13 essential places for ice cream sundaes in Vancouver

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Real talk: An ice cream sundae is sublime any day of the week.

There are places for rich, creamy, hard-packed ice cream scoops drizzled with classic hot fudge or a must-try spot for innovative vegan soft serve studded with fresh fruit. You can get your sundae on Tuesday…in a waffle cone taco! Or you can venture out for some milky soft serve swirled up and crowned with cotton candy.

There are plenty of options for incredible ice cream sundaes in and around Vancouver, and we’ve got our picks for the absolute essentials.

Glenburn Soda Fountain

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If you are a fan of ice cream sundaes, you have no excuse to not pay a visit (or a few) to Glenburn Soda Fountain in Burnaby Heights. This throwback treat shop serves up real deal sundaes and epic banana splits with a healthy side of nostalgia. Look for seasonal specials in addition to an impressive line-up of every day classics.

Address: 4150 Main Street, Vancouver

La Glace

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For something a little different, hit up this beautiful French-inspired ice cream parlour for one of their stunning creations. While not your typical scoops-and-sauce sundaes, you can get elegant toppers on your scoops of housemade rich ice cream here, or go for something like their pavolovas, piled with ice cream, whipped cream, and delicious little extras.

Address: 2785 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver

Bells and Whistles

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Save room for dessert at this Fraser Street hipster sports bar and hang spot. They’ve got soft serve decked out with rotating toppings in all sorts of inventive flavour combos.

Address: 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Soft Peaks

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Enjoy this soft serve spot to the max with one of their fully loaded sundaes made with their Avalon organic milk swirls as a base. Keep it classic or find a seasonal special while they last, like sweet strawberry.

Address: 25 Alexander Street, Vancouver

Address: 4603 Kingsway, Burnaby

Beta5

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Summertime is the domain for Beta5 and their insanely inspired sundaes. Available during their weekend ice cream socials and at other special times, Beta5 always puts a thematic spin on their creations. For summer 2018, it’s sundaes inspired by pop music.

Address: 413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver

Earnest Ice Cream

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We know and love Earnest Ice Cream’s glass-jarred pints and beautiful scoops, but did you know they do sundaes, too? Keep an eye on their social channels to find out their rotating feature flavour to get the best of the best of the season from this cherished Vancouver scoop spot.

Address: Multiple locations in Vancouver and North Vancouver; check website for details.

Virtuous Pie – UBC Wesbrook Village location

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Virtuous Pie’s second Vancouver location is doing some serious magic with their roster of 100% plant-based ice cream sundaes made with their house-made soft serve and toppings. Look for the best of the best with seasonal flavours.

Address: 3339 Shrum Lane, Vancouver

Rain or Shine

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Rain or Shine believes that any day–even a dreary Raincouver day–is perfect for ice cream. They’re so right, but they really up the game with their sundaes, which come in all sorts of rotating flavours. But the best day is actually Tuesday, when they can put your sundae in a waffle cone “taco” for their Taco Tuesdays.

Address: Multiple locations in Vancouver; check website for details

Yum Sweet Shop

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Vancouver’s newest spot for all things sweet, you will find lots of sundaes here, made with their soft serve or hard pack ice cream. Of course, it’s easy to get distracted by all that candy…everywhere.

Address: 4150 Main Street, Vancouver

Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe

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Most people know Sophie’s for their big breakfast plates or their old school diner fare, served up surrounded by the Cosmic Cafe’s kitschy charm. But if you can manage to leave some room for dessert, take note that their sundaes come with the option of adding on booze. And boozy sundaes are pretty out of this world, right?

Address: 2095 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

720 Sweets

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Some of the city’s most unique sundaes are being swirled up and piled high at the many locations of 720 Sweets. They start with soft serve in their line-up of signature flavours like milk tea and matcha, and pile them with toppings like red bean, wafer cookies, cotton candy, sauces, and more.

Address: Multiple locations in Metro Vancouver; check website for details

Welcome Parlour

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Head to North Vancouver to find the sweetest, creamiest welcome at Welcome Parlour. This modern spin on a classic ice cream parlour makes darling sundaes, like a classic Hot Fudge with brownie bites, or seasonal specials.

Address: 277 East 8th Street, North Vancouver

Milkcow

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This Korean dessert cafe is known for their milky soft serve and their wild and colourful sundaes. You can keep things as basic as soft serve topped with honeycomb, or go for the full Instagram with the Santorini, which has Oreo crumbs, pistachio crumble, tropical blue syrup, and cotton candy.

Address: 105-5668 Hollybridge Way, Richmond

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom