10 Ice Cream Shops in Calgary

Cool off with an ice cream cone, a sundae or some gelato at one of these local shops.

Rolled Ice Cream from Sweet Tooth Ice Cream. Photograph by Jared Sych.

Eating an ice cream cone on a sunny day is a quintessential summer activity, even during these trying times. Here are 10 local shops in Calgary where you can get a refreshing scoop of hard ice cream, soft serve, gelato or sorbet.

 

Amato Gelato 

 

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Located on a quiet street in the community of West Hillhurst, Amato Gelato is the perfect spot to go for a scoop of classic Italian gelato. The shop always has more than 70 rotating flavours in its case, including espresso flake, mango coconut marble, stracciatella and cherry chocolate chunk. You can also snack on affogatos, Italian pastries, pizza, paninis and more. It’s open regular hours, for pickup or delivery through SkipTheDishes.

2104 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-270-9733, amatogelatocalgary.com

 

Dellor Ice Cream

Dellor was the first to introduce rolled ice cream to Calgary when it launched at the Stephen Avenue Farmers’ Market in 2016. Its brick-and-mortar store opened in northeast Calgary in 2017. The popular treat is created by placing liquid ice cream on a chilled surface, freezing it into a thin sheet and then scraping it into rolls. The rolls sit upright in a bowl and are finished with toppings. Dellor has six regular flavours that include mango and s’mores, as well as two seasonal flavours. Add toppings such as Pocky sticks and Oreo cookies for an extra cost. It’s open regular hours and for curbside pickup.

1309 Edmonton Tr. N.E., delloricecream.ca

 

La Diperie

 

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Calgary is home to La Diperie’s first (and currently only) location in Western Canada. There are lots of different frozen treats to choose from here, but the dipped cones are what they’re known for. Get your soft serve dipped in one of 30 chocolate flavours ranging from caramel to lavender, then top it with things like pretzels, cereal, sprinkles, nuts and more. It’s open regular hours.

519, 500 Country Hills Blvd. N.E., ladiperie.com 

 

Leavitt’s Ice Cream Shop

 

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Known as “Lics,” this unassuming, family-owned ice cream parlour in Parkdale has been around since 1982. The shop serves more than 40 flavours in generous portions, offering ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt and even sugar-free and lactose-free options. Its location near the Bow River makes for a nice summer stroll with a cone in hand. It’s open regular hours with limits of two people per group.

3410 3 Ave. N.W., 403-283-3578, lics.ca

 

Made By Marcus

 

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There’s usually a long line-up outside Made By Marcus, but it’s always worth the wait. Made By Marcus is known for its unique flavour combinations — past flavours have included Leffers Carrot Cake, banana churro and coffee grinds, pumpkin cashew coconut and malted chocolate honeycomb. Both locations offer eight signature flavours, plus two seasonals and two vegan flavours. Soft serve and sundaes will be back to all locations later this summer, but you can get the pineapple sorbet soft serve at the 17 Avenue S.W. location right now. Both locations are open regular hours.

1013 17 Ave. S.W. and 221 19 St. N.W., 403-452-1692, madebymarcus.ca 

 

My Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe

 

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This 1950s-style ice cream shop has been a neighbourhood staple in Marda Loop since 1981. Inside you’ll find retro trinkets and servers in old-school uniforms scooping up more than 80 flavours including classics like bubble gum and butter pecan. There’s also a second location in West Springs and both shops are open  regular hours, seasonally from April until September.

2048 42 Ave. S.W., 403-287-3838 and 1114, 8561 8A Ave. S.W., 403-234-7100, myfavoriteicecream.com

 

Sweet Tooth Ice Cream

Sweet Tooth was the first brick-and-mortar store to offer rolled ice cream when it opened in Chinatown in 2016. There are 10 or 11 ice cream flavours on the menu, including matcha, birthday cake, espresso and more. It’s open regular hours and also does delivery through SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, Uber Eats and Foodora.

206 Centre St. S.E., 403-832-0128, sticyyc.com 

 

Uzu Taiyaki

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Uzu Taiyaki serves soft serve inside of taiyaki, which are sweet Japanese waffle cakes shaped like fish. The Asian-inspired flavours can vary but have included matcha, pandan, red bean and durian in the past. Certain flavours are available swirled together. Choose from around 15 toppings such as Fruity Pebbles, sprinkles and rolled wafers to complete your ice cream treat. It’s open with summer hours.

1, 110 2 Ave. S.E., facebook.com

 

Village Ice Cream 

One of the original spots for handcrafted, small-batch ice cream in Calgary, Village now has three locations around the city. Choose from its 10 core flavours like maple pecan, cardamon or toasted coconut, or opt for one of the three to four seasonals. While you can get your ice cream in a cup, the waffle cones are a must-try. All three locations are open regular hours and the Victoria Park location is doing contactless curbside pickup of take-home pints.

Three locations, villageicecream.com

 

XO Ice Cream & Waffles

This ice cream shop opened in Auburn Bay in 2018 and was inspired by vintage mom-and-pop shops. The 20 ice cream flavours include strawberry rhubarb, salted caramel, mango sorbet and more. XO also sells fresh waffles that come in classic sugar, cinnamon honey, chocolate or chocolate chip waffle flavours. If you can’t decide between ice cream and waffles, try a delicious waffle-topped sundae. The store is open for grab-and-go with one person or family inside at a time, and for free delivery to select communities in southeast Calgary.

808, 100 Auburn Meadows Dr. S.E., 403-370-6435, xoicecream.com

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