Nothing pairs with a hot summer day quite like a freshly-scooped ice cream – especially for those with a sweet tooth. Vancouver’s ice cream scene has undergone a renaissance in recent years with a whole host of flavours, textures, and ingredients to choose from. From simple selections for the traditionalists, through to out-of-this-world combos for adventurous types, there’s an ice cream parlour to perfectly pair with any palate. Note, while all of these small businesses are open again, make sure you check their websites for current hours.
1001 West Cordova Street
Bella Gelateria is a must-visit in Vancouver. This award-winning scoop shop makes their flavours from scratch using seasonal ingredients from around the world, meaning the menu can change daily. In 2012, Bella Gelateria took home first place at the Florence Gelato Festival – putting Vancouver on the map! Favourite flavours range from classic to exotic including Akbar Mashti, a Middle-Eastern flavour that combines saffron, rosewater and pistachio; and Essex, a sweet milk and sea salt blend.
797 Thurlow Street
Touted as “ice cream with a twist”, the cones served here are miles away from ordinary. A relative newbie on the scene, Perverted opened its doors a couple of summers ago with their “edgy” branding. Make no mistake, there is nothing vanilla about them! Just try their “Beg for S’More” made with chocolate soft serve, cocoa, chocolate sauce, toasted marshmallow and a graham cracker – it’s enough to make you sit and stay!
235 East Pender Street
Umaluma is Vancouver’s first and only certified organic gelateria with a menu that is entirely dairy-free, plant-based, and ethically sourced. Talk about a feel-good food! Each scoop is crafted from scratch, down to the ingredients which include house-made nut mylks and hand-squeezed orange juice. Delicious flavours include Strawberry Malbec, Caramel Sea Foam, and Blackberry Lime.
25 Alexander Street
Soft Peaks serves up the flavours of Vancouver in a cup or a cone. The soft serve shop “lives and loves” local using milk from Vancouver’s own Avalon Dairy, honeycomb (one of their most popular flavours) from the Okanagan and Fraser valleys, and rotating seasonal toppings such blueberries and strawberries. Making your dessert that much sweeter is that fact that Soft Peaks also donates partial proceeds to the BC Children’s Hospital.
1141 Mainland Street
This is not your average ice cream. The scoops served up at Mister are created using liquid nitrogen to give these cups and cones a whole new texture. To get behind the science, the cream is quickly frozen at ultra low temperatures which makes smaller ice crystals which uses less air than in regular ice cream. The result is a stronger flavour. With locally sourced ingredients, a seasonally inspired menu, and a signature pentagon cup, these treats aren’t just smart, they’re genius.
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Feature Images of Bella Gelateria cones: Bella Gelateria website
Bella Gelateria scoop: Bella Gelateria website
Perverted Ice Cream: @pervertedicecream Instagram account
Perfectly Sweet: Umaluma Gelato Facebook Page
Soft Peaks: Soft Peaks Facebook Page
Made by Mister: Made by Mister Facebook Page