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.


  • shops are open regular hours today. 
Frances st: closed, North Van: 1-9, Fraser & Quebec 2-10p.
  • Double scoops! 
Because it’s the weekend. And because, Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie.
  • (vegan) Coronation Grape! 🍇

As bright and flavourful as it looks - tart, fruity and light. A must try for any sherbet fans out there.
  • Hello oatmeal brown sugar! 
So simple and comforting. Perfect way to get settled in for the weekend. 💛

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.

  • Ooey gooey chocolatey goodness 🍪🍦
Skillet Cookie | Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie, Marshmallow, Your Choice of Ice Cream, Salted Caramel Sauce.
  • Szechuan Wings are served. TODAY ONLY, try our one day special Szechuan Wings Pizza - think Stranger Wings, but with Szechuan Buffalo Cauliflower, Garlic Ranch Drizzle, and Szechuan Sauce Drizzle.

Get 99 cent delivery when you order online through DoorDash and enjoy the Season 4 premiere of a certain adult animated science fiction sitcom from the comfort of your couch.
  • ONE YEAR IN THE SIX 🎉 It's already been a year since we opened our doors in Toronto last fall! Join us next Thursday, November 14 to celebrate with all day deals, giveaways, and good vibes.⁣
$10 Margherita Pizzas⁣
$1 Birthday Ice Cream Scoops⁣
$2 Off Wine/ $10 Off Bottles ⁣
$3 Hot Apple Cider⁣
+ Giveaways!⁣
AND the first 100 guests will receive $5 off toward their next visit!
  • "Ricksquisite Szechuan Wings," airing this Sunday, November 10th.

We're offering a ONE DAY ONLY special Szechuan Wings pizza to coincide with the Season 4 premiere of a certain adult animated science fiction sitcom this Sunday. Think Stranger Wings, but with Szechuan Buffalo Cauliflower, Garlic Ranch Drizzle, and Szechuan Sauce Drizzle.

PLUS, @doordash will be offering 99 cent delivery for all customers, all day when you order online!

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.

  • If there’s one thing that beats our love for ice cream, it's the love for reading the kids at @writers_ex have! I Love You is strawberry ice cream with house-made chocolate cookie chunks mixed in. In emojis, this flavour is simply 😍💕❤️. Now scooping at all stores!
  • Our third seasonal of the month in collaboration with @writers_ex is Fizzy Cola! We took Speed King Craft Cola from our friends at @phillipssoda in Victoria, and added a cola meringue to create the feeling of delicious foam. It’s everyone's favourite ice cream float, turned up a few notches. Now scooping at all stores. 🥤
  • We took a meme/top secret United States military base, and turned it into ice cream! Area 51 is a green apple base swirled with charcoal cinnamon caramel and mixed in with purple star sprinkles and gold star candies! A seasonal fling thanks to the kids @writers_ex that is truly, out of this world. Now scooping at all stores. 🛸
  • When the kids at @writers_ex suggested a Hot Chocolate flavour, we took it literally. We took spot scotch bonnet peppers from in Lillooet, and turned it into a syrup that is mixed into a VEGAN chocolate base. It’s ice cream, with a hot kick. Now scooping at all stores. 🔥

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.

  • We're open all long weekend long at both locations—⁠
Sat + Sun 10am - 4pm⁠
Monday 11am - 5pm⁠
  • Tag today's lunch date! 👋
  • This week we’re warming you up with a Thai spiced carrot + ginger soup. Available at both locations by the cup / bowl. We’re kind of loving it as an accompaniment to our beloved Hemp Caesar Salad. Give it a try 🧡
  • Sunshine and açai bowls. We’ll take it. 
Open 10-4 all weekend long!! 🌞🌞

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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.