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COWS Banff

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134 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta AB T1L, Canada (Formerly Cows Ice Cream)
403 760 3493
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Sydney, Australia
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106 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The line up for this place is always insane and I don't really understand why. The ice cream is average at best, they are all just chocolate or vanilla based with a few ingredients mixed in. I had two completely different ice creams and I honestly couldn't tell which was which. The cones smell amazing but in all honesty they... More 

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Thank SG1Lincoln40
Platteville, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Each time we would walk past, there would be a line out the door. I poo poo'd it at first, who in there right mind is waiting that long for ice cream. Well.....I finally decided to get in line to see what all the hub bub was about. I had one scoop of Gooey Mooey (Burnt sugar ice cream, English... More 

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Thank BadgerGirl_625
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38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went to Banff for the weekend and seen this crazy line for ice cream. The sign said worlds best ice cream, and they aren't kidding it is amazing. They have over 20 selections of different ice cream and I have never tasted anything like it. It's like they make it there, we went again the day we were leaving just... More 

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Thank Katiejojo65
Monterey, United States
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The line of 25 people out the door said it all...the ice cream here was homemade and pretty darn awesome! worth the wait!

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Thank Donald O
Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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651 reviews
530 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On our stay in Banff this week we noticed that there were always long queues outside the Cows shop, so we decided to give it a try tonight. We had to queue for ages to get served. When we finally got in to the shop we ordered peanut butter cup and chocolate cheesecake ice creams. Both flavours were excellent. Really... More 

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Thank Steve W
McLean, Virginia
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183 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The lines are long, indeed. But the ice cream is just good not great. Not up to French or Italian standards. Mango sorbet was surprisingly disappointing but the strawberry sorbet and coffee ice cream were very good.

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Thank Beaune
West Bloomfield, United States
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79 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Long line..... But waiting ended with the BEST ice cream!! Very nice place, you can smell the aroma of the ice cream out in the street!! Wonderful flavors!!! Beautiful souvenir shop... For sure a place to return to.

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Thank Joshua B
Saskatoon, Canada
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place for ice cream and pick up a unique t shirt for you or the kids. Very friendly staff worth a stop to check it out.

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Thank Brad D
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

People were queuing ALL DAY for this ice cream-literally out the door. We thought it must be VERY GOOD! Both my sister and I were really shocked-nothing special at all. Both quite bland in fact. She had peanut butter cup cup and I had birthday cake......mine did not have a taste and hers had one cup! $5 for one scoop.... More 

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Thank Jo D
Canada
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73 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The lines are long but it moves very quickly. I find the prices a little high for ice cream, but the ice cream is delicious so it's easy to forget how much you just paid for a small scoop. The cones are great as well. There is lots of flavour variety to suit anyone's taste. Cows is well worth stopping... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Fast Food, Canadian
Meals
Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 134 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta AB T1L, Canada (Formerly Cows Ice Cream)
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
  • Phone Number: 403 760 3493

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?