The hot sunshine filled days are here again! I manage to avoid ice cream cravings in the winter but, watch out, come summer there isn’t enough ice cream in the world. As a kid I dreamed of being able to purchase the frozen treats from an ice cream truck. We lived out in the boon docks and no truck was ever going to make the trip. Now that we live in residential-central, there are trucks ALL SUMMER LONG! My kids have yet to clue in. I have one friend who has her kids convinced that the ice cream truck only plays music when it is sold out…BRILLIANT! Regardless of the accessibility of ice cream trucks now, I don’t want it! I’ve been ruined by really good ice cream. I’ve put together a list of places where you can treat your palette to amazing creations at the same price you pay for the ice cream truck stuff.
Our Favourite Ice Cream Spots in Metro Vancouver:
Earnest Ice Cream (3992 Fraser Street & 1829 Quebec Street, Vancouver)
I still can’t stop thinking about the Salted Popcorn Sundae my son ordered at our last visit. Ridiculously good, small batch, ice cream with new flavours to try every day.
Johnny Pops (no set location; follow Johnny Pops on the Street Food App to get the latest on where to find him)
Yes, it is worth logging onto the Street Food App to find Johnny Pops! His artisanal popsicles are worth the search! Get ready for some daring (and very successful) pairings. These treats are like nothing you’ve experienced before.
Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionery (4090 Hastings Street, Burnaby)
Get ready to go old school! Climb on the spinning stools and order your fountain drinks and floats. Who doesn’t love a 1950s ice cream sundae?
Brown Paper Packages (you can find these at Pazzo Chow 620 Quebec Street, Vancouver or at the Food Cart Festival)
Don’t expect to enjoy another ice cream sandwich after sampling the creations of Brown Paper Packages. Just thinking about their strawberry blond sandwich has me drooling.
Rain or Shine (1926 West 4th Avenue & 3382 Cambie Street, Vancouver)
Delicious, homemade, organic ice cream. Be sure to try ice cream taco-style!
La Casa Gelato (1033 Veneables Street, Vancouver)
Where else are you going to find wasabi ice cream, or garlic ice cream, or even corn & cheese flavoured ice cream? While there certainly are wild flavours, La Casa Gelato also offers up a HUGE selection of “regular” ice cream flavours. In the summer there is almost always a line to get in!
Bella Gelateria (1001 West Cardova, Vancouver & 1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver)
Art meets science at Bella Gelateria. Their hand-crafted gelato is nothing like you’ve ever tasted before. Recognized around the world, this piece of heaven exists within our city limits and should be visited frequently.
Sweet Sins (683 Abbott Street, Vancouver)
Looking for a little bit of Paris? Mere spitting distance from Roger’s Arena you will find Sweet Sins. Their Parisian inspired decor is fun and their gelato serving size is generous.
Do you have a favourite, non-chain, ice cream store you love? Share your favourites in the comments section below, or send an email to email@example.com and we’ll add your suggestions to our list. I’m always on the look out for a new place to try!
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