Although we’re big advocates for eating ice cream all year round, summer in Winnipeg is the perfect time to cool down with a sweet treat.
Simple sundaes and classic cones are fine by us, but we wanted to find the tastiest ice cream creations that look almost too good to eat!
You know what’s better than one scoop of ice cream? A whole flight! Chaeban Ice Cream serves premium hard ice cream made from scratch in-house with locally sourced ingredients and offers it up in flights of four.
You can also opt for just one or two scoops, but it’s hard to say no to trying them all with flavours like Almond-O Salazar (creamy almond butter and lightly toasted almonds, candied in white chocolate, salt and butter), Mustang Sally (made with De Luca’s dark roast coffee beans) and Louis Lavendar (Purple Berry Orchard Saskatoon berries and Sage Garden lavender).
The simple and clean aesthetic of Chaeban’s location at 360 Osborne Street is all about taking the perfect pic – they even have an Instagram photo box – and they’re constantly coming up with new flavours and products (did we mention they have milkshakes!?).
Milksmith is the newest rolled ice cream shop in Winnipeg and serves up artfully crafted creations made right in front of your eyes by its “ice cream ninjas”! The whole process is pretty mesmerizing and the plethora of mix-ins make it easy for you to create a personalized flavour.
The endless toppings add eye-catching embellishments whether you choose a cool craft beverage made with fragrant and flavourful foams or a rolled rainbow ice cream sandwich topped with glittery sprinkles. Milksmith also takes 'Taco Tuesday' to the next level with its spin on an ice cream taco wrapped in a waffle cone shell.
Plus! The pink walls of the small shop at 651 Corydon Avenue make a great backdrop for a trendy pic.
Not a Waffle
Have you ever seen a fish-shaped ice cream cone? Taiyaki is a cute Japanese snack that has the look of the scaly animal, but none of the fishy taste (trust us, it's delicious).
Not a Waffle is Winnipeg’s first Taiyaki ice cream shop and scoops up homemade flavours with colourful toppings. Whether you want classic sprinkles, delicate flowers or adorable Teddy Grahams, Not a Waffle has endless options to make your cone look extra photo-worthy.
Head down to 353 Langside Street to try out flavours like Kit Kat Filling, Matcha Swirl or Sakura (cherry blossom).
Sub Zero Ice Cream
When you walk into Sub Zero, its retro feel and friendly faces will transport you right back to your childhood.
Although this might look like your typical ice cream shop, the menu says otherwise. With Manitoba’s largest ice cream menu, Sub Zero really does have something for everyone with its shakes, sundaes, parfaits, flurries and slushies.
Paying special attention to presentation makes for impressive and mouthwatering creations that you can enjoy in the summer sun on its quiet patio at 298 Jamison Avenue.
Bridge Drive-In (BDI)
BDI is an iconic summer spot among locals to snap a photo with a frozen treat. The family-run business has been around since the 1950s and is nestled in the beautiful neighbourhood of Elm Park at 766 Jubilee Avenue.
It serves up creamy shakes and soft serve, but also offers some more eccentric choices like the Goog (an upside-down blueberry shake topped with a hot fudge sundae, sliced bananas, whipped cream, peanuts and a cherry) and the Sleeping Beauty (half a pineapple, two mounds of vanilla ice cream, strawberry and cherry sauce, with whip cream, peanuts and a cherry on top).
Although the ice cream itself is picture-perfect, what makes BDI so photo-worthy is its location. Once you grab your dessert, enjoy the warm weather and head to the Elm Park Bridge to snap a pic overlooking the Red River.
You can also find its bright red food truck in various spots around the city throughout the summer!