Let's be real, Vancouver's ice cream scene is out of this world. From liquid nitrogen ice cream to organic soft serve to creamy gelato, Vancouver has got it all.
We Vancouverites love ice cream all year round, Rain or Shine (pun intended). The rainy weather ain't no deterrent - ice cream is too good to give up. Especially since swimsuit season is over and sweater weather is here, why not treat yourself to some good ol' milky heaven? Here's the inside scoop on 21 of the best ice cream spots in the Lower Mainland, listed in no particular order.
Mister // 1141 Mainland Street
This liquid nitrogen ice cream parlour in Yaletown will not disappoint. You can watch them make and torch your ice cream right before your own eyes. Oh and ADELE had ice cream here and called it "amazing" if you even needed any more convincing.
Earnest Ice Cream // 3992 Fraser Street, 1829 Quebec Street
This Vancouver ice cream staple probably has some of the best creamy, flavourful ice cream you'll ever taste in your time in Vancouver. This busy spot definetly lives up to it's hype and every Vancouverite should try it at least once. Popular flavours include London Fog, Salted Caramel, and Whiskey Hazelnut.
Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionary //4090 Hastings St
Escape back to the 1950s in this retro dinner. Experience the creamy goodness of malts and ice cream sundaes that will have you wishing you were back in the 50s.
Off the Grid Waffles // 2665 Kingsway
These are probably the most extravagant milkshakes currently available in Vancouver. After all, waffles and ice cream served in a mason jar is always a good idea.
Mini Donut Ice Pops at Cloud Nine Cotton Candy // Food Truck/Catering Service
This creative popsicle invention takes the popsicle game to the next level. Cloud Nine Cotton Candy offers gourmet ice pops that combine the mini donut with delicious frozen dulce caramel cream. You can find this food truck and catering service at several festivals, farmer’s markets and special events throughout BC.
Shishinori // 2328 Cambie St
Shishinori is a Japanese eatery that serves up a mean Matcha Parfait.
UYU Ice Cream // 433 Abbott St (NOW PERMANENTLY CLOSED)
UYU knows how to serve up that milky goodness. Their soft serve ice cream is made using only organic milk and fresh ingredients and served with a variety of toppings.
Rain or Shine Ice Cream // 3382 Cambie St
Rain or Shine knows what's up - ice cream is meant for all year round. This Kits staple serves up delicious ice cream with local ingredients and they offer vegan flavours. Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday!
La Casa Gelato // 1033 Venables St
Famous for it's pink wall and 518 flavours, you are sure to find a gelato flavour that pleases you in this Vancouver favourite.
Bella Gelateria // 1001 W Cordova St, 1089 Marinaside Crescent
This gelato shop has won international awards and it is not hard to understand why. Get a taste of Italy right here in Vancouver.
Soft Peaks // 25 Alexander St
If you love creamy soft serve, then get over to Soft Peaks ASAP. Vancouver's first soft serve ice cream shop offers handcrafted soft serve made only from local, organic milk and premium, all-natural toppings.
Timothy's Frozen Yogurt // 3800 Bayview St
Timothy's Frozen Yogurt makes for the perfect treat as you wander through the lovely Steveston Fisherman's wharf.
720 Sweets // 3278 West Broadway
Cotton candy, popcorn, and home crafted soft serve ice cream. Who's in? I know I am. 720 Sweets take ice cream toppings to the next level.
LIK N2 // 320 Robson Street
LIK N2 Ice Cream is Vancouver's first liquid nitrogen ice cream joint. LIK uses freezing cold liquid nitrogen to make their ice cream.
Nice Vice // 1022 Mainland Street
If you're on a plant-based diet, make sure to try Nice Vice, Vancouver's first ever dairy free, plant-based creamery made with only high quality and ethically-sourced ingredients.
Gelataria Dolce Amore // 1590 Commercial Dr
This family run neighborhood gelateria is located in "Little Italy" on Commercial Drive. Make sure to try their homemade ice cream sandwiches.
Twisted Ice Cream // 73 Water St
Soft serve Vanilla ice cream with a special twist - your choice of drizzles and toppings in a waffle cone or a cup.
Milk and Sugar Cafe // 3365 Kingsway
Bubble tea lovers rejoice! This bubble tea cafe serves up bubble tea and ice cream.
Tangram Creamery // 2729 Arbutus Street
Enjoy a taste of Japan in gourmet ice cream. Tangram Creamy offers Japanese style flavours such as Houjicha and Green Tea as well as more traditional flavours.
Rooster’s Ice Cream Bar // 1039 East Broadway
Rooster's is a newly opened boutique style ice cream bar offering high quality artisan ice cream made with natural ingredients.
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