Ice cream and frozen desserts are a summer staple, and Vancouver is redefining after-dinner-delight with a few new(ish) sweet shops guaranteed to leave the whole family satisfied. Grab your spoons and head out to these cool shops.
You’ll think you’ve died and went to heaven when entering this parlour, and not because of their cool dry ice effects. Their ice cream toppings are well, over the top. I mean, what kid (and some adults) wouldn’t want a nest of blue cotton candy in their cup? It’s a tight squeeze in this shop. I suggest grabbing your cup or cone and heading for a short walk to McBride Park on West 4th.
3278 West Broadway, Vancouver
Usually when I picture yogurt, it’s soft and swirly – not crispy. Well, ON Yogurt freezes theirs using an anti-griddle. For the sweet tooths, I recommend the Rainbow: a mixture of marshmallow, banana, rainbow sprinkles and caramel. There’s 40 toppings to choose from, so clear your afternoon – you’ll want to try them all. The yogurt is also organic, gluten-free, and sourced from local organic farms in B.C. so you can sleep at night.
95 Smithe St, Vancouver
For something really unique, drop by this dessert café. The kids will get a kick out of the light bulb drinks (exactly what they sound like). The shaved ice bowls of cream, fresh fruit, ice cream, and delectable toppings put this dessert café above the others. Small shop, but super close to the playground at General Brock Park on Brock Street and Baldwin.
2229 Kingsway, Vancouver
Specializing in all things cream-filled and chocolaty, Beta5 is your go-to drop-in for signature ice cream sandwiches. They are crunchy, sweet and almost too pretty to eat – almost. For those bacon lovers out there, they also stock maple-bacon candy bars to crunch on. This place is the perfect stop to cure an afternoon ice cream craving.
413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver
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