By Gurleen Boparai
Ice Cream Sundaes are a beloved childhood treat most of us grew up loving. What’s better than scoops of ice cream topped with sauces and other yummy toppings?
These seven Vancouver shops will entice sundae lovers of all ages with their sophisticated takes on this classic cold dessert.
You cannot deny that Earnest knows how to churn some seriously good ice cream, but often unknown to many are their seasonal sundaes. Currently at their two scoop shops, Earnest is serving a lovely Lemon Tart inspired sundae that consists of house made lemon curd drizzled over their classic Tahitian vanilla ice cream, garnished with lemon infused whipped cream and house made pie crust pieces. Their sundae flavours are announced on social media and past sundae flavours include a Caramel Walnut Crunch, Peanut Coffee Crunch and Candy Cane Crackle.
Address: 3992 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Address: 1829 Quebec Street, Vancouver
2. Soft Peaks
Located in the heart of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown, Soft Peaks churns organic Avalon milk into their signature creamy soft serve. The milky soft serve lends itself as the perfect base for sweet toppings, syrups and sauces such as fresh honeycomb from the Okanogan and Fraser Valley or locally grown organic berry compote. For more unique flavours, try a dusting of matcha with red beans or some tangy marmalade made from yuzu. The best part, all of the sundaes can be ordered in a waffle cone.
Address: 25 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Situated in Burnaby Heights, Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionary is a fun throwback to the 1940s and pays homage to Glenburn Dairy farm which also once operated in the area. Their extensive sundae menu focuses on classic flavours with a slight twist like the Banoffee Split which is a scoop of vanilla and coffee crunch ice cream, a split banana and smothered in hot fudge and butterscotch, garnished with whipped cream and toffee chips. With so many flavours to choose from, it can be quite difficult, but thankfully there is the Glenburn Sampler that is three scoops of ice cream topped off with hot fudge, peanut butter and butterscotch sauces.
Address: 4090 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Hidden amongst the industrial buildings near Science World, this award-winning chocolatier scoops out several different ice cream sundaes during their Ice Cream Socials. Beta5 sundaes generally feature both a scoop of ice cream and a sorbet, garnished with three to five different toppings. Past flavours include the Mango Bubble Tea and Strawberry Olive Oil. The downside is that each flavour is only available for the one day and one day only, so if there is a flavour you have been dying to try, you better hustle before it sells out.
Address: 413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver
Perhaps a bit of a stretch, but Yaletown’s Mister has two ice cream flavours on their menu that are served with a topping and it would be unfair not to mention them. Their signature flavour, the Creme Brûlée, begins with a delicious vanilla bean custard base topped with bruléed white sugar. The burnt flavour of the sugar with the frozen custard ice cream is a fabulous take on the classic french dessert. The S’mores Sundae will give you all the campfire feels without the sleeping outdoors with its rich chocolate ice cream that has graham cracker bits speckled throughout and garnished with a dollop of marshmallow cream that has been charred to perfection.
Address: 1141 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Who said Taco Tuesdays can’t be sweet? Rain or Shine serves up their ice cream sundaes in waffle cone taco shells once a week for Taco Tuesday. Create your perfect sundae with 2 scoops of their 100% dairy no egg ice cream flavours and two toppings which is then finished with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry on top. Of course, sundaes are available all through the week, but you will be missing out on the awesome taco cone.
Address: 1926 W 4th Avenue #102, Vancouver
Address: 3382 Cambie Street, Vancouver
7. Lisa Lou’s
One of Vancouver’s sweetest spots, Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar, is offering summertime customers an ever-changing range of wicked good housemade ice creams and sorbets, and they are doing sundaes, too. Scooped into a fresh waffle bowl, or cup, you can add fresh fruit or sauces, like their awesome hot fudge, for the perfect sundae. Hit them up Sundays and you can get two of these beauties for $9.
Address: 1007 Main Street, Vancouver
With files from Lindsay William-Ross
Gurleen Boparai is creator and content creator for the Vancouver-based lifestyle blog, Pink Tea Latte. As a pastry obsessed recent graduate from UBC, Gurleen is determined to try every bakery within a 50 kilometre radius of Vancouver. You can always count on Gurleen to have a smile on her face and matcha latte in hand. You can follow along with all of her adventures over on Pink Tea Latte. Twitter // Instagram