In the last few years Montrealers started taking ice cream rather seriously, delving away from the usual DQ soft serve or Baskin Robbins scoops, ice cream shops have been popping up all around Montreal. The trend has ranged from Italian gelato, to soft serve, to frozen custard, and even Asian inspired scoops of ice cream that transcend the usual green tea ice cream. Every borough has their own local ice cream shop, and in NDG its Ca Lem!
With a simple interior, and even cuter little terrace with darling lights on Sherbrooke West, Ca Lem is a lovely little ice cream shop. Open everyday, unfortunately they’re not open past 9pm, but we’ll forgive them since they take debit, and we never have cash on us. What’s adorable about Ca Lem is that they also sell their ice cream in little tubs to go, so though they’re hibernating in October, you can stock up for the winter.
Some flavours change weekly, but we’ve been lucky enough to try a few delicious combos! We adore coconut basil, and one week we paired it with raspberry mojito for a killer combination. Ca Lem has sorbets, ice cream and soft serve which changes often and is what they’re known for. We’ve tried watermelon which tastes exactly like watermelon sour candy and our absolute fave PB&J that tasted exactly like peanut butter and strawberry jelly.
We love how even their one scoop is a combination of flavours, like pineapple basil, and sesame coconut ash. Ca Lem will let you taste flavours that you aren’t sure about, actually, they insist that you do when you have a hard time choosing a flavour, and we love them for that. Their wall of sticky notes is meant for you to write about your Ca Lem love, or anything that you want, making for an innovative backdrop to your insta-worthy pics!
Ca Lem is closing in October until the spring so check them out ASAP! We want to go back and try so many more of their fabulous flavours like Vietnamese coffee, strawberry cheesecake soft serve, Piña Colada, and so many other intense flavours that always taste exactly as advertised.
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays