Ice, ice baby!
Keep your cool during the hot summer months with some delectable icy treats. If you’ve got a sweet tooth girls, then this list of our favourite ice cream spots in the city is sure to satisfy your summer cravings! From Instagram worthy scoops and ice lollies, to guilt-free goodies and ice cream sandwiches, we’ve got your basic staples and the most outrageous frozen treats covered. There’s (literally!) something for everyone, so get ready to dig in!
Instagram Worthy Scoops
Oddies has got to be one of the most Insta-worthy favourite ice cream places in Hong Kong, no questions asked! With their awesome, innovative flavours and mouthwatering sundae options, it’s the go to place for us when we need to cool off in the summer. Conveniently located in Wan Chai and Sheung Wan, Oddies is great for a quick weekend catch up spot or a cheeky post-dinner treat. They’re known for their signature Night Wolf sundae (HK$49), an indulgent mix of soft gelato, caramelised banana ice cream, brownies, passionfruit panna cotta and best of all, a true HK style chocolate chip eggette – a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth!
Oddies Foodies (Wan Chai) 149 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Oddies Foodies (Sheung Wan) 45 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
Read more: Oddies Opens on Gough Street
Emack & Bolio’s
Hardcore ice cream fans need to get their cameras out this summer… the multi-award winning American ice cream store, Emack & Bolio’s has been churning (pun intended!) out some of the most fantastic creations since they opened last year. We’re talking outrageously good sundaes and delicious scoops of creamy ice cream laden with childhood cereal fruit loops or Rice Krispies covered cones, with many toppings and sauces to boot.
You can bet there’s something to smile about as you click your camera and say “cheese!”. Smile Yogurt does froyo right with their fantastical toppings and addends piled high onto the cup. Snap quick, as you wouldn’t want this creation to melt! Try their popular Mango Fever with fresh chunks of mango and mango sauce drizzled between layers of sweet vanilla frozen yogurt.
The gelato at Holly Brown has been a favourite of ours since we first laid eyes on the caramel sauce (Sassy tip: ask for extra. Always). With flavours to suit everyone, and the option to customise your additions, we really couldn’t ask for a more satisfying sugar fix in Hong Kong’s sweltering heat! Offering everything from Oreos and brownies to almonds and fresh fruit, the large scoop is (almost) a dessert for two. Plus, their new crazy gelato shakes are a challenge we’re willing to take on…
An oldie but a goodie, XTC Gelato is definitely one of our go-to spots for a scoop. With their massive array of unique, seasonal flavours (such as Lavender, Lychee Coconut and Malted Soy Bean) there is always something for everyone. Additionally, for special occasions lots of other goodies are available such as their Tiramisu Cake dusted with Valrhona Chocolate and mini bombe Alaska domes, which can be customised with any combination of flavours. For those who are a little more health conscious, XTC is a great option as all their gelato is made with fresh, all natural ingredients, so you don’t have to feel too guilty about indulging in this treat. To top it all off, XTC has stores conveniently located in Central, TST, and Causeway Bay, AND their gelato is also available in various supermarkets across HK – so you can always get your fix!
This tiny ice cream store in Kennedy Town lured us in immediately with the fun turquoise exterior and the cute monkey mascots. Situated on Catchick Street this little dessert shop is a perfect hot day destination. We are partial to their Caramel Biscuit flavour, but they also do Monkey milkshakes and smoothies too for those of you who like to drink your dessert through a straw.
Ice Monkey, 78-86 Catchick Street (corner of Davis Street), Kennedy Town, 2362 0822
Practically an institution in Hong Kong, there is nothing more classic than a Mr.Softee ice cream truck. Nothing brings back nostalgia like that red-white-blue truck does and the cherry on the sundae! And the music always seems to call out to us… They might have a few options to choose from but we’ve always gone for the traditional soft serve ice cream cone that never fails to hit the spot on a hot, humid day. There are very few of them left around Hong Kong but there will always be one outside the Central or TST ferry piers.
Ice Cream Sandwiches
We’ve always been fans of Little Bao and we can’t get enough of their famous Little Bao Ice Cream sandwich. With their signature flavours like the Green Tea Ice Cream Bao and the Salt Ice Cream Bao, you’ll definitely be back for more… trust us! The ice cream melts quickly as the baos are fried upon ordering, so eat fast! After one bite, we’re sure you’ll be gobbling this one up in no time.
Little Bao, 66 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong; 2194 0202, www.little-bao.com
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Known for their irresistible donuts, this place is a sanctuary for the sweet toothed! When it comes to cooler sugary snacks, they offer fun, alternative ice cream flavours, only dealing all organic and geo-free goodies. We couldn’t ask for much more – especially after sampling their Toffee Crunch Homemade ice cream that can be sandwiched between any of their homemade cookies. A chocolate toffee crunch bar crushed and swirled with vanilla ice cream sandwich? Yes please!
Munchies, 4 Shin Hing St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
These epic ice cream sandwiches are more than enough to make you come back for more – plus, if you need extra incentive, they have new flavours every week! Be warned girls, breakfast will never be the same after you’ve laid eyes on their ‘Cereal Killer’, complete with Burberry yogurt ice cream, oatmeal crunch cookies (and featuring a generous amount of Fruit Loops!). Plus, they do killer coffee if you’re on the hunt for a bean-buzz, girls!
Elephant Grounds, 11 Gough Street, Hong Kong
For the lactose-intolerants out there who enjoy a cool treat in summer, Wild Mylk is where it’s at. It’s dairy and gluten-free. Focusing on seasonal flavours that are local, organic and fresh, these delicious delights proudly wave the “made in Hong Kong” flag. We tried the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and the Maca Karmel Sutra (Salted Caramel), which were both divine!
Just because you can’t eat dairy, doesn’t mean you can’t indulge! The awesome Happy Cow hit Hong Kong in 2012 and has been delivering delicious, locally produced, plant-based ice-cream ever since. Lactose intolerant or vegan Sassy Girls everywhere – rejoice! This is the perfect substitute. It’s just as creamy and moreish as the milky stuff, but much healthier than your regular tub of soft serve. The wholesome, natural ingredients produce flavours we all know and love such as Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel Swirl and Cherry Almond Fudge, but make sure you look out for creative mixtures such as the refreshing Lime in the Coconut, Chai Tea and Hibiscus Goji… fantastic for Summer.
If you’re on the hunt for a fat-free alternative, HK fave Yo Mama is a frozen yoghurt lover’s delight. Choose from a base flavour, including Green Tea, Lemon Tart or Tiramisu, and load it up with toppings. You can add fruit (if you’re really trying to be healthy) or go the complete opposite and drizzle your yo’ with chocolate syrup and load it with crushed digestive biscuits. Mmmm…
Ice ‘N’ Lean
If you’ve been feeling the bloat recently, why not indulge in protein ice cream from Ice’N’Lean? That’s right, you heard us correctly… protein ice cream! The Choco-Lite is full of high quality grass-fed whey protein(great for building a bit of muscle – we all want FLOTUS’ arms!) and natural, simple ingredients. It’s also gluten and soy free. And the best bit: zero refined sugar. We want this in our freezer all year round to satisfy our sweet tooth…
Available from Epic MMA, Ursus Fitness, The Skin Gym, The Store, Just Green, Torq Cycle, Spark Fight and Fitness
Gourmet ice pops that come in a variety of flavours, colours and booze options? Sign us up! We love that these ice pops are completely natural with no artificial ingredients or preservatives and are completely organic! One of our faves is the refreshing Strawberry Mint flavour as well as their Pina Colada pop – an uncontested winner for a cool treat by the beach.
I See I See
Serving up pretty handcrafted ice pops and Hokkaido milk ‘snowflakes’, this place has been a top choice for all and it’s definitely no surprise why! The refreshing ice pop flavours include juicy honeydew melon, tomato ‘gazpacho’, chilli mango and many more – perfect for grabbing on the go when you need to cool down! Not only do we love how cute these ice pop and ‘snowflakes’ look (another one for Instagram!), but we also love the bright and cheery interior, which has this epic quote written on the wall: “Happiness is eating your ice pop before it melts” – how true!
Available at I See I See; Shop 01, Haven Court, 138 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2337 3361
Lola’s Ice Pops
These artisanal bite-sized frozen treats are created by three Hong Kong mums who make them fresh daily, using only the finest natural ingredients and absolutely no icky additives. Cute retro packaging, supporting a great local business start-up and Lola’s total flair for creating genius flavour combos (Fig with Coconut Vanilla… Blueberry Lemonade… White Chocolate Raspberry – yes please!) make this a total winner in our books. Catch them at pop-up shops and markets all over town or order in bulk on their website – plus they’re now available 24/7 at Saffron Bakery in Stanley and The Bottle Shop in Sai Kung too. The Watermelon Basil or Mango Lassi should be just the ticket. But we’re sure you also won’t be able to resist Chocolate with Brownie Bites – dreamily creamy and chocolate-rich with amazing chewy, fudgey, delicious nuggets of homemade brownie!
Lola’s Ice Pops are available at: Saffron Shop G04, G/F, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley; 2813 0270, and The Bottle Shop G/F, 114 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung; 9829 2883
If you have a penchant for matcha, you really do not need to go anywhere else but Via Tokyo. This popular little soft serve ice cream store has lines out the door every day as people keep returning for their different variations of matcha creations. The Original Matcha Cone ($32) is definitely a favourite. But one of our top picks happens to be the Royal Milk Tea soft serve which is a great balance of bitter and sweet with a creamy smooth texture… it even comes with a sugar cookie! This one is hard to beat. Just note that this option is only served on Wednesdays.
Via Tokyo, 1A-1B, G/F., Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; 2895 1116
Hanbing Korean Dessert Café
With over 20 branches spread all over South Korea, Hanbing Korean Dessert Café has made its way to Hong Kong with it’s unique flavours, textures and combinations! Their most popular dessert has got to be their snow ice bowls aka shaved ice. The icy crystals are smooth and creamy in texture and literally melt immediately in your mouth. They’re almost too pretty to eat! Try their Blueberry Cheese Snow Ice which has cubes of cheesecake, blueberries and blueberry sauce drizzled over the snow ice… yum! Or if you’re feeling adventurous, go for the Injeolmi Red Bean Snow Ice which will have you asking for more.
Hanbing Korean Dessert Café (Tsim Sha Tsui), Shop 4201K-4202K, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3791-2653
Hanbing Korean Dessert Café (Causeway Bay), Shop B, 9s/F, Times Square,1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay 3622 1310
Japanese soft serve along with Italian inspiration? Yes, please! This hybrid is nothing short of amazing if you’re hankering for something different from your usual scoop. If you’re feeling like something light and refreshing, try their popular Frutta Crema for their fresh fruit parfaits. One of the regularly ordered items is definitely from the Giapponese Crema section for premium Japanese parfaits. Imagine a generous portion of traditional uji-matcha (straight from Kyoto!) soft serve served right in the centre of a Japanese melon. Talk about playful presentation… yum!
i Cremeria (Tsim Sha Tsui) Shop OTG03A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui; 2386 6266
i Cremeria (Causeway Bay) Shop F-9, 1/F, 11-19 Great George Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay; 2897 1118
Owl Choux & Gelato
If you’re looking for ice-cream with a twist, then look no further: you’ve found it! This little gem is located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, and serves delicious gelato in a delicate choux pastry. Yup, that’s the same heavenly stuff that eclairs are made of! For an extra summer kick, we love the sound of their cream puff latte…
Owl Choux & Gelato, 32 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong