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“Great service, great view, and they actually know how to make an ice cream soda” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Soda Shoppe

The Soda Shoppe
801 Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (Downtown)
+1 250-382-4249
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Ranked #319 of 1,107 Restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Hot Dogs, Coffee Shop, Dessert, Ice Cream
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown
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“Great service, great view, and they actually know how to make an ice cream soda”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Some of the strengths of The Soda Shoppe are immediately obvious: a location that is central to sightseers in Victoria, literally across the street from both the Fairmont Empress Hotel and a Victoria tourist information building. Great classic view of the Parliament building, and much of the inner harbor and the Empress Hotel.

But in addition the service here is very good. One of the great lost drinks, at least in North America, is the ice cream soda. Most everyone had heard of the drink, almost no one knows what goes into one. Even the majority of ice cream shops that I visit don't know how to make one -- I have to tell them the ingredients and how to mix them. That's like having to tell a pit master how to barbecue pork, an absurd situation but somehow ice cream sodas have become a forgotten drink.

I was initially disappointed to see that The Ice Cream Shoppe doesn't have ice cream sodas on its menu. I was all set to order an ordinary float, but asked if they knew how to make an ice cream soda. The guy behind the counter, Fred, said sure and we worked out which flavors to use and he proceeded to make one for me. Fred noted that they don't put ice cream sodas on the menu because people rarely order them, but he said that most everyone at The Ice Cream Shoppe knows how to make one -- the customer just has to know to order "off the menu".

The next five minutes were bliss, as I had my first ice cream soda in several years.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic ice cream with a beautiful view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

We sat outside on the corner across from the Empress while watching the sunset and the Parliament lights twinkle on a beautiful September evening while my daughter raved about her beautiful waffle cone with chocolate raspberry cheesecake ice cream. Around us everyone was enjoying sodas, shakes, sundaes and cones. If I hadn't of been so Sullivan it would have been irresistible.

Visited September 2013
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“Great Ice Cream!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

One evening while in Victoria, we were looking for some ice cream. We came across this place after looking. It was in a nice location, close to our hotel, the harbourfront walkway, and Government Street. They had 24 choices of flavours of ice cream. It was delicious. Waffle cones were the same price as a regular cone. The scoops were very big, and the prices were reasonable. We went back a couple nights later, and would definitely recommend it to anybody looking for a delicious after dinner treat!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Noosa, Australia
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“Great ice cream”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Yummy treat on way home from evening meal. Good selection of flavours and can try before you buy. Inexpensive considering generous serving size and top location in tourist central across from information centre.

Visited August 2013
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Newport Pagnell, Bucks
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“Fantastic ice creams and great variety”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Lovely old fashioned ice cream and soda parlour with many many varieties to choose from. Just gorgeous.

Visited June 2013
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