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The most essential spots to get ice cream in Vancouver

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Hanna McLean Mar 29, 2018 4:49 pm 8,673

It’s getting warmer and summer is just around the corner, which means ice cream season is about to be in full effect.

Luckily, Vancouver is jam-packed with amazing ice cream spots. Whether you’re looking for vegan, nitrogen, classic, or soft serve, these are you essential Vancouver ice cream spots.

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Mister

This liquid nitrogen ice cream maker is located in Yaletown, and they are one of the most Insta-famous parlors in the city. Get sandwiches dipped in chocolate or classic flavours pressed in cups, you’ve got to try Mister at least once if you’re tackling the best ice cream shops.

Address: 1141 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-2833

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Rain or Shine

You can’t mention ice cream in Vancouver without talking about Rain or Shine. This spot is an institution in this city and with rotating monthly specials and permanent vegan and regular flavours, (also house-made cones) it’s easy to see why.

Address: 1926 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-7246

Address: 3382 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-876-9986

Address: 6001 University Boulevard
Phone: 604-620-2004

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Umaluma

Umaluma Gelato serves non-dairy, 100% plant-based gelato, a healthy alternative to classic Italian Gelato that’s still just as creamy, smooth, and packed with fresh flavours and organic ingredients.

Address: 235 East Pender Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-5862

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Earnest Ice Cream


Earnest knows what’s up when it comes to quality locally-made ice cream, it’s no wonder they have four locations and a loyal patronage who comes visit their stores all year long. Sundaes, sandwiches, pints, and cones, you want it, Earnest has it.

Address: 3992 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-0697

Address: 1829 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-0697

Address: 1485 Frances Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-2933

Address: 127 W 1st Street, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-770-4136

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Milkcow Cafe

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A much-loved global chain has opened the doors to its first Canadian location in Richmond, BC. This famed dessert cafe from Korea is known for its unique organic milk soft ice cream and unreal selection of toppings, along with other epic eats like Watermelon Soft Serve Sandwiches, Rainbow Cake, and cotton candy-topped sundaes.

Address: 105-5668 Hollybridge Way, Richmond
Phone: 604-238-7561

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Say Hello Sweets (truck)


Flavours include options like Jam Session, Mint To Be, The Fog, Chocolate Nirvana, and Café No-Lait to name a few. Say Hello’s balanced and creamy taste comes from a blend of coconut milk, cashew milk, and organic agave nectar.

Address: Find the truck online. If you’re in need of an immediate fix, hit up Friendly Snackbar on Main Street.

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Buckets Ice Cream

Buckets Ice Cream specializes in liquid nitrogen ice cream, and man, they do it well. This spot serves its scoops in biodegradable cups or perfectly-formed waffle bowls in a handful of flavours.

Address: 3330 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-5776

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Tangram Creamery

This gourmet ice cream shop on Arbutus offers a flavour line-up that includes 10 regular flavours, like Green Tea, Black Sesame, Coffee, London Fog, and Houjicha (a type of Japanese roasted tea), in addition to a handful of rotating seasonal specials.

Address: 2729 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-8609

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Innocent Ice Cream

Innocent offers gluten-free ice cream cookie sandwiches with names like the Canadian (oatmeal cookies, maple walnut ice cream) and the Kong (chocolate cookie, banana ice cream) to name a few.

Address: 4895 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-879-8584

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La Glace

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This menu promises flavours such as Bananes Foster (roasted banana rum cream, toffee swirl, cinnamon), Chocohuète (peanut butter cream with milk chocolate flecks), and Lavande Café (lavender-infused coffee cream) to name a few.

Address: 2785 W 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-0793

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Bella Gelateria

Bella’s gelato is made using the Avalon organic milk, and the freshest and most premium ingredients you can buy. Clearly, there’s a lot of thought and effort that goes into every $6.50 cup of gelato from this West Pender Street spot.

Address: 1001 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-569-1010

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The Praguery (truck)

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The Praguery Chimney Cakes and several varieties of Prague Cones (Chocolate, Strawberry, and Prague’s OG, a combo of a cinnamon sugar cone, chocolate bud, and vanilla soft serve). All of these treats are $10 and under, making a stop at this sweet mobile station the ideal activity for summer hangouts and dates. Follow them @thepraguery and keep up with the Street Food App to find out where the Praguery is heading next.

Address: The Praguery can be located by following the Street Food App

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Rocky Point Ice Cream

Just try to resist Port Moody’s Rocky Point Ice Cream’s small batch hand-churned ice cream. The local purveyor crafts a variety of moreish flavours such as Earl Grey Honey, Classic Vanilla, Double Chocolate Raspberry, Cookie Dough, and Mint Flake.

Address: 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
Phone: 604-492-3119

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Virtuous Pie

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This spot makes dreamy plant-based pizzas and ice cream. For the latter, you’ve got a ton of flavours like Hawaiian Vanilla, Turmeric + Black Pepper, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, and Coffee + Doughnuts to choose from. Recently the UBC location has started serving soft serve.

Address: 583 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-0060

Address: 3339 Shrum Lane, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-1060

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With files from Jess Fleming.


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Hanna McLean
Hanna is a Staff Food Writer at Daily Hive. She's lived on both coasts and has concluded that pizza tastes great no matter where you're eating it. She loves rap music, craft beer, and she probably has crumbs on her keyboard right now.

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