Hot sun calls for a cool treat, and what better option on a summer weekend than a fresh, light gelato? Always available in a multitude of options, gelato is an easy choice because there are always recipes by restaurateurs to fit any dietary lifestyle or flavour craving.
Here are ten establishments across Canada offering their tasty take on this frozen staple.
The Parlour (St. John’s, NFLD)
Now open 7 days a week, The Parlour is exciting to be serving housemade gelato alongside their coffee and waffles this summer.
Try their latest flavours like Banoffee Pie (Roasted Banana with Salted Caramel Sauce), Honeycomb Chocolate, Jam Jam, Chocolate Sorbetto and Salted Caramel Pretzel.
You can also purchase 1-litre tubs to take home!
85 Military Road, St. John’s Newfoundland A1C 2C8.
Crossings Café (Borden-Carleton, PEI)
Providing Island Gelato by Mr. Sunshine, Crossing Café’s offerings are made from scratch using organic sugar, organic fruit and other natural ingredients. They also have dairy-free, vegan and no-sugar options so anyone can enjoy a gelato treat.
Flavours currently behind the counter include Chocolate, Raspberry, Orange, Lemon, Blueberry and Maple!
236 Main Street, Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island C0B 1X0.
Humani-T Cafe (Halifax, NS)
Offering vegan bowls and cakes of fresh gelato, Humani-T Cafe is happily operating in not one but two Halifax locations – with an online store coming soon!
This summer’s flavour options include Peanut Butter Oreo Donut, Caramel Mini Egg, Red Velvet, Nocciola (Nutella/Hazelnut/Dark Chocolate), Birthday Cake and more.
2755 Young Street, Halifax, NS B3K 6A6
1451 Park Street, Halifax, NS B3J 2L1. @humani_tcafe
Tutto Gelato (Quebec City, QC)
A family-friendly Italian institution, Tutto Gelato is Quebec’s first ice cream parlor and has been open since 1998.
Made by master artisanal ice cream maker Giacomo Donati, there are over 60 flavours of gelato rotated in-house daily. They also constently offer 6 main classics; Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, Hazelnut, Caramel with Fleur de Sel and Coconut.
716 Rue Saint-Jean, Quebec City, QC G1R 1P9.
Affogato (Muskoka, ON)
Offering locals and visitors artisan gelato (including gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free) on the water, you can walk, drive or even paddle up to Affogato Cafe for a fresh frozen treat.
Enjoy the view as you lick up exciting flavours like Mango Tango (pictured), Mint Chip, Lemon Basil, Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter and more.
72 Main Street East (Riverfront Entrance), Muskoka Huntsville, ON P1H 2C7. @affogatomuskoka
Kekou (Toronto, ON)
Offering made-from-scratch gelato with no fillers or corn syrups, Kekou believes in serving light, Asian-inspired versions of the delicacy, especially those derived from the flavours of coffees, teas and desserts.
These flavours include, but aren’t limited to, Strawberry Sake, Soursop and Mango, Dark Chocolate Cherry, Vietnamese Coffee, HK Milk Tea, Peanut Sesame and more.
394 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A6. @kekougelato
Eva’s Gelato & Coffee Bar (Winnipeg, MB)
“Authentically Argentinian,” Eva’s offers gelato to-go plus by the pint or litre for home.
Specialty flavours are Alaska Lemon, Chocotorta, Banana Split, Wildberry Cheesecake and others.
Dairy-free Chocolate and Raspberry are also available.
1001 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3N 0R1. @evasgelatocoffee
Beppie’s Gelato and Espresso (Saskatoon, SK)
Creating handmade artisanal gelato with new flavours always coming out of the kitchen, Beppie’s is Saskatchewan’s staple for this must-love summer treat.
Try their latest release, Limone Fragola Vanilla (Lemon Strawberry Vanilla) or a bowl of bold Peanut Butter Banana.
1-616 10th Street East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7H 0G9. @beppisgelato
Amato Gelato (Calgary, AB)
Continuing a tradition of family recipe-made gelato since 1929, Amato currently provides Calgarians with over 72 alternating flavours to choose from – made with handpicked ingredients for that authentic Mario’s Gelati taste.
Espresso Flake, Mango Coconut Marble, Café Latte, Pumpkin Pie, Tiramisu, Green Tea, Caramel Lava Cake – you’ll want to try them all!
7-2104 Kensington Road Northwest, Calgary, AB T2N 3R7. @amatogelato
Bella Gelateria (Vancouver, BC)
Award-winning and made fresh in-house, the gelato at Bella should be on anyone and everyone’s list when roaming Vancouver’s Coal Harbour.
Try their more exotic selections like Akbar Mashti (Middle Eastern), Amarena Cherry (Blogna, Italy), Madagascar Vanilla (from Madagascar vanilla beans) or Osmanthus Flower (Chinese).
Love the taste of peanuts, but have an allergy? Their Black Sesame gelato tastes just like the real thing!
For a real taste of Vancouver in a bowl, ask for their Essex flavour, a Fior Di Latte gelato made with Vancouver Island Sea Salt.
1001 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B7. @bellagelateria