Ahh, summer in Winnipeg. Year after year, I always have some intention of taking off on a summer road trip across Canada – but something keeps me right here in this city. It might be our amazing (and usually quite consistent) sunny days, the lake life, or the general buzz and excitement that takes over this city in the summer as events like Jazz and Fringe Festival ramp up. And rest assure, if you find yourself in my little gem of a city during this time, you’ll never need to worry about how to satiate a nagging sweet tooth. Summer just wouldn’t be the same without ice cream, am I right? I teamed up with Expedia.ca to bring you 10 spots for a cool treat this summer in The Peg.
Wander into any festival in Winnipeg and there’s a chance you might stumble upon the ever-trendy Pop Cart. If you are so lucky to find it, don’t skip out on trying one of their handmade ice pops, with unique flavours such as Peach Hibiscus, Lime Mojito, Vietnamese Coffee and Grapefruit Mint! I tried the Raspberry Basil Lime and was pleasantly surprised, seeing as my previous experience with popsicles doesn’t go much further than “the orange one, please.”
Chocoberry Dessert House
Being slightly obsessed with chocolate, Chocoberry Dessert House is kind of irresistible to me with its chocolate infused menu and its cute and cozy interior (which as a side note, is perfect for dates). Everything created in this quaint dessert house is adorable and unique; from chocolate syringes to mini s’more making campfires to the waffle and matcha ice cream dream pictured above. It’s truly one of the sweetest spots in Winnipeg!
Popocha Tea House
Confession: I have never tried bubble tea. In fact, I’m not even completely sure I understand what it is – but that doesn’t stop me from adding Popocha Tea House to my summer bucket list. Beyond bubble tea, Popocha Tea House also serves up smoothies, fruit slushes and fruit tea.
Bridge Drive In
This Winnipeg institution is a must-try, if not for its signature Goog (upside down blueberry shake and hot fudge sundae with bananas topped with whipped cream, phew) then simply for its large selection of ice cream and milkshakes. I seldom drive by Bridge Drive In and don’t see a line up – but trust me, the wait is worth it! One you get your treat, take a stroll over the Red River and enjoy the summer day. It’s a Winnipeg tradition.
Roll Cake has been popping up on my Instagram feed for awhile now, serving as a reminder that I need to try this bakery and dessert shop ASAP. Their signature Eggfle (Egg puff, ice cream and toppings) is a bit of a sweet-lover’s dream, and it also happens to photograph fabulously!
There are several gelato places to choose from in Winnipeg’s little Italy (Corydon), but last summer I found myself at Eva’s Gelato and will definitely be making a return visit. I prefer gelato over ice cream, and Eva’s does it right with 35 flavours to choose from and a little outdoor patio to enjoy them on.
Deer + Almond
Deer + Almond is one of the best restaurants in the city, and while the dinner menu (tapa style, sharing plates) has more than enough delicious options to get your fill with, you’ll really want to save room for dessert. The chocolate fudge, peanut butter ice cream creation is hands down one of the best desserts I’ve ever had – especially because it happens to combine basically all of my favourite things. The menu here changes often, but every time I’ve gone here I have been able to order it. If you’re wondering what the other dish in this photo is (the red/pink dish), get this: Beet ice cream! Savoury ice creams aren’t really my thing, so I’ll stick to the chocolate option, thank you very much!
It’s hard to walk down Osborne Street without having the urge to duck into Kawaii Crepe for something sweet. While they also make savoury crepes, I always find myself opting for something that combines nutella, fruit, peanut butter and whipped cream.
Boon Burger Cafe
You might be wondering: What is a vegan burger joint doing on a list about cool treats? If you are dairy intolerant or vegan, Boon Burger Cafe may just be your saving grace. Pictured above is the baked cinnamon bun bread pudding with soft serve ice cream that is – get this – made without ANY animal products. The cafe has become well known for its coconut-based soft serve ice cream, which apparently, tastes identical to the real deal.
Jenna Rae Cakes
When it comes to lunch runs that involve buying something sweet, the popular Jenna Rae Cakes often makes it to the top of the list for my co-workers and I. Dessert enthusiasts can follow their unbelievably stunning Instagram for daily menus and flavours for their cupcakes, cookie sandwiches and macarons. I’m dying to try the frozen cream puff skewers, pictured above!
Do you have a favourite place for a summer treat in Winnipeg? Tell me in the comments!