The 7 Best Vancouver ice cream

The 7 Best Ice Cream Parlours In Vancouver

The Vancouver summer heat calls for breaks during the day to cool off – aka hightailing it to the closest Vancouver ice cream parlour. Whether you enjoy having a drink on the patio, others prefer to indulge in a sweet and delicious ice cream treat.

Beat the heat in Vancouver at these places where you can scream for ice cream. We’ll take a scoop from each, please.

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1. Bella Gelateria

One of the most popular places for a cold treat in Downtown Vancouver, Bella Gelateria specialises in low-fat gelato and flavours that differ every time you go there.

Pro tip: lineups can get long so it’s either better to go right when they open or right before they close.

Vancouver ice cream

2. Earnest Ice Cream

The most popular ice cream place among locals in Vancouver. It doesn’t matter which Earnest location you go to, you’ll be waiting in line but it’s worth it.

Try their London Fog or Serious Chocolate ice cream. Want more? Buy a tub of their pre-packaged ice cream while you’re there.

Earnest Ice Cream in Vancouver

3. Innocent Ice Cream

Nothing to feel guilty about this in place as it’s one of the few shops that serves gluten-free ice cream.

Their specialty is their ice cream sandwiches, which are absolutely massive in size and features twelve different flavours.

Innocent Ice Cream in Vancouver

4. Milkcow Cafe

If you’re looking for outside-of-the-box ice cream, come to Milkcow Cafe.

Their soft serve ice cream comes in some pretty rad flavours. Definitely get their most well-known cold treat which is the watermelon ice cream sandwich.

Milkcow Cafe Gelato

5. Mister Artisan Ice Cream

Known for using liquid nitrogen to give their ice cream a smoky effect, Mister’s Ice Cream is all made in-house and from scratch.

If you’re willing to experiment, get their Smores Bar ice cream. Good chance you’ll have smore than just one.

Mister Artisan Ice Cream

6. Rain or Shine Ice Cream

Like the name suggests, Rain or Shine is open for business every day, no matter the season.

A locals ice cream shop favourite, come here for their #TacoTuesday – ice cream loaded up in a taco shell-shaped waffle cone.

Rain or Shine Ice Cream
Image: Alana Yee

7. The Praguery

Similar to a European chimney cake, enjoy your ice cream in a freshly-baked Praguery cone.

These cones come in ten different flavours and eating ice cream out of these flavoured cones is definitely a unique experience.

The Praguery is a food truck so look them up online to find out which neighbourhood they’ll be parked in.

The Praguery

James Wan

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, James has always had an inquisitive nature and traveling is now his biggest passion. His biggest thrills are visiting places he's never been to and exploring different cultures. James counts Athens, Tokyo, and Rome as the top three places he's visited.

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