Are you a classic vanilla or a decadent chocolate peanut butter? Maybe you’re an exotic rosemary rhubarb sorbet. Whatever you choose, who doesn’t love a good ice cream cone on a hot day? Sweet and creamy, cool and refreshing, going for ice cream can be the crowning touch on a family outing or an event all its own. Calgary has great ice cream shops in every quadrant so find your favourite!
If you’re looking to buy a tub of ice cream (stay on budget with a bigger family!) try Foothills Creamery. They have been serving Western Canada with old-fashioned, barrel-churned ice cream, for a richer, creamier, and more full-bodied ice cream. Foothills Creamery is 100% Canadian-owned, with operations based in Calgary and they have six new flavours in 2022! Try Cotton Candy, Tiger, Sea Salt Caramel Fudge, Raspberry Chocolate Truffle, Cereal Bowl, and Groovy Ube.
With delicious flavour combinations, Abbey’s Creations in Bowness brings you ice cream, ice cream cakes, milkshakes, and bubble tea.
Address: #13, 4703 Bowness Rd NW, Calgary, AB
Head to Amato Gelato in Kensington and you can try authentic Italian gelato and sorbetto with over 70 rotating flavours, all made from traditional Italian family recipes.
Address: 2104 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB
With ice cream, mini donuts, and even cheesecake, there is everything to love about La Diperie. They are also known for soft-serve dipped in amazing flavours and topped how you like it.
Address: 519, 500 Country Hills Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
Leavitt’s Ice Cream Shop
Grab one of 40 flavours from Leavitt’s Ice Cream Shop, known as Lics, and you can enjoy a summer stroll by the Bow River, ice cream in hand. You can also find no-sugar and lactose-free options.
Address: 3410 3 Ave NW, Calgary, AB
Made by Marcus
Now with three locations in Calgary, Made by Marcus is a popular ice cream stop that loves to bring out unique flavours. Think rosemary rhubarb sorbet or garden mint and avocado. Don’t worry if you’re not that adventurous, they have traditional flavours, too!
Address: 17th Ave: 1013 17 Ave SW; West Hillhurst: 221 19 St NW; Bridgeland: 1105 1st Ave NE, Calgary AB
My Favorite Ice Cream Shop
You’ll find a 1950’s vibe and loads of nostalgia at My Favorite Ice Cream Shop, plus ice cream memorabilia and around 75 flavours of ice cream.
Address: Marda Loop: 2048 – 42 Ave SW; West 85th St Mall: 1114 – 8561 8A Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Sweet Tooth Ice Cream
Sweet Tooth Ice Cream is the original home of rolled ice cream in Calgary. You can enjoy the creamy, intense treat in customized flavours and dairy-free options.
Address: 206 Centre St SE, Calgary, AB
Village Ice Cream
You’ll find Village Ice Cream at four locations in Calgary. It has become a Calgary staple with their ‘always’ flavours and their specialty seasonal flavours like peach jam or honeydew.
Address: Victoria Park: 431 10 Avenue SE; Britannia Plaza: 820 49th Ave SW; Garrison Corner: 2406 34th Ave SW; Bridgeland: 69 7A St NE, Calgary, AB
Make your way to Uzu Taiyaki in Chinatown and try taiyaki, a Japanese waffle-cake shaped like a fish. You fill it with soft-serve ice cream in Asian-inspired flavours and enjoy.
Address: 1, 110 2 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
XO Ice Cream & Waffles
Inspired by the ice cream parlours of the past, XO Ice Cream & Waffles brings you 20 ice cream flavours and delicious waffles. Combine them for an even tastier treat.
Address: 808, 100 Auburn Meadows Dr SE, Calgary, AB
MacKay’s Ice Cream
MacKay’s Ice Cream in Cochrane gets an honourable mention on our list of Calgary ice cream shops. This family business has been around for generations and makes ice cream in delicious small batches with fresh ingredients.
Address: 220 1 St W, Cochrane, AB