Summer flavours: Exploring 5 top Ottawa ice cream shops this summer / JULY 2023

When the summer sun is shining in Ottawa, nothing tops the refreshing and delightful taste of ice cream to beat the heat.

Whether you’re a local in search of your new favourite cone or a visitor seeking the ultimate ice cream crawl around the city, these five top ice cream shops offer uniqueness, new flavours and fun creations for the whole family to enjoy. 

  • Lollies + Scoops: This family-run sweets and gift shop in Manotick offers hard-to-find sweets, international flavours and nostalgic treats. Create the sweetest of memories with unique ice cream flavours by Shaw’s Ice Cream, topped with edible cookie dough options, and a shop that will transport you back to your carefree childhood.

  • Beachconers: Whether you’re strolling along the shoreline of Britannia Beach or simply craving a sweet escape, Beachconers promises an unforgettable ice cream experience that will bring summer vibes right to your cone. This coastal-themed micro creamery offers handcrafted ice cream flavours from tropical delights to classic favourites. Go treat your tastebuds!

  • La Cigale: Technically not in Ottawa but very close by, La Cigale is nestled in the picturesque town of Chelsea, Que. This enchanting ice cream shop captivates us with rustic charm and yummy treats. Creating more than 70 different flavours of ice cream, there’s no denying you’ll find a scoop or two that you’ll call your new favourite flavour after visiting. Take your ice cream outside and stroll through the nearby trails for the full serene ambiance. 

  • Lois ‘n’ Frima’s Ice Cream: Located in the heart of Ottawa’s ByWard Market, this charming shop has been a staple for locals and visitors for over 25 years. Walk up to this small kiosk and taste your way through their roster of flavours, from classic vanilla to the unique chocolate orange sunshine. Travelling west? Grab your cone in Stittsville instead!

  • Kona Ice of Ottawa: Finishing off this list with a twist, Kona Ice of Ottawa gives a change to the classic ice cream truck. Experience a tropical paradise on wheels that hits the city streets, events and pop-ups, bringing vibrant and flavourful shaved ice! Order your ice and you can customize your bowl with their self-serve station. Check their social media pages to find where the Kona Ice is heading next.

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