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With summer rolling in, what better way to cool off than to hit up some of the best ice cream parlours in the city? The classic Montreal summer is all about the parks, the bike rides, the outdoor markets and anything that will give reason to further maximize time out in the sun. Luckily for you, the places listed below are in close proximity to all of these activities. Without further ado, here’s a quick guide to your new favourite spots, in no particular order.
According to the endearing blog-style website Kem CoBa has up online, the name of the restaurant means “third auntie’s ice cream” in Vietnamese. That right off the bat tells you that it’s an operation that takes family into consideration. And it shows. The cheery little shop is run by the co-owners and husband and wife duo Ngoc and Vincent who have managed to create high quality, interesting products that just keep you coming back for more
Downstairs of the Hankyu department store, there is a food lover’s paradise. One of the most famous sweet stands there is called Tsujiri – well known for their Japanese matcha green tea flavored products. Underneath the mountain of matcha flavored shaved ice, there is a mix of red bean paste and moji balls. On top is a dollop of soft serve green tea ice cream.
I don’t suggest eating this alone. Enjoy!
Walking into Joe Beef, one immediately senses a kind of warm intimacy few restaurants are able to successfully achieve in terms of both physical space, ambiance and decor. The space out front is quite small; tables are set one next to the other with only a few inches separating diners from one another – for those who sit on the inner banquettes, tables must be pulled out for them to exit gracefully. Even in such close quarters, fellow diners have been the most friendly and cordial I have ever met. The owners have recently closed their luncheonette next door (McKiernan’s) in favor of expanding Joe Beef, creating an oyster bar in its place while at the same time increasing its capacity for more people to stop by. Due to the popular demand for the restaurant’s exquisite food, the terrasse out back has been opened up as well. I had actually never been in the area before and our lovely waitress Vanya was nice enough to show me around. The garden where ingredients are freshly grown and harvested lines the terrasse; adjacent to this, a separate plot of land is sectioned off by a fence – here they house a large metal smoker where they treat some of their meats and fish.