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19 Unmissable 'Try Before You Die' Gelato, Ice Cream and Shaved Ice Spots in Vancouver

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Sure, ice cream is good year-round, but it tastes extra good when the sun shines. We asked by Eagranie Yuh, author of The Chocolate Tasting Kit, to put together an ultimate guide to where to get the best in the city.
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Vancouver in summer is glorious. Peaceful mornings bleed into patio afternoons that turn into endless nights of fiery skies. And what better accompaniment to all of these things than ice cream? From neighbourhood classics to new kids on the block, we present—in no particular order—the Vancouver ice cream map. Got a suggestion for a spot you think deserves to be added? Drop us a line or leave a comment.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Temper Chocolate & Pastry

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2409 Marine Dr
British Columbia V7V 1L3, Canada
(604) 281-1152
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If you haven’t been to Dundarave Village’s Temper Pastry, here’s one more reason to cross the bridge: the recent launch of house-made ice cream bars. Choose from vanilla in chocolate, chocolate in chocolate, or mint in chocolate. Pssst: they’re licensed.

2. Gelarmony

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1094 Denman St., Vancouver
BC V6G 2M8, Canada
If you do nothing else this summer, please do this: sit on a log in English Bay and watch a sunset while pondering a scoop of gelato from Gelarmony. Maybe two.

3. Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie

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1059 Alberni St., Vancouver
BC V6Z 1X6, Canada
(604) 608-6870
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If you find it hard to make decisions, stay far away from Thierry, where each cake looks more delicious than the next, the cookies beckon from cute glass jars, and a rainbow of macarons sits next to a serious spread of chocolates. Adding to your quandary: ice creams and sorbets by the scoop and by the pint.

4. Bel Café

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801 W Georgia St, Vancouver
BC V6C 3G1, Canada
(604) 673-7000
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The corner of Georgia and Howe just got a bit cooler. David Hawksworth’s Bel Café is taking popsicles and ice creams to the next level. Of course they’ll be seasonal. Of course they’ll be made with local ingredients. And they’ll be so beautiful, you will hesitate for just. one. moment. before devouring the whole thing.

5. Bella Gelateria

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1001 W Cordova St, Vancouver
BC V6C 0B7, Canada
(604) 569-1010
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It’s a recipe for success: the best quality ingredients, flavours inspired by Vancouver’s diverse culinary influences, executed by a meticulously driven gelato maestro. See where it all started in Coal Harbour—just steps away from stunning views of the North Shore.

6. Pazzo Chow

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620 Quebec St, Vancouver
BC V6A 4E7, Canada
(604) 563-1700
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Brown Paper Packages is rightly famous for its ice cream sandwiches. You can get BPP’s ice cream sandwiches, as well as ice creams by the scoop and pint, at super-cute Pazzo Chow in Chinatown. (And if you can get that song out of your head after reading this, you deserve a prize.)

7. BETA5 Chocolates

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413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver
BC V6A 2P3, Canada
(604) 669-3336
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As if you need another reason to go to Beta5, this purveyor of chocolates, cream puffs and vienoisseries has unleashed ice cream sandwiches on Vancouver. Recent flavours include strawberry cheesecake, vanilla bean (between macarons, ergo gluten-free), and mint chocolate chip.

8. La Casa Gelato

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1033 Venables St, Vancouver
BC V6A 3R9, Canada
(604) 251-3211
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If you can put it in ice cream, the crazy kids at La Casa Gelato have done it. They may be famous for their wackier flavours (durian ice cream, anyone?) but the truth is, they do the standards well. Grab a scoop and join the happy hordes outside, leaning against the shop’s bright pink wall.

9. Gelateria Dolce Amore

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1588 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
BC V5L 3Y2, Canada
(604) 258-0006
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What would Little Italy be without a proper gelateria? Dolce Amore supplies next-door Merchant’s Oyster Bar with their standout olive oil ice cream, and there are plenty of other options to tempt you, including ice cream sandwiches and hazelnut-crusted, chocolate-dipped ice cream bars.

10. Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionery

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4090 Hastings St, Burnaby
BC V5C 2H9, Canada
(604) 500-4548
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Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionery looks like it’s straight out of the ‘50s, and it’s the real deal: locally-made ice cream, house-made syrups made with local products whenever possible, and run by two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Say hi to Ron and Roberta as you slurp your soda.

11. Rocky Point Ice Cream

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2800 Murray St, Port Moody
BC V3H 1X2, Canada
(604) 461-3726
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It’s a familiar story: fresh dairy from happy cows, local and seasonal ingredients, hand-crafted ice cream. But oh, what a good story it is. Rocky Point Ice Cream makes a trip to the suburbs worth the visit (and its proximity to Pajo’s Fish & Chips is a happy coincidence).

12. Tre Galli Gelato Caffè

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810 Quayside Dr., New Westminster
BC, Canada
The River Market at New Westminster Quay is a food-lover’s paradise, and how better to cap off a day of grazing than with a scoop of gelato? If it’s a nice day, grab a scoop from Tre Galli and head to the boardwalk to inspect the giant toy soldier, peer into the community garden plots, or check out people and their dogs.

13. Avalon Dairy & Deli

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7985 North Fraser Way, Burnaby
BC V5J 0A4, Canada
(604) 456-0550
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Avalon Dairy is already known for having the city’s best milk (and eggs, and butter, and, and, and…) so why not also ice cream? You won’t find any artificial ingredients here—that tinge of yellow in the French Vanilla comes from turmeric, not Yellow Dye No. 5. And if you needed one more reason: it’s all certified organic from happy cows.

14. Timothy's Frozen Yogurt

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3800 Bayview St, Richmond
BC, Canada
Since 1989, Timothy’s has been tempting people stuffed with fish and chips to make just a little more room—for frozen yogurt, ice cream and sorbet. And it’s safe to say that most people do. Grab a scoop and grab a seat. It’s people-watching at its finest. Word to the wise - it's cash only so visit the ATM to avoid disappointment.

15. Frappe Bliss

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4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
BC, Canada
OK, so not strictly ice ream or gelato, but so, so good. For the uninitiated, Taiwanese shaved ice is exactly what it sounds like: a frozen block of flavoured ice milk that is shaved into feathery, delicate shards. Then you put toppings on it: tapioca pearls, ice cream, fruit, what have you. People who love it, love it.

16. Butter Baked Goods Ltd

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4321 Dunbar St, Vancouver
BC V6S 2G2, Canada
(604) 221-4333
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Already known for the best baking outside your grandmother’s kitchen, Butter Baked Café has upped the ante this summer. One: they’re making ice cream, from scratch and with love. Two: they’re putting said ice cream in between two of their larger-than-life cookies. Available by the pint or by the sandwich, this is going to be epic.

17. Earnest Ice Cream

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3992 Fraser St, Vancouver
BC V5V 4E4 ‎, Canada
(604) 428-0697
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On a nondescript block of Fraser Street, an ice cream revolution is happening. Each night, people queue around the block for their hit of Earnest Ice Cream. Ben Ernst and Erica Bernardi are keeping up their end of the bargain with staples like Tahitian Vanilla and Whiskey Hazelnut—and plenty of seasonal options to boot.

18. Rain or Shine Ice Cream

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102-1926 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6J 1M5, Canada
(604) 428-7246
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At Rain or Shine Ice Cream, owners Josie Fenton and Blair Casey do almost everything in-house. (The one exception is the gluten-free cone.) Fenton loves the peanut butter ice cream; Casey’s mad for seasonal craft beer experiments. Stop by for ice cream tacos on Taco Tuesdays. Pro tip: Grab a pint from the freezer in front and skip the line.

19. Bella Yaletown

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1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2Z4, Canada
Not open yet - but impossible to not mention. With his new digs in Yaletown, Bella’s James Coleridge is giving the city twice the opportunity to taste his award-winning gelato. He’s added wood-fired pizza and liquor to the menu, not to mention…gelato martinis?

1. Temper Chocolate & Pastry

2409 Marine Dr, British Columbia V7V 1L3, Canada
If you haven’t been to Dundarave Village’s Temper Pastry, here’s one more reason to cross the bridge: the recent launch of house-made ice cream bars. Choose from vanilla in chocolate, chocolate in chocolate, or mint in chocolate. Pssst: they’re licensed.
2409 Marine Dr
British Columbia V7V 1L3, Canada

2. Gelarmony

1094 Denman St., Vancouver, BC V6G 2M8, Canada
If you do nothing else this summer, please do this: sit on a log in English Bay and watch a sunset while pondering a scoop of gelato from Gelarmony. Maybe two.
1094 Denman St., Vancouver
BC V6G 2M8, Canada

3. Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie

1059 Alberni St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X6, Canada
If you find it hard to make decisions, stay far away from Thierry, where each cake looks more delicious than the next, the cookies beckon from cute glass jars, and a rainbow of macarons sits next to a serious spread of chocolates. Adding to your quandary: ice creams and sorbets by the scoop and by the pint.
1059 Alberni St., Vancouver
BC V6Z 1X6, Canada

4. Bel Café

801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 3G1, Canada
The corner of Georgia and Howe just got a bit cooler. David Hawksworth’s Bel Café is taking popsicles and ice creams to the next level. Of course they’ll be seasonal. Of course they’ll be made with local ingredients. And they’ll be so beautiful, you will hesitate for just. one. moment. before devouring the whole thing.
801 W Georgia St, Vancouver
BC V6C 3G1, Canada

5. Bella Gelateria

1001 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B7, Canada
It’s a recipe for success: the best quality ingredients, flavours inspired by Vancouver’s diverse culinary influences, executed by a meticulously driven gelato maestro. See where it all started in Coal Harbour—just steps away from stunning views of the North Shore.
1001 W Cordova St, Vancouver
BC V6C 0B7, Canada

6. Pazzo Chow

620 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V6A 4E7, Canada
Brown Paper Packages is rightly famous for its ice cream sandwiches. You can get BPP’s ice cream sandwiches, as well as ice creams by the scoop and pint, at super-cute Pazzo Chow in Chinatown. (And if you can get that song out of your head after reading this, you deserve a prize.)
620 Quebec St, Vancouver
BC V6A 4E7, Canada

7. BETA5 Chocolates

413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2P3, Canada
As if you need another reason to go to Beta5, this purveyor of chocolates, cream puffs and vienoisseries has unleashed ice cream sandwiches on Vancouver. Recent flavours include strawberry cheesecake, vanilla bean (between macarons, ergo gluten-free), and mint chocolate chip.
413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver
BC V6A 2P3, Canada

8. La Casa Gelato

1033 Venables St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3R9, Canada
If you can put it in ice cream, the crazy kids at La Casa Gelato have done it. They may be famous for their wackier flavours (durian ice cream, anyone?) but the truth is, they do the standards well. Grab a scoop and join the happy hordes outside, leaning against the shop’s bright pink wall.
1033 Venables St, Vancouver
BC V6A 3R9, Canada

9. Gelateria Dolce Amore

1588 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y2, Canada
What would Little Italy be without a proper gelateria? Dolce Amore supplies next-door Merchant’s Oyster Bar with their standout olive oil ice cream, and there are plenty of other options to tempt you, including ice cream sandwiches and hazelnut-crusted, chocolate-dipped ice cream bars.
1588 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
BC V5L 3Y2, Canada

10. Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionery

4090 Hastings St, Burnaby, BC V5C 2H9, Canada
Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionery looks like it’s straight out of the ‘50s, and it’s the real deal: locally-made ice cream, house-made syrups made with local products whenever possible, and run by two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Say hi to Ron and Roberta as you slurp your soda.
4090 Hastings St, Burnaby
BC V5C 2H9, Canada

11. Rocky Point Ice Cream

2800 Murray St, Port Moody, BC V3H 1X2, Canada
It’s a familiar story: fresh dairy from happy cows, local and seasonal ingredients, hand-crafted ice cream. But oh, what a good story it is. Rocky Point Ice Cream makes a trip to the suburbs worth the visit (and its proximity to Pajo’s Fish & Chips is a happy coincidence).
2800 Murray St, Port Moody
BC V3H 1X2, Canada

12. Tre Galli Gelato Caffè

810 Quayside Dr., New Westminster, BC, Canada
The River Market at New Westminster Quay is a food-lover’s paradise, and how better to cap off a day of grazing than with a scoop of gelato? If it’s a nice day, grab a scoop from Tre Galli and head to the boardwalk to inspect the giant toy soldier, peer into the community garden plots, or check out people and their dogs.
810 Quayside Dr., New Westminster
BC, Canada

13. Avalon Dairy & Deli

7985 North Fraser Way, Burnaby, BC V5J 0A4, Canada
Avalon Dairy is already known for having the city’s best milk (and eggs, and butter, and, and, and…) so why not also ice cream? You won’t find any artificial ingredients here—that tinge of yellow in the French Vanilla comes from turmeric, not Yellow Dye No. 5. And if you needed one more reason: it’s all certified organic from happy cows.
7985 North Fraser Way, Burnaby
BC V5J 0A4, Canada

14. Timothy's Frozen Yogurt

3800 Bayview St, Richmond, BC, Canada
Since 1989, Timothy’s has been tempting people stuffed with fish and chips to make just a little more room—for frozen yogurt, ice cream and sorbet. And it’s safe to say that most people do. Grab a scoop and grab a seat. It’s people-watching at its finest. Word to the wise - it's cash only so visit the ATM to avoid disappointment.
3800 Bayview St, Richmond
BC, Canada

15. Frappe Bliss

4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC, Canada
OK, so not strictly ice ream or gelato, but so, so good. For the uninitiated, Taiwanese shaved ice is exactly what it sounds like: a frozen block of flavoured ice milk that is shaved into feathery, delicate shards. Then you put toppings on it: tapioca pearls, ice cream, fruit, what have you. People who love it, love it.
4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
BC, Canada

16. Butter Baked Goods Ltd

4321 Dunbar St, Vancouver, BC V6S 2G2, Canada
Already known for the best baking outside your grandmother’s kitchen, Butter Baked Café has upped the ante this summer. One: they’re making ice cream, from scratch and with love. Two: they’re putting said ice cream in between two of their larger-than-life cookies. Available by the pint or by the sandwich, this is going to be epic.
4321 Dunbar St, Vancouver
BC V6S 2G2, Canada

17. Earnest Ice Cream

3992 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 4E4 ‎, Canada
On a nondescript block of Fraser Street, an ice cream revolution is happening. Each night, people queue around the block for their hit of Earnest Ice Cream. Ben Ernst and Erica Bernardi are keeping up their end of the bargain with staples like Tahitian Vanilla and Whiskey Hazelnut—and plenty of seasonal options to boot.
3992 Fraser St, Vancouver
BC V5V 4E4 ‎, Canada

18. Rain or Shine Ice Cream

102-1926 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, Canada
At Rain or Shine Ice Cream, owners Josie Fenton and Blair Casey do almost everything in-house. (The one exception is the gluten-free cone.) Fenton loves the peanut butter ice cream; Casey’s mad for seasonal craft beer experiments. Stop by for ice cream tacos on Taco Tuesdays. Pro tip: Grab a pint from the freezer in front and skip the line.
102-1926 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6J 1M5, Canada

19. Bella Yaletown

1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Z4, Canada
Not open yet - but impossible to not mention. With his new digs in Yaletown, Bella’s James Coleridge is giving the city twice the opportunity to taste his award-winning gelato. He’s added wood-fired pizza and liquor to the menu, not to mention…gelato martinis?
1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2Z4, Canada