On the hunt for downtown’s coolest ice cream spots

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Montreal centre-ville

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It’s a fact: ice cream season in Quebec is way too short. That’s why we have an obligation to make the most of it while it lasts, without too much moderation!

Whether you’re a fan of soft ice cream, more exotic flavours or of DIY-type concepts where you can use your creativity to make your own creation, here are 4 of the coolest spots downtown to satisfy your next craving. Trust us, they won’t disappoint!

Matcha Zanmai

It is in this tiny Matcha bar on McKay Street that you’ll find the best iced delicacies made with (you’ve guessed it) Matcha. Their specialty: soft green tea ice cream, as well as vanilla and green tea twists. True purists will go for one of these plain classics, but you can also add one of their Japanese toppings. It is important to mention here that Zanmai Matcha uses a Matcha from the Nishio region of Japan that comes from the best quality of young leaves. Hence the vibrant, bright green color that radiates from their creations.

Matcha Zanmai
Matcha Zanmai
Matcha Zanmai

Ben & Jerry’s

A classic! Here, hard ice cream lovers will get their fix. Both Ben & Jerry’s branches downtown Montreal offer about thirty flavours to choose from. Two of the most popular choices of the summer that are an absolute must-try, according to the employees : Cookie Dough and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.

As if that wasn’t decadent enough, the Ben & Jerry’s team make their waffle cones in-house throughout the day. Some are then dipped in chocolate and rolled into a mountain of peanuts or rainbow sprinkles. That explains the divine scent that constantly wafts around the famous creamery.

Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's

Chocolats favoris

A true paradise for all the adventurous foodies who like their ice cream chocolate-coated! Chocolats Favoris offers over 12 unique chocolate coatings flavours in which you can dip your ice cream. The hottest (actually coolest) picks of the summer : the classic milk and the Smores chocolate dips! The experience doesn’t end there,  it’s even possible to roll your still-warm chocolate-coated ice cream in various toppings (sweet & salty popcorn, cotton candy, caramel flakes, etc.…).

Sorbet fans will also be happy to know that Chocolat Favoris always has several flavours on rotation throughout the summer. Of course, it’s also possible, even recommended to have it dipped in your favorite chocolate!

Pro tip: want to bring your order to a whole new another level? Ask for the final touch aka a shot of chocolate at the bottom of your cone for an extra $0.75.

Chocolats Favoris
Chocolats Favoris
Chocolats Favoris

Havre aux glaces

Simplicity above all! This artisanal ice cream shop is well known to all Montrealers for its freshness and comforting flavours.

We are talking here about freshness since all of their ice creams are made from custard and ingredients of the highest quality. Sorbets, on the other hand, are made up of 60% to 80% real fruits, some water, sugar and that’s it!

The comfort comes from the homemade feeling that hits on the very first bite, but also from the warm welcome that each customer receives when they walk in. Love and passion can definitely have a taste to them!

Havre aux glaces
Havre aux glaces
Havre aux glaces