An ice cream parlor is a dining establishment that specializes in serving, and often preparing, frozen desserts such as ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet. Beyond a simple decision of just vanilla or chocolate, many ice cream parlors offer a variety of creative and tasty alternatives. While few things beat a good ice cream cone on a hot day, ice cream parlors often serve dairy-free options, such as sorbet, a creamy fruit-based delight.
Some ice cream parlors take it even a step further, offering you a choice of fixins, such as cookies, fruit, and candy, that they’ll mix in right in front of you, ensuring that you get exactly the flavor you want, no matter what you’re craving.
While it’s difficult to tell when exactly ice cream was invented, the first ice cream parlor, Cafe Procope, was founded in France in 1686. It was there that gelato, a smoother, denser ice cream alternative was first introduced to the French public. At this time, ice cream was a treat enjoyed primarily by the elite upper class, mostly due to the lack of refrigeration technology at the time. It wasn’t until over 100 years later that the refrigeration became more widespread, making ice cream practical for the general public.
An ice cream parlor is a perfect destination on a hot summer day, an afternoon out with the family, or when you’re out for a romantic evening walk with that special someone. For more information on Victoria BC’s ice cream parlors, start by checking out our member offers below.