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A sno-ball from Sweet Caroline’s.
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Where to Cool Down With Austin’s Iciest Treats

Find the best snow cones, shave ices, sno-balls, raspados, and more

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A sno-ball from Sweet Caroline’s.
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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, New Orleans-styled sno-balls from Sweet Caroline’s Snow Shack, classic water ices from Jim-Jim’s Water-Ice, halo-halo from Little Mama’s, bingsu from Snow Ball Rice Ball, and plenty of others serving up loads of sweet frozen relief from the summer sun. Prime snow cone season lasts until October, and also 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.

Little Mama's

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Round Rock residents have been enjoying Filipino fare at this joint for almost eight years. The special halo-halo is chock-full of freshly shaved ice, condensed milk, green pandan jellies, red mung beans, jackfruit, caramelized sweet potato, leche flan, as well as ube and vanilla ice creams. 

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Halo-halo from Little Mama’s.
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Sweet Caroline's Snow Shack

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The sno-balls at both locations of the New Orleans-styled truck, where everything is sourced from the Bayou City, are finer than regular snow cones 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 truck is found on West Slaughter Lane.

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A sno-ball at Sweet Caroline’s.
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Snowy Village

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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.

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 also the Lakeway location.

Snow Ball Rice Ball

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Taking over one of the former Snowy Village locations in Highland, SnowBall RiceBall’s name may be a misnomer, as the menu consists of more than rice balls and bingsu. Slurp a bowl of ramen before chowing down on Korean shave ice flavors like Oreo, green tea, cheesecake, and more. There’s also a second location off 183.

Snobowla

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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.

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Shave ice from Snobowla.
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Casey's New Orleans Snowballs

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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.

Woody’s Shave Ice

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This bright-blue truck is the perfect place to cool off after hiking in West Austin. Better yet: Each shave ice is all-natural, made with fresh fruit and absolutely zero dyes, artificial flavors, or high fructose corn syrup. Choose from flavors like Texas peach to Happy Happy Joy Joy (coconut Haupia whip, coconut cream, toasted almonds and coconut, and Nutella). 

Sno.Co Flattop Shaved Ice

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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.

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The Purple Rain snow cone from Sno.Co.
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CoCo's Cafe

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This Drag hotspot is mainly known for its Taiwanese dishes (don’t miss the green onion pie) and boba teas, but those in the know will also order shave ices with traditional toppings of red beans, lychee jellies, fruit, and more. CoCo’s Cafe also has a second location off Research Boulevard

Bar Peached

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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.

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The strawberry cheesecake bingsu at Bar Peached.
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Las Mangonadas

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Find raspado perfection at the Mexican desserts shop.

For a fancy icy treat, head to the downtown restaurant for kakigori, a pillowy mountain of Japanese shaved ice.

Jim-Jim's Water Ice

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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 Sixth 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.

Orange, white, and red ice.
Jim-Jim’s water ice.
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Sno-Beach

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Sno-Beach offers the usual classic flavors, like fruits and berries, and more interesting ones, like cheesecake.

Three snow cones, one blue, one red, and one dark.
Snow cones at Sno-Beach.
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Hay Elotes

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The city’s best raspados can be found at this little shop.

Shaved Ice Island

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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.

Multicolored shaved ice.
Shave ice from Shaved Ice Island.
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Bahama Bucks

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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.

Blue and orange shaved ices.
Snow cones from Bahama Bucks.
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Filipino Asian Mart

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Head to the Filipino Asian Mart off Slaughter Lane for traditional halo-halo topped with ube ice cream.

Tropical Palms Shave Ice

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This Manchaca Road Hawaiian shave ice truck offers a variety of traditional and inventive flavors (think “Miss Barbie” with cotton candy and wedding cake shave ices topped with ice cream and gum balls), and a plethora of toppings, like cream, fresh fruit, candy, and even pickles.

Little Mama's

Two plastic containers of white-yellow-purple liquid.
Halo-halo from Little Mama’s.
Little Mama’s/Facebook

Round Rock residents have been enjoying Filipino fare at this joint for almost eight years. The special halo-halo is chock-full of freshly shaved ice, condensed milk, green pandan jellies, red mung beans, jackfruit, caramelized sweet potato, leche flan, as well as ube and vanilla ice creams. 

Two plastic containers of white-yellow-purple liquid.
Halo-halo from Little Mama’s.
Little Mama’s/Facebook

Sweet Caroline's Snow Shack

A sno-ball in blue, white, and red, with a small American flag on it.
A sno-ball at Sweet Caroline’s.
Sweet Caroline’s/Facebook

The sno-balls at both locations of the New Orleans-styled truck, where everything is sourced from the Bayou City, are finer than regular snow cones 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 truck is found on West Slaughter Lane.

A sno-ball in blue, white, and red, with a small American flag on it.
A sno-ball at Sweet Caroline’s.
Sweet Caroline’s/Facebook

Snowy Village

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.

SnoMo

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 also the Lakeway location.

Snow Ball Rice Ball

Taking over one of the former Snowy Village locations in Highland, SnowBall RiceBall’s name may be a misnomer, as the menu consists of more than rice balls and bingsu. Slurp a bowl of ramen before chowing down on Korean shave ice flavors like Oreo, green tea, cheesecake, and more. There’s also a second location off 183.

Snobowla

A red shave ice.
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.

A red shave ice.
Shave ice from Snobowla.
Snobowla/Facebook

Casey's New Orleans Snowballs

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.

Woody’s Shave Ice

This bright-blue truck is the perfect place to cool off after hiking in West Austin. Better yet: Each shave ice is all-natural, made with fresh fruit and absolutely zero dyes, artificial flavors, or high fructose corn syrup. Choose from flavors like Texas peach to Happy Happy Joy Joy (coconut Haupia whip, coconut cream, toasted almonds and coconut, and Nutella). 

Sno.Co Flattop Shaved Ice

A purple snow cone in a green cup.
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.

A purple snow cone in a green cup.
The Purple Rain snow cone from Sno.Co.
Sno.Co Flattop Shaved Ice/Facebook

CoCo's Cafe

This Drag hotspot is mainly known for its Taiwanese dishes (don’t miss the green onion pie) and boba teas, but those in the know will also order shave ices with traditional toppings of red beans, lychee jellies, fruit, and more. CoCo’s Cafe also has a second location off Research Boulevard

Bar Peached

A shaved ice with strawberries and cream.
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.

A shaved ice with strawberries and cream.
The strawberry cheesecake bingsu at Bar Peached.
Bar Peached/Facebook

Las Mangonadas

Find raspado perfection at the Mexican desserts shop.

Hestia

For a fancy icy treat, head to the downtown restaurant for kakigori, a pillowy mountain of Japanese shaved ice.

Jim-Jim's Water Ice

Orange, white, and red 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 Sixth 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.

Orange, white, and red ice.
Jim-Jim’s water ice.
Jim-Jim’s Water Ice/Facebook

Sno-Beach

Three snow cones, one blue, one red, and one dark.
Snow cones at Sno-Beach.
Sno-Beach/Facebook

Sno-Beach offers the usual classic flavors, like fruits and berries, and more interesting ones, like cheesecake.

Three snow cones, one blue, one red, and one dark.
Snow cones at Sno-Beach.
Sno-Beach/Facebook

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Hay Elotes

The city’s best raspados can be found at this little shop.

Shaved Ice Island

Multicolored shaved ice.
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.

Multicolored shaved ice.
Shave ice from Shaved Ice Island.
Shaved Ice Island/Facebook

Bahama Bucks

Blue and orange shaved ices.
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.

Blue and orange shaved ices.
Snow cones from Bahama Bucks.
Bahama Bucks/Facebook

Filipino Asian Mart

Head to the Filipino Asian Mart off Slaughter Lane for traditional halo-halo topped with ube ice cream.

Tropical Palms Shave Ice

This Manchaca Road Hawaiian shave ice truck offers a variety of traditional and inventive flavors (think “Miss Barbie” with cotton candy and wedding cake shave ices topped with ice cream and gum balls), and a plethora of toppings, like cream, fresh fruit, candy, and even pickles.

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