'Hood: Kits and Riley Park, 102-1926 West 4th Avenue and 3382 Cambie Street Price per scoop: $4.50 cup or cone Website: Rain or Shine
Nothing says summer like a sunny day in Kits, although Rain or Shine encourages their dessert on grey days, too. If you’re looking for an updated take on the ice cream sandwich, pop by on Taco Tuesdays for a waffle-cone taco shell filled with one of Rain or Shine’s standard (chocolate, peanut butter, honey lavender) or seasonal ice cream flavours (yellow plum, summer berries).
'Hood: Fraser and Mount Pleasant, 3992 Fraser Street and 1829 Quebec Street Price per scoop: $5 cup or cone Website: Earnest Ice Cream
Can ice cream go viral? With Earnest, the answer appears to be yes. Perhaps no ice cream shop in Vancouver gets the same amount of buzz, and it’s completely well-deserved. Seriously, just ask the person sitting next to you about Earnest’s salted caramel ice cream right now – we’ll wait. Have they stopped raving yet? We told you: people love this stuff.
'Hood: Yaletown, 122-1208 Homer Street Price per scoop: $4.10 cup, $4.65 cone Yelp page: Yaletown Gelato
Tucked away inside a Yaletown mini-mall, this unassuming café becomes a vibrant gelato shop as soon as you walk in the door. There are plenty of fruity and creamy flavours to choose from (guava rose, panna cotta), and we recommend getting the party started by adding a splash of booze to your gelato. (Yes, you read that right: you can add booze to your dessert).
'Hood: Olympic Village, 88 East 1st Avenue Price per scoop: $4 cup or cone Website: Amato Gelato Café
Mario’s Gelati has an ice cream family history that dates back to 1929 when Mario LoScerbo’s grandfather began to experiment with the delicious treat back in Italy. Now, the LoScerbo ice cream empire’s main plant at 1st and Quebec churns out gelato that supplies most of Vancouver’s restaurants and hotels.
'Hood: Commercial, 1588 Commercial Drive Price per scoop: $4.29 cup or cone Website: Gelateria Dolce Amore
Can you do a list like this without mentioning the gelato star of Commercial Drive’s Little Italy? We think not, and Dolce Amore is the perfect place to scoop up traditional Italian flavours like pistachio, Nutella and lemon. Just a heads up: find the nearest ATM first as Dolce only accepts cash money.
'Hood: East Village, 1033 Venables Street Price per scoop: $5 cup or cone Website: La Casa Gelato
Everyone has played a game of dare during a visit to La Casa Gelato. That’s because with over 200 flavours, you’re bound to discover some pretty adventurous choices, including taro root, curry and wasabi, just to name a few. Of course, La Casa also offers favourites like hazelnut, strawberry and butter pecan for those who prefer the classics.
'Hood: West End, 1222 Robson Street and 1094 Denman Street Price per scoop: $4.85 cup or cone Website: Doro Gelato and Caffe
Vancouver is spoiled to have two D'oro Gelato and Caffe storefronts, as you’d have to travel around the world (Rome and Beijing) to find them otherwise. Using Italian ingredients and equipment, D'oro Gelato and Caffe offers up the best of both worlds: international flavours (Ferrero Rocher, mango, coconut) that are made locally at the Robson Street site.
'Hoods: Coal Harbour and Yaletown, 1001 West Cordova Street at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and 1089 Marinaside Price per scoop: $5.50 cup, $6.75 cone Website: Bella Gelateria
The Meryl Streep of Vancouver ice creams, Bella Gelateria has won numerous local, national and international awards, including first place at the 2012 Florence Gelato Festival. Bella’s gelato has full, robust flavours and is served with a spatula – not a scoop – the way it’s traditionally done in Italy.
BCLiving scoops up eight of Vancouver’s best ice creams and gelati
Food styling by Jennifer Stamper
Click through to learn more about Vancouver's best ice cream shops.These are the flavours and shops you have to try this summer.
Pictured from top to bottom: Toasted Pecan with Maldon Sea Salt (have it topped with maple syrup) from Bella Gelateria, Pink Grapefruit from D'oro Gelato and Caffe, Death by Mango from La Casa Gelato, Pistachio from Gelateria Dolce Amore, White Chocolate Raspberry from Mario’s Gelati at Amato Gelato Café, Strawberry from Yaletown Gelato, Salted Caramel from Earnest Ice Cream, Coconut Chocolate Chunk from Rain or Shine
This is not Photoshopped!
It took dry ice, a hot poker and an emotional toll, but this ice cream cone is real. Want proof? Here’s the video.