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30 Best Cold Treats in Austin

June 9, 2017

It’s about to get real HOT in Austin, Texas. But ice cream, gelato, soft serve, shaved ice, acai bowls, smoothies, and even soups are here to save the day! Yes, we don’t discriminate our cold treats here. If it’s served cold and it can help cool us down in the Texas summer, we want it!

Thankfully we have plenty of cold snacks, drinks, and desserts to choose from in Austin. And why is it that most of these shops are well-designed too? This list could keep you occupied all summer long. Here are 30 of my favorite cold treats in Austin.

Ice Cream Sandwich at Cold Cookie Company
Sweet trailer for ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, sundaes and more. I recommend the birthday cake ice cream on snickerdoodle cookies!
Address: 2512 Rio Grande, Austin, Texas, TX 78705

Acai Bowl at Blenders & Bowls
Like a smoothie topped with fruit and granola, acai bowls are a refreshing and healthy cold treat. I loved the mango madness bowl.
Address: 206 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown); 3736 Bee Caves Rd. STE 8, Westlake Hills, TX 78746 (Westlake); 1625 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78702 (Eastside)

Gelato Pop at Venezia Italian Gelato
This shop has some of the creamiest gelato I’ve had! The gelato pops are a unique find in Austin and so tasty with its light chocolate shell.
Address: 1701 South Lamar, Austin TX 78704

Iced Matcha Latte at The Factory – Cafe with a Soul
The cutest coffee shop in town serves an iced matcha latte, among many other coffee drinks and snacks.
Address: 7718 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

Ice Cream at Lick Ice Creams
My favorite thing about Lick is their unique flavor combinations made from pure ingredients. There’s always something different to try, and check out their seasonal flavors.
Address: 1100 S. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704; 6555 Burnet Road #200, Austin, TX 78757; 1905 Aldrich St #150, Austin, TX 78723

Smoothie at Daily Juice
Cold and sweet doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Daily Juice offers delicious made-to-order juices, smoothies, and acai bowls.
Address: Seven locations around Austin. See them here.

Ice Cream at Sweet Ritual
Vegan friends, this one is for you! Sweet Ritual serves dairy-free ice cream. I highly recommend the Unicorn Poop flavor.
Address: 4631 Airport Blvd., Suite 125, Austin, Texas 78751

Ice Cream at Amy’s Ice Creams
Amy’s is an Austin classic. An abundance of locations around town makes Amy’s easy to find. My go-to is the Mexican Vanilla with Oreos or Sweet Cream with strawberries.
Address: 12 locations in Austin. See them here.

Gelato at Dolce Neve
I never thought I liked pistachio gelato until I tasted Dolce Neve’s. This charming shop on the south side is a sweet place to stop for a snack.
Address: 1713 South 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream at SPUN Ice Cream
SPUN wowed me with their liquid nitrogen ice cream. You can’t get fresher ice cream than this. I also love their interesting combinations.
Address: 1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 and 11920 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758 (Whole Foods Market at The Domain)

Ice Cream Sandwich at Moojo
Whether you customize your own ice cream sandwich or choose from their fun combinations, you’ll find the sweet spot at Moojo. I recommend salted caramel ice cream with pretzels.
Address: 2322 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

Shaved Ice at Snow Monster
Taiwanese shaved ice is a hit! Also known as snow cream or milk snow, this ice cream-like dessert is topped with condensed milk and your choice of toppings. Melt-in-your-mouth goodness!
Address: 11220 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

Boba Drink at Tea Haus
Cool off with bubble drinks on the go! Bubble or boba drinks have tapioca balls at the bottom. While I’d rather have my drinks without boba, it doesn’t make the Hong Kong Milk Tea any less delicious and refreshing. You can also get fruit slushes here.
Address: 2525 W Anderson Ln #285, Austin, TX 78757

Soft Serve in a Bubble Cone at Cow Tipping Creamery
Loaded. The bubble cone is cake-like and you get to choose your soft serve flavor, a sauce, and two toppings. Get ready because the topping options include cookie dough, brownie chunks, and cookie crumbles!
Address: 4715 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78745


Smoothie at Juiceland
With 19 locations around town, Juiceland will keep you cool and hydrated. Their jam-packed smoothies and juices make your tastebuds happy. I love the Wundershowzen smoothie!
Address: 19 locations in the Austin area. See the locations here.


Frozen Yogurt at Berry Austin
Looking for froyo? This local spot will give you a chuckle with their fan-named yogurt flavors. Their topping options are plenty!
Address: 200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 and 5523 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX 78731

Boozy Ice Cream at Prohibition Creamery
Have your dessert, and it can be alcoholic too! Whether it’s in a cup, cone, or milkshake, this boozy ice cream takes “day drinking” to another level.
Address: 1407 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702


Frozen Banana (Dipped and Topped) at Bananarchy
Ok, so it doesn’t look…appropriate, but believe me when I say this frozen banana dipped and topped with your choices will definitely cool you off. Chocolate and cookie crumbles, yes, please!
Address: Trailers at 701 E 53rd St. and 603 W. Live Oak St.

Snow Cone at Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs
This snow cone stand is open seasonally, so get it while it’s hot! Go find out what Tiger’s Blood is all about. And don’t forget the cream topping.
Address: 808 E 51st St, Austin, Texas, TX 78751 plus a roaming food truck

Lemonade at Austin City Lemons
Good old-fashioned lemonade is easily in reach with Austin City Lemons serving up this classic drink at their cute lemon-shaped stand on South Congress. Want it extra cold? Get it as a frozen slush.
Address: Trailer at 1511 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream at The Science Cream
Science makes this ice cream extra cold and creamy. This cold treat is whipped up fast! Stop by while you’re exploring South Congress.
Address: Trailer at 1511 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Gelato at Teo
What’s it like to taste world-famous gelato? Come to Teo and find out! Their gelato has been in world competitions and the array of flavors will win over your tastebuds.
Address: 1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705

Rolled Ice Cream at Ice Scrapers
Roll on over to Ice Scrapers near the UT Campus for Thai-style ice cream. It’s made fresh on an ice cold surface and scraped into rolls. Topped with your choice of toppings and whipped cream, this treat is satisfying for your eyes and mouth.
Address: Trailer at 411 W 23rd St, Austin, TX 78705

Italian Ice at Jim-Jim’s Water Ice
This cold treat is similar to a sorbet: smooth, flavorful, and refreshing as it quickly melts in your mouth. Try the mango and passion fruit flavors.
Address: Order at the window at 615 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Juice at Juice Society
These nutrient-packed cold-pressed juices are refreshing, healthy, and 100% organic. Choose from green juices to fruit juices, though I also recommend you try one of my favorites – the activated lemonade with charcoal.
Address: 1100 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Paleta at Stephen F Frostin
This ice cream truck, owned and located at South Congress Hotel, serves a variety of sweet and cold treats, including paletas. Though for my next visit, I’ve got my eye on a kouign amann ice cream sandwich!
Address: Trailer at 1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Mangonada at Hay Elotes
This cold treat is piled so high that you’ll need a buddy to finish it. A little bit of spice and a whole lot of cold, this treat will definitely cool you off.
Address: 2214 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 and 1200 W Howard Ln Austin, TX 78753

Smoothie at O’ Joy
Enjoy a cool treat and give back at the same time. Purchases help feed kids in need. These fresh juices and smoothies are perfect for a hot day.
Address: 11101 Burnet Rd #140, Austin, TX 78758

Soup at Soup Peddler
If you haven’t tried cold soup yet, put it on your list! Soup Peddler creates gazpachos and cold soups for a summer rotation. Watermelon Gazpacho and Green Gazpacho are on the menu this summer. They also have refreshing smoothies and juices.
Address: 5 locations around Austin. See the locations here.

Frozen Hot Chocolate at Holy Cacao
Yes, it’s as magical as it sounds. Get ready for the brain freeze because the frozen hot chocolate will help you beat the heat. Order it with whipped cream, of course!
Address: Trailer located at 1311 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704


I know this list is only a taste of the abundance of cold treats in Austin. No matter how you do it, stay cool out there this summer!

Where are your favorite places for cold treats and what treats do you love? Let me know in a comment below!

P.S. Looking for more Austin food suggestions? Check out the best cupcakes in Austin, favorite pastries in Austin, and my full list of Austin restaurants.

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  • FoodieIsTheNewForty

    The research for this piece must have been so much fun!! I keep hearing about mangonadas lately and reallllly need to go try one ASAP!

  • Brooke Hamilton

    OMG now I want that ice cream sandwich! There are so many places on this list I want to try… yum! They just opened a snow monster out by us too.

  • When I’m up that way, I really like to treat myself at Bambu. https://www.facebook.com/BambuAustinChinatown/

  • Julie

    I like how you added healthy options too! Solid round-up!

  • Great roundup! There are so many here I have never tried.

    • Thanks, Kaylin! There are a few of these places in our neck of the woods. Looks like you’re going to have a cool summer! 😉

  • Oh my gosh….my summer to-eat list just got so much longer! Awesome roundup, girl!!