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Sweet Caroline’s Snow Shack’s sno-ball
Sweet Caroline’s Snow Shack’s sno-ball
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Where to Cool Down With Snow Cones, Shave Ices, and Sno-Balls in Austin

When you just really need flavored ice relief

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Sweet Caroline’s Snow Shack’s sno-ball
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Temperatures are already rising up and up, so what better way to cool off than with the light and refreshing sweetness of snow cones, sno-balls, and shaved ices.

What are the differences between the three? Snow cones are made with granulated crushed ice and flavored syrups. Sno-balls are, texturally speaking, finer versions of snow cones. Then there are shaved ices, which are fluffier than snow cones and fashioned by shearing blocks of ice into thin layers, and then flavored. The Hawaiian version adds ice cream to the bottom. Bingsu is the Korean version with sno-ball-like shave ice and toppings that are mixed up. Halo-halo is the Filipino version, with an emphasis on colorful layers.

In Austin, find Taiwanese snow ice from SnoMo (formerly known as Snow Monster), New Orleans-styled sno-balls from Sweet Caroline’s Snow Shack, classic water ices from Jim-Jim’s Water-Ice, and plenty of others serving up loads of sweet frozen relief from the summer sun. Prime snow cone season lasts until October. This update adds bingsu from Bar Peached, SnoCool SnoBalls, Texas Go Freezee, and Snobowla.

Keep in mind that many of these businesses operate seasonally, which usually means between March through late October.

For more cold treats, look out for Austin's best ice cream shops, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, and Thai rolled ice cream.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sweet Caroline's Snow Shack

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13497 US-183 Suite 100
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 762-5558
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The sno-balls at all three locations of the New Orleans-styled truck, where everything is sourced from the Bayou City, are finer than the regular snow cone, but just as good. The unique combinations with amazing names include the namesake Sweet Caroline, which is a mix of coconut, strawberry, and cream, or the Incredible Hulk, heaped with grape, pineapple, and Granny Smith apple syrups, and Nerds. The other two trucks are found on West Slaughter Lane and Mesa Drive.

A sno-ball at Sweet Caroline’s
A sno-ball at Sweet Caroline’s
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2. SnoCool SnoBalls

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6900 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX 78732

The new sno-ball truck, run by a New Orleans native, offers up to three flavors ranging from the typical to cream to sugar-free.

Sno-balls at SnoCool SnoBalls
Sno-balls at SnoCool SnoBalls
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3. Sno Mo

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11220 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

The Taiwanese-styled snow ice at Sno Mo (née Snow Monster) comes with added bonuses, like red beans and tapioca. Go extra-indulgent with the snow waffle. There's the Lakeway location and a stand within H-Mart.

4. Be More Pacific

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7858 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 814-7423
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The Filipino restaurant offers up the traditional halo-halo, consisting of shaved ice, ice cream, and toppings for a variety of textures from fresh fruit to jelly to flakes. Be More Pacific’s is made with ube ice cream from Amy’s.

5. Snowy Village Dessert Cafe

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6929 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 433-6872
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The Korean dessert chain opened its first non-California location in Austin, dishing out bingsu, a take on shaved ice made with “snow” from a milky base, topped with sweets like fruits and cookies. There’s a second out on West Parmer Lane.

The mango bingsu at Snowy Village
The mango bingsu at Snowy Village
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6. Snobowla

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5801 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(801) 230-0306
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The East Austin shave ice truck offers up fun and fruity flavors like blue raspberry, cotton candy, and pina colada, plus there are sugar-free options too.

Shave ice from Snobowla
Shave ice from Snobowla
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7. Texas Go Freezee

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5000 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 567-1045
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The Hawaiian-style shave ice stall offers up a long list of flavors plus toppings like candy, ice cream, and even azuki beans.

Shave ices from Texas Go Freezee
Shave ices from Texas Go Freezee
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8. Casey's New Orleans Snowballs

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808 E 51st Street
Austin, TX 78751

The family-run institution has over 60 flavors available, including sugar-free options, all made with in-house syrups. There are traditional New Orleans flavors (chocolate and cream) to fancy combinations, like the Boston cream pie with custard syrup.

9. Mango 8

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705 W 24th St Ste.A
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 519-9477

The West Campus shop is all about snow and shave ices, with flavors like lychee, taro, and matcha, and a whole bunch of toppings like jellies, tapiocas, and mochi.

The Longhorn with mango snow ice at Mango 8
The Longhorn with mango snow ice at Mango 8
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10. Ice Scrapers

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411 W 23rd St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 801-3884
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The Thai-style ice cream truck also delivers sno-balls near campus, with special combinations ranging from Keep Austin Weird (a mess of strawberry, grape, pineapple, blue raspberry, tiger's blood, and banana) to Longhorn (orange of course). Go over-the-top by adding vanilla rolled ice cream to the snow-ball.

11. Haymaker

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2310 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 243-6702
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For the boozy variety, head to Haymaker or sister bar Black Sheep Lodge, or stick to the non-alcoholic free ones when available.

Haymaker’s snow cone
Haymaker’s snow cone
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12. Sno.Co Flattop Shaved Ice

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2307 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 710-7766
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For flatter snow cones (read: not domed), head to the Vortex Theater for Sno.Co's frozen trailer, where are are cocktail-inspired cones like the Fuzzy Naval Academy and Manor Mule.

The Purple Rain snow cone from Sno.Co
The Purple Rain snow cone from Sno.Co
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13. Bar Peached

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1315 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 992-0666
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The Clarksville bar offers up fun sharable bingsu. The fun Korean shave ice options include the birthday cake (served with a candle) and the matcha parfait with peach ice cream and black sesame paste.

The strawberry cheesecake bingsu at Bar Peached
The strawberry cheesecake bingsu at Bar Peached
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14. Jim-Jim's Water Ice

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615 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 708-8285
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Water ice is different from shaved ice because water and fruit or fruit puree are mixed and frozen together. Check out the location on East 6th Street for over 30 flavor choices, ranging from vanilla to coconut or go for gelatis, where ice cream is added to the snow cones. Or head to the stand at Deep Eddy Pool for an after-dip treat.

Jim-Jim’s water ice
Jim-Jim’s water ice
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15. Sno-Beach Hawaiian Shaved Ice

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412 Sterzing St
Austin, TX 78704

Sno-Beach is big on charity with its Change the World projects. There are the usual classic flavors, like fruits and berries, and more interesting ones, like cheesecake. Plus, there’s a second trailer on Guadalupe and 34th streets.

Snow cones at Sno-Beach
Snow cones at Sno-Beach
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16. South Austin Sno

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1817 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

The South Austin place has fun snow cone flavors of the days with neat drawings, like Christmas in July that mixed leche and spearmint, or Beauty and the Beast with banana and vanilla. There’s a second location down on Manchaca Road.

Snow cones at South Austin Sno
Snow cones at South Austin Sno
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17. Shaved Ice Island

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2701 W William Cannon Dr
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 931-1550
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Get both ice cream and shave ice at the South Austin trailer in front of the bowling alley, where ice flavors range from typical like vanilla to unexpected like dill pickle.

Shave ice from Shaved Ice Island
Shave ice from Shaved Ice Island
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18. Bahama Bucks

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105 E Stassney Ln suite 200
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 695-2482
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The snow cone chain came to Austin, boasting of a wide-ranging menu of flavors, with an emphasis on “super sour” ones.

Snow cones from Bahama Bucks
Snow cones from Bahama Bucks
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19. Bahama Freeze

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8213 Brodie Lane
Austin, TX 78745

Attempt to try all 150 snow cone flavors from the truck, including sugar-free options.

A snow cone from Bahama Freeze
A snow cone from Bahama Freeze
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1. Sweet Caroline's Snow Shack

13497 US-183 Suite 100, Austin, TX 78750
A sno-ball at Sweet Caroline’s
A sno-ball at Sweet Caroline’s
Sweet Caroline’s/Facebook

The sno-balls at all three locations of the New Orleans-styled truck, where everything is sourced from the Bayou City, are finer than the regular snow cone, but just as good. The unique combinations with amazing names include the namesake Sweet Caroline, which is a mix of coconut, strawberry, and cream, or the Incredible Hulk, heaped with grape, pineapple, and Granny Smith apple syrups, and Nerds. The other two trucks are found on West Slaughter Lane and Mesa Drive.

13497 US-183 Suite 100
Austin, TX 78750

2. SnoCool SnoBalls

6900 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin, TX 78732
Sno-balls at SnoCool SnoBalls
Sno-balls at SnoCool SnoBalls
SnoCool SnoBalls/Facebook

The new sno-ball truck, run by a New Orleans native, offers up to three flavors ranging from the typical to cream to sugar-free.

6900 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX 78732

3. Sno Mo

11220 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

The Taiwanese-styled snow ice at Sno Mo (née Snow Monster) comes with added bonuses, like red beans and tapioca. Go extra-indulgent with the snow waffle. There's the Lakeway location and a stand within H-Mart.

11220 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

4. Be More Pacific

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78757

The Filipino restaurant offers up the traditional halo-halo, consisting of shaved ice, ice cream, and toppings for a variety of textures from fresh fruit to jelly to flakes. Be More Pacific’s is made with ube ice cream from Amy’s.

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757

5. Snowy Village Dessert Cafe

6929 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752
The mango bingsu at Snowy Village
The mango bingsu at Snowy Village
Snowy Village/Facebook

The Korean dessert chain opened its first non-California location in Austin, dishing out bingsu, a take on shaved ice made with “snow” from a milky base, topped with sweets like fruits and cookies. There’s a second out on West Parmer Lane.

6929 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78752

6. Snobowla

5801 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
Shave ice from Snobowla
Shave ice from Snobowla
Snobowla/Facebook

The East Austin shave ice truck offers up fun and fruity flavors like blue raspberry, cotton candy, and pina colada, plus there are sugar-free options too.

5801 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

7. Texas Go Freezee

5000 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
Shave ices from Texas Go Freezee
Shave ices from Texas Go Freezee
Texas Go Freezee/Facebook

The Hawaiian-style shave ice stall offers up a long list of flavors plus toppings like candy, ice cream, and even azuki beans.

5000 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

8. Casey's New Orleans Snowballs

808 E 51st Street, Austin, TX 78751

The family-run institution has over 60 flavors available, including sugar-free options, all made with in-house syrups. There are traditional New Orleans flavors (chocolate and cream) to fancy combinations, like the Boston cream pie with custard syrup.

808 E 51st Street
Austin, TX 78751

9. Mango 8

705 W 24th St Ste.A, Austin, TX 78705
The Longhorn with mango snow ice at Mango 8
The Longhorn with mango snow ice at Mango 8
Mango 8/Facebook

The West Campus shop is all about snow and shave ices, with flavors like lychee, taro, and matcha, and a whole bunch of toppings like jellies, tapiocas, and mochi.

705 W 24th St Ste.A
Austin, TX 78705

10. Ice Scrapers

411 W 23rd St, Austin, TX 78705

The Thai-style ice cream truck also delivers sno-balls near campus, with special combinations ranging from Keep Austin Weird (a mess of strawberry, grape, pineapple, blue raspberry, tiger's blood, and banana) to Longhorn (orange of course). Go over-the-top by adding vanilla rolled ice cream to the snow-ball.

411 W 23rd St
Austin, TX 78705

11. Haymaker

2310 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Haymaker’s snow cone
Haymaker’s snow cone
Haymaker/Facebook

For the boozy variety, head to Haymaker or sister bar Black Sheep Lodge, or stick to the non-alcoholic free ones when available.

2310 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

12. Sno.Co Flattop Shaved Ice

2307 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
The Purple Rain snow cone from Sno.Co
The Purple Rain snow cone from Sno.Co
Sno.Co Flattop Shaved Ice/Facebook

For flatter snow cones (read: not domed), head to the Vortex Theater for Sno.Co's frozen trailer, where are are cocktail-inspired cones like the Fuzzy Naval Academy and Manor Mule.

2307 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

13. Bar Peached

1315 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
The strawberry cheesecake bingsu at Bar Peached
The strawberry cheesecake bingsu at Bar Peached
Bar Peached/Facebook

The Clarksville bar offers up fun sharable bingsu. The fun Korean shave ice options include the birthday cake (served with a candle) and the matcha parfait with peach ice cream and black sesame paste.

1315 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

14. Jim-Jim's Water Ice

615 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Jim-Jim’s water ice
Jim-Jim’s water ice
Jim-Jim’s Water Ice/Facebook

Water ice is different from shaved ice because water and fruit or fruit puree are mixed and frozen together. Check out the location on East 6th Street for over 30 flavor choices, ranging from vanilla to coconut or go for gelatis, where ice cream is added to the snow cones. Or head to the stand at Deep Eddy Pool for an after-dip treat.

615 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

15. Sno-Beach Hawaiian Shaved Ice

412 Sterzing St, Austin, TX 78704
Snow cones at Sno-Beach
Snow cones at Sno-Beach
Sno-Beach/Facebook

Sno-Beach is big on charity with its Change the World projects. There are the usual classic flavors, like fruits and berries, and more interesting ones, like cheesecake. Plus, there’s a second trailer on Guadalupe and 34th streets.

412 Sterzing St
Austin, TX 78704

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16. South Austin Sno

1817 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Snow cones at South Austin Sno
Snow cones at South Austin Sno
South Austin Sno [Official]

The South Austin place has fun snow cone flavors of the days with neat drawings, like Christmas in July that mixed leche and spearmint, or Beauty and the Beast with banana and vanilla. There’s a second location down on Manchaca Road.

1817 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

17. Shaved Ice Island

2701 W William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78745
Shave ice from Shaved Ice Island
Shave ice from Shaved Ice Island
Shaved Ice Island/Facebook

Get both ice cream and shave ice at the South Austin trailer in front of the bowling alley, where ice flavors range from typical like vanilla to unexpected like dill pickle.

2701 W William Cannon Dr
Austin, TX 78745

18. Bahama Bucks

105 E Stassney Ln suite 200, Austin, TX 78745
Snow cones from Bahama Bucks
Snow cones from Bahama Bucks
Bahama Bucks/Facebook

The snow cone chain came to Austin, boasting of a wide-ranging menu of flavors, with an emphasis on “super sour” ones.

105 E Stassney Ln suite 200
Austin, TX 78745

19. Bahama Freeze

8213 Brodie Lane, Austin, TX 78745
A snow cone from Bahama Freeze
A snow cone from Bahama Freeze
Bahama Freeze/Facebook

Attempt to try all 150 snow cone flavors from the truck, including sugar-free options.

8213 Brodie Lane
Austin, TX 78745

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