Top 5 Places to Get Ice Cream in Hamilton


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! I used to chant this as a kid, and as I've gotten older nothing has really changed - I still constantly crave ice cream. I may not throw temper tantrums over it anymore, however, I'm still always up for a good cone.

And while heading out to the closest grocery at 10 p.m. on a Friday night to get a tub of cookies and cream is always fun, sometimes I crave something a little more bougie and luxurious.

In those cases, here are the top five places to get ice cream in the city.

5. The Purple Pony

The Purple Pony has been an Ancaster hotspot since 2006, and for a good reason. The popular ice cream shop, which is only open seasonally (roughly from June until August), scoops over 30 flavours of Hewitt's Dairy ice cream, in addition to frozen yogurt, and sherbets. The Purple Pony also offers sugar-free and goat milk options.

When you pull up to the garage (yes, The Purple Pony operates out of a garage), get your choice of ice cream, sit down on the benches (or the pony rocking chairs), you'll quickly see why this is such a popular place in the summer months.

4. A&J Sugar Bowl Ice-Cream Parlor

Photo courtesy A&J Sugar Bowl Ice-Cream Parlor Facebook

Sugar Bowl is an excellent place to go if you have a sweet tooth, sugar is in the name after all! This parlor caters to every sweet-lovers needs as it not only sells (delicious) ice cream, but customers can also treat themselves to bubble tea, a variety of crepes, and plenty of other dessert options.

Although this is an article meant to highlight Hamilton's topnotch ice cream scene, we do have to give a shout out to the crepes at Sugar Bowl because they are absolutely delightful!

3. Marble Slab Creamery

Located on Upper James Street, Marble Slab is ever ice cream lovers dream. Not only can you get a traditional ice cream cone, customers can also indulge in ice cream cupcakes, ice cream pies, milkshakes, and banana splits - should I go on?

If you are planning on getting a traditional cone though, you can still specialize it if you want to. Marble Slab offers a wide range of toppings that customers can pick from in order to make their cone their own! One of my favourite combinations is chocolate swiss ice cream, in a waffle cone, with cookie dough, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and Skor Toffee Bits on top.

2. Paradise Smoothies and Ice Cream

Four cream doughnut sandwich, just one of the incredible menu items at Paradise (and one of my personal favours). Although, if you're looking for something a little more lowkey, you can still find traditional single or double scooped ice cream cones (in a waffle bowl, or waffle cone) at this location. At Paradise Smoothies and Ice Cream, customers can also choose their own toppings, and even have their cones dipped in cherry, peanut butter (this is one of my favourite options), toasted coconut, blue raspberry, or butterscotch.

However, as the name suggests, you won't just find ice cream here. Customers are also able to enjoy fruit smoothies, milkshakes, slushies, and floats - yum!

1. Panini & Ice Cream

Photo courtesy Panini & Ice Cream Facebook page

From the outside, Panini & Ice Cream may not look like much, however, upon walking in your perception will completely change.

Customers can get a panini for lunch or dinner, but what we're here to talk about is the dessert portion - the ice cream!

Like many of the locations mentioned, Panini & Ice Cream offers traditional ice cream cones as well as milkshakes. But what the place is best known for is its half and half (half ice cream, half milkshake) option. Customers can make their own creations or choose from one of the menu options - my go to is always something that contains strawberries.

No matter what you get though, you will not be disappointed. Not only does the ice cream at this location taste amazing, but the presentation is next level!

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