Vancouver Hidden Gems: La Casa Gelato

La Casa Gelato at night

La Casa Gelato at night

What is it that makes a gelateria one of the Top 5 Interesting Things to Do in Vancouver? If you’ve been to La Casa Gelato before, you know the answer to that: Pear Gorgonzola gelato that tastes like real Gorgonzola, wasabi gelato, black sesame gelato, even curry gelato.

Those are just a few of the 218 flavours available at this family-owned gelateria, a Vancouver favourite for over 20 years. La Casa Gelato has an amazing variety of delicious, more traditional flavours, too—tons of chocolates and fruits and caramels—but sampling the more outrageous types for free—lychee, anyone?—is half the fun.

Gelato decisions are hard!

Gelato decisions are hard!

Of course, free sampling does have it’s downside. I mean, you can’t sample all 218 flavours, no matter how tempting. After trying five I start to feel bad for the hard-working servers, who are racing around the enormous ice cream counters filling orders. At which point my partner usually says, “Just get something already!” Which is good advice, because everything at La Casa Gelato is marvelous, so how wrong can I go?

Last time, I spontaneously chose Chocolate Grand Marnier and loved it.

 

Yummy yummy gelato

Yummy yummy gelato

La Casa Gelato is in an odd area of town, at 1033 Venables Street; it’s surrounded by warehouses rather than other shops. But you can get there without a car: Use Translink’s Trip Planner to find buses or splurge on a cab—it’s only 15 minutes away from downtown Vancouver by car.

It’s also about halfway between downtown Vancouver and the famous Commercial Drive, making it the perfect dessert spot after a day exploring the Drive

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