It’s summer which means the sun is out, the wind is calming down, and well it’s really hot outside. Typically, you might cool down with a scoop of ice cream. But you can also cool down with some shaved ice. Grabbing a mixture of cool ice and cream mixed together and topped with different syrup flavors can really help you enjoy a day out, regardless of the scorching heat.
Originating in Hawaii, the sweet treat has been enjoyed by thousands of people and has spread across the United States. There are plenty of places across the states you can get some great shaved ice. Still, there’s an argument to be made that the best shaved ice is in Hawaii. After all, it’s where it started, and some of the most famous shaved ice stores reside there. Here are 10 places you can get amazing shaved ice!
1. Matsumoto Shave Ice
Located in Oahu, Matsumoto is one of the most popular places in Hawaii to get shaved ice. It’s one of the oldest places to get shaved ice, as it opened in 1951. The family-run shop offers dozens of flavors to try from the usual classics like Bubblegum and Strawberry to more unique flavors like Pickled Mango and Ramune. You can also get a side of Mochi or ice cream if you’d like, making your trip here even sweeter!
2. Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
Located in Maui, this shop has won several awards and has over thousands of 5-star reviews on Yelp. It’s not hard to see why considering the shop offers a variety of flavors and neat add ons like cut-up mochi and shredded toasted coconut.
3. Aoki’s Shaved Ice
Aoki’s Shaved Ice is located in Oahu and offers several unique flavors. Customers describe the shaved ice as soft and creamy and the customer service as friendly. There are quite a few toppings you can add to the shaved ice as well. You can add mochi, condensed milk, and even azuki beans. Plus the shop even offers shaved ice shakes and ice cream!
4. Mango ChaCha
For something a little different, check out Mango Cha Cha in Taiwan. The shaved ice is served on a plate and topped with decorative garnish, making the shaved ice super fancy. There are tons of choices to choose from, each with different toppings. All, however, come with french Mango ice cream.
5. Shimazu Shave Ice
In Oahu, you can find Shimazu Shave Ice, which offers some of the best shaved ice on the island. Coming in humongous sizes, you can get them in a variety of flavors from Strawberry creme to Chocolate peanut butter. And if the regular size of the shaved ice still isn’t enough, you can order a massive size, which will likely tower in your hand.
6. Snowdays NYC
If you’re more of an ice cream fan, but still want to try shaved ice, try going to Snowday’s Shaved Cream in New York City. The shaved ice is made from a frozen block of ice cream, which is then turned into shaved flakes. The shaved ice is topped with things like matcha, cookies, and all sorts of sweets. It’s a great place for anyone who wants something a little sweeter!
7. Original Big Island Shaved Ice
Located on Big Island of Hawaii, you can get tons of different flavors here. From pineapple to strawberry there’s something for everyone. Or if you’re not sure what to choose, you can pick from some interesting pre-made flavors such as Lava Flow or Hula Moon.
8. Cafe Tiravento
Cafe Tiravento makes some really neat shaved ice. Instead of topping in a cone, like most shaved ice places, the ice is shredded into noodle-like shapes, making for some truly unique shaved ice!
9. Blockheads Shavery Co
Blockheads Shavery Co offers some delicious shaved ice in LA. You can get flavors like avocado and green tea here!
10. JoJo’s Shave Ice
Jojo’s has been in Kauai for over thirty years and offers some great shaved ice. You can get some great flavors here and there are even milkshakes offered.