Where in the downtown core do you go for fantastic frozen treats?
- Amato Gelato in Kensington is pretty great, but sometimes you want a big heaping scoop of creamy melty ice cream and not a tidy portion of intensely flavored gelato. That said, Amato is my go-to for a summer treat most all of the time.
- Spoon Me (2 locations: Kensington, 17th Ave) is getting much better. They've been widening their flavors and have great promotions sometimes to encourage customer return. They've also started their own weighing system, which makes for better portion regulation I guess (and excuses to charge $10 for frozen yogurt) ?
But sometimes even the "plain" flavor at different locations is inconsistent -- I love the sour tang of Pinkberry, etc. and it really just doesn't compare! Needs more crisp, fresh yogurty bite.
- My Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe in Marda Loop is excellent, huge array of ice cream flavors to choose from. Price structure needs a bit of help, though. $7.50 is non-negotiable if you want three flavors and it comes in a massive 16-oz portion (WHY?!) Also location is very out-of-the-way.
...................Obviously I'm a fat kid at heart. My nephew and nieces however are very picky connoisseurs, so these are just things I happen to know via extensive summer research, okay? :)
- There is a new "Crepes & Cravings" location on 17th, a branch from the one in TD Square. A bit of a shaky start, and the gelato flavoring needs some help... but all in all, they've nailed the location and the value elements of CENTRAL DOWNTOWN ICE CREAM.
Are they the only ones???
Amato Gelato Cafe
2104 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3R7, CA
My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe
2048 42 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 2M7, CA
1130 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4P4, CA
Crepes & Cravings
1013 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A7, CA