Five top local ice cream spots in the city

Earlier this summer, two pastry chefs began selling delicious ice cream and cake in Parkdale. Where in Parkdale? Well, that’s the catch: Moonmilk is a top-secret-location kind of deal. Folks eager to try the sweet treats can DM owners Elysia Leung, left, and Sarah Davignon via their Instagram account @moonmilkto for the location. (You’ll know you’re getting close when you spot the little moon light mounted nearby; if the light’s on, they’re open.)

“We started Moonmilk because we love ice cream and cake and sharing what we love with the community. We have a lot of experience in the industry, and we enjoyed working together and wanted to step out on our own,” Leung says.

The team, Davignon says, has recently been workshopping new flavours, recipes and concepts: “You might get something decadent and nostalgic, or something a little more refined.”

The partners draw on the French-Canadian, Italian, Hong Kong and Malaysian flavours of their childhoods to craft cool creations, from Breakfast in Rome (packed with espresso, sambuca and maritozzi) to Pistachio Dream (featuring cream cheese swirled with pistachio pudding and pistachio-praline crunchies). They’ve even experimented with ice cream and cake hybrids like the PB&J Sammie (vanilla sponge cake, peanut butter ice cream and sauce and berry jam).

Drooling yet? Here, the two share their five favourite local ice cream innovators you need to check out this summer.

Vilda’s, 209 Dovercourt Rd.

“Embodying the ‘ice cream is an experience’ vibe, snacking on the tahini swirl with blueberry at this corner store/lunch spot patio on this out-of-the-way yet still bustling residential street is most relaxing and delicious.” —Leung

Death in Venice, 1418 Dundas St. W.

“While DIV change their flavours every couple of weeks, run if you see brown butter on the menu. Get the swirl with strawberry hibiscus: rich and refreshing!” —Davignon

The Dessert Kitchen, 73 Harbord St.

“They have tons of Hong Kong dessert options, including jelly spaghetti. But if you’re going for ice cream, get the Earl Grey soft serve, which you can get in a bubble waffle.” —Leung

Soma Chocolatemaker, various locations, somachocolate.com

“Soma is my neighbourhood spot. Technically gelato, but almost as soft as a classic soft serve, Soma makes a few flavours worth the trek to Brock, with a hang in McCormick Park. Get chocolate, of course! But I’m a die-hard licorice fan, and Soma has a unique licorice and caramel flavour spinning. Elysia also loves the sour cherry.” —Davignon

Bakerbots Baking, 205 Delaware Ave.

“Not soft serve but similar to Vilda’s, Bakerbots paved the way for chill-vibes ice cream in Toronto. Maybe we’re biased because we worked here, but it’s one of the best ice creams in the city. I love the ice cream puff filled with dairy mint Oreo.” —Leung

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By Jon Doe