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. Avondale Dairy Bar
Photo cred *Pictured Above: Peanut Butter Paradise*
Address: 461 Stewart Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Sunday to Thursday, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Friday & Saturday
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).
#2. Italian Ice Cream
Photo cred *Pictured Above: New gelato flavours S’mores and Berry Biscotti*
Address: 5458 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls
Hours: Daily, and everyday in the Summer from 8:30 am – 11:00 pm
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!
#3. Sweets & Treats/Downhill Ice Cream
Photo cred *Pictured Above: Mocha Cappuccino Twist at Downhill Ice Cream*
Address: South side of Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
Sweets & Treats and Downhill Ice Cream pride themselves on making their 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 here! Both locations offer soft serve ice cream on your choice of a regular cone, waffle cone, or a deluxe waffle cone (chocolate-dipped tips in peanuts or sprinkles). Sweets & Treats 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 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!
#4. Cow’s Ice Cream
Address: 44 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Daily
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.
#5. Candie’s Ice Creamery
Photo source *Pictured Above: Cool Mint, Mocha Cappuccino, and Bubble Gum on a waffle cone*
Address: 17 Lock Street, St.Catharines
This is the best ice creamery in Port Dalhousie! Stopping here is a must when you visit Lakeside Park Beach, which is a stone’s throw from Candie’s Ice Creamery. They specialize in both Flavor Burst soft serve and hard-scooped ice cream. For anyone with peanut allergies, they offer ice cream sandwiches that are peanut free.
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