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.


  • A little brightness on this beautiful day. (our February flavours are going quick so come on by if there’s one you’ve had your eye on!)
  • hump day help. ☕️🍫🍦
  • Cozying up with the coziest of flavours.... Oatmeal Brown Sugar. 
Sweet, creamy and delightfully chewy. Somewhere between breakfast and a cookie.  Available in pints & scoops.
  • From our family to yours - hope you have a wonderful, sunny family day weekend! ❤️🍦 ps - we are looking for folks to join our team! visit our website for full postings & details

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.

$2 Off ALL Pizzas 🍕
$2 off Garlic Knots & Mac + Cheese 🧀
$6 Ice Cream Flights 🍨
+ Drink Specials 🍻🍷
Join us from 2:30pm-5:30pm for Happy Hour & Virtuous Hour every Tuesday to Friday, ALL day Mondays, and 10pm-11pm Fridays and Saturdays!
  • 1️⃣🎈🎉 // Our UBC location is turning ONE YEAR OLD next Thursday, Feb. 28, and we want to celebrate with you!!
$10 Grandma Pies🍕 | because we’re old
$5 Double Scoops 🍦 | because it’s our birthday
$5 Pints 🍻 | because we’re celebrating!
PARTY TIME | 6-9pm:
Live DJ 
Discount Cards & More!
  • JOIN OUR TEAM! 👩🏼‍🍳🍕👨🏼‍🍳
We're hiring a HEAD CHEF to run our Wesbrook Village location at UBC. We need someone with an amazing personality as well a good mix of corporate and independent experience.
Visit the link in our bio to apply! 👆🏼
  • Happy Family Day from our fam to yours!
Finish your long weekend with our BRUNCH in Vancouver + Toronto! Plus while you're here, it's ALL DAY Virtuous + Happy Hour. 🍕🍦🍷🍻
Because Monday Funday is a thing, you know. ✌🏼

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.

  • All of our stores are looking to hire some super scoopers 🍦! Bring your resumé in-store, or email and include: 
1. Your availability (all days/hours you are free, your school plans, vacation plans, etc.)
2. The amount of hours you are planning to work (full time, part time, 30 hours/week, 15 hours/week, etc.)
3. Specify which location you would like to work at, with a second location as a back-up option (Cambie, UBC, or Kitsilano)
4. The date you hand it in (eg: Feb 27th, 2019)
*Recommendation/Cover letters are optional, but are a plus!
  • Here’s a list of things that you can give yourself to help make your day amazing:
1. Food 
2. Dessert 
3. Something that makes you happy 
4. Something sweet …. and we think that ice-cream tacos can fulfill that entire list! Happy Taco Tuesday 🌮🍦!
  • Happy Family Day 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦! Today is all about spending time with your beloved family, whether it be your work, immediate, school, or friend family! ❤️We're open regular hours today at all stores (12-10pm), so drop-on by and celebrate the day with the 'sweetest' people you know 😊
  • Let’s think of one of the best positives of the Vancouver Snowpocalypse...your ice-cream won’t melt as fast! 📸: @matcha.oclock

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've created a bunch of new tonics to keep you nourished and warm through this weather. 
P.S. Katie dives deep into the ingredients and benefits of her new favourites in our stories☝️🔥
  • Christina 👆 our chosen family member and founder of @werklab, a holistic wellness and co-work space, brought us along with her today for #moreplantmondays. Take a look to see how she weaves plants + self-love into her busy entrepreneurial life.
  • Especially today. Happy Family day from ours to yours 🌞⠀
〰️ Both shops are open 11am - 6pm.⠀
〰️ Free 🙌 delivery on @doordash alllllllll day long.⠀
〰️ In light of Family day today, we asked our honorary Kokomo member @cdisler to share her #moreplantmondays with us. Christina is creator and owner of @werklab, a beautifully curated space - both physically and energetically - that feels like home for many of us in Vancouver. In true Christina fashion, she’s already started her morning routine! Follow our stories to see how she adds more plants into her daily journey. BONUS: you’ll probably pick up a few tips on how to lead a more intentional life. 👀🌿⠀
〰️ Get another stamp on your #moreplantmondays card! (One day closer to winning a bowl a week for the rest of 2019!)⠀
And please share your #moreplantmondays journey with us! 💚⠀

Both shops are open all weekend long:
Sat 10am - 4pm
Sun 10am - 4pm
Monday 11am - 6pm

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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.