery makes soft serve in a ton of interesting combos. It's a staple for a reason: every flavour on the menu is delicious.
Where: 43 Rue Beaubien E.
This quaint ice cream shop has some seriously delicious ice cream. I mean, have you ever had pistachio soft serve before?? It even has an adorable little ice cream truck.
Find out more on Facebook.
Le Patio Bar Laitier
Where: 836 Ave. du Mont-Royal E.
What: This ice cream store near the Mont-Royal metro station has a lot of options for your vegan needs. Le Patio has super generous portions, too, so you can enjoy a good helping of your favourite treat.
Where: 430 Ave. Laurier E.
This café has a very peculiar specialty: a cold brew soft serve. It's a more grown-up ice cream float, and it is delicious. Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. Everyone is obsessed, and you should be too.
Check out their Facebook page for more.
Where: 1428 Rue Mackay
This all-matcha-everything spot in downtown Montreal has matcha soft serve. I repeat: MATCHA.SOFT.SERVE. If you're a lover of the delicious green powder, I highly recommend a swirl of this ice cream. Available in cone and in Sundae formats!
Read our article for more info.
That completes our list of the best soft-serve ice cream in Montreal. Test as many out as you can this summer. Just watch out for brainfreeze...
Stay cool out there friends.