Care of Carla Williams
Updated August 2017
Is vegan “ice cream” even ice cream? Arguably (and by that we mean technically), it is not! The important thing is we’ve got a list of local spots where you’ll find the good stuff: delicious, dairy-free concoctions that will satisfy any ice cream lover’s craving for cool.
My Top Picks
244 Augusta Ave. (647) 350 2975 bunners.ca
This all-vegan and gluten-free bake shop has two locations in Toronto but their soft serve ice cream is only available at their Kensington Market location – 244 Augusta Ave, during summer months. Enjoy the classics: Vanilla, Chocolate, and Swirl in a cone, or in a cup paired with a baked treat.
207 Augusta Avenue 647-352-2207 cosmictreats.ca
Toronto’s kid-friendly vegan restaurant, dessert bar, ice cream parlour, and candy shop is located in the heart of Kensington Market. They feature a rotating selection of over 40 flavours of silky smooth made-in-house, small batch, premium artisanal ice cream made using a cashew nut base. Winner of the TVA Veg Award in 2016 for “Best Vegan Ice Cream” in Toronto.
238 Augusta Avenue 416-364-6183 hibiscuscafe.ca
This gluten-free and vegan Kensington Market cafe is family-run, and serves three different types of ice cream by the scoop: coconut milk, homemade mung milk, or almond milk based.
4750 Yonge St. 416-226-6262 nanashake.com
Vegan ice cream isn’t just in Kensington Market. Head to North York to check out Toronto’s first dedicated vegan frozen dessert parlour, where products are handmade with fair trade organic bananas and all-natural ingredients. On the menu you’ll find soft serve, shakes, cakes, and Nanapops (on a stick) in wide a variety of flavours and dessert combinations.
Vegan Danish Bakery
More than just a bakery, Vegan Danish Bakery sells delicious gourmet foods, including vegan pate and vegan burger patties, cakes and pies, candies and cookies, coffees and teas, muffins, rice-crispy squares, jams, breads and, of course, a seasonal offering of vegan soft ice cream cones and sundaes!
Kelly’s Bake Shoppe
The mother/daughter team behind Kelly’s Bake Shoppe is as serious about taste as they are about nutrition and sustainability and they take “goodies” to a whole new level by filling their creations with only organic, fair-trade ingredients. On their ice cream menu you’ll find chocolate, vanilla and swirl soft serve, and massive ice cream cookie sandwiches featuring chocolate chip or snickerdoodle cookies.
Seven Lives Paleteria
72 Kensington Avenue
This Kensington Market dessert shop is popular for its fruit based sorbets and juices with a focus on refreshing tropical flavours. Specialties include the Mangonada, a dairy-free mango soft serve topped with mango juice, fresh mango chunks and homemade chamoy sauce.
4 GTA locations :
2790 Lakeshore Blvd. W 416-521-7444
1056 Queen St W 647-350-7444
225 Augusta Ave 647-352-3444
23 Jutland Rd 416-201-9444
Described as “Toronto’s ice cream, chocolate, bakery and confectionary imaginarium,” Sweet Olenka’s has delicious coconut-based vegan ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches, and custom-made ice cream cakes.
Other Vegan Ice Cream, Gelato and Sorbet Options in Toronto
283 Rushton Rd. 647-223-4931 bar-ape.com
This Toronto-based shop has traditional gelato soft-serve and bars on a rotating menu. Stock vegan flavours include Coconut & Toasted Almond, Raspberry Dark Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Sorbet .
Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery
93a Ossington Ave 647- 348-1900 bangbangicecream.com
An ice cream shop and bakery that offers dairy-free chocolate and raspberry gelatos, and vegan salted caramel ice cream.
16 Vaughan Rd 647-347-2001 booyah-inc.com
This St. Clair West ice cream parlour offers homemade ice cream sandwiches made with four flavours of vegan cookies (by Bunner’s Bake Shop!) and different flavours of hard or soft serve vegan ice cream for the midtown crowd.
Death in Venice Gelato Co.
536 Queen St. West 416-519-3451 deathinvenice.ca
This Queen West gelato shop produces a variety of dairy-free and vegan sorbetti. For their dairy-free delights, they use coconut milk, rice milk and almond milk and most of their gelati and sorbetti are gluten free.
Ed’s Real Scoop
4 Toronto Locations:
Beaches 2224 Queen St. East 416-699-6100
Leslieville 920 Queen St., East 416-406-2525
Roncesvalles 189 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-531-3113
Mimico 2370 Lake Shore Blvd W 416-259-9595
A traditional ice cream shop, Ed’s also serves sorbets from their gelato cases, offered as a fat-free gelato. Because they make their sorbets using only pure fruit purees, sugars, and water, it is flavourful in a way that will remind you of eating the fruit right from the tree or plant. Ideal for vegans and others avoiding dairy.
Grinning Face Gelato
540 Parliament St 416-920-4444 grinningface.ca
A small shop specializing in house-made, dairy-free, coconut milk–based gelato made from scratch. They crack the coconuts, make the milk, and churn it into naturally rich, creamy gelato one small batch at a time. Vegan flavours include Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean, Dark & Handsome Chocolate, Mighty Coconut, Fresh Ontario Strawberry and Magnificent Mango.
532 Eglinton Ave W 416-932-2663 hotelgelato.com
Beyond offering traditional milk-based gelato, Hotel Gelato keeps in mind that “everyone deserves dessert” and they make a point of offering delicious gelato and bakery items that are gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, low-sugar, dairy-free and soy-based. All flavours are made in-house using high quality ingredients, source locally whenever possible.
Put a Cone On It
633 Bloor St. West 416-966-1788 putaconeonit.com
This Koreatown ice cream and treat shop offers vegan sorbets in unique flavours that include calamansi, sweet white peach, pineapple-coconut. Sampling is encouraged!
106 John St 647-348-2266 sweetjesus4life.com
In addition to their “pimped out” soft serve ice cream & milkshakes, this ice cream shop / restaurant has coconut dairy-free soft serve on the menu that allows you to keep things simple (and vegan!).
Wong’s Ice Cream
617 Gerrard St E 416-778-8883 wongsicecream.com
Wong’s is a small snack and grocery shop that sells Asian-themed ice creams and treats that include unique vegan flavours like Pine Needle Pink Lychee, Coconut Mango Sticky Rice, and Lemongrass Lime Sorbet.
YoYo’s Yogurt Cafe
417 Bloor St W, Toronto 647-346-2917 yoyosyogurtcafe.com
Boasting an impressive lineup of 20 fruit-based, vegan sorbet flavours YoYo’s Yogurt Cafe has a handful of stand-alone locations and many movie theatre-based locations across Canada.
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