6 sweet treats to help you keep your cool

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Temps are on the rise, and fewer things satisfy on a warm day like a cool, delicious dessert.

Here are our picks for 6 incredible sweet treats in Vancouver to help you keep your cool.

Organic soft serve from Soft Peaks

Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Launched at a chillier time earlier this year, Gastown’s Soft Peaks has been swirling up cups and cones of their delectable soft serve made with organic Avalon Dairy milk. Add toppings like fresh honeycomb from the Okanagan, toasted coconut, Tim Tams, or a bright sour-sweet yuzu marmalade for a cup of sheer delight.

Address: 25 Alexander Street, Gastown
Phone: 604-559-2071
Website: softpeaks.ca

Che from Che-Licious

A coconut water Che with extra jellies and pearls (Photo by Farhan Mohamed/Vancity Buzz)

A coconut water Che with extra jellies and pearls (Photo by Farhan Mohamed/Vancity Buzz)

“Che” is the Vietnamese word for dessert, and the West End’s Che-Licious sure does sweet treats right. Cool down with one of their tall cups of drinkable desserts full of house-made jellies, “pearls,” and other texture-riffic bits and bites.

Address: 1120 Denman Street, West End
Phone: 778-379-1888
Website: www.che-licious.com

Snow Cream from Icepik Shavery

The Cool Mint combo (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

The Cool Mint combo (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

If ice cream and shaved ice had a love child, it would probably end up looking like Taiwanese shaved ice. This “snow cream” starts as a block of ice, and you can watch it be shaved down into beautiful ribbons, and then decorated with toppings spanning tastes of the east and west.

Address: 1-3377 Kingsway, Collingwood
Phone: 778-379-3177
Website: www.icepikshavery.com

Ice cream from Rain or Shine

What’s scooping is always cool at Rain or Shine. With two locations (Kitsilano and Cambie Village) it’s always the perfect weather for some of their fantastic ice cream, whether it’s in a cup, cone, shake, or (on Tuesdays) in a taco.

Address: 1926 West 4th (Kitsilano) and 3382 Cambie Stree (Cambie Village)
Website: rainorshineicecream.com

Ice cream sandwich from Beta5

Strawberry & Tahitian vanilla ice creams on a vanilla sugar cookie (Beta5 Chocolates/Facebook)

Strawberry & Tahitian vanilla ice creams on a vanilla sugar cookie (Beta5 Chocolates/Facebook)

Known for their cream puffs, stunningly beautiful chocolates, and innovative flavour combinations, Beta5 has become a warm weather go-to for sweet treats, too, thanks to their ice cream sandwiches.

Address: 413 Industrial Ave
Phone: 604-669-3336
Website: shop.beta5chocolates.com

Gelatini from Bella Gelateria Yaletown

An Earl Grey Tea Negroni Gelatini (Photo by @jesstours/Instagram)

An Earl Grey Tea Negroni Gelatini (Photo by @jesstours/Instagram)

This one is for the grown ups only: Bella Gelateria in Yaletown makes full martinis made to pair with specific gelato flavours from their roster of always-impressive gelatos. We’re big fans of the Earl Grey Tea Negroni one. Cheers!

More about Bella Gelateria Yaletown’s Gelatinis

Address: 1089 Marinaside Crescent, Yaletown
Phone: 778-737-7890
Website: www.bellagelateria.com

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SEE ALSO: Best Ice Cream and Gelato in Vancouver

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Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancitybuzz.com
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