Beat the heat with these seven cold treats to put on your Vancouver summer to do list.
Icy bowl from 17°C Dessert Cafe
This newbie offers a range of unique and Instagram-worthy “icy bowls,” composed of hollowed out melon halves, creamy milk-infused shaved ice, fresh fruit, scoops of ice cream, and an array of delectable toppings (think balled melon, shaved almonds, condensed milk, and popping pearls). Also available, the dessert cafe’s signature and gimmicky light bulb drinks. Carbonated and super sweet these vibrantly-coloured beverages come in flavours like Lemon, Kiwi, Red Pomegranate, and Passion Fruit.
Address: 2229 Kingsway, Vancouver
Bingsoo from Snowy Village Dessert Cafe
This bustling dessert shop offers a variety of Korean-inspired Bingsoo, a shaved milky ice dessert with sweet toppings, think fresh mango chunks, Oreo crumbs, red bean paste, Injeolmi (rice cake), and cheese cake. While these whopping desserts come in a copper cup at the Richmond locale, the Robson Street store serves these Instragram-friendly treats in an easy-to-hold, plastic to-go cup, which are still as outrageous as ever.
Address: 1696 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: 8571 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Ice Cream from LIK
Vancouverites are going crazy over this recently launched ice cream shop on Robson Street, which brought with it the popular craze of using liquid nitrogen to create deliciously creamy ice cream in seconds. In addition to their signature creations, LIK offers an array of rotating flavours, including Strawberry, Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Vietnamese Coffee, and Matcha, which can be topped with all kinds of delicious offerings. Available in a cup or cone, customers can even opt to administer a syringe-load of chocolate ganache or condensed milk into their ice cream creations if they want to.
Address: 320 Robson Street, Vancouver
Ice Fried Yogurt from ON Yogurt
Specializing in Ice Fried Yogurt (let’s call them yogurt scrolls for simplicity’s sake), ON Yogurt offers customers a unique choice of frozen desserts. As the name might suggest–this frozen treat is actually made without oil or heat; it is simply flash frozen. You can get the yogurt ice fried with a variety of fresh fruit and other ingredients, including tapioca pearls, nuts, seeds, jellies, or chocolate flakes, and more, worked into the yogurt or as toppings.
Matcha Parfait from Shishinori
For a cold treat that has a little bit of everything, head on over to Shishinori on Cambie Street, where you will find a Matcha Parfait studded with all manner of sweet treats. This cupped dessert features green tea ice cream, mochi balls, whipped cream, marshmallows, cereal, jello, green tea ice cream cubes, red bean paste, a waffle stick, Pocky, strawberries, a cookie, and popping candy.
Address: 2328 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Bubble Tea from Bobacabana
Don’t be deterred by Bobacabana’s station location, as this modest shop serves up a delicious range of bubble teas, smoothies, slushes, and desserts. Beat the heat with one of their refreshing milk teas or shaved ice cups, which come loaded with pearls and jelly.
Address: 360 – 800 Carnarvon Way, New Westminster
Churro Ice Cream Sandwich from Hugo’s Churros
If you missed out on trying Hugo’s Churros’ infamous churro ice cream sandwich last year don’t fret. You now have the opportunity to devour this deliciously messy treat over and over again now that the Chilliwack-based vendor has returned to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, in Richmond. You’ll want to savour every bite of this cinnamon-sugar crusted morsel, comprised of premium gelato sandwiched between two flattened swirls of churros.
Address: McArthur Glen Designer Outlet – (Unit 66) 7899 Templeton Station Road, Richmond