La Glace — Vancouver, Canada
In the midst of an apparent civic ice cream boom, with over a dozen new joints serving everything from gelato to creamsicles, Vancouver’s La Glace distinguishes itself with a charming French élan. Think a belle époque whirl with orientalist touches that marries stylish art nouveau curves with the geometry of Art Deco.
Designed by Vancouver’s Arithmetic team to showcase pastry chef Mark Tagulao’s hand crafted artisanal ice cream made a la francaise with cream, egg yolks and minimally aerated sugar, this is the kind of place Hans Christian Anderson would take a can-can girl on a post-Tivoli date. Its romantic fairy tale flair – with a Chinoiserie inspired hand painted, gold leafed mural with pairs of peacocks and floral motifs on one side- is grounded by a sleek Marcel Breuer style mint banquette and curved white marble bar.
Traditional favourites like Bananes Foster and Ganache are paired with profiteroles and meringues, while creamy cashew milk based vegan flavours offer a little new world decadence.