Bella’s Traditional Ice Cream is Saint John’s newest, hippest spot to grab a homemade shake, scoop, or pint to go. Since their Mother’s Day opening, customers have been attracted to delicious scents wafting out the door and onto Germain Street. The family-owned-and-operated homemade ice cream shop’s name pays homage to owner Derek Billingsley’s late grandmother Isabella – his three daughters serve up scoops under a neon sign bearing her name.
Stocking reusable jars, compostable bowls and lids, paper straws and wooden spoons, Bella’s tries to reduce their environmental footprint wherever possible. Compost bins, glass serving dishes and plants dotted throughout the space underline the shop’s Earth-friendly design. Pints in glass jars can be taken home with a $1 deposit, returned to you when you bring the jar back clean (although we recommend refilling them with more of Bella’s delicious ice cream).
The family is constantly experimenting, so you will find new flavours on the menu every time you stop by. We tried the chocolate milkshake and vegan mango strawberry ice cream (in a homemade waffle cone), and we would HIGHLY recommend stopping by this summer to give Bella’s a taste!
Find out more, and keep up with Bella’s:
In Uptown Saint John: 87 Germain Street, open noon ’till 9pm, Monday through Sunday
Facebook: Bella’s Traditional Ice Cream
Check out some photos of the gorgeous new space below:
All photos by Allie Ruigrok