9 Best Ice Cream Shops In Vancouver, Canada

ice cream shops in vancouver

Vancouver, Canada, is a bustling seaport surrounded by mountains. Its scenic backdrop makes an appearance in many movies, but the liveable city is also known for its art, theatre and music scene. Vancouver Art Gallery hosts work by regional artists, and the Museum of Anthropology is an interesting visit for preeminent First Nations collections. Of course, if you prefer to go outdoors, the city also offers many opportunities for whale watching, camping, cycling and trekking. The artsy, diverse city also has a thriving local entrepreneurial scene, so if you’re in the mood for handmade ice cream, check out the list below for the best ice cream shops in Vancouver, Canada.

1. Earnest Ice Cream

Earnest Ice Cream
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Earnest Ice Cream makes ice-cream in small batches with ingredients such as fresh spruce bud and elderflower. Seasonable flavours are added alongside classics like salted caramel and mint chip. Locally roasted coffee is also served here. It also focuses on helping the community to reuse and recycle, as they sell ice cream in returned and reusable jars.

Earnest Ice Cream

Address:1485 Frances St Vancouver, BC 604-428-2933

Website: Earnest Ice Cream

Opening hours: 2 pm - 10 pm

Average price: 15 CAD (11.29 USD)

2. Rain or Shine Ice Cream

Honey lavender ice cream from Rain or Shine Ice Cream
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Rain or Shine Ice Cream was born from the owners’ fascination with making ice cream from organically and locally sourced ingredients. A homegrown store, you’re promised a tasty treat seated in a warm, welcoming environment. The store makes sure they support small lower mainland farmers so as to reduce carbon emissions from transporting over long distances.

Rain or Shine Ice Cream

Address: 1926 W 4th Avenue, Suite 102, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M6, Canada

Website: Rain or Shine Ice Cream

Opening hours: 12 pm - 10 pm

Average price: 15 CAD (11.29 USD)

3. Soft Peaks Ice Cream

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Soft Peak is well known for its special recipe. Made with churned Avalon organic milk, the result is a dessert that is creamy, yet less fattening than ice cream. All ingredients are perfectly natural. Even dextrose is used to replace genetically modified sugar in the ice cream. Premium toppings such as Okanagan and Fraser Valley honeycomb are used. A company that focuses on working with local suppliers, all cups, spoons and napkins are bought locally.

Soft Peaks Ice Cream

Address: 25 Alexander St. Vancouver, BC

Website: Soft Peaks Ice Cream

Opening hours: 12 pm - 10 pm

Average price: 15 CAD (11.29 USD)

4. La Casa Gelato

La Casa Gelato
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This ice-cream parlour has the widest variety of gelato flavours. When you step into the shop, you will see 238 flavours on location at once. Opened in 1982, the shop has grown strength-to-strength, offering non-fat, low-fat, non-dairy, and sugar-free options for everyone. This parlour is a gelato wonderland!

La Casa Gelato

Address: 1033 Venables Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6A 3R9

Website: La Casa Gelato

Opening hours: 11 am - 11 pm

Average price: 17 CAD (12.8 USD)

5. Bella Gelateria

Bella Gelateria ice Vancouver
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Bella Gelateria makes world-renowned gelato from whole milk. Due to this, the gelato has less air in it and a stronger flavour, which means more bang for your buck. Organic cane sugar is used, so your sweet treat is healthier. The shop sells gelato that is covered with pozetti lids, keeping the gelato smooth and dense. It also stays cold longer on a hot day. Sorbettos are also sold here, for those who are lactose intolerant.

Bella Gelateria

Address: 1001 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 0B7

Website: Bella Gelateria

Opening hours: Sunday: 10:30 am - 10 pm; Monday - Thursday : 11 am - 10 pm; Friday: 11 am - 11 pm; Saturday: 10:30 am - 11 pm

Average price: 17 CAD (12.8 USD)

6. Rooster's Ice Cream Bar

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This is a boutique-style ice cream bar. This shop was opened for the love of ice cream. The owners were motivated to share their mouth-watering creations. Roosters pledges to serve the best handmade ice cream by using fresh, quality, natural ingredients and no chemicals. To that end, they are constantly innovating and coming up with new flavours, so this is a shop to look out for if you want try something new every now and then.

Rooster's Ice Cream Bar

Address:1039 East Broadway Vancouver, BC V5T 1Y5 Canada

Website: Rooster’s Ice Cream Bar

Opening hours: 3:30 pm - 10 pm; Tuesdays: 6:30 pm - 10 pm

Average price: 10 CAD (7.5 USD)

7. Buckets Ice Cream

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This is a small, family-run shop that is just two years old. It might not have a long legacy but the founders’ parents own a dairy so ice cream is in their blood! Ingredients are simple and fresh without any gums, gelatins, emulsifiers or stabilisers. Liquid nitrogen is used to flash freeze the ice cream, ensuring a fresh handmade product. Each product is made in small batches and flavours change according to the seasons and customers’ requests.

Buckets Ice Cream

Address: 3330 Main St Vancouver BC V5V 3M7 604.559.5776

Website: Buckets Ice Cream

Opening hours: Monday - Thursday: 2 pm to 9 pm; Friday: 2 pm to 10 pm; Saturday: 1 pm to 10 pm; Sunday : 1 pm to 9 pm

Average price: 15 CAD (11.29 USD)

8. La Glace

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The products of this ice cream store are made with a thick custard that uses egg yolks and heavy cream. The end product has less air, and so the ice cream is lush, rich, and indulgent. Avalon Dairy cream is used here, and the company also uses other natural and local ingredients where possible.

La Glace

Address: 2785 West 16th Avenue Vancouver, BC V6K 4W7 CANADA

Website: La Glace

Opening hours: Wednesday - Friday 3 pm to 10 pm; Saturday 12 pm to 10 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm

Average price: 10 CAD (7.5 USD)

9. Innocent Ice Cream Parlour

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Innocent Ice Cream Parlour serves freshly baked, gluten-free, vegan cookies and vegan ice cream. That, or try their milk-based ice creams or vegan ice creams served in ice cream sandwiches. The Fairytale and the Salty Peanut are recommended, or you can always custom create your own masterpieces. Or else try the homemade gluten-free waffle cones, affogatos, or the signature Ice Cream sandwich pint. Gluten-free creations are the highlight of this store’s offerings!

Innocent Ice Cream Parlour

Address: 4895 Main St. 604-879-8584

Website: Innocent Ice Cream Parlour

Opening hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12 pm - 10 pm; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

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Vancouver, Canada, is a place for sightseeing and also outdoor activities. Whether you choose to explore the great wilderness by trekking and camping, or have a quiet time wandering around the museums and relaxing at the coffee houses, there is always something for everyone to do. The ice cream shops presented here have a variety of delicious, indulgent ice cream, from vegan to low-fat to absolutely wild offerings. You might develop a sweet tooth if you don’t already have one after trying these ice creams out!

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