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The Best Spots for a Refreshing Summer Treat in Ottawa


As the warm weather approaches, it’s time to treat yourself to a cold sweet treat that is refreshing and delicious. Ottawa has a wide variety of places to choose from that will all satisfy your sweet tooth.

1. Chocolats Favoris for Chocolate Dipped Soft Serve
449 Hazeldean Rd.
Chocolats Favoris offers different flavours of soft serve dipped into a variety of chocolate: milk, white or dark. They have numerous kinds to choose from, including cookies and cream, salted caramel and smores.

2. The Blended Berry for Acai Bowls/Smoothies
298 Preston St.
Smoothies and acai bowls are perfect for a refreshing and light breakfast or snack on a sunny day. The Blended Berry offers four types of acai bowls that you can choose from. By the end of the summer, I bet you will have tried them all!

3. Stella Luna for Gelato
1130 Wellington St. W. & 1103 Bank St.
If you haven’t been to Stella Luna for their award winning gelato, you’re missing out. Their gelato is freshly handcrafted from scratch everyday and they offer tons of flavours to choose from.

4. Playa Del Popsical for Popsicles
809 Bank St.
Playa Del Popsical is a popsicle truck located behind Mrs. Tiggy Winkles on Bank Street. They have awesome refreshing popsicles that are made from fresh fruit. We recommend that you try the watermelon kiwi pop!

5. Sundae School for Sundaes
131b Beechwood Ave.
Sundae School makes the best unique ice cream sundaes. They have a variety of school-themed sundaes to choose from, such as “recess pieces” which is vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge, peanut butter sauce and Reese’s chocolate pieces.

6. Chatime for Bubble Tea
675 Somerset St. W.
If you want a fun treat that isn’t very heavy, bubble tea is a great option. It also gives you a boost of energy if you choose a flavor that is made with green tea or black tea.

7. Moo Shu Ice Cream & Kitchen for Bubble Waffle Cones 
477 Bank St.
Moo Shu offers all sorts of options, including vegan ice cream, ice cream sandwiches and dipped ice cream bars. They are also famous for their bubble waffle cones and gluten free waffle cones. The have unique flavours that you won’t see at most ice cream parlors, including Burnt Honey & Sea Salt, Vegan Black Sesame and Matcha Green Tea.

8. Raw Pulp + Grind for Juice/Smoothies/Acai Bowls
440 Preston St. & 307A Richmond Rd.
Raw Pulp + Grind is a healthy option for a fruity and refreshing treat, as they offer fresh cold-pressed juice, smoothies and acai bowls that are perfect for the summertime. We recommend the PB Crunch acai bowl for a filling yet healthy treat.

9. Strawberry Blonde Bakery for Vegan/Gluten Free Options
114B Grange Ave.
Strawberry Blonde Bakery has much to offer from ice cream sandwiches to sundaes to ice cream cones. Everything in the shop is vegan, gluten free and nut free! You can also pick up some of their famous baked goods to go.

10. Brett’s Ice Cream for Colourful Soft Serve
1 Beaverbrook Rd.
To add a little colour to your ice cream, head over to Brett’s for a colourful swirl soft serve. Their flavors include pina colada, black cherry, strawberry, mocha and mint.

Treat yourself this summer to a sweet treat on a sunny day! You will not be disappointed with any of the options listed above. Enjoy!
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