By Alice Chen
A nostalgic walk down memory lane often includes a Dairy Queen ice cream cake. Not just apropos in the summer, ice cream and gelato cakes are a festive dessert for any occasion.
Here are six places in Metro Vancouver where you can indulge in elevated versions of the treasured childhood treat.
Crafted with natural and organic ingredients, Bella Gelateria’s artisan and award-winning gelato is oft-lauded as the most authentic and traditional in the city. They offer six ice cream cake flavours (London Foggy, Evita, Classico, Milano, Eastern Delight, and NoMooinMe), with customizable flavours available for an extra $10.
Address: 1001 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
A long-standing staple in the city, family-owned Amato Gelato is home to the famous Mario’s Gelati. Amato Gelato stays true to their Italian roots, serving up authentic gelato with a constant rotation of 72 flavors. Choose from ready-made gelato pies and cakes or customize your own.
Address: 78 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Dolce Amore is another family-owned gelateria that’s right at home on Commercial Drive. The gelateria is serving up hand-crafted and seasonally-inspired gelato, sorbetto, and cakes. Their custom gelato cakes are fit for any occasion and will have your guests coming back for seconds.
Address: 1588 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Known in the city for its diverse selection, La Casa Gelato is home to over 500 flavours of gelato with an impressive 238 on rotation at all times. Their flavours run the gamut from classic to more peculiar creations (curry, wasabi, durian, and avocado). Order your own custom gelato cake by choosing from any one of the many flavours in store.
Address: 1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
A local favourite, Rain or Shine serves up organic, artisan ice cream in Cambie Village and on West 4th. Their menu has flavours both permanent (Honey Lavender, London Fog, and Blueberry Balsamic) and seasonal (Toasted Coconut Caramel, Cookies n’ Cream, and Banana). For cakes, you have the choice of salted caramel brownie, their current special (malted chocolate honeycomb right now), or a duo of custom flavours.
Address: 3382 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Address: 1926 West 4th Street, Vancouver
If you’re out in Port Moody, Rocky Point Ice Cream is the place to get ice cream. This retro ice cream parlour is scooping ice cream made with local and organic ingredients. For ice cream cakes, you can choose between layered cakes or a hand-scooped version with either designated or custom flavours.
Address: 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
Alice Chen is a freelancer writer, content marketer, and chocolate consumer. Twitter: @_alicechen