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10 Places To Get Pat Bing Soo Shaved Ice in Koreatown

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2008_10_hasmapsbingsoomap.jpgIt's still hot in L.A. and that means everyone's looking for a way to cool off. Blame the heat, the humidity, or the general lack of AC in many apartments and homes. Either way, one of the best places to counter the lengthy summers of the city is to grab some friends and dive into a bowl of pat bing soo, or Korean shaved ice. This unique creation is a crowd pleaser, generally served in a large container that's ideal for mixing all the ingredients together. The base is always freshly shaved snow ice, then a middle layer of thick, sweet red bean, then bite-size chunks of fruit, mochi, or fruity pebbles cereal, and finally a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of syrup or sweetened condensed milk. Here now, a list of 10 places to get pat bing soo around Koreatown.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mr. Coffee

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537 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020

This newly remodeled space feel clean, contemporary and comfortable, all of which combine for really good late night pat bing soo binges. The ratios of all the syrups and ingredients are near idea, leading to a great melange of fruit, mochi and ice cream. Open until 3 a.m. weekdays, 4 a.m. on weekends.

2. Miss Coffee

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300 S. Hobart Blvd #101
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 380-7574

Perhaps the current most popular bing soo place in Ktown, this place is always packed with younger folks looking to congregate over a massive Pyrex bowl of the good stuff. The green tea version is the one to get, with whipped ice cream that melds perfectly with the immense amount of fruit and ice.

3. Hwa Sun Ji Tea House

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3960 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 362-5302

This quiet, relaxing environment is a tea house first and foremost, which means excellent Korean-style teas in a traditional space. But the bingsoos, while diminuitive, aren't worth missing. Elegantly topped with a scoop of ice cream, they're good for two people on an after-dinner date.

4. HAUS by Coffee Hunter

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3826 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 388-5311
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The versions here are more of the minimalist's bing soo, for the type that would rather eat the platter without mixing it. The ingredients are therefore more distinct. And the coffee service here is hard to be in Koreatown, with excellent quality of sourced beans that are roasted in haus house.

5. Ice Kiss Cafe

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3407 W 6th St, #101B
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 382-4776

The former standard bearer, this bingsoo specialist was known for its massive "monster" bowls of Korean shaved ice that could easily feed four hungry college students. Quality can vary based on who's managing the place, but at its best, Ice Kiss is still a good place to try the unique dessert.

6. Heyri Coffee House (헤이리)

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755 S Hobart Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 389-6138

Slightly hidden off the main drag, this expansive house of desserts and coffee serves a pretty large bingsoo with a good-size scoop of strawberry ice cream and a sprinkling of fruity pebbles for textural contrast. The bowls are a little on the flat, larger side meaning it's more suited for those not likely to mix the whole concoction together. Skip the coffees though as they're pretty low grade for the price you pay.

7. Koffea

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610 S Berendo St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 427-1441

This popular dessert house has a pretty standard bowl of bing soo, in green tea, red bean, or fruit varieties. The fruits tend to be grouped together meaning the bowls are better if all mixed up. The green or red tinged "goop" is for the real connoisseurs of these shaved ice bowls.

8. Yellowhouse Cafe

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234 S Oxford Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(213) 365-0082

This lovely cafe has a multitude of desserts, like smores, smoothies, and cakes, but the bing soo is the most community sweet to get. Studded with everything from kiwi to pineapple chunks and chewy mochi roll pieces, it makes a great post prandial activity.

9. Cafe Home

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3377 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 383-0102

Nearly a decade old at this point, Cafe Home is a classic spot to get desserts and drinks in Koreatown. There's boba tea, slushies, and even beer. But amid the shaved ice bowls and more, there's even some that bring their Boiling Crab sacks of food from next door, leading to an eclectic mix of guests.

10. IOTA Coffee & Bakery

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528 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020

This straightforward bowl of bingsoo is a little diminutive and simple, but it's hard to beat the coffee service and quality for Koreatown. The coffee is roasted in house and brewed in a manner that's much better than the average cafe around town. Throw in the uber Korean decor and ambiance (as in K-pop galore), and you have a nice place to relax for an afternoon snack or post-dinner treat.

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1. Mr. Coffee

537 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

This newly remodeled space feel clean, contemporary and comfortable, all of which combine for really good late night pat bing soo binges. The ratios of all the syrups and ingredients are near idea, leading to a great melange of fruit, mochi and ice cream. Open until 3 a.m. weekdays, 4 a.m. on weekends.

537 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020

2. Miss Coffee

300 S. Hobart Blvd #101, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Perhaps the current most popular bing soo place in Ktown, this place is always packed with younger folks looking to congregate over a massive Pyrex bowl of the good stuff. The green tea version is the one to get, with whipped ice cream that melds perfectly with the immense amount of fruit and ice.

300 S. Hobart Blvd #101
Los Angeles, CA 90020

3. Hwa Sun Ji Tea House

3960 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

This quiet, relaxing environment is a tea house first and foremost, which means excellent Korean-style teas in a traditional space. But the bingsoos, while diminuitive, aren't worth missing. Elegantly topped with a scoop of ice cream, they're good for two people on an after-dinner date.

3960 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

4. HAUS by Coffee Hunter

3826 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

The versions here are more of the minimalist's bing soo, for the type that would rather eat the platter without mixing it. The ingredients are therefore more distinct. And the coffee service here is hard to be in Koreatown, with excellent quality of sourced beans that are roasted in haus house.

3826 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

5. Ice Kiss Cafe

3407 W 6th St, #101B, Los Angeles, CA 90020

The former standard bearer, this bingsoo specialist was known for its massive "monster" bowls of Korean shaved ice that could easily feed four hungry college students. Quality can vary based on who's managing the place, but at its best, Ice Kiss is still a good place to try the unique dessert.

3407 W 6th St, #101B
Los Angeles, CA 90020

6. Heyri Coffee House (헤이리)

755 S Hobart Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Slightly hidden off the main drag, this expansive house of desserts and coffee serves a pretty large bingsoo with a good-size scoop of strawberry ice cream and a sprinkling of fruity pebbles for textural contrast. The bowls are a little on the flat, larger side meaning it's more suited for those not likely to mix the whole concoction together. Skip the coffees though as they're pretty low grade for the price you pay.

755 S Hobart Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90005

7. Koffea

610 S Berendo St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

This popular dessert house has a pretty standard bowl of bing soo, in green tea, red bean, or fruit varieties. The fruits tend to be grouped together meaning the bowls are better if all mixed up. The green or red tinged "goop" is for the real connoisseurs of these shaved ice bowls.

610 S Berendo St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

8. Yellowhouse Cafe

234 S Oxford Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

This lovely cafe has a multitude of desserts, like smores, smoothies, and cakes, but the bing soo is the most community sweet to get. Studded with everything from kiwi to pineapple chunks and chewy mochi roll pieces, it makes a great post prandial activity.

234 S Oxford Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

9. Cafe Home

3377 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Nearly a decade old at this point, Cafe Home is a classic spot to get desserts and drinks in Koreatown. There's boba tea, slushies, and even beer. But amid the shaved ice bowls and more, there's even some that bring their Boiling Crab sacks of food from next door, leading to an eclectic mix of guests.

3377 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

10. IOTA Coffee & Bakery

528 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

This straightforward bowl of bingsoo is a little diminutive and simple, but it's hard to beat the coffee service and quality for Koreatown. The coffee is roasted in house and brewed in a manner that's much better than the average cafe around town. Throw in the uber Korean decor and ambiance (as in K-pop galore), and you have a nice place to relax for an afternoon snack or post-dinner treat.

528 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020

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