By Kristi Alexandra
The summer of 2021 is serving up heat galore, but luckily for shade-seekers in Coquitlam, there are a few spots serving up unique treats to cool you down while dazzling the palate. If your tastebuds are in need of some excitement during these dog days of summer, take yourself on a treat tour of the city–and don’t miss these spots.
A delightful Korean dessert, a bingsoo is a “snow mountain” made up of fruit, ice cream, condensed milk and showering of snow-like shaved ice milk. Passion8 Dessert Café is known best for its bingsoos (flavours include mango, strawberry, matcha, honey berry and more), but also carves out a sweet niche with creamy cheesecakes, macarons, and a bevy of hot and cold drinks. The North Road eatery combines its expertise by including not one–but two–slices of cheesecake to its bowl-sized bingsoo ($14.50), so if you plan to stop by here, come hungry.
Get here: Take the Skytrain’s Expo or Millennium Line to Lougheed Station and exit on Gatineau Street. Walk toward North Road, crossing the street at the light, and take a right. Enter the complex at signs for the Executive Inn and Suites, and walk into the parking lot toward Passion8.
You’ve never had a pastry like this before. Pappa Roti’s ice cream buns ($6) boast their signature coffee caramel bun, but stuffed with frozen ice cream and surrounded by toppings of your choice, such as crushed oreos, M&Ms, caramel or chocolate drizzle, rose jam and more. While these treats are customizable to your taste, the contrasting textures of warm, fluffy coffee bun to a scoop of frozen ice cream are unique to Pappa Roti.
Get here: Take the Millennium Line towards Lafarge-Lake Douglas and exit at Lincoln Station. Walk 4 minutes to 1196 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC.
Snowy Village is another hot bingsoo spot serving up cool desserts, and can be found in Coquitlam, New Westminster and Richmond. What sets Snowy Village’s treats apart is their dedication to using 100% real (and local whenever possible) fruit in their desserts. One reigning treat stands out above all else–the Watermelon Bingsoo. You’ll find a mountain of expertly balled watermelon surrounding a single scoop of ice cream, drizzled in sweetened condensed milk and showered with snowy shaved ice.
Get here: Take the Millennium Line towards Lafarge-Lake Douglas and exit at Lincoln Station. Walk two minutes to 1188 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.