It’s no secret that BC is in the grips of a pretty serious heatwave. Right now, we’re breaking heat records that have stood for over a hundred years! And what better way to beat the heat than with a tasty frozen treat? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite ice cream spots in Metro Vancouver so that you and the kids can pick one close to you and get to tasting.
Soft Peaks Ice Cream
25 Alexander Street, Vancouver
This upscale parlour boasts that it is Vancouver’s first all organic ice cream shop. They use exclusively organic and non-GMO ingredients and shop for local products whenever possible. Even their napkins and spoons are from local suppliers! Plus, Soft Peaks donates a portion of proceeds from sales to BC Children’s Hospital, so this is one ice cream cone you can feel really good about eating.
Innocent Ice Cream Parlour
4895 Main Street, Vancouver
Instead of your average ice cream cone, Innocent boasts a specialty of ice cream sandwiches. Made with a huge scoop of brightly coloured ice cream sandwiched between two fresh baked cookies, this delicious spin on an old favourite is gluten free, so even those with gluten sensitivities can get in on the fun! The parlour is right near Queen Elizabeth Park and Nat Bailey Stadium too, so we’re confident your family will find somewhere nice to enjoy those sandwiches.
Earnest Ice Cream
1829 Quebec Street or 3992 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Another location specializing in small batches and fresh ingredients, Earnest recently opened up a second location to find their fancy flavours, which include adventurous tastes such as Fresh Spruce, Basil, and Miso Ginger alongside old favourites like Chocolate and Vanilla. We also love that they’ve made a commitment to being as environmentally friendly as possible; the ice cream is packaged in reusable glass jars for a low environmental impact.
La Casa Gelato
1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
Many ice cream and gelato shops serve a lot of flavours. Many serve unique and interesting ones. But few match La Casa Gelato. This gelateria serves up no fewer than 238 flavours, on site at all times. These flavours are chosen from a pool of an incredible 588. You can even submit your own flavour ideas! With so much choice, there is no way that even the pickiest of kids won’t find something to suit their needs.
277 8th Street East, North Vancouver
For those of you on the North Shore, Welcome Parlour is ready to meet your ice cream needs. Their available flavours change daily, and you can check their website to see what’s being served up today. They have non-dairy options for those who are vegan or lactose intolerant, and ice cream sandwiches for those looking for something a little extra.
Tre Galli Gelato Caffe
121 – 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Located inside the River Market at the New Westminster Quay, Tre Galli is owned and operated by a trio of Italian born brothers who make their gelato using an old family recipe. Kids can enjoy a cup of gelato after playing in the toy boat on the quay, or exploring the Fraser River Discovery Centre next door. There’s a ton to do in this trendy family friendly hot spot. If you decide to just head home with your gelato, here’s a pro tip for the grown-ups — word on the street is the Mojito lime gelato is excellent with coconut rum. But you didn’t hear that from us.
Rocky Point Ice Cream
2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
This celebrity-favourite shop has been operating in the same location in Rocky Point Park for 20 years now. The ice cream is handcrafted in small batches and features some unique and interesting flavours such as Earl Grey with Honey, Maple Bacon, and Lemon Yogurt Cookie. You can even get some ice cream made with beer brewed across the street in local craft breweries, or a doggy cone for your four legged friend. Afterward, check out the playground and splash pad nearby, or simply stroll the pier or forested hiking trails. There’s something for everyone!
101 – 9103 Glover Road, Langley
Ice cream is just one of the delicious desserts to be found at this little shop. If you’re more in the mood for a cake or peach turnover, you’ll find those too. If, however, it’s just got to be ice cream, you’ll have quite the dilemma in choosing a flavour from the many available; including exotic ones like Rosewater, Pistachio, or Matcha. Bonus for grownups, Maria’s also serves Nitro cold brew coffee, which, if you haven’t tried yet, is a creamy caffeinated treat that’s not to be missed.
Did we miss your favourite ice cream place? Let us know in the comments below.
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By: Dayna Wilson