The Ultimate Kingston Ice Cream Bucket List

By Kate Farrell

Ice cream. The quintessential summer food. As a true ice cream connoisseur once said, “ice cream season is any season.” (Yes, that connoisseur may have been me, stubbornly holding my mint chip cone in the middle of winter, but let’s carry on.) While this may be true; there’s nothing better than a cool, sweet ice cream cone while the sun continues to shine past 8 pm.

Lucky for us, Kingston has been gifted with some of the hottest ice cream joints making the summer sweeter than ever. Here’s where to go to find the best frozen treats that the city has to offer. Enjoy!

Mile and a Quarter Ice Cream

772 Blackburn Mews

Tucked behind the back of Coffee Trends, this is truly the hidden gem of Kingston’s ice cream scene. Not just your typical soft serve joint; Mile And A Quarter Ice Cream offer 55 flavours ranging from the adventurous rum and eggnog to classic vanilla. Our favourite part? You can mix and match any of these soft serve flavours to create your own summer treat. We love the delicious chocolate peanut butter milkshake — but we’re always open to testing more to sway our opinion!

Coffee & Company

53 Princess Street

Great coffee and great ice cream in the same space — are we dreaming? This idyllic coffee shop on Princess Street is truly a gift for ice cream lovers with their selection of White Mountain ice cream. White Mountain is a legendary establishment in Kingston for their homemade ice cream using natural ingredients. They are only open seasonally, but luckily Coffee & Company carries this stuff all year long!

White Mountain Homemade Ice Cream

176 Ontario Street

A true ice cream connoisseur knows that this is the spot to be in Kingston in the summer. Even with their huge variety of flavours, White Mountain still found a way to make every single one as delicious as the next. Maybe it’s the fact they make all their ice cream themselves, but you’d better head down there and test it out for yourself.

Sipps Coffee and Dessert Bar

33 Brock Street

When you go into a cafe exclusively dedicated to desserts, you know you’re going to have an unreal ice cream selection — and Sipps delivers! There’s something about having delicious ice cream while overlooking the gorgeous market square that makes summer that much better. With a full selection of must-tries, you really can’t go wrong with some scoops from Sipps.

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General Brock’s Commissary

86 Brock Street

Bringing the taste of Upper Canada to Kingston, General Brock’s Commissary serves up some of the best locally produced specialty foods just steps from the original War of 1812 commissary. And best of all, that includes crowd-favourite Kawartha Dairy ice cream. Classic flavours keep in line with the shop’s historical theme, but don’t worry — you can still get your double scoop of ultra-vibrant cotton candy ice cream here. Grab a cone and walk the two blocks east to enjoy it lakeside at Confederation Park.

Marble Slab Creamery

2376 Princess Street and 27 Princess Street

There’s no such thing as “too extra” at Marble Slab, which is the exact reason we love it. This one is for all the people who know how to treat themselves; with a menu ranging from banana splits, flavours with customizable mix-ins, Belgian waffle delights, and even ice cream cupcakes, there’s no leaving here unsatisfied!

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Mio Gelato

178 Ontario Street

It wouldn’t be a true Kingston ice cream list without including the crowd favourite — Mio Gelato! Ever since it opened its doors in 2010, Mio Gelato has been the go-to place for authentic Italian Gelato, sorbetto, ice cream, and frozen yogurt. With a chef mixing all the beautiful flavours in-house, this homemade treat is guaranteed to be a highlight of any summer night!