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Looking for the best gelato in Toronto? We've got you covered with this list of some of the best gelato shops in the city.
Gelato is the direct translation of ice cream in Italian, however, gelato is much more than just cold cream and sugar. The biggest difference between gelato and ice cream is the composition of ingredients (milk to sugar ratio) but more importantly, the churning process is what separates these two ice-cold treats. Gelato has more milk, less cream and is churned very slowly to avoid adding air -- hence the incredible richness and dense texture.
There is some controversy as to where this sweet treat originated; some will say in Florence, others will insist Sicily and a select few will argue that the gelato we know today was modernized in France.
Regardless of where it originated, gelato has now become a year-round dessert that Torontonians can enjoy despite our icy cold winters. From classic Stracciatella to Asian influenced flavours like durian or black sesame, to the Canadian favourite maple pecan, to an endless list of vegan and sugar-free options. Here is our list of the best gelato shops in Toronto.
The newest member on the list, Eataly joins the ranks as one of the best spots for gelato in the city. The Italian store even created an exclusive Maple Pecan flavour as an homage to the new Toronto location.
Serving the masses in Kensington since 2014, this shop also serves Italian-style desserts and speciality coffees.
Unfortunately, this shop is only open during spring and summer months. This cash or debit only spot features the best vegan gelato the city has tasted to date.
With three locations across the city, this spot serves classic gelato flavours stacked high. All the gelato is made fresh in house every single day to ensure the best possible quality.
Known as a pastry and cake boutique, this shop showcases incredible gelato -- but sadly is only available during the summer months.
Made in house, this gelato spot is creating new flavours constantly, while simultaneously upholding traditional gelato flavours and techniques.
Simple, classic and traditional gelato offerings open until 10 pm.
Ed’s Real Scoop has been recognized as one of the pioneers in creating a culture obsessed with gelato -- opening their first location in the Beaches in 2000!
Pick your format at Bar Ape from scooped, to soft-serve swirl, to a chocolate-covered bar -- the options are endless.
Bubble tea and gelato all under one roof, with the option to add tapioca over your scoop!
The OG of Toronto gelato and by their definition, "Death in Venice Gelato is worth dying for." Death in Venice is always partnering with local restaurants to create unique flavours, like Thai flavours inspired by Chef Nuit from Pai coming soon.