Summer is around the corner, or in some cases, perhaps you’ve already been blessed with warm temperatures. With exam season in full swing and temperatures slowly rising, ice cream is really the perfect thing to eat.
La Diperie is an ice cream shop located on 68 Ave des Pins E in Montreal. They offer soft serve ice cream with a twist. You can choose to have your regular vanilla ice cream dipped in everything from mint to lemonade. On top of that, you can add your choice of toppings like pretzels or crushed Oreos. The options are endless and you have a lot of freedom as to what you choose to garnish your ice cream with. The only thing you have no control over is the ice cream itself. Unfortunately you only have the option of vanilla ice cream.
The little shop is small but very busy. The outside if characterized by its distinct blue colour that is the perfect place for a picture after getting your ice cream. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, the wait was around 10 minutes. Despite the long line, the shop works very quickly and for indecisive people like me, the wait was the perfect time to figure out what I wanted on my ice cream.
I opted for a petit size which I would say is about the size of a regular ice cream cone. I would suggest getting the mini if you’re trying a new flavour you aren’t sure about or if you’re not felling up to eating a whole ice cream cone that day. Other wise, the petit is the perfect size and relatively more price friendly when you compare it to the medium or large.
I ordered a petit cone, with mint chocolate dip and crush Oreos on top. Keep in mind that for every size, the prices of dips or toppings vary. For the petit, the dip was an extra dollar and toppings were another 50 cents. Therefore, on top of the $3 for the ice cream, the extras added up to another $1.5.
There really isn’t any room inside the ice cream shop to stay and eat. The area outside can get pretty crowded so the only option we had was to stand in a small circle and eat. My two friends, Nima and Isabelle both got a pre made ice cream option. If my French has not failed me, I believe it’s a praline dip with roasted hazelnuts around it. I guess another thing to know is that everything is in French so be prepared to know a little bit of French or drag a friend.
The only complaint I have is that the amount of topping you get on your ice cream varies. I do wish I had a little bit more crushed Oreos on mine, not that I’m complaining because it tasted amazing. Next time I go back, I would probably get a mini so that I could try more flavours and experiment with the toppings a little bit. I chose the safe route, but who knows, maybe a lavender dip and pistachios would taste good!