Sometimes, it’s too early for beer, which is why man invented ice cream. We present Calgary’s hottest spots for cool treats.
This minimalist, modern café-cum-gelateria is the real deal: Gelato, in flavours like real vanilla bean and tartufo, is made fresh daily using seasonal ingredients. Inventive paninis and top-notch espresso round out the offerings. 207 – 10 St. NW, 403-229-2503.
My Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe
This is a classic ice cream parlour, complete with old-school uniforms and malt-shoppe ambience. With 80 flavours from Foothill’s Creamery, if you can’t find something you like at Western Canada’s largest ice cream shop, you probably have no soul. 2048 22nd Ave. SW, 403-287-3838.
Red Mile Creamery and Dessert
The Red Mile’s name my be stuck in the past, but this reliable date destination is newly renovated, and its flavours – Green Tea, Turkish Coffee and Indian Chai – are far from traditional. They also specialize in Turkish Delight and pastries. 101-1013 17th Ave. SW, 403-244-2697.
Amato carries Mario’s Gelati, down-home Italian gelato made from a recipe invented by Mario’s farmer grandpa in 1929. Delectable and authentic, the gelato will transport you to a small village on the coast of Italy. Vespa not included. 2104 Kensington Rd. NW, 403-270-9733.
Leavitt’s Ice Cream Shop
LICS gets bonus points for the witty acronym, but it’s the old-school aesthetic and convivial atmosphere – complete with showtune-ready upright piano – that makes this place a NW Calgary staple. Plus, who else has ice cream treats for your dog? 3410 3rd Ave. NW, 403-283-3578.
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