There’s no better way to beat the heat than with a cold scoop or two of your favourite ice cream. And with so many spots for gelato and frozen creations out there, the only problem you’ll have is deciding where to go. So with that in mind, here are 14 of the best places to grab a couple of scoops in Vancouver.

Rain or Shine


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We’re starting out with a couple of modern classic picks. The aptly named Rain or Shine has been a staple for UBC students in spring classes for years, but is without a doubt a tried and true local favourite as well. And, in the same way, heading over on a Tuesday for their beloved ice cream taco will never fail to put a smile on your face. If you’ve ever had a choco-taco from your local ice cream truck, the Rain or Shine option is like an elevated version.

Where: Locations in Kits, Mt. Pleasant and UBC

Earnest Ice Cream


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Meanwhile, Earnest has perfected the art of mixing classic flavours with an ever-changing seasonal selection. While that might not be hard to start out, keep in mind that Earnest has been setting the bar for almost a decade. Whether you’re swinging by for a scoop of Tahitian vanilla or seeing where the wind takes you that day, know that Earnest has you covered.

Where: Locations in North Van, East Van, Mt. Pleasant and Olympic Village

Bella Gelateria


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This is a major tourist spot that does elevated gelato. But guess what? There aren’t going to be nearly as many tourists this summer. So, we definitely think a trip here is more than worth your while, especially when you can try some truly interesting options like black sesame, Osmanthus Flower, and saffron with rosewater.

Where: 1001 West Cordova Street

Soft Peaks


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Ok, Soft Peaks is definitely more in the ‘crazy’ category than the ‘classic’ one, but we love it all the same. Their approach? Iced milk that is noticeably less sweet than the classic ice cream we know and love, with a variety of toppings and syrups to compensate. Think of it as like the most decadent bowl of cereal you’ve ever had, and you’re in for a good time.

Where: 25 Alexander Street

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Dolce Amore 


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This one’s a classic on the Drive. Stop by on a hot day after perusing through the book stores and cafes on Commerical for a tasty, authentic Italian treat. Our pick? The fior di latte gelato with infused BC mint and dark chocolate swirls. Talk about refreshing!

Where: 1588 Commercial Drive

Paradiso Gelato & Bistro


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This is a must-visit spot if you’re hanging around Kits Beach or having a picnic at Vanier Park. From tiramisu to delicious berry sorbets, to our personal fave – the creamy pistachio – there’s a flavour for everyone at Paradiso.

Where: 1520 Yew Street

Popina Canteen


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Speaking of crazy ice cream creations, it’s hard to overlook the ‘Puffcream’ at Popina. If you think about it, it’s simply a hilariously overfilled cream puff with some added toppings, but dang if it doesn’t look delicious and taste the part! We think this is a great option for a sweet treat while you’re waltzing around Granville Island, so make sure to try it out yourself.

Where: 1691 Johnston Street, Granville Island

La Casa Gelato


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Meanwhile, La Casa Gelato is maybe the only name on this list that has both feet planted on either side of the crazy/classic line. An East Van institution, La Casa Gelato is the official record holder for the most flavours of ice cream in the world. And when you’ve got over 230 to choose from, the options range from the classics (chocolate) to the downright daunting. Who’s in for some vodka caesar sorbetto?

Where: 1033 Venables Street

La Glace


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Ok, back to some truly classic options, at least in production style. These folks specialize in a French-style ice cream that uses a creme Anglaise base (custard made of egg yolks and heavy cream). It’s decadent and smooth; a veritable labour of love and a sleeper hit for ice cream in Vancouver. Our pick? The classic creme Anglaise, there’s no need to add stuff to that.

Where: 2785 W 16th Avenue


In almost complete contrast, Mister uses state-of-the-art technology and hyper-cold nitrogen to create their products. The claim is that the end result is a smoother, creamier ice cream due to smaller air bubbles. We don’t have decades of professional ice cream tasting (yet) to confirm it, but, we know that their ice cream sandwiches are some of the best in the city. Plus, they have a significant record for creating mouthwatering treats with other local shops – including the coveted Lee’s Doughnut ice cream sandwich, which we’re really hoping makes a grand return.

Where: 1141 Mainland Street

Elephant Garden Creamery


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Three words: Ice. Cream. Flights. Elephant Garden might be newer to the scene, but it’s already well on its way to becoming a Vancouver classic. We love them for their commitment to infusing a ton of already delicious tea and coffee options into their ice cream. Try their HK milk tea, Vietnamese coffee, and Thai iced tea options in a distilled ice cream form. You won’t regret it!

Where: 2080 Commercial Drive

Motoretta Gelato

Motoretta may have just opened this month, but they’re already blowing Vancouver away with some amazing gelato flavours handcrafted by local legend, Salvatore Boccarossa – formerly at Bella Gelateria and Passione Gelato.

Where: 1001 West Cordova Street

Perverted Ice Cream


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Specializing in zany plant-based creations in an all-black waffle cone, this spot is definitely bringing the pizzazz to Vancouver’s ice cream scene. It might not be the best first-date destination (or maybe it’s exactly the kind of icebreaker you’re looking for…), but it’s definitely a unique spot to check out at some point this summer if you haven’t already.

Where: 797 Thurlow Street

Innocent Ice Cream

And fittingly, we’re back into the world of innocent (ha, get it?) ice cream. Rather than opt for the dairy-free route, Innocent instead specializes in gluten-free ice cream sandwiches that are downright delicious. It’s arguably tougher to be gluten-free than vegan in Vancouver, so we think this is a great option for anyone in that boat.

Where: 4895 Main Street

And that’s our roundup of some amazing classic and crazy spots for ice cream in Vancouver – enjoy!