My Favourite Ice Cream Shops in Montreal – Part 1

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July 13, 2015

in Ahuntsic / Cartierville, Downtown, Food, Food Trucks, Little Italy, Mile-end/Plateau Mont-Royal, NDG / Westmount, Rosemont, Saint-Édouard, Villeray

Let’s be honest here, one of the things that is most synonymous with summer is ice cream. I remember when I was young, my mom always hesitated buying ice cream for us because 1) it would melt before we got home from the grocery store, 2) not only are Asians amazing in ping-pong, badminton and in maths and sciences, but we also own the shit out of lactose intolerance. Lactaid didn’t exist back then (or so we thought) and ice cream was a treat that included a long walk down to the local ice cream shop – long enough to rethink and really consider what we were going to have, being fully aware of the repercussions and consequences this after-dinner treat would entail. Little did we realize that the forced integration of dairy products into our diet was slowly grooming our lactose kung fu resulting in a tolerance that now rivals my patience with stupid people driving and my ability to abstain from road rage. Here are some of my favourite ice cream shops in Montreal

Photo: Le glacier Bilboquet

Photo: Le glacier Bilboquet


Le glacier Bilboquet
When you think artisanal ice cream in Montreal Le Bilboquet is probably on the top of your list. Serving Montreal for over 30 years, this spot has grown from their modest ice cream counter in Outremont to six locations in and around Montreal. Le Glacier Bilboquet prides themselves on supporting the local businesses by sourcing their products from around the area, dairy from the Saguenay region, chocolate from the Montéregie, and fruits from Eastern Quebec and Ontario.
Le glacier Bilboquet
Multiple locations: http://www.bilboquet.ca/adresses.html
Opened Mondays and late on weekdays.


Photo: La Diperie

Photo: La Diperie


La Diperie
I love soft-serve ice cream dipped in chocolate; La Diperie takes it to the next level. What started off as a miniscule store front in the Plateau which often saw snaking lineups around the corner, they have relocated down the street to bigger digs this year. From decadent dipping options such as a Fleur de sel (dark chocolate with a salty twist) dip and BAILEYS, this favourite spot of mine is now serve twice the amount of customers in half the time! Must visit.

La Diperie
68 Avenue Des Pins East
Opened Mondays and late on weekdays.

Photo: Gastronomia Roberto

Photo: Gastronomia Roberto


Gastronomia Roberto
A piller in the gelato game, Gastronomia Robert or “Roberto’s” is one the go-to spots for authentic Italian gelato in Rosemont – Petite-Patrie. Choose from over 20 different flavours or a combination of three at a time, Roberto’s also has other great dessert options – homemade cakes, pies and other Italian confectionaries like… CANOLI.
Gastronomia Roberto
2227 Belanger
Opened Mondays and late on weekdays.

Dat chocolate-vanilla soft serve twist and dark chocolate dip tho like woah. 🍦👅💦✊👈#montreal #LactaidGameSoStrong

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Crèmerie Bo-Bec
My current obsession. Bo-Bec is a trational “cremerie” serving artisanal ice creams, and sorbets including classic menu items like slush, banana splits, homemade ice cream sandwiches, and homemade popsicles! Nothing is more charming than a neighbourhood ice cream shop that’s been run by the same owner that has had the same menu for over 25 years. This spot is one of those places that gives certain neighbourhoods their charm, a reason why people move into the area. Generous portions and great prices, you can tell that their business model is simple. Bo_bec is my life force.

Crèmerie Bo-Bec
1300 Laurier Est.
Opened Mondays and late on weekdays.

Monsieur Crémeux

Photo: Monsieur Crémeux

Photo: Monsieur Crémeux


What started off as a humble food truck, Mr. Crémeux now finally has an actual fixed storefront location. A vision of Martin Juneau and Louis-Philippe Breton, this ice cream shop is a neighbourhood favourite featuring homemade topping options like peanut and pretzel crumble (what?!) Their truck and even ice cream carts will be floating around this summer, so keep your eyes opened!
Monsieur Crémeux
43 Rue Beaubien E.

Pizzeria GEMA
GEMA-11
What’s a pizzeria doing on an ice cream list? Let me explain. You’re absolutely right, they don’t serve ice cream at GEMA, but you can find some of Montreal’s BEST pizzas here as well as frozen custard. You read that correctly. FROZEN ‘effin CUSTARD. Their walk up window is where you’re going to find this luscious frozen treat that’s guaranteed to please. Chocolate or vanilla frozen custard, you can also choose from eight toppings as well, Bacci crumble and “rainbow vermicelli” are my favourite.
Pizzeria GEMA
6827 Rue Saint Dominique

Like the title suggest, stay tuned for part 2!

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Joe July 13, 2015 at 4:26 pm

I just discovered Chocomax on Decarie in VSL a few weeks ago, they have some of the best classic chocolate/vanilla soft serve around, very smooth. It’s located just north of de l’Eglise. They claim the soft serve is made in house along with their scoop stuff (not sure if the scoops are ice cream or gelato). I agree with your list, although I have yet to try Gema (it’s on the list). Bilboquet is great but I find some of their flavours have this awful taste that’s similar to sesame oil, I don’t know if it’s a sign that it’s gone rancid or something in their ingredients, Ben and Jerry’s sometimes has a similar taste. Bo-bec is great. I would add Les Givres and of course the place that I think you don’t care for that’s not opened on Mondays. lol….Why the boycott, you are missing out?

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Jason July 14, 2015 at 10:37 am

Hey Joe, I’ve been to Chocomax before and perhaps they will make the second list. 😉 To be honest, I only go to Bilboquet for their lychee or pear sorbet – the best.

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Howard July 20, 2015 at 10:13 am

If Chocomax doesn’t make your 2nd list, get out of the food game. Pandan Ice Cream???? The best Black Sesame ice cream you’ve ever had? Bilboquet is straight up garbage.

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