We’re all big softies when it comes to ice cream, but Winnipeg’s hot 2021 summer won't melt hearts as much as these sweet places do.
Here’s the inside scoop on the spots serving up your favourite cones, concoctions, collabs, and flavoursome cool treats.
Neon Cone - Neon Cone knows innovation when it comes to creative concoctions made in-house with fresh, local ingredients. These artisanal ice creams are often blended with Manitoba-made products like Tall Grass Prairie honey and De Luca’s espresso flakes, plus you can always count on fun vegan options on rotation too. Having been a staple at The Forks for over 30 years, it’s safe to say Neon Cone is a must-try for a scoop.
1 Forks Market Rd.
Milksmith - Mixologists/owner Siuleen Leibl and beverage director Dustin Nguyen dream big and execute Insta ready savoury creations on Corydon with a new convenient walk-up pick-up window. Summer 2021 is coming in hot as Milksmith announced a collaboration with Jenna Rae Cakes. The three JRC-Macaron-inspired pints of ice cream feature the cookie dough macaron, birthday cake macaron, and salted caramel macaron.
651 Corydon Ave.
Sweet Annies - When it comes to perfecting the parfait, Sweet Annie’s Bakeshop has done just that. Being both a bakery and an ice cream shop, these creative cones incorporate sprinkles, shortcake, puree filling and more. While those looking for dairy-free options can enjoy a tropical twist layered with Dole whipped soft serve, gooey fruity toppings and often a tropical umbrella on top. With lots of exciting new menu items for 2021, Sweet Annie’s is a real treat.
414 Westmount Dr.
Licks Ice Cream Patio - Open from snowmelt to snowfall, Licks Ice Cream Patio has been serving suburban St. Vital scoops and soft-serve since 1994. Don’t sleep on the sweet and tangy Dole Pineapple soft serve, or the birthday party dip for your cone.
20 Britannica Rd.
Cool Encounters Ice Cream Bar - Not many places top Cool Encounters when it comes to toppings: Jolly Ranchers, chocolate bars, crushed tarts and popcorn can be added to your cone here. Whether you want a treat for now or later, Cool Encounters offers house-made drumsticks and revels, ice cream pies and sandwiches all pre-packaged and perfect for stocking your freezer at home.
1523 Gateway Rd.
Snow and Moon - A little taste of snow in the middle of summer. Snow and Moon’s Korean street-style dessert is made entirely of crystallized milk flakes, looking identical to snow (unless you try the Matcha flavour) and loaded up with fruity toppings, chocolate slivers or an entire slice of Tiramisu.
1045 St. James St., 1727 Kenaston Blvd.
Chaeban - This award-winning Winnipeg staple partners with Manitoban businesses and farms, ensuring the ingredients are tasty and top-quality. They make all their ice cream from scratch and make it easy to get your hands on a pint of their flavoursome ice cream. You can visit any of these locations or join the Chaeban Ice Cream Club for deals and delivery.
390 Osborne St.
The Supreme Ice Cream Shoppe - A Supreme Halo-Halo from The Supreme Ice Cream Shoppe will leave you daydreaming of tropical weather and sandy beaches. This popular Filipino classic packs fresh fruits, ice cream, and tapioca into a sweet and savoury treat. Supreme’s menu includes vast bubble tea flavours, ice-cold lattes, gelati, and flavoursome Pinoy dishes.
1295 Jefferson Ave.
Dug & Betty’s Ice Creamery - Take your tastebuds on tour with handcrafted gourmet ice cream from Dug & Betty’s Ice Creamery & Café in Saint Boniface. Indulge in one of their new flavours like blueberry (you’ll have no regrets because it’s vegan friendly and sugar-free!). Dig into the creamy whipped tiramisu, or try something totally new like cinnamon cereal protein ice cream from their recent collaboration with TC Nutrition.
309 Des Meurons St.
Fête Ice Cream and Coffee - This trendy Winnipeg spot backs onto the River Walk trail near The Forks and is only steps away from Bonnycastle Dog Park. Co-owners Élise Page and Teri-Lynn Friesen dish up ice cream made from scratch with flavours and combinations inspired by snacks, treats, and desserts. Fête has it all from scoops and pints to gluten-free and vegan options. Try one of their seasonal flavours like the Schmoo with angel food cake, caramel, and pecans on your next sunny Saturday stroll with your four-legged friend. Ask for an ice cream passport at your next visit to submit a full card at the end of summer to be entered to win a local prize pack.
Unit B-300 Assiniboine Ave.
Sargent Sundae - A refreshing shake, a sundae with ladles of hot fudge, or a cone of flavourful hard serve all await at Winnipeg’s much-loved classic spot. Tucked next to Assiniboine Park in sunny St. James, this spot offers an experience you’ll always reminisce about. Stroll over the Assiniboine River Park Bridge, sit next to the Duck Pond, and chill out this summer with a Sargent Sundae treat.
2053 Portage Ave.
BDI - Having been around since 1957, BDI has certainly earned it’s Winnipeg staple status. Famous for ice cream creations involving massive halves of fruit, upside-down shakes and a whole lot of whipped cream, this classic spot has every Winnipegger familiar with “The Goog.” With extended hours all summer long, you’ll likely find us on the bridge taking cone pictures for the ‘Gram.
766 Jubilee Ave.
Rollesque - Imagine your favourite flavours coming together right in front of your eyes. Ingredients and tasty creams are mixed on a chilled surface, evenly spread out for the perfect consistency, then rolled up for a Thai-style treat. The rolled ice cream comes with various toppings like chunks of mango, Nutella, candy, chocolate, or sweet drizzles. You’ll enjoy watching its creation as much as you’ll enjoy eating it. Tom and Heather Hoang don’t stop at ice cream. Delve into some of Winnipeg’s best Vietnamese delights like Banh Mi.
6-794 Sargent Ave., 117 Osborne St., 605 Sterling Lyon Parkway
The Icing Castle - This Kawaii aesthetic spot specializes in delicious bingsu like the mango crumble or strawberry fudge, bubble teas, and milkshakes that check all the boxes on your cravings list. While you’re there, don't forget to grab a box of their new Ube Meringues with pinipig and toasted coconut made by chef/co-owner Eumi de Jesus.
55 Waterford Green Common D1
Chocolatier Constance Popp - Aside from premium artisan chocolates in lifelike shapes and colours, beautifully crafted cakes, and various treats worth discovering, Constance makes delicious ice cream using locally produced birch syrup. The high-quality ice cream comes in an in-house-made waffle cone and with premium sweets stacked on the top.
180 Provencher Blvd.
Le Monkey Bar - It’s all vegan, all the time at this cute kiosk on the Esplanade Riel. These rich, fruit-centred creations will satisfy any sweet tooth, especially with new items this year including gluten-free waffle cones and homemade cookie dough chunks. Go bananas for the classic chocolate-dipped banana on a stick, or nuts for the cashew-based cheesecake alternative.
50 Provencher Blvd.
Black Market Provisions - For those looking for an entire pint’s worth of ice cream, Black Market Provisions delivers – literally and figuratively. These small-batch all-vegan pints come in irresistible flavours like coconut milk-based Thai-Phoon with notes of ginger, lemongrass and lime, or Banana Bread including actual chunks of soft and chewy banana loaf.
550 Osborne St.
Sub Zero - When it comes to creative ice cream names, Sub Zero takes the cake. The “Victoria Secret” is an angelic combination of peanut butter, raspberry sauce and crushed Oreos, while the “Pikachu parfait” is coated in hot caramel sauce, white chocolate and cookie crumbles. For the hockey fans, the “Jets parfait” filled with strawberries, blueberries and cheesecake is a win every time.
298 Jamison Ave.
Sweet Tops - Sweet Tops gives us nothing but classic ice cream parlour vibes, and we are here for it! The creamiest soft-serve, a long list of hard ice cream scoops, Twisters, sundaes, and root beer floats are all staples at this local Henderson Hwy spot.
949 Henderson Hwy.
Chocoberry Dessert House - This summer is all about cute cones and creamy creations – which is exactly what you can find at Chocoberry Dessert House in Osborne Village. Must-trys include the brand-new ice cream soda float, the Crème Matachaccino, or any of the stacked-high sundaes.
470 River Ave.
Teeyah’s - This downtown candy emporium serves up premium (and often obscure) Manitoba-made ice cream, available in a waffle cone or a full pint to take home, plus plenty of soft serve, cotton candy burritos and mixable layers for those perfect parfaits.
104-240 Graham Ave.
Decadence Chocolates - open year round, Decadence Chocolates is an artisan chocolate, confectionery and premium ice cream shop offering a wide variety of products including made in-store ice cream and sorbets. There is always a minimum of five flavours to choose from including the tried and true favourites such as Chocolate and Vanilla and a variety of other enticing combinations such as Passion Fruit + Salted Caramel, Manitoba Rhubarb, Lemon Meringue Pie and Rocky Road just to name a few as well as vegan options.
70 Sherbrook St.