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Five Spots to Grab a Cool Sweet Treat This Summer in Ottawa’s Original Downtown

June 15, 2024

Happy First Day of Summer, Ottawa! We’ve officially transitioned from warm and windy days of spring to everyone’s favorite hot and sunny season! There’s plenty of ways to make the most of summer while paying Rideau Street a visit, including checking out one of the NAC Orchestra’s performances on the Canal or making your way downtown to catch all the excitement on Canada Day.

What about those days where the sun is particularly strong, and you need a little something extra to help you take the edge off the heat? We recommend picking up with a sweet treat from one of the ice cream, frozen yogurt or gelato parlours in the area!

There’s nothing that helps you cool down on a hot summer’s day quite like a delicious ice cream cone or a serving of gelato, and lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of five fantastic spots selling sweet treats in Ottawa’s Original Downtown!

Purdys Chocolatier

While they may be known primarily for their century-old pedigree as perhaps the finest Canadian-born chocolate manufacturer to exist, Purdys also offers patrons a multi-varied selection of ice cream! Visit their store next to the food court in the CF Rideau Centre and sample any of the eight different flavours they have available that day. If you’ve ever tried any of their famous chocolates like their Hedgehogs, you know exactly how delicious you can expect this ice cream to be – and if you haven’t, we strongly suggest picking up a box of them for yourself as well!

📍 CF Rideau Centre, 2nd floor

Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

📞 (613) 789-5665


Purdys offers waffle cones dipped in chocolate and/or sprinkles for that extra bit of sweetness while enjoying your ice cream!

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Right around the corner from the William Street Mall is Menchie’s, a frozen yogurt parlour that allows you to customize your order to an unprecedented degree! Not only do they have a wide variety of flavours as well as vegan, gluten-free and kosher options, guests can choose from entire walls of toppings when creating the perfect sweet treat! You can find everything from fresh fruits to marshmallows, sprinkles, M&M’s – even gummi worms! For those who have a particularly strong sweet tooth, you’ll want to take a bite out of this place!

📍 80 George Street

Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

📞 (613) 860-3223


Build you own delicious dessert from scratch at Menchie’s! They have a ton of options for toppings available – let your imagination run wild!

Crêpe Delicious

Every confectionery connoisseur can taste the difference between ice cream and gelato (for those who don’t know gelato is richer, denser and has more intense flavouring as well as a lower milk fat content!). If you fancy gelato over ice cream, then stop by Crêpe Delicious in the CF Rideau Centre! They have a dozen different flavours to choose from that are constantly changing from day to day. Not to mention, gelato always tastes better when it’s paired with a crêpe stuffed with mouthwatering fillings like bananas, strawberries, Nutella and more. Check it out next time you find yourself in the middle of a shopping spree with friends!

📍 CF Rideau Centre, 2nd floor

Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

📞 (613) 695-7798


Crêpe Delicious’ exquisite frozen gelato is always a welcome surprise during a trip to the CF Rideau Centre.

Amore Gelato

Next time you find yourself in the William Street Mall, you might hear your sweet tooth calling out to you while listening to the buskers that regularly perform in the area. If so, Amore Gelato is exactly what you’re looking for! With more than two dozen flavours available, their amazing selection of gelato and sorbetto is certain to satisfy whatever craving you might have. From pomegranate to tiramisu to their heavenly chocolate peanut gelatos, this is an ideal place to find something to pair with your live entertainment in the plaza!

📍 71 William Street

Sunday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

📞 (613) 889-9498

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The only thing that can a serving of gelato from Amore even better is enjoying it while sitting outside on their patio in the middle of William Street Mall!


Baskin-Robbins might just be one of the most renowned names in ice cream throughout the world, and you don’t earn a reputation like that for no reason! Any time you make a visit to their location in the CF Rideau Centre, you’re free to treat to treat yourself to any of their famous 31 flavours that they have available. Fell like you’d enjoy something fruit-flavoured? Try their Mango Tango or Very Berry Strawberry flavours. Or maybe you’d prefer any of their chocolate-based variants. Either way, a trip to Baskin-Robbins is always the perfect complement to a hot day!

📍 CF Rideau Centre, 1st floor

Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

📞 (613) 421-7001


Discover for yourself why Baskin-Robbins’ 31 flavours have developed a reputation that precede themselves!