13 cool treats you need to try before summer ends


There’s rarely a bad time for a cold treat, but they pair oh-so-well with a hot Vancouver summer day. From brand new treats to tried and true sweets, there’s always something delicious to eat that’s perfectly summery around town.

We’ve rounded some classics and some wildcards to give you a bucket list of cold treats to enjoy before summer ends in Vancouver. Some will still be here when the leaves start to fall, but some aren’t made to last. Get ’em while you can.

Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream Sandwiches at Welcome Parlour

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Head to North Van’s Welcome Parlour to get an ice cream sandwich made with cinnamon buns from Bad Dog Bread.

Address: 277 8th Street East, North Vancouver

Puff Cream at Popina

This new Granville Island food destination is claiming this is a world’s first–who knows if it’s accurate but it’s hard to say no to a puff pastry filled with soft serve.

Address: Granville Island, Vancouver

Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches from Say Hello Sweets

The demand is high for these all-vegan ice cream sandwiches. Find their truck or follow them on Instagram to find out who’s stocking the coveted sammies.

Gold chimney cake ice creams from The Praguery (at the PNE)

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The Praguery is taking their chimney cakes to the next level by covering them in edible gold for their stint vending at the PNE.

What-a-Melon from Milkcow

Made with a hollowed-out slice of watermelon that’s studded with chocolate “seeds” and filled with watermelon soft serve, Vancouver foodies will now find the dessert at Milkcow in Richmond (better than traveling to Japan, where it originated last year).

Address: 105-5668 Hollybridge Way, Richmond

Summer Cones from Cacao 70

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You can get dipped cones all year at Cacao 70, but they have a special line-up of soft serve in cake cones coated and studded with all sorts of flavour combos.

Address: Multiple locations in Metro Vancouver

Dole Whip at Poke Time

A little taste of Disneyland is now available at all Poke Time locations. Whip it good!

Address: 3 Vancouver locations

Boozy Popsicles at D/6 Bar and Lounge

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This one is for grown-ups only! You’ll find these adult Iced Popsicles on the daytime menu at D/6 at the Parq Vancouver. They come in either sangria or vodka & watermelon-kiwi flavours.

Address: 39 Smithe Street (in the Douglas)

Music-inspired sundaes from Beta5

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The Ziggy Stardust sundae was inspired by David Bowie (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

The chocolatier, ice cream, cream puff, and all manner of treats-maker has come up with a theme for each delicious weekend instalment that will have you whistling a happy tune, for sure. The wildly inventive sundaes Beta5 will have on offer for their Ice Cream Socials are all inspired by pop music. PS: They also have ice cream scoops for dogs!

Address: 413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver

Adult milkshakes at Mary’s on Davie

Try out the revamped Mary’s with a new owner in Vancouver’s vibrant Davie Village. Their milkshakes can get a little boozy boost, too. Fabulous!

Address: 1202 Davie Street, Vancouver

Bubble tea in baby bottles at Milkcha at the Richmond Night Market

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Is this the best bubble tea ever? Probably not. But hey, it comes in a very Instagrammable container: A baby bottle.

Address: Richmond Night Market

Vegan taiyaki at Stuffies

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Ditch the dairy and other animal products and still have a cool feast with these vegan soft-serve stuffed and topped taiyaki at Stuffies in North Vancouver.

Address: 1571 Oxford Street, North Vancouver

Sundaes at Glenburn Soda Fountain

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What’s the best day for ice cream? SUNDAES! Go get them at Glenburn Soda Fountain, because they are the best in Metro Vancouver. Period.

Address: 4090 Hastings Street, Burnaby

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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