Note that the saying "we all scream for ice cream" implies universal accessibility to the delicious frozen treat. Unfortunately, for many people with allergies or dietary restrictions, traditional ice cream is a no-go.
But that doesn't mean that everyone shouldn't have access to ice cream on a warm summer day. Many ice cream shops offer vegan alternatives, and some places even specialize in vegan ice cream.
Of course, not all vegan ice cream is created equal, and nobody wants just a watery version of your favourite dairy ice cream. This list compiles some of the most delicious shops in Montreal that offer great vegan alternatives to the popular summer treat.
All of these ice cream vendors and parlors have a 4 star rating or greater on Yelp or Google Reviews. Note that, because most images are not labelled, not all of the images that accompany each listing feature a vegan item. Instead, these images offer a general idea of each shop's product.
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. Basically, this is the way it works: you choose your ice cream flavour and what kind of chocolate to dip your chocolate in. This year, they introduced vegan ice cream and vegan chocolate for all of your dairy-free needs.
Where: 4609 rue Notre-Dame O.
What: This dessert shop in Saint-Henri offers handmade ice cream and cookies. They have several vegan options! Their vegan chocolate ice cream is particularly popular.
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: 151 rue Gounod
What: This tiny shop by Jean-Talon specializes in vegan ice cream, gluten-free cakes and other vegan ice creams. Ice cream flavours include "strawberry delight" and "zesty chocoranga." They also sell their products in grocery stores around Montreal.
Where: 6926 rue Sherbrooke O.
What: In addition to its wide and colourful selection of regular ice cream, Ca Lem has 5 vegan options.
Le Blueboy: Artisan Glacier
Where: 150 ave. du Mont-Royal E.
What: Among le Blueboy's vegan options is the Piña Colada ice cream!
Where: Locations across the city.
What: The popular ice cream store with the ubiquitous blue wall pops up all over Instagram, and with good reason. Their ice cream is amazing, and they have a great selection of chocolates to dip your ice cream in (the green tea one is the most underrated). They have vegan options!
Le Patio Bar Laitier
Where: 836 ave. du Mont-Royal E.
What: This ice cream store near the Sherbrooke metro station is amazing in terms of offering a lot of options for your vegan needs. Le Patio had generous portions and great flavours!
Where: 5175A ave. du Parc
What: Cafe Résonance is a vegan café in the Mile End with awesome sandwiches and smoothies. They also serve vegan ice cream in three flavours: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. YUM.
Where: 167 ave. des Pins
What: This adorable vegan bakery serves some delicious treats in-store and delivers to locations across the city. You can't tell their brownies apart from the non-vegan alternative, I promise. You have to try their ice cream bars on a warm summer day.
Crèmerie Meu Meu
Where: 4458 rue St-Denis
What: Meu Meu has had several eye-catching vegan options over the years, including hibiscus ice cream made with almond milk.
L'Armoire à glaces
Where: 6220 rue St-Hubert
What: According to the L'Armoire à glaces website, the "majority of its products are vegan." It even has vegan ice cream sandwiches.
Safari Ice Cream
Where: 535 Bord du Lac, Dorval
What: This Dorval institution is "the best place in the West Island, maybe the whole Montreal!" says one Google Reviewer.
Where: 3504 rue Notre-Dame O.
What: Crèmerie Pandan serves "Thai-style" rolled ice cream with several vegan options.
That concludes the list. With the ever-growing popularity of vegan diets in the city, the list is likely to get longer in the coming years. Enjoy the cool dessert in all of its dairy-free glory!