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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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224 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When we tried this place many years ago, it was the BOMB. Now, there are these ridiculous line ups for mediocre ice cream. The portions were very small. We are spoiled by Kawarthas ice cream. I do enjoy checking out the "cow" paraphernalia.

Thank crazy_cat_sab
Mount Forest, Canada
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a single scoop cone - asked the clerk her recommendation between two flavours and she suggested their best seller, Waffle cone served without requesting and the ice cream was probably the best I have ever had. A must visit spot in Banff!

Thank lindaabryant
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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205 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are a lot of ice cream options in downtown Banff, but this one definitely has the best selection and friendliest workers. You can sample the different flavors before choosing and service is very quick. We would recommend this place.

Thank PghPanther2014
Las Vegas, Nevada
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223 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

COWS is a Canadian tradition, so if you run across one, yield to temptation. They have great flavors and all of them are good. The only thing stopping things from being a 5 star is that there's no seating and if, like us, you go when it's not really warm, you'd really like to eat your ice cream inside. But... More 

Thank LadyJLasVegas
Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had visited in the summer, so naturally we encountered a line up but it was well worth it. The service was friendly and though there was a line-up, it still moved. The ice cream was great - nice and creamy. And the inside offered great picture opportunities and souvenirs. Cute little place to pop into for a nice ice... More 

Thank Vanessa V
Salinas, United States
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had ice cream here two nights while in Banff. The service was great even though they were busy, the portions are generous and the ice cream rich and creamy. And there is a really cute life size cow in the store!

Thank Laura K
Miami, Florida
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129 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were tempted by the sign at the entrance proclaiming it The Best Ice Cream in The World. It was good, but, in my opinion, not the best in the world. I did enjoy the ice cream.

Thank Gilberto O
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73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love ice cream and I think their ice cream is just very creamy and smooth. I had it a long time ago and wanted to try it again so I brought my friends.

Thank Zmencontre
Huntsville, Alabama
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Have a ton of wonderful flavors of ice cream to choose from. Also have a souvenir shop with the ice cream parlor. Good place for dessert!

Thank Juliet G
Aventura, Florida
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128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Prepare to wait in line but you will be rewarded with some really great ice cream. Favorite with the locals.

Thank Smarkow314

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children
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?