It’s about to be a scorcher of a summer in Los Angeles. But with skyrocketing temperatures come the excuse to cool down with the myriad of tasty frozen treats available in our great city. LA offers an enormous variety of shaved ice that is filtered through cultural lenses. With everything from classic Hawaiian shave ice to Indonesian avocado and jackfruit varieties, here now are the 12 best snowy retailers in Los Angeles.Read More
Beat the Heat With These 12 Outstanding Shaved Ice Shops in LA
From Korean patbingsoo to Filipino halo halo
It’s all sunny vibes at Playa Vista’s Da Kikokiko, Top Chef season 14 winner Brooke Williamson’s love letter to Hawaii. Here precarious mounds of shaved ice are doused in syrups with flavors like yuzu and mango-jasmine and can be topped with li hing mui and filled with ice cream and adzuki bean.
Brian's Shave Ice
The possibilities are endless at West LA’s beloved Brian’s Shave Ice, with nearly 40 flavors and myriad fillings and toppings that make Hawaiian expats feel right at home. Because there are few better ways to capture those island vibes than with a Dole Whip-filled li hing mui shave ice topped with sour spray.
Blockheads Shavery Co.
Sawtelle hotspot Blockheads serves what is best described as shaved ice cream, making individual batches of snow cream blocks that are shaved to order before being dressed with things like almond jelly and egg pudding.
There aren’t many places to indulge in Indonesian fare in Los Angeles. Thankfully there’s Ramayani, where Westwood locals cool down with Ice Teller, shaved ice mixed with with avocado, young coconut, jackfruit, and sweetened condensed milk.
Rita's Italian Ice
This Pennsylvania-based dessert chain with locations North Hollywood and Culver City serves its signature Italian Ice with a massive array of fruity flavors. Add on some frozen custard for a real pro move
This food truck-turned brick and mortar now has locations in Northridge, Sherman Oaks, and Torrance. With both tried and true combos and build-your-own options for those looking for zanier concoctions, it’s a great way to cool down while in the South Bay.
Sul & Beans
Perhaps one of LA’s most popular spots for Korean shaved ice, or patbingsoo, is Sul & Beans. The after-dinner specialist tops finely shaved ice with traditional toppings like red beans, black sesame, and even Korean multigrain powder.
A stop at Mister Coffee is a nearly essential conclusion to an evening out in Koreatown. Nothing cleanses the palate after a meat sweats-inducing Korean barbecue meal like a massive bowl of patbingsoo loaded with ice cream, mochi, fresh fruit, red beans, and the requisite Fruity Pebbles.
Far from the over-the-top shaved ice retailers that put every sweet treat on top of their frosty creations, Okrumong is shaved ice for classicists. Here the patbinsoo is just as you would get it in South Korea—a generous mound of pillowy shaved ice simply flavored with things like red bean, black sesame, and green tea.
Although it’s located in the heart of Koreatown, this Sun Nong Dan-adjacent shaved ice spot offers a Taiwanese take on the frozen dessert. Here blocks of snow made with ingredients like fresh fruits, Grade A matcha, and Korean misugaru are shaved into fine ribbons that are available with a variety of toppings.
L.A. Rose Cafe
It isn’t a complete meal at one of LA’s most well-known Filipino restaurants, East Hollywood’s LA Rose Café, without the restaurant’s overclocked bowl of halo halo. Loaded with things like ube ice cream and pieces of flan, this is definitely a dessert to share.
Blackball Taiwanese Dessert
Taiwanese dessert parlor Blackball specializes in tar black grass jelly which can be served hot or cold over ice. Get the iced version with a variety of toppings like red bean, boba, and sweet potato balls.