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.


  • EVR Ghost Chocolate will be available this week for curb-side pick up!
  • Weekending.
  • What’s in your freezer?? For those who have ordered for pick up this week, we’ll see you soon! 
For those who haven’t, we still have a few spots left at Frances St and lots or times for North Van! 
And just a reminder.... we have 5.6L if you have the freezer space 😉💛
  • We’d like to thank everyone for their patience, support and understanding during these challenging times. 
Things have been changing day to day, and will continue to do so. We don’t want to rush reopening. We are working hard to put new systems into place to be able to operate as safely and efficiently as possible. 
We will continue to offer online ordering and curbside pick up for the foreseeable future. Our retailers are stocked with pints and we are working on some variation of a reopening plan for the coming weeks. 
With the shops closed, limited staff and no cash handling, we haven’t been able accept jar returns. 
BUT.... This Friday, from 2-6p we will be accepting clean/washed jar returns at our Quebec St shop. 
Again, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we figure out our new normal and thank you for holding on to those jars ❤️

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.

If you’re in Vancouver, today is your last chance to try our @tmrwfoods cheeseburger special! Check our stories for details.
  • Arugula is back in Toronto... 🌱 the Pesto CBR + Superfunghi are now available!


CHINATOWN | Fri + Sat: 12-9pm, Sun: 12-8pm
UBC | Fri + Sat: 12-9pm, Sun: 12-8pm
VICTORIA | Fri + Sat: 12-9pm, Sun: 12-8pm
PORTLAND | Every Day: 12-8pm
TORONTO: Fri: 12-9pm, Sat + Sun: 12-8pm

Check our stories for a breakdown by location.
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Check out the link in our bio to get the scoop on the location nearest you, and learn about the health and safety measures we are following.
  • Happy Victoria Day to our Canadian friends! 🇨🇦 Chinatown and Portland are both open 12-8pm today!

UBC + Victoria will be back tomorrow, and Toronto will be back on Wednesday 🍕🍕🍕

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.

  • It's Sunday evening and what better way to prepare for the week ahead than a scoop of ice cream?🍦
UBC is scooping until 10pm this evening and our truck is on Cambie & 18th until 8pm this evening✌

Thanks to everyone for supporting us during this time ❤ 📸: @heymargopolo
  • Ways to get your hands on some ice cream:

1. Visit our UBC store for a scoop, 12pm til 10pm each day.
2. Pop down to Cambie & 18th between 1pm and 8pm today to grab a scoop from our ice cream truck. (Note: truck will be located somewhere in Kits tomorrow!)
3. Order online for pint collection tomorrow at either our Kits or Cambie store.
4. Order online for pint delivery next week. 📸: @eater.gram
  • Our truck is going to be out this weekend for scoops! Stay tuned for definitive locations for Saturday and Sunday!
Hope to see you there! 🥰
  • Our UBC location is opening for door service scoops today! 🙌 (yes, that does mean waffle cones! 🍦) We have physical distacing procedures in place and can't wait to be scooping again from 12pm - 10pm each day!

Thank you so much for all of your support ❤

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.

  • Lunch time ⏰
  • Sunday under the sun. Doesn't get much sweeter than this 🌞
  • We'll be honest with you: we've wanted to create the perfect coffee smoothie for a while now. After a number of caffein fuelled attempts (!!!), we can officially say we've nailed it—and named it after the best chocolate bar of all time, the Coffee Crisp. Very excited for you to try this one! ☕️🥤
  • Our new Summer Salad came to life after one of those wildly sunny days we've been having. We knew exactly what was needed to reset our bodies: fresh juicy strawberries, creamy tofu feta, snap peas, thinly sliced onion, cucumber, greens, balsamic dressing. We finished it off with a handful of spiced pumpkin seeds and voila—we knew we had our next obsession.

Game changers: Oddity Kombucha's Alicia Medina


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.