We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

COWS Banff

#2 of 11 Dessert in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
$
Canadian
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
134 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta AB T1L, Canada (Formerly Cows Ice Cream)
+1 403-760-3493
Website
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

413 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 384: English reviews
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of flavours to choose from! I picked three and got them together in a bowl. They have lots of cow memorabilia which is super cute. Prices aren't bad but it is a specialty food shop, so don't go in expecting the price you'd pay for a McIcecream.

Helpful?
Thank Kristina G
washington dc
Level Contributor
495 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good ice cream in creative flavors. Apparently made on Prince Edward Island. The line wasn't too long, and we thought it was worth the wait.

Helpful?
Thank mrsagf
Yarmouth, Canada
Level Contributor
161 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016

They are right on Banff Ave, so easy to find. Ice cream is delicious, with about 20 different flavours. Staff are friendly and helpful and the shirts are always timely and entertaining. Reasonable prices for great ice cream.

Helpful?
1 Thank RSoxFamily2011
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016 via mobile

Every Mother's Day weekend, for the past 10 years, my daughter and I travel 5 hours, to our favorite place. Banff is the heart of the Alberta Rockies, and any time of year, is the best time to visit! Every evening, following our day of exploring the town, we enjoy the best ice cream in Canada, at Cows. This quaint... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Sherri F
Dunblane, Scotland, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

Long queues out the door, but well worth it! Amazing range of flavours - glad to have the queue as you needed the time to decide what to choose! Really fun, and very memorable.

Helpful?
1 Thank Lorrie F
Mumbai
Level Contributor
56 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

The line was worth it...and was a meal by itself. The board which claimed to be the BEST ice cream in the world lives up to its name. Did not know about this place, just discovered it while walking from the old banff bridge to our Hotel. The best part was that the staff was patient to let us try... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Viraf H
Level Contributor
17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Amazing ice cream! They have a great selection of ice cream flavours! They accommodated my peanut allergy just fine. They also let me know that they do use almond extract in their cones. I'm fine with that, but if you have a nut allergy I would avoid.

Helpful?
1 Thank Marcel J
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
108 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

I read about this place in the local directory and on trip advisor and was not disappointed. Be an autumn evening (and quite a cool one) there was no line when I went in so I was lucky to be served right away. I'm a chocolate addict so have the chocolate cheesecake and loved every mouthful. The cone was nice... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Brooke-KiwiTraveller
Level Contributor
25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

The line up is crazy. It goes out the door and down the street! If you are feeling fine to lineup the ice-cream is good, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to just go to McDonalds either...

Helpful?
1 Thank Marilyn R
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
94 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

They offer various flavours and choices of cones. I had the chocolate brownie cone--very delicious. There are also chocolate cones or sprinkled cones.

Helpful?
1 Thank Angela V V V V

Travelers who viewed COWS Banff also viewed

Banff, Banff National Park
Banff, Banff National Park
 
Banff, Banff National Park
Banff, Banff National Park
 

Been to COWS Banff? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Canadian
Meals
Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
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: +1 403-760-3493

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from COWS Banff staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?