Now that it’s June, ice cream lovers can rejoice because Windsor-Essex’s best creameries are open for business! If you’re on the hunt for the perfect frozen treat, we recommend checking out these awesome local shops. Each is unique and has yummy selections that will leave you craving more.
Location: 1805 Tecumseh Rd. W., Windsor
This scrumptious sandwich shop also has a cool side. With a wide selection of soft and hard ice cream, frozen yogurt, sundaes, jaw-dropping banana splits, and more, it’s hard to drive past any time of the year, especially in the summer!
During the hustle and bustle of summertime, lineups are common but trust us when we say their cold treats are worth the wait.
Locally owned and operated for over 30 years, guests can enjoy their food outdoors on the patio. Although you might come for the ice cream, we recommend trying Buskers’ equally classic subs. Their pitas, gyros, poutines, and salads are also worth diving into!
Location: 229 Dalhousie St., Amherstburg
Since 1979, Waterfront Ice Cream has been one of the county’s most beloved spots for sweet treats. Boasting a menu with over 50 hand-scooped ice cream flavours, there’s lots to love about this colourful creamery.
Some of their popular items include hard ice cream, soft-serve, gelato, smoothies, milk shakes, splits, and protein shakes.
Another great thing about Waterfront is that it’s right next to the A-burg waterfront. After you get a cone, simply hop across the street to enjoy the picturesque King’s Navy Park and the cool breeze from the water.
Location: 10585 Clairview Ave., Windsor
Stop 26 is the ice cream parlor by the beach we all wish we had growing up. And when we say “right next to the beach” we mean it. Just hop across the street and you’ll be at Sandpoint Beach. How great is that?!
Stop 26 has been family-owned since it opened in 1985. They offer classic Chapmans, London Ice Cream Co., and Nestle flavours that are sure to delight. Did you know that every sundae they make comes with a freshly baked brownie and cookie? Or that their smoothies are made with real fruit and have no added sugar? Sounds like a win to us!
Plus, the building has a pick up window, making it easy to grab some frozen treats while on the go.
Location: 63 Maiden Ln. W., Windsor
If chocolate dipped-waffle cones and boozy root beer floats sound too good to be true, we’re happy to tell you that they’re a reality at Buuntz and Co.!
This quaint downtown shop offers great traditional flavours with a twist. We recommend stopping by on the regular because they switch ‘em up on a weekly basis. Not that we need an excuse to keep coming back, though!
Location: 2825 County Rd. 42, Windsor
A 50s style diner with a tagalong malt shop? Yes please! There is so much to love about Route 42. Most importantly, it gives guests the option to dive right into the cold, sweet stuff or polish it off after a hearty meal.
Route 42 has over 14 flavours of traditional ice cream along with whipped cream-topped milkshakes and sundaes. And before you go, why not snag a few of their signature, home-made mini doughnuts? Be sure to eat them while they’re hot!
Location: 2686 Howard Ave., Windsor
If soft serve is your thing, you’ll definitely want to go to Dari de Lite. Along with delish cones and sundaes, they offer Boston Coolers (a mixture of Vernor’s and vanilla ice cream) and other fun items like the cookie crunch cone creations, made with cookie dough and soft serve, rolled in Oreo, and drizzled with caramel.
Now in its 47th year of business, Dari de Lite continues to draw in fans from near and far.
Location: 368 County Rd. 34, Essex
Dairy Freez is another soft serve champion you can’t afford to miss. Since 1954, this casual joint has offered delicious grub and a wide range of soft ice cream that keeps people coming back year after year.
From late March to Halloween, you can get everything from a vanilla cone to a thick milkshake, not to mention multi-flavoured sundaes, banana splits, Boston Coolers, and more!
Dairy Freez gives guests the option of ordering at the building or from their car in the front parking lot. Whichever you choose, you’ll have access to their quaint and cozy back lot to enjoy the fresh air while diving into a burger or frozen dessert.
Location: 9945 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor
If you have a special event coming up you’ll definitely want to order a T. Bear’s ice cream cake to celebrate. Completely customizable and made with premium Kawartha Dairy and Shaw’s Ice Cream, these cakes are sure to knock your socks off. Pop in or visit their website to order yours.
There are plenty of other things to purchase if you’re in for a more casual experience. As in 48 awesome flavours worth of stuff! Sure, you can get the basics like chocolate and strawberry but have you ever tried apple or pumpkin pie ice cream? If not, this is the place to get it!
Location: 100 Lesperance Rd., Tecumseh
If you’re in Tecumseh this summer it’s a necessity to stop off at Slinky’s. In fact you might even want to go out of your way to visit this place.
Slinky’s offers a colourful array of cold desserts that range from chocolate-dipped and sprinkle cones to the sugary goodness of dirt n’ worms (a concoction made of chocolate ice cream, cookies, whipped cream, and nuts topped with gummy worms). They even offer mini banana splits in case you’re craving a smaller treat.
Location: 2694 Howard Ave., Windsor
Established in 2017, Lickety Splitz is one of the most modern ice cream joints in the city and its menu is proof. If you’ve never tried rolled ice cream, be prepared to be amazed! Watching them prepare your order is half the fun and with standard, lactose-free, and dairy-free options, everyone can order somethingt hey love.
To top it all off, you can even try a bubble waffle instead of a regular cone. This is one of the only places in the region that offers this soft, chewy option.
The next time you’re in Windsor-Essex, we recommend taking the time to chill out with some ice cream. Not matter where you go, you won’t be disappointed!