Worried about your “summer body”? Luckily, anyone with a body in the summertime has a summer body, so quit skipping dessert and hop on this list of delicious goodies being served up around Vancouver these days.
Here are 10 desserts to try in Vancouver right now.
It’s been a few months since Lucky’s Doughnuts added their inventive Sourdoughnuts to their mix, and if you haven’t had one of these light, fluffy, and slightly tangy treats, you need to. But as further incentive, Lucky’s is about to debut their Chocolate Sourdoughnut! The glaze is made with a 64% dark chocolate and the dough is infused with cocoa powder for extra chocolatey richness. Look for them to make their debut sometime in the last week of May; keep an eye on Lucky’s social media for updates and/or call the stores to ensure they’re available when the craving strikes.
Address: 2902 Main Street (Forty Ninth Parallel Cafe), Vancouver Address: 2198 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Rain or Shine rocks the seasonal flavours, so you gotta get to their scoop shops before the run is done. There is no more delectable way to taste their Lemon Squared (made with local baker The Lemon Square‘s signature wares) and Honey Thyme than in this Sundae that includes a scoop of each, graham crumble sprinkled on top, whipped cream, topped off with a drizzle of lemon olive oil.
Address: 3382 Cambie Street, Vancouver Address: 1926 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver Instagram: @rainorshineyvr
Be sure to save room for dessert when you dine at Vancouver’s most exciting new culinary addition, Botanist at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. They have a slim menu of elegant, light-handed desserts that round out what will likely be a pretty impressive meal. Their Beetroot Cake looks like an earthy treasure, and is served with hazelnut, vanilla, gewürztraminer gel, and elderflower frozen foam.
Address: Fairmont Pacific Rim – 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver Instagram: @botanistdining
This just-opened Mount Pleasant snack shop has plant-based goodies on lock. From savoury bowls and salads to an array of tempting sweets, everything on the menu is vegan. They scoop Say Hello Sweets plant-based ice cream, and the cones are made by The Smallflower bakery, and they are gluten-free, too.
Small but mighty, the new Cheesecake Churro bites at all of La Taqueria’s locations. The latest epic pairing of two of our favourite desserts rings up at only $3.30 a pop, which means you’ve got room in your belly and wallet after a few tacos or a loaded burrito for one sweet bite.
TWG knows tea, and they know tea plus food crazy well. Everything on their menu, from the wagyu burger and matcha fries, includes an element of tea. Naturally, they don’t forget dessert. Beat the summer heat with a cup of their housemade tea-infused ice creams and sorbets. The ice creams come in flavours like Matcha Green Tea, or the evocatively floral White Night Jasmine Tea, while dairy-free sorbets include their 1837 Black Tea and their vibrant Sakura! Sakura! cherry blossom green tea. Address: 1070 West Georgia Street, Vancouver Instagram: @twgteaofficial
Royal Dinette’s Smoked Honey plated dessert is the bees’ knees. It’s like a wine and cheese course with the sweetness dialed up enough to pass for dessert. While you may raise your eyebrow at a dessert that features “aged cheese,” this one pulls it off gloriously; the cheese adds that note of funk that cuts the punch of the smoky honey and the fruity sweetness of the wine sorbet.
When it comes to pie, why does one have to choose just one? Any way you slice it, pie is a perfect dessert. Head to the newly-opened brick-and-mortar shop for the beloved Vancouver pie crafters of The Pie Hole, and get your hands on any of their sweet creations, from good ol’ apple to their Fat Elvis or Maple Bacon French Toast pie.
You’ve thrilled your tastebuds with crispy chicken wings and heaps of noodles at Angus An’s newest venture, Sen Pad Thai. Now it’s time to round it out with something sweet and soothing. Try their Banana Roti for dessert; it’s Thailand’s take on the familiar bread, but this time pressed around sweet banana slices and drizzled with condensed milk.
Address: 1666 Johnston Street, Vancouver (in the Net Loft building, Granville Island) Instagram: @senpadthai
Lindsay is a former Daily Hive Food Editor. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she has also lived in Toronto, NYC, and LA.