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17 Indulgent Vancouver Vegan Ice Cream Spots & Bakeries

Updated June 5, 2023

I can’t be the only one that searches for vegan bakeries and ice cream spots as soon as I know where I’m traveling, right!?

If you’re like me and find yourself in Vancouver and your sweet tooth is craving a sugar-filled treat, you’re in luck! The Vancouver vegan scene is epic and includes every kind of treat you could wish for, from golden croissants to raw layered chocolate bars and everything in between!

Well, you don’t have to worry about going down a sugar-seeking rabbit hole because this guide covers all of the best Vancouver vegan bakeries and ice cream spots, so you don’t miss one morsel of treat magic!

Best Spots for Vegan Ice Cream in Vancouver, BC

I scream, you scream, we all scream for vegan ice cream! Luckily, Vancouver has some outstanding options when you’re in the mood for a creamy treat.

#1 Softie Co. Vegan Ice Cream

39 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5T 3H7, Canada
Feel like ice cream royalty at this Vancouver vegan spot with a colorful cone dusted with edible gold! This tea-inspired creamery is swirling up oat-based soft-serve flavors that you won’t find anywhere else — Matcha, Hojicha, Ube, Yuzu, and more.

Once you’ve chosen your flavor or flavor combo, you can dust or top it with strawberry puree, tapioca pearls, matcha drizzle, or of course, gorgeous edible gold that looks oh-so-chic in their house-made charcoal cones. This ice cream is definitely asking you to take its photo!

One more important note: aside from being vegan, it’s also soy, nut, and gluten-free to boot!

two black charcoal ice cream cones filled with green matcha ice cream and chocolate from softie vegan ice cream in vancouver
Credit: Softie Co. Vegan Ice Cream

#2 Say Hello Sweets 

620 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V6A 4E7, Canada
You’ll want to say hello, but not goodbye, to these expertly crafted vegan ice cream creations! This small shop is churning out some really inventive and delicious ice cream creations.

You can pop in for a regular scoop or two of marshmallow, coffee, or chocolate ice cream or grab one of their unique house-made ice cream sandwiches. These flavors range from traditional chocolate and strawberry to Notorious N.O.G (cinnamon nutmeg ice cream sandwiched between gingerbread cookies).

As if that weren’t enough, they also have fun freeze-dried ice cream flavors (in case you want to go to space or camping) and drool-worthy ice cream cakes!

#3 Earnest Ice Cream 

Multiple locations throughout Vancouver
It’s hard to imagine that this Vancouver ice cream behemoth started as an ice cream tricycle peddling around Vancouver Farmers Markets and Metro Vancouver with its small lineup of creamy treats. Fast forward to today, the tricycle has grown into four unique locations throughout Vancouver, and you can find its products in select retailers!

While they aren’t a vegan shop, they are vegan-friendly! No matter which shop you visit, you’ll always find multiple decadent ice cream flavors like vegan peanut butter chocolate pretzel, mocha brownie, raspberry, chocolate, and more! Their flavors are made with local and seasonal ingredients as much as possible to give each scoop the best flavor profile. 

#4 Innocent Ice Cream 

Moving to a new location at Hastings & Sunrise in the spring of 2023
This vegan-friendly ice cream shop is home to outrageously delicious vegan and gluten-free ice cream sandwiches! If you’ve tackled vegan and gluten-free baking, you know it’s not as easy as it looks, but here, even the most gluten-loving eater wouldn’t realize it’s gluten-free!

Every day, they whip up house-made cookies to sandwich between their unique creamy vegan ice cream flavors. If you don’t see a concoction that tickles your fancy, you can always create your own, but honestly, how could you pass up Kong (double chocolate cookies with banana pudding nice cream) or Buttercup (peanut butter cookies with chocolate peanut butter fudge nice cream)?

In addition to ice cream sandwiches, they sell ice cream cakes, pints, cookie dough, and traditional ole scoops!

a pink rectangle box with three vegan ice cream cookie sandwiches from innocent ice cream in vancouver
Credit: Innocent Ice Cream

#5 Elephant Garden Creamery 

2080 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B2, Canada
There are no lackluster flavors at this vegan-friendly, elephant-inspired ice cream shop! Visitors will always find staple vegan flavors like mango sticky rice along with multiple rotating seasonal flavors like Salted Gula Melaka or Lychee Raspberry Rose — see what I mean about no lackluster flavors!

This shop is tucked amongst a slew of fantastic independent boutiques, markets, and vegan restaurants on Commercial Drive — after you get your scoops, go for a wander! 


797 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5, Canada
Who knew over-the-top ice cream sundaes and goth go together like peanut butter and jelly!? The tiny black-and-white shop looks more like a nightclub than an ice cream shop — but you won’t soon forget your visit!

Their entire, slightly disturbed menu is mostly vegan and features some of the most creative ice cream sundae creations in Vancouver. From the Dirty Blonde (Chocklit soft serve smothered in salted caramel, salted pretzels, Dirty Whip McQueen, DiCaprio Stardust, and white chocolate candy) or the minty Menthol Breakdown (Chocklit soft serve, mint coconut cookie crumble, Filthy Mint Whip, Punk Chocklit Hard Shell, and Chocklit Chip Cookie) — good luck deciding!

#7 Jenna’s Ice Cream

1496 Charlotte Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7J 2L3, Canada
If your exploration of Vancouver takes you to the northern part of the city, you’ll want to stop for your sugar fix here! This vegan-friendly creamery makes new and unique flavors daily — you never have to worry about getting bored.

Their vegan options are made with an almond milk base and include flavors like mango, berry, chocolate fudge brownie, caramel, and more! If you fall in love with one of the flavors, you’re in luck because they also sell it by the pint!

#8 Virtuous Pie 

583 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2V1, Canada
You might be thinking, what is a pizzeria doing on a vegan ice cream list? Well, it’s because they make killer ice cream and cannolis! You’ll find a rotating lineup of small-batch, house-made ice cream flavors that can be enjoyed in a bowl or gluten-free waffle cone, but I think you should skip that!

You need to sandwich one of their fantastic flavors with their creamy cashew cannoli filling between two house-made cookies — how’s that for an ice cream cookie sandwich? You’ll also want to save room to try one of their popular cannolis — the lemon cream is divine!

vegan ice cream sandwich held over a mint table next to a plate of garlic knots and two lemonades at virtuous pie in vancouver
Credit: Virtuous Pie

Vegan Dessert Spots & Bakeries in Vancouver, BC

These Vancouver vegan bakeries have it all — cookies stuffed with peanut butter, golden pastries, mini cupcakes, and more! You’re not going to be disappointed.

#9 Bonus Bakery 

1185 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 4E6, Canada
Hard stop. If you’re looking to be wowed, scroll no further! If there was a show where traditional baked goods went for a star-studded vegan makeover, I think it would happen here. Instead of just baking traditional cookies, the creative masterminds at Bonus decide to stuff and top them with loads of creative fillings — peanut butter and jelly, smores, Nutella, cookies and cream, and more!

While their amazing cookies are the bakery’s star, the fun doesn’t end there. You’ll also find stuffed, double-baked croissants, golden Liege waffles, and fluffy cinnamon rolls! This is definitely one of the best vegan bakeries in Vancouver — good luck leaving here with only one thing!

#10 To Live for Bakery  

1508 Nanaimo St, Vancouver, BC V5L 4T8, Canada
Although this spot is a little off the beaten path, it was well worth the bus ride! No matter what time of day you wander in, there is always a steady stream of sweet-seeking folks — whether it’s to start the day with a croissant and chai or wrap it up with a rainbow buttercream-topped cupcake, the options are endless.

Everything on the menu is vegan, and there are many gluten-free options. You’ll have a hard time deciding what to get; everything is fantastic! You can’t go wrong with a tender slice of house-made banana bread or chocolate hazelnut mousse cake!

#11 Edible Flours 

2280 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2E3, Canada
Listen up to gluten- and/or sugar-free friends; you need to stop here! This vegan bakery specializes in crafting a wide array of sweet treats. Every day their little bakeshop is filled with the scent of sweet cinnamon and sugar, along with a rotating mix of daily specials — if you have your eyes on something specific, you’ll want to get there early!

Whether you have to skip gluten or not, you can start the day with a yummy cinnamon roll or slice of sweet bread but will want to return for one of their many giant cookies, bars, or a slice of cheesecake!

a vegan and gluten free molasses cookie from edible flours in vancouver

#12 Level V Bakery

39 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5T 3H7, Canada
If their goal is to bring vegan sweets to a whole new level, I think they have succeeded! This bright and modern bakery is the perfect place to soak in the afternoon sun with a mini pink buttercream-topped cupcake or grab a little sugar fix as you wander the eclectic mix of boutique shops on Main Street.

Their lineup of desserts includes pastries, cupcakes, cookies, raw bars, and much more. I highly recommend the raw Nanaimo bar — a Canadian classic made with dates, nuts, coconut milk, and chocolate.

They have plenty of gluten and nut-free treats too!

raw vegan chocolate nanaimo bar from level v bakery in vancouver

#13 Vegan Pudding & Co

422 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2Z4, Canada
You really can’t skip visiting the one and only vegan pudding shop in Canada, can you!? This small window counter is tucked right in the heart of downtown Vancouver — if you’re not looking for it, it’s easy to wander right by!

These smooth and creamy creations show even the staunchest naysayer that eggs and whole milk are totally irrelevant! Their flavors range from traditional chocolate and vanilla to crème brûlée and matcha green tea with black sesame sauce — it’s safe to say there’s a flavor for everyone! And, if you love their creations, you can purchase the pudding mixes online. 

a cup of vegan mango vanilla pudding topped with a large mound of whipped cream from vegan pudding and co in vancouver
Credit: Vegan Pudding & Co.

#14 TurF Kitsilano

2041 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1N3, Canada
What happens when you marry veganism with yoga? If you think you get an acai bowl, you’d be correct, but you also get a massive lineup of gorgeous vegan baked goods and desserts!

Right on Kitsilano’s bustling 4th Avenue is this fitness studio meets vegan-friendly café that dishes out a terrific lineup of vegan breakfast and lunch options, but what you really can’t miss are their baked goods.

At first, I didn’t think they were vegan! You’ll droll over their giant, fluffy croissants, raw chocolate bars, brownies, muffins, and more! Just don’t forget to pair it with their Tarps Off smoothie (a blend of peanut butter, hemp seed, banana, lucuma, berry compote, and sea salt) — I promise you’ll be glad you did. 

#15 ChocolaTas

1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
While wandering around the historic Granville Market, you can’t leave without checking out the vegan options at this artisanal chocolate shop! I thought, oh, they’ll just have one or two flavors — oh no, there were at least eight different truffle flavors plus a lineup of bars and chocolate-covered nuts!

Their delicious chocolates are filled with poached pear, pistachio, hazelnut, chipotle pecan, and more. I thought I could try just one and be on my way — no such luck; I couldn’t leave without a box.

a box of seven vegan artisanal chocolates from chocolatas in vancouver

#16 Cartems

Location in Mt. Pleasant & Downtown Vancouver
I walked by this Vancouver donut spot twice, examining the menu and curious if the little “v” next to many of the donut flavors really meant vegan. So often, it can mean vegetarian, and many places just come out with their vegan declaration, but not here.

Well, three times is really a charm because I finally went in and was delighted to find out the little “v” does mean vegan!

To my surprise, most of the donuts on their menu are vegan, and some are even vegan and gluten-free — how fantastic is that? Every day you’ll always find popular flavors like smoked maple walnut and chocolate glaze, but they also have a rotating lineup of specialty options like salted caramel, Earl Grey, mango coconut, and more.

vegan and gluten free smoked walnut donut from cartems in vancouver

#17 The Gluten Free Epicurean 

633 E 15th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 2R4, Canada
Another excellent option for my gluten-free friends, especially if you’re celiac. This vegan-friendly bakery has kicked gluten fully to the curb and has fantastic vegan options! The well-marked menu includes grain-free tarts, freshly baked donuts, cupcakes, and more. They also have a select number of sweet and savory options you can take and bake at home!

More Canadian Vegan Travel Help!

Whether you want to check out more than ice cream spots and bakeries in Vancouver or plan to explore Canada’s other vegan behemoth — Toronto, we can help! Check out these other tasty articles and guides to plan your adventure.

The Complete Toronto Vegan Travel Guide
10 Incredible Vegan Bakeries & Ice Cream Shops in Toronto
Fantastic Spots for Vegan and Gluten-Free Food in Toronto

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Rebecca is the creator of Veggies Abroad, which was born from her love of travel, and the question she gets asked after every trip, "What in the world did you eat?" Her blog is a one-stop vegan travel planning spot with mouthwatering lineups of vegan food, action-packed travel guides, practical travel tips, and much more! Follow her adventures on Instagram or Facebook @veggiesabroad