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 Creamย 

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.


  • Stay cool out there friends! Itโ€™s  a hot one. โœŒ๐Ÿฝโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿฆ Pictured here - raspberry (vegan), strawberry coconut (vegan).
  • hope you are staying cool and enjoying ice cream day! ๐Ÿ’›

Thanks @shemomedjamo.yvr for the ๐Ÿ“ท
  • happy national ice cream day! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŽ‰
  • love this shot of our current seasonal sundae from @jaxattaxfood 
itโ€™s only around for another week or so! ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿจ

virtous pieVirtuous Pieย 

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.

  • HERE IT IS! We've teamed up with our friends at @phantombeer to bring you the Virtuous Pineapple IPA, and the wait is almost over!๐Ÿ๐Ÿบ
COMING SOON exclusively to VP @wesbrookvillage, this 6.2% IPA is made using our proprietary pizza flour and El Dorado hops, giving it a citrus and pineapple aroma. We hear it pairs pretty well with our Southern Belle pizza. ๐Ÿ˜

Stay tuned for the official release date!
Weโ€™re celebrating at @TurfLiving and @JetBlackCoffeeCompany with a SUNDAY/SUNDAE POP UP! ๐Ÿจ
(While supplies last)
Click the link in our bio for the menus + all the delicious details!
  • Our collab MERMAID ICE CREAM ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ with @TurFLiving is available tomorrow for one day only (while supplies last) at our SUNDAY/SUNDAE popup for National Ice Cream Day! ๐Ÿจ
We'll also have a popup sundae bar in PORTLAND at @jetblackcoffeecompany with partial proceeds benefitting @Otatpdx, who will be bringing adoptable dogs to the festivities ๐Ÿถ
Tag your ice cream date and check the details below! ๐Ÿฆ
What: Collaborative sundae menu and build-your-own sundaes with TurF living (hello SNICKER SUNDAE!)
Where: @TurFLiving
When: 11:30-4pm
What: Ice cream sundae bar with all the fixins, adoptable dogs from One Tail at a Time on site, & partial proceeds benefitting @otatpdx
Where: @JetBlackCoffeeCompany
When: 12pm-3pm
  • It's FRIDAY, and the weekend is looking โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ
Stop by our ICE CREAM POPUP to/from the beach at @turfliving on Sunday for National Ice Cream Day! ๐Ÿฆ
We'll be scooping up sundaes 11:30-4pm (while supplies last!), featuring a collaborative sundae menu, make-your-own sundaes, and affogatos! ๐Ÿจ
We'll also be popping up in PORTLAND at @jetblackcoffeecompany on Sunday with a make-your-own sundae bar + affogatos with proceeds benefitting One Tail at a Time. 
Come cool down and hang out with adoptable dogs!
Click the link in our profile for the full menu and all the details!

Rain or shine ice creamRain or Shineย 

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.

  • Taco Tuesday: the one day where we forget the word โ€œdietโ€. ๐Ÿ˜œ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿฆ
๐Ÿ“ธ: @lky.fooddiary
  • We support your excitement for dessert; we always go nuts for ice-cream ๐Ÿฆ
๐Ÿ“ธ: @karenolio
  • What has been your favourite thing about the summer so far? For us, itโ€™s been seeing so many of your beautiful smiley faces โค๏ธ๐Ÿฆ
๐Ÿ“ธ: @irena.zhang
  • The best things in life are chocolate ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿซ
๐Ÿ“ธ: @sejwanders

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 youโ€™re lucky youโ€™ll get the hammock seat and meet Coops all in one visit ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿฝ
  • Guys, Katie created the special this week. Time to see if sheโ€™s still got it?!! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ
Spicy Almond Macro Bowl:
Fresh spinach
Raw purple cabbage
Brown rice
Spicy smoked tofu
Warm almond butter sauce
Pickled carrot
Micro cilantro 
Green onion 
Topped w sunflower seeds and pickled jalapeรฑo (Add avo for extra juiciness)
  • New cocowhip topping special!! Come try our superfood unicorn bark, made of vegan white chocolate, spirulina, moringa, beet root powder and turmeric. ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŒž
  • We are counting down the minutes to our first ever Khatsahlano Days this Saturday! Weโ€™re bringing the sports day vibes with our favourite sporty friends @tightclub and @leftonfriday. Come find us on Vine! Weโ€™ll be the ones in bright red suits, eating @cocowhip, playing @hoochybooch booch pong ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŒž#khatsahlano

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Kylie is a holistic nutritionist and co-founder of Wellspace. She believes that healthy eating should be delicious and uncomplicated, and that everything tastes better in a bowl. A former publicist with a curiosity for healthy eating, Kylie hopes to share the knowledge sheโ€™s gained on her own journey, and encourage others to take control of their own health, wellness and happiness.