Summer is right around the corner which means more sunshine, which means more ice cream! And, while we love classic vanilla or cookie dough scoops as much as the next guy, there are lots of amazing variations of this favourite summer treat on offer at parlours, cafes and shops across Surrey. Read on for a few favourites that will satisfy the ice cream craving and maybe treat your tastebuds to a flavour explosion that you may not have tried before.
Dukes Fine Ice Cream
104 – 6758 188 Street
Dukes Ice Cream in Clayton Heights may be the new kids on the block (they opened in February 2021) but they have already won a spot in the hearts of Surrey’s ice cream lovers. The ice cream is handmade using natural ingredients and many of the flavour combinations feature ingredients from local businesses like the Republica Coffee and Republica Earl Grey (from Republica Coffee Roasters), Lemon Blueberry Swirl featuring The Preservatory’s blueberry preserves, and the Milk Chocolate Toffee Chip featuring Fraser Valley Gourmet’s Almond Butter Crunch. And they have vegan options available. Duke’s scoops cones and cups, as well as take-home pints, and all of their flavours can be spun into milkshakes!
Guildford Town Centre (10355 152 Street)
The Praguery, one of Metro Vancouver’s favourite food trucks, can be found serving up their creamy soft-serve and chimney cakes in Surrey’s Guildford Town Centre! The chimney cake is a crisp yet fluffy traditional eastern European pastry which is rotisserie-baked in front of you, then filled with your choice of soft serve filling and toppings. Purists love the Prague O.G. – vanilla soft serve with a fresh strawberry, but be sure to try the the Nutella drizzle, or the mixed berry filling, or the mango or caramel! And, if it’s just the ice cream you’re after, you can order a pint to go.
48, 10090 – 152 Street
Bingsoo, a traditional Korean dessert is the star of the menu at Snowy Village. Perfect on a hot day, bingsoo is essentially shaved ice, except instead of freezing water, they freeze milk, sugar and condensed milk and then shave it into, well, a bowl of “snow”, and then this is where the fun starts. Pile your “snow” high with toppings like strawberries, blueberries, mango, oreo cookies, milk chocolate, red bean or cheesecake, and don’t forget the whipped cream and ice cream!
Martino’s Cappuccino & Coffee Bar
12211 Beecher Street
For classic gelato a stone’s throw away from the beach, head to Crescent Beach and stop in at Martino’s. With 110 flavours of gelato and sorbetto there is a scoop to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds. Take your cone to go and head down to Crescent Beach for a stroll on the beach to watch the sunset.
#101, 7130 – 120 Street
With a wide selection of flavours, including Kulfi, a traditional Indian ice cream and classic gelato, Sundae Delight will satisfy even the sweetest of sweet tooths. They are known for their falooda, a unique dessert made with vermicelli noodles, rose syrup, basil seeds, kulfi ice cream and condensed milk, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever tasted! And for those who aren’t feeling quite so adventurous, they also have 32 flavours of classic gelato to choose from.
5708 176 Street
The Joseph Richard Group’s latest pop-up is the Sweet Republic ice cream parlour in Cloverdale. Open daily from 12 pm to 8 pm they’ll be serving up vanilla soft serve ice cream with crazy toppings and fun names like “Birthday Blitz” (sprinkles and a birthday cake macaron), “Candy Shop” (gummy bears, m&ms, nerds & gummy worms), “The Pick Me Up” (Dalgona whipped coffee, chocolate sauce & mocha beans). And trust us, they’re as yummy as they look!