2017 may be the summer of ice cream, but sometimes you just want to enjoy your favourite cold treat in the comfort of your own home. Luckily there are ice cream parlours in Vancouver that understand and respect their customers’ right to have their favourite cold confection whenever the craving might strike.
Whether you like a rich creamy milk-based ice cream or prefer dairy-free, these Metro Vancouver ice cream shops have pints you can buy to go to satisfy your late night cravings.
With a new 12-flavour scoop case put to work this summer, the Lisa Lou’s team are scooping from a rotating set of 10 ice creams and two vegan sorbets daily. Even more tempting are the to-go containers for enjoying the ice cream at home. They have them pre-packed, or you can get one scooped with what’s in the case, for the same price. It’s 8 oz for $5 and 16 oz for $9.
Address: 1007 Main Street, Vancouver
Earnest ice cream has heard the voices of Vancouverites asking for more ice cream and they have complied by opening two new storefronts over the last three months. With four locations in Metro Vancouver, it is easier than ever to get your hands on your favourite pint of Earnest ice cream. Their glass pints are so popular that there is even an entirely separate express pint line, so you can grab your favourite churned confection and be back in the comfort of your home in no time. Earnest also strives to be a more sustainable company, so as an incentive for their customers to recycle, every time you return a pint jar, you get a dollar back.
When visiting Mister’s storefront, you will often be greeted by clouds of liquid nitrogen pouring over their counter. Since the majority of their artisanal ice creams are made with a base of egg yolk and cream, the flash frozen final product is rich in flavour with a smooth texture meant to be enjoyed immediately. Since the ice cream is frozen to order, the ice creams do tend to melt quite fast, so Mister has started offering pre-frozen pints of some of their popular flavours. Their iconic creme brulee is available as a take home pint too, but the burnt sugar crust only comes with the made to order cups.
Address: 1141 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Rain or Shine has won the hearts of Vancouverites with their dedication to using only the best locally-sourced ingredients that are then used to churn their ice cream in house. Their no-egg, 100% dairy Philadelphia style ice cream really allows for even subtle flavours like London Fog and Honey Lavender to be bright. Many are pleasantly surprised to learn that Rain or Shine pints are $9, making them one of the most affordable local option. Bypass the long scoop line by heading to the express Pint counter to get your favourite like Salted Caramel or Roasted Strawberry to savour at home.
Welcome Parlour is still relatively new to the highly competitive ice cream market in the Lower Mainland, but already have a leg up on their competition with their mix-n-match ice cream pints. There is no bigger frustration than sampling multiple ice cream flavours, but being forced to narrow it down to one flavour. Build your ultimate pint by choosing scoops from their rotating daily menu of small batch artisan ice cream flavours like Blueberry Raspberry or Cookies & Cream. Welcome Parlour’s storefront is stunning with its gorgeous mural of Lower Lonsdale in the early 1900s, so you may just find yourself wanting to linger a little longer.
Address: 277 8th Street East, North Vancouver
You will not find elaborate branding and decorations at Tangram Creamery because all of their focus and energy goes into their house made ice creams. Lining their pint shelves are plain white containers of delectable ice creams as well as vibrant dairy-free sorbets. Patron favourites like Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate, Hojicha (green tea), lychee and Black Sesame are available by the pint. For the full Tangram experience, grab a packet of their iconic sugar cookies to enjoy with your pints at home.
Address: 2729 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Vancouver has been buzzing with excitement this summer over the opening of Umaluma, a dairy-free gelateria. This is the second time a dairy-free ice cream parlour has opened in Vancouver and so far, everyone has been loving Umaluma’s bold flavours. Excite your tastebuds with Saffron Orange, Strawberry Malbec, Caramel Seafoam or Lemongrass. With so many unique flavours to try, you may just find yourself bringing home more than one pint.
Address: 235 East Pender Street, Vancouver
With files from Lindsay William-Ross