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Top 5 Ice Cream Spots in Vancouver

June 10, 2024 |
Wendy Underwood

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. 

Bella Gelateria 
1752 Davie Street
Bella Gelateria is a must-visit in Vancouver, and this location is just a short walk from The Burrard. 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 Toasted Pecan with Vancouver Island Sea Salt.

Rain or Shine Ice Cream

Rain Or Shine Ice Cream
1926 West 4th Avenue
When strolling the shops of West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano, a stop-in at Rain Or Shine Ice Cream offers a welcome opportunity to take a load off and treat yourself. They keep a keen focus on local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients by partnering with British Columbian suppliers like Birchwood Dairy, Hazelmere Organic Farms, Vancouver Olive Oil Company, and JJ Bean Coffee. Look for faves like Honey Lavender, Malted Milk Chocolate, and Coffee Toffee, as well as seasonal flings such as a vegan Matcha Strawberry and Peach Bellini Cider sorbet.

Earnest Ice Cream
1829 Quebec Street
What started as a humble ice cream tricycle found at Vancouver Farmer’s Markets a decade ago has become four ice cream shops—including this gem in Olympic Village—and one of the city’s favourite local retail suppliers. Flavours like London Fog and Whiskey Hazelnut make Earnest Ice Cream a perennial hotspot, and their Salted Caramel is the stuff of legend around these parts. Vegans are well taken care of as well, with delights like Vegan PB&J sammies and a whole list of dairy-free scoops.

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 more intense flavour. With locally sourced ingredients, a seasonally inspired menu, and a signature pentagon cup, these treats aren’t just smart, they’re genius.

Popina Canteen
Ferry Dock at Granville Island
Popina Canteen is certainly more than just a ice cream destination, but its highly-Instagrammable “puff cream” creations are what it’s known best for. Located in a shipping container behind the Granville Island Public Market, you can pick up the most delicious hot chicken sammie or ultra-fresh fish and chips at Popina, but save room for dessert! The puff cream – a cream puff filled with soft serve – comes in delectable and delicious creative versions such as the Violet B (freeze-dried blueberries with cornflake crunch) and the Nutzo (crushed Oreos with a Nutella centre).

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Photo Credits:
Feature Image: Zaikina / Getty
Bella Gelateria scoop: Bella Gelateria website
Rain or Shine Ice Cream: Rain or Shine’s website
Earnest Ice Cream: Earnest Ice Cream Instagram account
Made by Mister: Made by Mister Facebook Page

Puff Cream at Popina Canteen: Popina Canteen Instagram account