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10 Places for a Cool Treat

Share a three-scoop sundae from Greg’s Ice Cream with a friend—or have it all to yourself! The roasted marshmallow flavour is a Greg’s original and crowd favourite. Open daily. 750 Spadina Ave., 416-962-4734.

The Big Chill’s brightly coloured patio makes you feel like you’ve time warped back to the 1970s. Sweeten the journey with ice cream in a multitude of original mouth-watering flavours, like Caribou Tracks or Cherry Bordeaux. Open daily. 367 Manning Ave., 416-960-2455.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” ought to be the motto at Solferino. This Italian gelateria offers a traditional, no frills approach to gelato-making. The sorbetti, in classic flavours like strawberry or lemon, are refreshingly tingly to the taste. Open daily. 38 Wellington St. E., 416-364-8478.

For those looking for a healthy alternative to ice cream, assuage your guilt—and your craving—with a fruit smoothie from Fresh by Juice for Life. Enjoy delicious-tasting and good-for-you smoothies like the season pink flamingo, made with watermelon, strawberries and banana. Open daily. 326 Bloor St., 416-531-2635.

The cream of the frozen crop, Kensington Market Organic Ice Cream boasts unique flavours like Mo’ Fig—a combination of molasses and figs—and Blueberry-Lavender, a combination of blueberries and lavender. It’s no wonder this shop draws in such a quirky crowd. Open daily. 650 1/2 Queen St. W., 647-801-4970.

Goed Eten’s Belgian waffles are a must and will have you drooling. Made fresh-to-order, these light-as-air desserts are topped with vanilla ice cream, authentic maple syrup, chocolate sauce and powdered sugar. Thursday to Sunday. 66 1/2 Nassau, 647-345-7633.

The abundance of flavours and offerings at Dutch Dreams are too vast to count. This quaint ice cream parlour—a beloved staple of the city—offers an extensive selection of ice cream, frozen yogurt and imported Dutch desserts. For a decadent twist on a throwback, try the royal Dutch banana split: a crispy wafer boat filled with three scoops of ice cream, a banana and topped with chocolate and butterscotch sauces, whipped topping, roasted crushed peanuts, fresh fruit, melted chocolate and finally, powered sugar. Open daily. 78 Vaughan Rd., 416-656-6959.

At upscale Yorkville’s Summer’s Ice Cream, 24 varietals of housemade ice cream and a variety of yogurts and sorbets are on the scoop. Tickle your taste buds with the Toronto Pothole, a combo of heavenly hash and rocky road flavours. Open daily. 101 Yorkville Ave., 416-944-2637.

Boost your immune system with the Zen Berry smoothie from Big Carrot Organic Juice Bar, which is made with banana, blueberry, orange, vitamin C, bee pollen, flax and protein power. Or for a sweet but still wholesome treat, try the organic ice cream or Cool Hemp non-dairy frozen desserts in chocolate, maple and natural. Open daily. 348 Danforth Ave., 416-466-2129.

Little Italy residents have been spoiled by the preservative- and artificial flavours- free gelato at Dolce Gelato. For a real Italian treat, try the torrone, a gelato made from a crunchy almond nougat. Open daily. 697 College St., 416-915-0756.—Maria Cortellucci

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