By Lenée Son
Under the sweltering summer heat, there’s nothing better than cooling down with a walk on the White Rock pier and an ice cold treat. Whether it’s gelato, frozen yogurt, or traditional ice cream you’re craving, this beachside city is a haven for icy desserts. Here are five must-try places.
Sandcastle Sea Shoppe
Located at the east beach in White Rock, Sandcastle Sea Shoppe has the largest selection of ice cream in the city. They carry fifty flavours at all times and nearly seventy during the peak season in the summer. Take your pick from gelato, ice cream, milk shakes, smoothies, or old fashioned frozen yogurt.
The Sandcastle Sea Shoppe is home to the twin cone, a cone with a platform for two ice cream flavours side-by-side rather than on top of each other, which you won’t find anywhere else on the beach. They also carry an assortment of beach gear, beach toys for children, and beautifully hand crafted souvenirs.
Try one of the homemade waffle cones at Sandcastle Sea Shoppe. Choose from Skor, rainbow sprinkles, white chocolate and coconut, chocolate dipped with chocolate sprinkles, chocolate and chopped peanuts, or caramel and peanuts.
Pictured is a double scoop of Sandcastle Sea Shoppe’s creamy peanut butter chocolate ice cream with peanut butter cups over a chocolate dipped peanut waffle cone. This one is for peanut butter lovers!
Sandcastle Sea Shoppe
15525 Marine Drive, White Rock
Crazy Cows Ice Cream
Crazy Cows Ice Cream makes fresh ice cream and gelato everyday with natural and local ingredients. They even take requests! If you’re looking for a custom flavour, call them ahead of time.
Sweet and creamy, this swirl of ataulfo mango and passion fruit gelato is truly a tropical delight!
Crazy Cow’s Ice Cream
14971 Marine Drive, White Rock
For a fun nostalgic 50’s diner experience, make a stop at Seaside Scoops. This vibrant ice cream parlour features old fashioned milk shakes, ice cream, slushies, and carnival and fair eats like hot dogs, nachos, and cotton candy.
Seaside Scoops has a large window front where you can sit and enjoy your ice cream along with the beautiful view of White Rock beach.
14893 Marine Drive, White Rock
For luxurious gourmet gelato and sorbetto, head over to Dolce Gelato! Dolce Gelato makes their gelato fresh daily and in small batches with high quality and local ingredients.
Dolce Gelato’s authentic Italian gelato and sorbetto has a beautiful consistency and is perfectly creamy. From lavender and honey to classic Italian favourites like stracciatella, bacio, and cioccolatto, there are plenty of flavours to choose from.
The sorbetto is vibrant, packed with fresh fruit, and rich with flavour. Pictured is the mango and strawberry sorbetto. Refreshingly perfect on a hot summer day!
Indulge and enjoy the view!
15045 Marine Drive, White Rock
Spiritual Ingredients Bakery is known for their all natural, earth-friendly, fair-trade and 100% nut-free baked goods but they also offer sustainable frozen treats!
Spiritual Ingredients makes their gelatos in house, which you can have scooped onto a fancy waffle cone. Vegans, you’ll be happy to learn that Spiritual Ingredients also serves vegan ice cream!
For the best of both worlds, get a scoop of gelato sandwiched between two of Spiritual Ingredients’ indulgent homemade cookies.