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33 essential Vancouver ice cream spots to try right now

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Kassidie Cornell May 16, 2019 8:00 am 6,405

The weather is heating up here in Vancouver and the first official day of summer is just around the corner, which means you’ll be needing to get your hands on some ice cream.

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Vancouverites, you’re in luck because this city is bursting with incredible places to get yourself a sundae, some soft serve, or something more outrageous.

Here are 33 essential Vancouver ice cream spots to try right now.

Matcha Cafe Maiko – Richmond

 

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Soft serve comes in traditional matcha, vanilla, and a twist of the two. Ice cream can be topped with chestnut, kokuto jelly, whipped cream, and more. These additions will run you $0.25–$0.75 more.

Address: 199 – 8279 Saba Road, Richmond
Phone: 604-285-0013

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Uno Gelato

 

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You’ll find up to 12 different flavours of original gelato at each of Uno Gelato’s locations. Each flavour is made with fresh, local organic ingredients so you know you’re getting the best.

Address: 601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Phone: 604-733-5884

Address: 1055 Canada Place #36, Vancouver
Phone: 604-733-5884

Address: 2579 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-733-5884

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Soft Peaks

 

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If you’re wanting to bend the rules on your diet by treating yourself to some ice cream then Soft Peaks is the place for you. This spot’s soft serve is all-natural and lower in calories and fat than traditional ice cream recipes because it is made with Avalon organic milk. You can also add an assortment of fun toppings to your cone.

Address: 25 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-2071

Address: 4603 Kingsway, Burnaby
Phone: 604-620-5887

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Virtuous Pie

 

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You can get your pizza and ice cream fix at Virtuous Pie. This spot is serving up some super unique flavours and their ice cream is 100% plant-based. If you’re stuck on what flavour to choose, then the ice cream flight is the way to go, as you can pick three different flavours to enjoy.

Address: 583 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-0060

Address: 3339 Shrum Lane, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-1060

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Rocky Point Ice Cream

 

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Since the owners of Rocky Point Ice Cream attended university to learn how to make the cold dessert from scratch, you know you’re in for a delicious treat. With more than 20 flavours to choose from, your tastebuds will definitely be satisfied.

Address: 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
Phone: 604-492-3119

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The Praguery

 

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Why eat ice cream in a cone when you can enjoy it from a Praguery cone. The traditional, Eastern European dessert is similar to a chimney cake that takes even better with ice cream in it. The cones are freshly baked and you can choose from nine different flavours.

Address: The Praguery can be located by following the Street Food App

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Bella Gelateria

 

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Bella Gelateria is serving up flavours like Earl Grey Tea, London Fog, and Old-Fashioned Chocolate. If you’re looking for the same great taste as ice cream but with a little less fat, than gelato here is the way to go.

Address: 1001 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-569-1010

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La Glace

 

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La Glace has got some fancy flavours that will tickle anybody’s taste buds. There’s more than just ice cream as they’ve got sorbet, yogurt, and vegan options.

Address: 2785 W 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-0793

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Innocent Ice Cream

 

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These aren’t just your average ice cream sandwiches. Not only are they gluten free but they’re also massive in size. They’ve got 12 different flavours of ice cream sandwiches and we bet you’ll want to try every single one.

Address: 4895 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-879-8584

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Yum Sweet Shop

 

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Yum Sweet Shop is basically the doorway to heaven. Not only do they have candy, but they’ve also got soft serve and regular ice cream. You won’t be leaving with just ice cream if you make a stop.

Address: 4150 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-7701

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Buckets Ice Cream

 

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This place has got ‘buckets’ of ice cream to satisfy your dessert tastebuds. With vegan options, traditional as well as unique flavours there are tons of yummy cones to be licked this summer.

Address: 3330 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-5776

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Say Hello Sweets

 

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‘Say Hello’ to your new favourite ice cream truck. Made with all-natural ingredients, this is the ice cream treat you didn’t know you were missing in your life as each flavour is handcrafted for a perfect creamy lick every time.

Address: Find the truck online

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Milkcow Cafe

 

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This Korean dessert cafe has got a unique milk soft ice cream that comes with a variety of outrageous toppings. You’ll be addicted to the milky goodness after your first bite.

Address: 105-5668 Hollybridge Way, Richmond
Phone: 604-238-7561

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Earnest Ice Cream

 

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A Vancouver favourite, Earnest will keep you coming back for more all summer long. The rotating, small batch flavours make this ice cream unique with every lick.

Address: 1485 Frances Street, Vancouver *To go only
Phone: 604-428-2933

Address: 127 West 1st Street, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-770-4136

Address: 3992 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-0697

Address: 1829 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-0697

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Umaluma

 

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Plant-based and dairy free, Umaluma is the perfect gelato for anyone with allergies. This spot has a variety of vanilla, chocolate, and fruit-based gelato, so there is sure to be a flavour for everyone.

Address: 235 East Pender Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-5862

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Perverted

 

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Don’t let the name deter you from going to this epic ice cream shop. Perverted is serving ice cream with a twist (and sometimes with a condom), but you won’t be disappointed by its flavours.

Address: 797 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-684-6914

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Rain or Shine

 

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A classic Vancouver ice cream shop, Rain or Shine has got you covered for cones, sundaes, and tacos on Tuesdays. This spot offers some flavours that are gluten and egg free, so no matter the weather they’ve got all your ice cream needs covered.

Address: 1926 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-7246

Address: 3382 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-876-9986

Address: 6001 University Boulevard
Phone: 604-620-2004

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Mister

 

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Mister’s ice cream is made in-house and from scratch. Every cup is also made to order, so tasting this artisan nitrogen ice cream is an experience every time.

Address: 1141 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-2833

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La Casa Gelato

This is the only ice cream or gelato place in Vancouver with 238 flavours at one location. Picking a flavour will be the hardest part. If only there were 238 days in the summer – but who says you can only eat gelato in the summer?

Address: 1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-251-3211

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Bells and Whistles

 

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Bells & Whistles really does have it all. Enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner, some beer, and then finish off your meal with one of many soft serve sundaes made with real milk.

Address: 3269 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-7990

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Elephant Garden Creamery

 

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This spot’s unique and beautiful sundaes are almost too good to eat…almost. With more than 20 flavours to choose from you might just have to try this place a few times.

Address: 2080 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-251-6832

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Roosters Ice Cream

 

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This boutique style ice cream bar has got some crazy flavours such as Rockstar Whiskey Hazelnut and Fresh Lemon & Poppyseed, a neigbourhood favourite and it’s easy to see why.

Address: 1039 East Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-6889

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Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionery

 

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You’ll find ice cream sundaes and classic soda fountain treats throughout Glenburn Soda Fountain’s menu. This spot’s huge menu and epic creations will have you returning more than once this season.

Address: 4090 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Phone: 604-565-0155

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720 Sweets & Etc.

 

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With its ever-changing menu, you won’t know what to expect at 720 Sweets & Etc. 720’s amazing, Insta-worth sundaes look as good as they taste. This spot also offers Taiyaki ice cream.

Address: 4800 Kingsway, Burnaby

Address: 3278 W Broadway, Vancouver

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Sweet Jesus

 

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You’re gonna be saying ‘Sweet Jesus’ after your first bite. This Toronto-export’s outrageous cones are piled high and packed with flavour and toppings like marshmallows, cookies crumbs, and chocolate sauce.

Address: 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Phone: 604-423-4280

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Cacao 70 – Dip Shop

 

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Cacao 70 isn’t just serving up regular ice cream cones at its Dip Shop concepts, these are sugar-coated blessings. Choose from dip flavours like chocolate, black sesame, earl grey, and matcha, to name a few.

Address: 433 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-5799

Address: 3866 Bayview Street, Richmond
Phone: 604-370-7072

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Off The Grid Waffles

 

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Waffles and ice cream are a combination that you wish you’d tried earlier. A soft, warm waffle served with your choice of ice cream and toppings is the perfect summer treat, and Off The Grid always has classic and seasonal flavours on its menu.

Address: 2665 Kingsway Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-339-5125

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Flip Side Desserts

 

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If purple is your favourite colour, or you really love the taste of ube, then this is the place for you. This spot’s menu consists of mainly purple desserts like ube ice cream, milkshakes, and cakes, but you can also opt for other flavours like mango and chocolate.

Address: 5538 Joyce Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-7433

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Welcome Parlour

 

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Welcome Parlour Ice Cream is serving up classic flavours in homemade waffle cones that will be a regular stop on your summer adventures. Welcome will be opening a new location in North Vancouver’s Shipyards very soon.

Address: 277 East 8th Street, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-408-7481

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Kokomo

 

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Healthy plant-based spot Kokomo brought its delicious ice cream-like treat back all the way from Australia – Cocowhip. This soft-serve frozen treat consists of coconut water, organic bio-fermented coconut powder, vegetable-sourced stabilizers.

Address:  611 Gore Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-6599

Address: 2028 Vine Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-5017

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Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba

 

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Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba, the world’s largest mazesoba chain, opened in Vancouver recently and brought a delicious ice cream treat with it: the Hokkaido Crème Cone, which can also be served in a cup with an adorable mini shovel.

Address: 551 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-8872

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