This article originally appeared on Inside Vancouver in July 2020.
Vancouver’s got an incredible ice cream scene! From creamy soft serve to exotic gelato flavours, Vancouverites and visitors alike can’t get enough of this delicious treat.
La Casa Gelato
Deciding what flavour to choose is the hardest part of any visit to La Casa Gelato because they have 588 flavours in rotation and growing. It’s like Disneyland for gelato lovers. With 238 flavours available at any given time, they are the only shop in the world with so much variety. Their abundance of flavour has even made them a world record holder! Try quirky flavours like gorgonzola cheese, garlic or balsamic vinegar. f these adventurous flavours aren’t tickling your taste buds, there are always the classics to choose from.
Location: Strathcona – 1033 Venables Street
A dessert shop with the most decadent soft-serve cones in Vancouver, located just 3 min from the famous Gastown Steam Clock. The freshly baked chimney cakes or trdelnik (as they are in called Czech) offer a traditional European taste. The dough is made fresh on-site every day, handcrafted and using only natural ingredients. All toppings and filling (there’s a bunch to choose from!) are also made in house. There are also 9 flavours of ice cream available in 12oz take-home tubs.
Location: Gastown – 221 Abbott Street
For award-winning, authentic hand-made Italian gelato, head to Bella Gelateria. You’ll find decadent flavours; Akbar Mashti (saffron & rosewater), Earl Grey and Amarena Cherry, classics; Chocolate Chip and Vanilla, and seasonal flavours. They’ll be serving Strawberry Gelato, made with local strawberries from Krause Farms, from now through August.
Location: Coal Harbour -1001 West Cordova
Uno Gelato handcrafts Italian style gelato and sorbetto from fresh, local ingredients, daily. With 28 gelatos, including Roasted Hazelnut, Fior di Latte and Bailey’s Irish Coffee, and 11 vegan sorbettos, that include Midnight Chocolate and Blood Orange, there’s plenty to choose from.
Location: Coal Harbour – 30-1055 Canada Place
D’oro Gelato e Caffè
Come for the ice cream, stay for the coffee. This is the perfect chill-out spot on a summer day. From French and Italian pastries baked fresh in-house every morning, to crisp green salads, to freshly roasted coffee, D’oro Gelato e Caffè is so much more than just a gelato shop.
Location: West End – 1094 Denman Street