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Where to Cool Off With Icy Frozen Treats in Houston

A guide to the city’s finest paletas, shaved ice, and more refreshing desserts

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Houstonians know that even though summer officially starts in June, the real heat of the season can last all the way into September, sometimes even October.

With 2021 set to bring one of the city’s hottest summers ever, it’s a good time to explore the variety of icy treats available in this melting pot of a town. From frosty bingsu — Korean shaved ice — to fruity paletas and raspas to the finest New Orleans-style snow cones, find some of the city’s best chilly treats at these 17 essential Houston spots.

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1. Tarascos Ice Cream

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12779 Jones Rd Suite 105
Houston, TX 77070
(832) 478-5317
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Tarascos has an extensive menu of creative creamy paletas, including pops flavored like Fruity Pebbles cereal, elote, and cheese curds, as well as more standard flavors like creamsicle and Mexican caramel. They also make mangonadas.

2. Tampico Refresqueria

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4520 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 880-3040
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Lines regularly form outside this North Main refresqueria for the ice cold raspas, which come in candy-like flavors including sour green apple, root beer and picosito, as well as naturally flavored syrups like lime, lemon and tamarindo.

3. Meet Fresh 鲜芋仙

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23119 Colonial Pkwy Suite B-13
Katy, TX 77449
(832) 437-7510
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In addition to various Taiwanese shaved ices, Meet Fresh also offers build-your-own icy bowls with taro or grass jelly as a base, and boba, beans, ice cream, nuts, and other toppings to add on.

4. Sul Bing Su

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23119 Colonial Pkwy
Park Row, TX 77450
(832) 930-7802

One of the most popular versions of bingsu at this Katy Asian Town spot is the strawberry mango shaved ice, a refreshing treat that’s perfect for summer. But look deeper on the menu for flavors like cheesecake, black sesame, and Earl Grey bingsu.

5. Popfancy - Galleria Mall

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In front of Apple Store, 5085 Westheimer Rd 2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77056
(832) 483-2075
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This popsicle joint, with locations inside the Galleria and in Bellaire, makes seasonal fresh ice pops daily, with flavors like passionfruit, spicy-salty mangonada, and strawberry lemonade, made with fresh squeezed lemons and berry puree. They also offer creamy pops, including a sweet avocado and a horchata popsicle with a dash of cinnamon.

6. Cloud 10 Creamery

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3502 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 409-5815
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With three locations throughout Houston — Midtown, Upper Kirby and The Heights — Cloud10 might be best known for its ice cream. But they also feature some creative non-dairy sorbet flavors like lime lemon mint and guava black tea, as well as a rocky road popsicle, a peanut butter and jelly ice cream cookie sandwich, and even doggie ice cream shaped like little bones.

7. La Brisa Ice Cream

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7840 Canal St
Houston, TX 77012
(713) 926-3450
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This Eastside spot makes Mexican-style paletas and other icy treats for take out from its Canal Street ice cream shop and at taquerias and refresquerias across the city. Unique offerings include the hot-and-cold diabolito bar, a popsicle with a chili center in flavors like lime, tamarind and cantaloupe; and a bubblegum-flavored pop.

8. Snowy Village

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9600 Bellaire Blvd Suite 103-A
Houston, TX 77036
(832) 740-4182

As the name implies, this shop at Bellaire’s Dynasty Plaza specializes in fluffy, snowy bingsu with toppings like espresso, Oreo cookies, Captain Crunch cereal, and all manner of fruit.

9. Nu Cafe

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9889 Bellaire Blvd #112a
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 771-7771
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This shop’s Taiwanese “ribbon ice” takes 10 hours to prepare and has the consistency of ice cream. The result is a beautiful, flaky, melt in your mouth dessert that is topped with fruit, syrup, jellies, and more.

10. Kravin Fruit Bar

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10623 Bellaire Blvd c143
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 530-5728

Kravin makes cookie-topped snow ices in flavors like taro, topped with egg pudding and sweet red beans, and milk tea, topped with various cereals. They also make a mangonada snow ice.

11. Kona Ice

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12769 Beechnut St
Houston, TX 77072
(832) 799-2409
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This fleet of shaved ice trucks roams the city, serving up frosty treats at events big and small. Flavors include lavender lemonade, mai tai, and bourbon black cherry vanilla.

12. Atomic Snowballs

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12638 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77099

This shaved ice shop at Bissonnet and Dairy Ashford offers 56 flavors, 40 of which are available sugar-free. They focus on New Orleans-style shaved ice, which is finer and fluffier, and all of the syrups come from the original New Orleans snow cone maker, SnoWizard. Flavors are pretty traditional — mango, strawberry, cherry, coconut and the like — but it’s also possible to add chewy boba or chamoy drizzle to spice things up.

13. KICPOPS

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7995 Bellfort St
Houston, TX 77061
(713) 882-5160
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KICPops is a series of ice carts which can be found at Berings Hardware stores and several tourist destinations throughout the Houston area, including the Downtown Aquarium, Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston Pleasure PIer. Flavors include blackberry lavender and burnt butter brownie, as well as alcohol-inspired pops like the salted watermelon tequila. If you can’t find a cart out and about, order online.

14. Friohana Shave Ice

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103 Sabine St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 568-7991
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This Hawaiian-style shaved ice truck hangs out near the Buffalo Bayou Cistern, serving up extra-fluffy snow cones to denizens of the park. The menu rotates weekly, but the syrups are always made from scratch and many include flavors with infused herbs and spices.

15. Be More Pacific - Filipino Kitchen and Bar

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506 Yale St Suite E
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 582-5264
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The desert menu at this Filipino restaurant features halo halo topped with Amy’s ube ice cream, red beans, coconut jelly, crispy rice, evaporated milk and more. The halo halo comes in two sizes — a lunch serving for one, or a larger bowl big enough to share.

16. Sno Dreamz

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3402 Scott St #100a
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 373-1555
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This family-owned shaved ice shop has been serving NOLA-style snow cones for a decade, with flavors like spiced apple, wine cooler, and “Pick a Dilly” — syrup of your choice topped with a layer of Kool-Aid pickles.

17. Armadillo Snow Cones

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711 Telephone Rd
Houston, TX 77023
(832) 834-3602
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Diners rave about the customer service at this snow cone stand in Eastwood, which serves up flavors like pink lemonade, natural tamarindo, and passionfruit. Toppings include cream, fresh fruit, chamoy, and more.

1. Tarascos Ice Cream

12779 Jones Rd Suite 105, Houston, TX 77070

Tarascos has an extensive menu of creative creamy paletas, including pops flavored like Fruity Pebbles cereal, elote, and cheese curds, as well as more standard flavors like creamsicle and Mexican caramel. They also make mangonadas.

12779 Jones Rd Suite 105
Houston, TX 77070

2. Tampico Refresqueria

4520 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009

Lines regularly form outside this North Main refresqueria for the ice cold raspas, which come in candy-like flavors including sour green apple, root beer and picosito, as well as naturally flavored syrups like lime, lemon and tamarindo.

4520 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009

3. Meet Fresh 鲜芋仙

23119 Colonial Pkwy Suite B-13, Katy, TX 77449

In addition to various Taiwanese shaved ices, Meet Fresh also offers build-your-own icy bowls with taro or grass jelly as a base, and boba, beans, ice cream, nuts, and other toppings to add on.

23119 Colonial Pkwy Suite B-13
Katy, TX 77449

4. Sul Bing Su

23119 Colonial Pkwy, Park Row, TX 77450

One of the most popular versions of bingsu at this Katy Asian Town spot is the strawberry mango shaved ice, a refreshing treat that’s perfect for summer. But look deeper on the menu for flavors like cheesecake, black sesame, and Earl Grey bingsu.

23119 Colonial Pkwy
Park Row, TX 77450

5. Popfancy - Galleria Mall

In front of Apple Store, 5085 Westheimer Rd 2nd Floor, Houston, TX 77056

This popsicle joint, with locations inside the Galleria and in Bellaire, makes seasonal fresh ice pops daily, with flavors like passionfruit, spicy-salty mangonada, and strawberry lemonade, made with fresh squeezed lemons and berry puree. They also offer creamy pops, including a sweet avocado and a horchata popsicle with a dash of cinnamon.

In front of Apple Store, 5085 Westheimer Rd 2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77056

6. Cloud 10 Creamery

3502 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77098

With three locations throughout Houston — Midtown, Upper Kirby and The Heights — Cloud10 might be best known for its ice cream. But they also feature some creative non-dairy sorbet flavors like lime lemon mint and guava black tea, as well as a rocky road popsicle, a peanut butter and jelly ice cream cookie sandwich, and even doggie ice cream shaped like little bones.

3502 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77098

7. La Brisa Ice Cream

7840 Canal St, Houston, TX 77012

This Eastside spot makes Mexican-style paletas and other icy treats for take out from its Canal Street ice cream shop and at taquerias and refresquerias across the city. Unique offerings include the hot-and-cold diabolito bar, a popsicle with a chili center in flavors like lime, tamarind and cantaloupe; and a bubblegum-flavored pop.

7840 Canal St
Houston, TX 77012

8. Snowy Village

9600 Bellaire Blvd Suite 103-A, Houston, TX 77036

As the name implies, this shop at Bellaire’s Dynasty Plaza specializes in fluffy, snowy bingsu with toppings like espresso, Oreo cookies, Captain Crunch cereal, and all manner of fruit.

9600 Bellaire Blvd Suite 103-A
Houston, TX 77036

9. Nu Cafe

9889 Bellaire Blvd #112a, Houston, TX 77036

This shop’s Taiwanese “ribbon ice” takes 10 hours to prepare and has the consistency of ice cream. The result is a beautiful, flaky, melt in your mouth dessert that is topped with fruit, syrup, jellies, and more.

9889 Bellaire Blvd #112a
Houston, TX 77036

10. Kravin Fruit Bar

10623 Bellaire Blvd c143, Houston, TX 77072

Kravin makes cookie-topped snow ices in flavors like taro, topped with egg pudding and sweet red beans, and milk tea, topped with various cereals. They also make a mangonada snow ice.

10623 Bellaire Blvd c143
Houston, TX 77072

11. Kona Ice

12769 Beechnut St, Houston, TX 77072

This fleet of shaved ice trucks roams the city, serving up frosty treats at events big and small. Flavors include lavender lemonade, mai tai, and bourbon black cherry vanilla.

12769 Beechnut St
Houston, TX 77072

12. Atomic Snowballs

12638 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77099

This shaved ice shop at Bissonnet and Dairy Ashford offers 56 flavors, 40 of which are available sugar-free. They focus on New Orleans-style shaved ice, which is finer and fluffier, and all of the syrups come from the original New Orleans snow cone maker, SnoWizard. Flavors are pretty traditional — mango, strawberry, cherry, coconut and the like — but it’s also possible to add chewy boba or chamoy drizzle to spice things up.

12638 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77099

13. KICPOPS

7995 Bellfort St, Houston, TX 77061

KICPops is a series of ice carts which can be found at Berings Hardware stores and several tourist destinations throughout the Houston area, including the Downtown Aquarium, Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston Pleasure PIer. Flavors include blackberry lavender and burnt butter brownie, as well as alcohol-inspired pops like the salted watermelon tequila. If you can’t find a cart out and about, order online.

7995 Bellfort St
Houston, TX 77061

14. Friohana Shave Ice

103 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007

This Hawaiian-style shaved ice truck hangs out near the Buffalo Bayou Cistern, serving up extra-fluffy snow cones to denizens of the park. The menu rotates weekly, but the syrups are always made from scratch and many include flavors with infused herbs and spices.

103 Sabine St
Houston, TX 77007

15. Be More Pacific - Filipino Kitchen and Bar

506 Yale St Suite E, Houston, TX 77007

The desert menu at this Filipino restaurant features halo halo topped with Amy’s ube ice cream, red beans, coconut jelly, crispy rice, evaporated milk and more. The halo halo comes in two sizes — a lunch serving for one, or a larger bowl big enough to share.

506 Yale St Suite E
Houston, TX 77007

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16. Sno Dreamz

3402 Scott St #100a, Houston, TX 77004

This family-owned shaved ice shop has been serving NOLA-style snow cones for a decade, with flavors like spiced apple, wine cooler, and “Pick a Dilly” — syrup of your choice topped with a layer of Kool-Aid pickles.

3402 Scott St #100a
Houston, TX 77004

17. Armadillo Snow Cones

711 Telephone Rd, Houston, TX 77023

Diners rave about the customer service at this snow cone stand in Eastwood, which serves up flavors like pink lemonade, natural tamarindo, and passionfruit. Toppings include cream, fresh fruit, chamoy, and more.

711 Telephone Rd
Houston, TX 77023

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