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La Cigale offers a wide spectrum of ice cream flavours to satisfy any sweet tooth. The name of this delightful neighbourhood ice cream shop comes from the French fable, La Cigale et la Fourmi. Also known as the story of the diligent ant and the carefree cicada, the latter epitomizes the youthful joy of summer (never mind the end of the tale). With its characteristic song and beauty, the cicada is considered by many to be a sign of good luck. With a name so jovial, it's no wonder a visit to La Cigale reveals a warm, festive little shop splashed with all the colours of the rainbow.

This little ice cream shop offers what none of the big chains do: fresh, homemade ice cream created in-store every morning. It's this hands-on approach that gives La Cigale the ability to concoct such original flavours, like Ginger Snap & Chai, Raspberry Champagne Sorbet, Coconut Cashew and Brownies and Cream.

Mon -Thurs 12pm - 8:30pm; Fri 12pm - 9pm; Sat-Sun 11am - 9pm
May to Thanksgiving

Doughnuts at La Cigale
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2009 Jul 29
We love La Cigale, and actually travel up to Chelsea from downtown in an evening just to get an ice cream.

They have some really interesting flavours, all made on site and they keep changing the line up. They usully have ~ 20 flavours mixed between ice creams & sorbets. There is quite an art to pairing up which flavours you are going to have together.

Here are some of my favourite ice cream flavours.

Lemon Cassis Cheesecake (Saw this flavour for the first time last night and it rocketed to 1st place in my list)
Apple Pie (hint of cinammon & chunks of real apple)
Gingersnap & Chai (goes very well with Apple Pie)
Mocha Chocolate Almond
Lemon (ice cream, not sorbet - good pucker factor)
Praline & Cream

Although they make some impressive looking sundaes & milkshakes, I always stick to a cone. Do yourself a favour and get a waffle cone instead of the default sugar cone. The former are made on site (you can usually see them making them in the background) and are worth a few extra cents.

Note that a 'small' cone (especially if you go for the waffle cone option) gets you 2 pretty good sized scoops and is plently big enough for most people.

One other thing if you think you will go back regularly. They don't advertise this, but if you ask for a card you get a stamp for each cone you buy. After 10 stamps, you get a free ice cream.
I won't divulge how many free ones we earn in summer ...

2009 Apr 1
Hands down my favourite ice cream place in the region.

An amazing variety of flavours, as well as some classics, the ice cream is creamy and the sorbet is fruit and fresh. My partner & I planning on purchasing their ice cream in 2L tubs for our wedding.

They also have very cute little gifts and books for kids for sale at the shop, and plenty of seating space in cozy chairs and benches outside (if you can stand the bugs).

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2014 Sep 27
Every time I come here, I have a new favourite. Pictured is a scoop of the honey almond on top of the gingersnaps and chai in a sugar cone. This is the regular size (2 scoops). The kiddie size is 1 scoop.

I was really looking forward to trying the honey almond but thought it was just ok. It was too sweet but then it is honey! I was really satisfied with the gingersnaps and chai. I could taste the fresh gingersnap crumbs. They used fresh gingersnaps made in-house. Same with their other pastry based ice creams. I will have some come back and those too! I think they also sell the pastries on the week-end at $2.50 a piece.

2014 Sep 7
This salted caramel mocha flavour is only available on an ad hoc basis. I believed it is new this season and there has only been a couple of batches of it. It is among my favourite flavour combos, if not my favourite, even though I am partial to nuts in ice cream so maple walnut is a close second. The reason this is possibly my favourite La Cigale ice cream flavour is because the combination of sweet and salt with small pockets of mocha makes every bite complex. It is also just the right amount of creaminess.

2012 May 23
Really loved the Blood Orange sorbet but found the Coconut Cashew ice cream to be just okay. The former was wonderfully flavourful and refreshing while the latter was not coconutty enough and the cashews were (of course) a little soggy.

2011 Aug 1
I've been wanting to try this ice cream for a long time. Let me just say that it's worth the drive and I'm definitely taking my kids here ASAP!

Technically, I don't think the product is quite as perfect as that from Pascale's All Natural Ice Cream (which I sampled to refresh my memory after getting home). There were some uneven ice crystals and the ingredients didn't seem quite as flavourful. However, it is a little sweeter, which might appeal to a wider audience.

Also, I only tried three flavours: Apple Pie (taster), Gingersnap-Chai (quite wonderful, with chunks of real gingersnap cookies), and Dulce de Leche (so mild it could have been vanilla). The latter two are in the cup pictured here. They were sold out of the one I wanted: the Lemon Cassis Cheesecake. Next time!

Regarding sizes. I ordered a Small ($4.30 inc. tax) and it really wasn't very big compared to the gelato places in town. It's two scoops, but they are not big scoops. Mind you, this is ice cream, meaning less is more!

The big draw for La Cigale is the beautiful garden and the perfect experience of a roadside dairy bar. Save yourself a trip to the New England coast -- go to Old Chelsea instead! :-)

Note: the door is unmarked, but it's the sort of obvious one at the end of the path in from the parking lot. Also, ignore the arrow on the big La Cigale sign, lest it confuse you like it did me. :]

2010 Aug 26
Why should they have to list that? When I go to a restaurant and I order a salad, I want to know how big it is. So, I ask.

The only ice cream shop that I know of that lists the number of scoops in their sizes is Laura Secord.

My other favourite ice cream shop in Ottawa has the same number of scoops in its sizing as La Cigale (1 - kid; 2 -small; 3 - large) and they don't like the number of scoops with their prices.

The prices and size options are clearly posted. If you need to know if a kiddy cone is too big or too small for what you want, you can ask.

2010 Aug 25
There is no question that the icecream is delicious, the new location is improved and the ambience in the yard lovely.

I would like to see the sizes and prices of the products more clearly posted.

A small ice cream should not have 2 generous scoops; it should have 1 scoop. I ordered a "kiddy cone". It was big. Big enough for an adult. Perhaps too big for a "kiddy".

A kiddy cone should be PETIT. A small cone should be 1 scoop. In fact La Cigale could price their icecream according to the number of scoops.

Feb 13
Here is another picture of Winter doughnuts

Feb 13
I meant WINTER!

Feb 13
"They now sell doughnuts in the summer. "

I'm so confused.

Feb 12
They now sell doughnuts in the summer. The same baker who makes the ginger snaps to go in the ginger snap ice cream, the brownie that goes in the brownie and cream ice cream, the Nanaimo bars, etc., makes doughnuts, Nanaimo bars and brownies in the summer.

I was very restrained and only bought 3 flavours today: cinnamon and sugar, raspberry and custard, and chocolate glaze. They had so many other ones. They all looked good!