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Guide: 11 spots for great ice cream in Vancouver

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Well, May has arrived, which means that soon enough you’ll be thinking about ice cream every gosh darn day of the week. Fear not, for we have put together a guide that will satisfy any craving, whether it’s for gelato, ice milk, or even (shudders) dairy-free options.

Just kidding, we love Vancouver’s vegan scene.

Here are the 11 best ice cream places in Vancouver.

Rain or Shine

rain or shine

Definitely one of the most popular places to get ice cream in the city. Seriously, the lines at their location in Kits are downright nutty. But, they make a mean pint, have ice cream taco Tuesdays, and their milkshakes are incredible. Our pick? Cracked mint, vanilla and whatever berry drizzle they have going.

Hours: Daily, 12PM-10PM
Where: Locations in Kits, Mt. Pleasant and UBC

Earnest Ice Cream

earnest ice cream

Another extremely busy spot. Their ice cream is a little smoother than the offerings from rain or shine and approaches a gelato-like consistency. Still ice cream though, and always worth the wait. Our pick? London fog and cookies and cream.

Hours: Daily, 12PM-10PM
Where: Locations in North Van, East Van, Mt. Pleasant and Olympic Village

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Bella Gelateria

bella gelateria

Major tourist spot that does elevated gelato. Great place to try some new flavours, and worth seeing what all the fuss is about. They’ve been named Vancouver’s best ice cream many times over, after all. Our pick? Espresso with chocolate bark.

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11AM-10PM, Friday, 11AM-11PM, Saturday, 10:30AM-11PM and Sunday, 10:30AM-10PM
Where: 1001 W Cordova Street

Soft Peaks

soft peaks

An organic spot that serves are more ice milk than ice cream. Don’t worry though, they make up for the lack of sweetness with their incredible toppings. Our pick? The North Pole Breakfast (cornflakes) with berry syrup.

Hours: Daily, 12PM-10PM
Where: 25 Alexander Street

La Casa Gelato

la casa gelato

An absolute institution in Vancouver. Partly because of the very photogenic pink walls and partly because they have the most ice cream flavours in the world (we’re talking 200+). Our pick? Tiramisu or hedgehog, we’re not thrill seekers.

Hours: Daily, 11AM-11PM
Where: 1033 Venables Street

Umaluma

umaluma

A dairy-free gelato joint in Chinatown that has over 35 different flavours. It’s a good choice for those that want more than like 2-3 options when grabbing dairy-free frozen treats. Our pick? Horchata, hands down.

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 2PM-9PM, Friday, 2PM-10PM, Saturday, 1PM-10PM and Sunday, 1PM-9PM
Where: 235 E Pender Street

La Glace

la glace

French-style ice cream that uses a creme anglaise base, which is a thick custard composed of egg yolks and heavy cream. It’s decadent and smooth; a veritable labour of love. Our pick? The classic creme anglaise, there’s no need to add stuff to that.

Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 3PM-10PM, Saturday, 12PM-10PM, Sunday, 12PM-9PM, Closed Monday and Tuesday
Where: 2785 W 16th Avenue

Mister

mister ice cream

While the use of nitrogen may come across as gimmicky, it apparently creates smaller ice crystals and a denser final product. And come on, a cup made to order? It’s the perfect date choice. Our pick? Any ice cream sandwich, brulee’d if possible.

Hours: Daily, 2PM-10PM
Where: 1141 Mainland Street

Elephant Garden Creamery

elephant garden

The most recent addition to the Vancouver scene, but they’ve already solidified a spot in our hearts. We love them for ability to step outside the box and look forward to following their growth. Our pick? HK milk tea, which might be our favourite on this entire list.

Hours: Wednesday to Monday, 12PM-9PM, Closed Tuesday
Where: 2080 Commercial Drive

Perverted Ice Cream

perverted ice cream

These guys get the nod for having the weirdest concept by far. Why associate ice cream with sexual deviance? Beats us, but at least it’s fun for a laugh now and again. Our pick? Whatever the darkest name is at the time.

Hours: Daily, 12PM-11PM
Where: 797 Thurlow Street

Innocent Ice Cream

innocent ice cream

A spot near Queen Elizabeth Park that does gluten-free ice cream sandwiches. When’s the last time your GF friend was able to enjoy an ice cream sandwich? Never? Yeah, we thought so. Our pick? Buttercup, which is peanut butter cookies and chocolate ice cream.

Hours: Daily, 12PM-10PM
Where: 4895 Main Street

Nice nice nice, we found that ice ice ice. Sorry for that, we’re just excited to dive into all the frozen treats Van has to offer this summer. Hopefully, you are too.

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