Top 5 Ice Cream Spots in Burlington
Nothing beats an ice cream cone on a gorgeous hot day in Burlington, unless you’re having it on a funnel cake or a sugar cone. Perhaps you’re sauntering down Lakeshore with your puppy or holding hands with your significant other on Brant St. … or you’re an overworked parent who’s trying to please too many picky eaters and you’ve decided today you’re having ice cream before dinner because adulting is overrated. Here are the top 5 places to get ice cream (gelato is another category altogether!) in Burlington.
Retro is all the rage at this fun little shop where it’s a throwback to old times. There’s a jukebox and other items you’ll have to explain to millennials (or your sweet nine-year-old niece), plus 32 flavours of ice cream, milkshakes, flurries, sundaes, floats, funnel cakes, and banana splits. I loved the coconut raspberry flavour the most! If you’re hungrier, stick around for the fries, wedges, hot dogs, chicken fingers, etc. Keep in mind, there’s a $0.25 fee to pay with plastic.
It’s nutrient-dense food that’ll satisfy those cravings when you’re supposed to be eating clean. Guilt-free ingredients - which happen to be vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free - are the premise behind the offerings at this charming little shoppe by the mom-and-daughter duo who opened Kindfood, now named Lettuce Love (where they still serve a few dessert options). Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie serve up incredible treats - using ingredients such as organic cocoa, applesauce, lemons, peppermint oil, espresso beans, agave and coconut - which you can split with your friends from Pilates. This chocolate-vanilla twist soft-serve is guaranteed to hit the spot. If you’re not into hybrids, you can get either flavour on its own and jazz it up with a few toppings.
If you love all things local, you’ll want to check out this shop featuring fresh, hearty, and homemade eats. With gourmet soups, salads, panini-style sandwiches. and desserts - including a vegan and gluten-free ice-cream sandwich, plus homemade edible cookie dough - there’s also some really delicious ice cream via the London Ice Cream Company (London, as in down Hwy. 401). It’s made with real cream and is absolutely delicious. There’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Mudpuddle (yum!), Rainbow Sorbet, Orange Sorbet, Spiderman (it’s red vanilla swirl paired with blue bubble gum), Chocolate, and French Canadian Vanilla. The resto opened in Oct. 2016 and is a super cute lunch spot. Just remember there’s dessert, too.
From outside it looks like a normal vintage ice cream shop, but when you enter you'll be greeted with the best waffle cone you've ever smelled. Murphy's has 30 flavours of ice cream (hard, soft, frozen yogurt), plus slushies, cakes, sundaes and delicious Italian gelato. They have a large selection, with flavours such as caramel, watermelon, lemon, pistachio, and of course, classic vanilla and chocolate. The Dark Chocolate Caramel & Sea Salt is my favourite. Service is quick, even in the summer and on weekends when the line up is out the front door. There’s outdoor seating but you’ll definitely be tempted to take a stroll by the water since it’s so close. Fun fact: The original Murphy’s location is in Mississauga’s Streetsville neighbourhood.
This Aldershot institution is obviously the champ … you can’t mess with perfection. Easterbrooks has an endless stream of loyal customers to remind you of such legen-dairy (you knew it was coming!) status. While you’re waiting for an ice cream cone, look around — the shop’s ceiling and walls are covered in business cards collected over the years. Records, newspaper clippings, and an arcade game will keep you entertained (and thanking Mable Easterbrook for switching over to hot dogs after four years — she opened shop in 1926 as a tea house!). Since 1930, they’ve served more than 1,653 miles of hot dogs and more than 533 tonnes of ice cream. The good stuff - Central Smith Ice Cream - comes from Peterborough. Flavours include Algonquin Canoe, Maple Walnut, Salted Caramel, Black Raspberry Cheesecake, and Tiger Tail. I stepped out of my comfort zone and went with Black Cherry … it was divine. You can choose from waffle cones to sugar cones or sundaes, and if you’re really craving a treat, get a milkshake. They now have malted shakes which taste like Maltesers candy (my sister will love this news!). Keep in mind, it’s debit or cash only. If you’ve never been, get down here and try the best place to get ice cream in Burlington!