Offering rich and creamy ice cream, fruity sorbettos, and dairy-free alternatives, here are five top ice cream joints in Calgary where you can get your scoop on this summer.
Fiasco Gelato offers a range of innovative and rotating gelato and sorbetto flavours, created from fresh locally-sourced ingredients. Enjoy flavour combos like Blueberry Basil, Blood Orange, Cucumber Lime, and Dark Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt, just to name a few. Stop by the gelato maker’s HQ & Test Kitchen when it re-opens on April 30 for a scoop or grab a pint from one of the many stockists in the city.
Address: 110 221 19th Street SE
Drop by any of Village Ice Cream’s three locations and you will find freshly churned artisanal ice cream available. All products are made on site using seasonal ingredients. Choose from Cardamon, Chocolate, Maple Pecan, Salted Caramel, Phil & Sebastian Coffee, Toasted Coconut, Earl Grey Tea, Vanilla Bean, and seasonal flavours.
Western Canada’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream parlour Nice Cream serves made-to-order Belgian waffles, cold drip coffee, and of course their signature nitrogen ice cream. Using liquid nitrogen to flash freeze their product, Nice Cream’s ice cream is ultra rich and creamy, and comes in flavours such as Coconut, Salted Caramel, Pumpkin Spice, Pineapple Sorbet (non-dairy), and Earl Grey. Customers can top their frozen treats with dried fruits, nuts, mini cookies, and an assortment of candies.
Address: 4-4604 37th Street SW
Established in 1982, Leavitt’s Ice Cream Shop (commonly known as Lics) offers a variety of hard scoop ice cream. The 3rd Avenue shop also offers a selection of sugar-free and lactose-free ice cream, as well as milk-free sorbet for those with special dietary requirements.
Address: 3410 3rd Avenue NW
Scooping up hard ice cream for over 35 years, Marda Loop’s iconic ice cream shop has old school charm and a seemingly endless supply of flavours to choose from. Both it and the West Springs locale offer a wide selection of hard ice cream flavours (70 plus in fact), in addition to dairy-free ice cream, sugar-free ice cream, and sundaes.
Address: 2048 42nd Avenue SW
Address: 1114 – 8561 8A Avenue SW