Wellpicks: Vancouver’s best dairy-free ice cream

In celebration of yesterday's #nationalicecreamday, I wanted to share my favourite spots in Vancouver to get dairy-free ice cream. While many people don't have problems with dairy, for those that do, ice cream can be particularly hard on digestion. Always on the hunt for great alternatives, finding options for ice cream has been one of my favourite challenges. Whether coconut milk or cashew based, it seems ice cream shops and restaurants are really starting to figure out how to make ice cream you would never know is dairy-free. Here are my favourites.

Friendly ice creamFriendly Snack Bar

Friendly is a great new little plant-based and gluten-free snack bar at Main and Broadway started by the owners of The Wallflower/Smallflower, Zimt Chocolates and vegan ice cream truck, Say Hello Sweets. Their ice cream flavours continuously rotate, but so far I've tried their banana walnut, strawberry and lime coconut-based ice creams, and they are unreal. All their ice creams are also available in gluten-free waffle cones, and to take away in a pint.

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Earnest Ice CreamEarnest Ice Cream 

When I first moved to Vancouver and tried Earnest Ice Cream's (regular dairy) chocolate and salted caramel ice creams, I was convinced it was the best ice cream I'd ever had in my life. So when I went back and tried their dairy-free chocolate ice cream, and found it was just as good, I was pretty excited. Their dairy-free flavours are also rotated, so while you don't know what you're going to get when you walk in, so far I have not been disappointed.


  • Afternoon snack: Cookies & Cream. What’s your Saturday flavour?
  • Happy Friday! Grab some ice cream with your best friend and get ready for the weekend 🧡
📷: @bubba.watson.bulldog
  • 🥳 Happy 6th birthday to our very first scoop shop on Fraser St! Come say hi and celebrate with a scoop!
  • A pint of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip will help you forget about this rainy weather. Grab it before it’s gone -September flavours are almost here 😁

virtous pieVirtuous Pie 

I love Virtuous Pie for so many reasons, but mostly because they took two of my favourite things, pizza and ice cream, and came up with a way to make them dairy-free. Instead of a coconut base, Virtuous Pie uses cashews for their ice cream, serving select flavours each day, but also offering take-home pints. This is not your average ice cream - their flavours include Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Coffee + Donuts, and Charcoal Banana Coconut. Imagine going for pizza and ice cream and not feeling sick or bloated after you eat? Well this is now totally possible.

  • SALTED CARAMEL + CHOCOLATE PRETZEL | A vanilla base swirled with salted caramel and chunks of chocolate pretzels, it’s creamy, crunchy, sweet, and salty. 🍦
  • 100% plant based, our 'Hot Honey' is made with apple juice, chamomile tea, brown rice syrup, & Calabrian chilis with oil. It adds a little sweet & spicy to our Sweet Pepper & Sausage 'za! 🍯🌶 #VPChefSecrets
  • Made fresh in house, our gluten free waffle cones are hand-pressed and hand-rolled daily, using locally sourced @nextjengf gluten free flour, flaxseed, coconut oil & coconut milk, and sweetened with maple syrup. #VPChefSecrets

Grab one today, because look at that - the sun came back! ☀️🍦

Every Tuesday at all locations!

Rain or shine ice creamRain or Shine 

While Rain or Shine typically only serves one dairy-free option at a time, it's usually some delicious variation of chocolate coconut something, and that works for me. They're also pretty inventive with their seasonal ingredients, and offer a pretty great sundae (complete with dairy-free chocolate sauce). If you want to skip the line, I find the location on Cambie is often way less crowded than the one in Kits, which often has lines down the block.

  • The cure to a gloomy day is two scoops of ________. Let us know what's your go-to flavours are! (📷: @icaneatanelephant)
  • Summer ain’t over yet! Come on down for a refreshing scoop of our Coconut Berry Blast! Coconut, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries all mixed up to make this super creamy and sweet vegan fling! Scooping til the end of August!
  • Happy Sunday! What better way to end your weekend than with a scoop (or two)? 😋🍦
  • Our staff had an awesome time last night getting some group R&R at our summer party! Thanks everyone for a phenomenal season so far and we’ll see you back at all three stores during our regular hours!

Hey KokomoHey Kokomo

Hey Kokomo is a new "plant-focused" cafe that recently opened in Chinatown. What I'm most excited about is that they are the first place in Canada to serve Coco Whip, a vegan, creamy soft-serve ice cream, made with coconut water, vegetable probiotics and no refined sugar. Right now they are only open during the day, but are a great place to escape to on your lunch break or on a Saturday afternoon.

  • If you're not treating yourself on a Saturday, is it even Saturday?
  • What it says ^
  • Summer in a bowl—the Market Salad. On our menu all day every day this summer ☀️☀️☀️
  • There's one thing that trumps a Kokomo lunch—having your company pay for your Kokomo lunch. Catering link in bio! (send it to your boss)

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Kylie McGregor is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Culinary Nutrition Expert, and editor-in-chief at Well Daily. After four years working in Toronto as a publicist, Kylie’s passion for nutrition, a desire to learn more and share this knowledge with others led her to enroll in Meghan Telpner’s Culinary Nutrition Expert Program, which provides an in-depth education around the healing properties of various foods and how to prepare them. Upon completion of this three-month program, Kylie decided to further her education and enrolled at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver, where she completed the one-year diploma program. Kylie hopes to share the knowledge she’s gained on her own journey, and encourage others to take control of their own health, wellness and happiness.