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Reviewed 31 May 2022 via mobile

Always have to visit ‘Ice cream Charlie’ when visiting Christchurch. Been a regular since I was a kid. Great location, to grab an ice cream and sit by the river and relax.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 19 July 2021 via mobile

We had just done the tram tour and the guide pointed out the Charlie's ice cream that had been there for decades. I must say we were very disappointed. Ice cream was icy and if poor quality. Cheap topping squirted over the top. Really, go...to Movenpic or Ben and Jerries if u want quality ice cream. Sorry but just our thoughtsMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 7 January 2021 via mobile

Always amazes me when something is so iconic, so popular for decades, that when it does inevitably change hands, new owners seem to think they need to make changes, 'improvements'. So gone are the cuplet cones with the peaked shape scoop of delicious vanilla ice...that allows for a teaspoon to make a cavity, with delicious raspberry topping poured into the cavity to soak into the ice cream, nomnom. Oh no, it seems that's too unique. Now we have 'ice' that's not got the texture it used to have, in a standard cone that holds a standard spherical shaped mound that has a standard raspberry topping poured over the top which runs straight off the ice onto the ground. Excellent. Ice Cream Charlie is one of a very few remaining Canturbury institutions. Please do the right thing to restore some of what made it popular in the first place (at least grab a teaspoon and make those cavities, pretty simple really!)More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 8 July 2020

I have lost count of the number times I have gone to the Vanilla Ice Van (now called by the name Christchurch people have always called it, Ice Cream Charlie). It is my most favorite Ice Cream in the world (and I've traveled quite a...bit). It has a very unique flavour, so if you don't like Ice Cream, you may still like Ice Cream Charlies (Note: Christchurch people refer to the Ice Cream as an "Ice Cream Charlie" ie same as the name. I have been going to Ice Cream Charlie since I was 5 years old (so many years now!) when it was on the East side of Litchfield Street near the corner of Manchester Street, next to the old Majastic Theatre (now demolished). It has moved a few times since then to its present site in Victoria Square. My father took my brothers and I to the Van for an Ice Cream Charlie when we were children and as did his father. Given the business was started in 1903, probably my grandfathers father as well. I now take friends, overseas or out of town guests and young family for an Ice Cream Charlie. If you are in Christchurch you need to go there and taste this delightful treat. It is not only a unique Ice Cream, it is a taste of our history, local culture and tradition.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 29 December 2019

Had a ice cream and it brought back childhood memories. Staff are great, very friendly and willing to help - great conversation. The vanilla ice is the same as it has been for years. New owners are bringing it into the 20th century but keeping...the vanilla ice the same . Hopefully it will be around for another 100 years.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 5 December 2019

Have enjoyed “ice cream Charlie” for many many years but of late it has changed. I’m not even convinced that the ice cream is the same, doesn’t seem as nice. Sadly the lovely raspberry topping is gone, replaced with a thick syrup! And today I...found the cuplet cones are no longer. Disappointing. Won’t be rushing back now.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 6 November 2019

Ive been eating ice cream from this truck for years. Its changed hands a couple of times but its consistently good. Love the tub with raspberry and cream.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 7 August 2019

This ice cream truck is a Christchurch icon. Tourists looking for an icecream that is not heavy with milk this is the best 🍦ever. Ask for less syrup and cream (if you want it) as too much ruins the icecream .

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 21 May 2019

Having Ice Cream Charlie (Vanilla Ices) as a kid was such a treat and that still stays the same today. The best part is they haven't changed a thing. So it is still the same icey goodness and runny raspberry sauce that inevitably dribbles out...the side when your not paying attention from 30 years ago.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 14 February 2019 via mobile

Had it as kids - now as a nana take my grandkids - raspberry sauce and cream over ice cream. Brain freeze perfection!

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 10 September 2018

A regular summer treat. You can’t beat the large raspberry sundae with chocolate chips. Worth the price and the queue on a hot day.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 10 August 2018

Great service, fantastic tasting ice cream. You must get the raspberry sauce though cream and choc chips. Yum yum yum

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

You want a real ice cream go to this place! I have been going to this place for the last 15 years!! Always big ice creams for your money!! Well worth it!!

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

The place to go on a hot Summers afternoon. The ice cream is to die for, and sitting on the grass near the Avon river is a great experience for tourists and visitors to our lovely city.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

When I was a child we used to know this as Ice Cream Charlie. Charlie is, I think, long gone but the flavour is still there. Things are never as good as you remember them but this comes close. With the lose of surrounding buildings...the location is now a bit of a wind tunnel so I suggest going for the sundae or risk getting your cone blown away. Also, avoid the cream if you want the authentic Ice Cream Charlie.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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