Summertime and ice cream go hand and hand and in Vancouver there is no shortage of places to get your fix. In fact there are far too many to list so we’ve narrowed it down to the ten that warrant a visit. Indulge in some frozen treats to satisfy your craving. Here is our top ten (in no particular order):
Address: 1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
With over 500 flavours to choose from (they rotate so not all 500 are available at any given time), La Casa Gelato International is an East Vancouver institution and destination for gelato lovers from all over the Lower Mainland. Try some of their wilder creations such as garlic, curry, jalapeno, red bean, and asparagus. Or for you less adventurous types stick to the classics.
Address: 1001 West Cordova, Vancouver
One of the new additions to the gelato scene in Vancouver is Bella Gelateria. It’s also one of the best. Located in the business district take a break from the office and head on down for some of the finest gelato to be found anywhere.
Address: 1184 Denman Street, Vancouver
Located in the West End, a hub for frozen treats in the city, this ice cream shop is worth a visit. Every batch of Marble Slab Creamery ice cream is fresh made in small batches in store using ingredients from around the world and dairy from local farms. This place is packed on sunny days so be patient and you shall be rewarded with great ice cream.
Address: 1094 Denman St, Vancouver
A true gelateria artiginale, Gelormy produces fresh gelato in small batches. Whether it’s the pistachios for the gelato or the gelato making machine, Gelarmony sources all key ingredients and equipment directly from Italy. A must visit.
Address: 683 Abbott St, (a stone’s throw from Rogers Arena)
A cute little pink French bakery, 7 Sweet Sins has great Parisian ambiance and staff. Have yet to try their other baked goods but they gelato is bang on and the serving size is generous. Perfect for your before or after concert, hockey or other event fix due to its proximity to Rogers Arena.
Address: 88 East 1st Avenue (next to the Olympic Village)
There are always crowds at Mario’s Gelati and I expect as the Olympic Village becomes a community this place will be even busier. A veteran in the gelato game.
Address: 1116 Denman Street
Head to Qoola, a super sleek West End shop and try some of the best frozen yogurt around. Their genuine fresh frozen yogurt is made from 100% natural ingredients, and packed with live and active cultures. Decadently creamy, irresistably tangy and superbly nutritious, Qoola’s fat-free, gluten-free, and certified kosher frozen yogurt will never disappoint.
Address: 5805 Wales Street
Our search for great ice cream once again takes us to East Van. B.C.’s oldest dairy, Avalon Dairy. They have a small retail shop and you can get your ice cream fix there. There ice cream is now produced in a nut-free facility, good for those with allergies.
Address: 2050 West 4th Ave, Kitsilano
Another great frozen yogurt spot. Perfect for all the yogi’s in Kits. Do some hot yoga and cool down with some frozen yogurt afterwards. Okay maybe not but still it’s a great place to get your fix.
Address: 1208 Homer Street
Great addition to the usual Yaletown scene and they have an amazing selection of gelato to choose from. There’s nothing better than a quick stop at Yaletown Gelato before a stroll along the seawall.
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