6 places to enjoy an affogato in Vancouver

Oct 6 2016, 11:33 pm

You like coffee. You like ice cream. Why not enjoy them together? Nope, we aren’t talking about coffee-flavoured ice cream. An affogato is an Italian dessert that consists of a scoop (or more) of ice cream or gelato, with espresso poured over it.

Affogato means “to drown,” and that’s just what happens to that mound of ice cream when it’s smothered in espresso. And, hey, it’s a drink that’s a dessert and a dessert that’s a drink…that lets you get away with warming up with something hot that’s based on summer’s favourite treat: ice cream!

Here are six places where you can enjoy an affogato in Vancouver.

Amato Gelato

Scooping Mario’s Gelati, Amato happily pairs Vanilla Bean gelato with espresso.

Address: 78 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Instagram: @amatogelatovan

Aperture Coffee Bar

Aperture takes the affogato to some next level places, with flavours like Earl Grey, Matcha, and Lemon, and seasonal flavours. Oh, and just plain “regular” too.

Address: 243 West Broadway, Vancouver
Instagram: @aperturecoffeebar


Keep you eye out for affogatos as a special at Gastown’s coffee destination, Timbertrain, especially during the warmer months.

Address: 311 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @timbertrain

Earnest Ice Cream

Hit up Earnest Ice Cream’s scoop shops for an espresso shot with their delectable housemade ice cream; it’s on their regular coffee menu.

Address: 3992 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Address: 1829 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @earnesticecream

Bella Gelateria

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It shouldn’t come to a surprise that the gelato experts at Bella Gelateria will happily pour an espresso shot made with Milano beans over any of their daily flavours.

Address: 1001 West Cordova Street, Vancouver

Address: 1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
Instagram: @bellagelateria

Buro The Espresso Bar

Head to this chic Gastown coffee corner for a traditional affogato, or take it a step further and order up an Iced Coffee Float.

Address: 356 Water Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @buro_coffee