Looking for a way to beat the heat this summer? Look no further than Vancouver’s collection of artisan ice cream shops! Bursting with flavour and variety, there are plenty of delicious options to keep you satisfied all season long. From the soft serve to the nitrogen, our team has tried it all, and we’ve rounded up our top picks here:
Photo: Soft Peaks
Soft Peaks Ice Cream: Located in Gastown, this all organic, handcrafted ice cream has made quite the name for itself. Choose a menu combo (Salty Himalayan is a must try!), or build your own using locally-sourced toppings such as Okanagan and Fraser Valley honeycomb. Besides soft serve you can also indulge in delicious milk bars, and milkshakes.
Photo: Earnest Ice Cream
Earnest Ice Cream: From the popular London Fog to Matcha Green Tea, Earnest has some of the best flavours around. Be sure to keep an eye on their rotating menu (ahem Peanut Butter & Jam, Sour Cherry Goat Cheese, and Sweet Corn Blueberry Swirl) for some truly unique combinations! Find them at 4 locations across the city.
Photo: Mister Artisan Ice Cream
Mister Artisan Ice Cream: A Yaletown staple, Mister uses Liquid Nitrogen to rapidly freeze their ice cream – right before your eyes! The result is a richer, creamier, denser ice cream. While their flavours are always rotating based on season and demand, favourites include Lavender Brûlée, Coconut, and Dark Chocolate. P.S. Head to their twitter for weekly promos.
Photo: Rain or Shine Ice Cream
Rain or Shine Ice Cream: Made using fresh, natural, and sustainable ingredients that are sourced locally and seasonally, Rain or Shine has 3 locations across Vancouver. Not sure which flavour to try? We recommend Salted Caramel, Blueberry Balsamic, Honey Lavender, and Coffee Toffee (good luck choosing just one!)
Photo: CACAO 70
CACAO 70 Dip Shop: Take the classic vanilla cone up a notch with one of CACAO’s many custom dips. Along with traditional chocolate, they also serve up other incredible flavours including Earl Grey, Matcha, Black Sesame, and Chai.