It’s that time of the year where hot days and nights lead to a quench for cool treats! Grab a date or the family because here are 5 recommended places to go in Niagara for ice cream:
#1. CrunchiCreme, Downhill Ice-Cream & Funnel Cakes
Address: South side of Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
CrunchiCreme is located between the Fudge Factory and Boston Pizza
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am – 12am, Fri-Sun 11am-2am
Funnel Cakes is in the Niagara Speedway courtyard.
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-12am; Fri-Sun 11am-2am
Downhill Ice Cream is next to Movieland towards the bottom of Clifton Hill.
Hours: Mon-Thu 2pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-1am; Sun 11am-Midnight
Each of these ice-cream locations take pride in making waffle cones fresh, right on site. It’s impossible to walk down Clifton Hill without smelling the sweet aroma of fresh waffle cones being made fresh every day! These popular locations offer soft serve ice cream with your choice of a regular cone, waffle cone, or a deluxe waffle cone (chocolate-dipped tips in peanuts or sprinkles). CrunchiCreme offers “Dippin’ Dots” — tiny beads of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet and flavored ice, as well as “Cruchi Creme” in Skor, Oreo Cookie, M&M Pieces, Reese’s Pieces, Rainbow Sprinkles, and Cool Colour Nerds which gets swirled into your ice cream. Downhill Ice Cream and Funnel Cakes offers Flavour Burst ice cream in Strawberry, Lemon Drop, Butter Pecan, Blue Raspberry, Bubble Gum, Tropical Orange, Mocha Cappuccino, and Green Apple.
A stop on Clifton Hill is incomplete without having one of our incredible ice cream cones in your hands!
#2. Avondale Dairy Bar
Address: 461 Stewart Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Hours: Mon to Thu 12-9pm, Fri & Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-9pm
All their ice cream is made fresh daily on site. They pride themselves on the saying that its “Ice Cream the way it should be”. All of the ingredients are blended into the ice cream by hand, and they offer many choices of ice cream, frozen yogurt, cakes, & pies!
In operation since 1955, Avondale Dairy Bar has been a popular stop for ice cream for many generations of local residents. Sit outside and relax in Niagara farm country and enjoy! Behind the store is the working dairy farm with approximately 90 Holstein cows (Stewart Haven Farms).
#3. Italian Ice Cream
Address: 5458 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls
Hours: Mon to Thu 8:30am-9pm, Fri, Sat, Sun 8:30-11pm
Italian Ice Cream has been a family business in operation since 1978. They offer gelato, coffee, panini, or desserts. Their homemade products are peanut free and their gelato base is gluten-free, as well as do not use any hydrogenated oils. They offer 24 different flavours of gelato, Grab a cone and sit out on their patio!
#4. Sweet Jesus
Address: 5875 Falls Ave, Niagara Falls
Hours: Mon to Thu & Sun 12pm-10pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-1am
Located at the corner of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue, Sweet Jesus is an ice cream shop that offers up inventive soft serve creations like they’ve never been done before. Sweet Jesus uses only the highest quality ingredients and products to make one-of-a-kind soft serve cones alongside classic favourites and seasonal treats.
#5. Cow’s Ice Cream
Address: 44 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Hours: Mon to Thu & Sun 10am-7pm, Fri & Sat 10am-8pm
COWS Ice Cream began in 1983 with an old-fashioned recipe from Cavendish, PEI. They use cream with a very high butterfat content of approximately 16%. The result is very creamy and melts in your mouth. They use only fresh cream, real eggs, and sugar, and you can choose from 32 + flavors. Their Chocolate ice cream (featured in picture) is made with the finest cocoa imported from Holland.