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Earnest Ice Cream

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Atmosphere is a huge part of the charm at Earnest Ice Cream on Fraser—with its wide wooden floorboards, old-school stools, and vintage-looking lighting, it’s like Portlandia mixed with the soda shop in It’s a Wonderful Life. But the real reason for the lineup that often stretches out the door and up a nondescript street is an awesomely artisanal approach to frozen dairy confections.

When's the last time you had a Cardamom ice cream cone that actually tasted like tasted like cardamom. Same for the Whiskey Hazelnut, Blackberry Coriander, and Matchstick Espresso Flake. For the less adventurous, Earnest Ice Cream has you covered on modern standbys like Salted Caramel and Cookies and Cream, with flavours changing every day.

The only drag? That would be that Jimmy Stewart isn’t standing behind the counter, making your ice cream even better by putting a bird on it.