One of the best things about being a grown-up is being able to eat absolutely anything you want, such as ice cream for dinner. So that’s exactly what I did. I headed to Village Ice Cream, just south of Calgary’s up-and-coming East Village neighbourhood. Its entrance is off a parking lot in an industrial area on 10th Avenue. This is not exactly where you’d expect to find an ice cream shop – across the street from a substation, with high voltage warnings on the fence. But the smell of handmade waffle cones wafting through the parking lot let you know you’ve come to the right place.
With a long line out the door, you know this is the place to get your small batch, artisanal ice cream fix. Flavours like cardamom, Phil & Sebastian coffee (Phil & Sebastian is a local coffee roaster), maple pecan, and salted caramel all sounded so delicious, I couldn’t decide on just one. I opted for a scoop of Earl Grey and a scoop of one of the seasonal flavours, strawberry lemon basil. Both were sooo good, creamy, and intensely flavourful. The strawberry lemon basil elevates the familiar childhood strawberry flavour into something refreshing – you’ll find bits of basil and lemon rind throughout. Yum! This is definitely some of the best ice cream I’ve tasted.
There’s not a lot of seating at Village Ice Cream, so follow the locals to the steps overlooking 4th Street where you can watch traffic go by below, with a view of the Saddledome to the south (it beats sitting at the edge of the parking lot!)
Tip: If you’re buying pints of ice cream, you can skip the line!
Info: Village Ice Cream, 431 10 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0W3 Canada (there are two other locations in Calgary)