10 cool treats to try in Metro Vancouver before summer ends


Labour Day weekend is upon us, and summer is sadly waning. It’s time to make the most of the season while the sun shines, and that includes getting in all those cool summer treats.

We’ve rounded up some sweet summer time treats that will help you cool off and soak up the last moments of the season in Metro Vancouver.

Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwich at Lucky’s

Come on, what’s better than ice cream between a Lucky’s doughnut bun? This one is only around for summer, so don’t miss out.

Address: Locations in Vancouver’s downtown, Kitsilano, and Mount Pleasant

Ume Wine Ice Cream at Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba

Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba is known for their soup-less ramen noodles, but a secondary claim to fame is their inventive soft serve. Right now they’re swirling up a special Ume Wine flavour that won’t be on the menu forever – in fact, it departs on Aug. 31.

Address: 551 Seymour St, Vancouver

Peach Sherbet Profiteroles at BETA5

BETA5 gets behind summer in the most creative and whimsical ways possible. Right now they’ve got peak season peach cozying up to their airy profiteroles.

Address: 413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver

Watermelon Ice Cream Sandwich at Milkcow

Milkcow’s Insta-worthy watermelon meets soft serve creation made a triumphant return this summer, and this meld of fresh fruit and creamy coolness is a great taste of the season.

Address: 105-5668 Hollybridge Way, Richmond

Weekly Sundae Special at Glenburn Soda Fountain

Burnaby’s Glenburn Soda Fountain is a go-to all year long for amazing ice cream treats, but there seems to be some extra playful vibes there in the summer. They have a weekly sundae feature that’s always worth checking out, often inspired by the season, and have just wrapped up a few days of fun via their Crave the Heights Soda Jerk takeover, so you can count on them for something fun for sure.

Address: 4090 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Butter Beer Soft Serve at the PNE

Potterheads and sweet tooths rejoice: The PNE is swirling up a frosty Butter Beer treat, and they’re only open for a few more days, through Sept. 2. Catch the hype!

Address: 2901 E. Hastings St, Vancouver

La Glace x Ca Phe Vietnamese coffee ice cream at TAIWANfest

To celebrate this colourful cultural event, Ca Phe Vietnamese Coffee House and La Glace Ice Cream have collaborated on an exclusive sweet drop you’ll find only at TAIWANfest (Aug. 31-Sept. 2). It’s Ca Phe Ice Cream featuring Ca Phe’s Vietnamese coffee infused in custard cream with a coffee shortbread crumble.

Address: Booth near Granville Street’s 800 block during TAIWNfest

Pink Lemonade Pie at The Pie Hole

Sweet dreams are made of this… Raspberry and lemon meet up in the most heavenly way at The Pie Hole. It’s been a Pink Lemonade summer for them, with this cool creamy pie, as well as mini pies (and even house-made Pink Lemonade pop tarts).

Address: Three locations in Metro Vancouver

Popcorn Ice Cream from Mister @Westbank’s Shipping Container

When you’re doing a pop-up ice cream shop, why not pop-up with a limited-edition Popcorn flavour?! Yaletown’s Mister is in residency at the shipping container retail pop-up downtown now through Sept. 1, and this is the only time and place you can get this exclusive flavour.

Address: Shaw Tower, West Plaza, 1067 W. Cordova St., Vancouver

Gelato at Passione Gelato

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|| OFFICIALLY THE BEST GELATO IN VANCOUVER ?Second time here at @passionegelatoyvr and my oh my, they’ve once again proven themselves to be the absolute finest in town. Their portions are so generous compared to other gelato shops, not to mention the top notch quality ingredients. — I discovered the most incredible combination this time – Bronte Pistachio & Fiore de Latte! For those of you who haven’t heard of Bronte Pistachio before… it’s Sicily’s ?????? ??????? ????? ???. These special pistachios are sourced from a small-scale farm in Italy; they’re so rare that they can only be harvested every other year. — Fiore de Latte, on the other hand, is a milky, creamy flavour that translates to “flower of milk”. The two flavours together make a sublime pairing. The subtle yet smooth Fiore de Latte gelato balances out the rich, buttery flavour of the pistachio. I’m literally drooling as I type this ? #BHTxYVR — ?? Tag your ice cream buddy! — ?Passione (55 Smithe Street) ?: Bronte Pistachio & Fiore de Latte Gelato

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Okay, to be fair, there’s no time limit on enjoying gelato from Passione, but if you want to get your licks in at this super buzzworthy brand new scoop shop on the edge of Yaletown, what better time than summer?

Address: 55 Smithe St, Vancouver

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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