Where to get unique cold treats in Austin, TX

Frozen bananas from Bananarchy
The toppings on these Bananarchy treats are absolutely bananas. | Photo by @a.little.bit.alexis

Much like the Wicked Witch of the West, we’re melting out here, Austin.

Central Texas is under an Excessive Heat Warning until 7 p.m. tonight, with temperatures breaking records yet again yesterday. And there’s truly no rest for the wicked, because temperatures are slated to stay in the triple digits for the foreseeable future.

While you’re staying safe + conserving energy, now is also the perfect time to cool yourself off with some ice-cold treats — here are seven unique options around Austin. 

Bananarchy | 2420 Guadalupe St., 1311 S. 1st St.

If you need a break from the heat, there’s always relief in the banana stand. Bananarchy serves up ethically sourced frozen bananas drenched in dips + toppings — build your own or pick a specialty, like the GOB (yes, that is an Arrested Development reference)

Mangonada from Hay Elotes
Hay Elotes’ mangonadas are the perfect blend of fruity, frozen, and fun. | Photo by @sezifood

Hay Elotes | 2214 E. 7th St.

This East Austin snack stop is home to a truly delicious hot day treat: the mangonada. The fruity, frozen drink has a hint of spice from chamoy, but it’s sure to keep you cool all day long.

Manolis | 603 W. Live Oak St.

Ice cream and cake pops? Boring. Ice cream cake pops? Revolutionary. In addition to other cold desserts, Manolis serves up these combo treats in flavors such as Dulce de Leche and Coffee Tiramisu. 

Jim-Jim’s Water Ice | 615 E. 6th St.

This nearly three-decade-old shop has perfected water ice, a snow cone-like treat made with pureed fruit. Jim-Jim’s offers 40+ flavors, including Dragons Blood, Brain Freeze, and PassionBerry.

Shaved Ice Island cone being held in front of a dinosaur mural
If we were this dinosaur, we’d be chomping down on Shaved Ice Island’s treats too. | Photo by @shavediceisland

Shaved Ice Island | 2701 W. William Cannon Dr.

Between Thai Iced Tea flavoring + chopped dill pickle garnishes, there’s no shortage of creative flavors + toppings at this south Austin snow cone stop.

DipDipDip | 7301 Burnet Rd., Ste. 101

Speaking of interesting flavors, DipDipDip’s Japanese-inspired ice creams offers tastes such as “Shroom of Doom,” a caramel, chocolate, and Shitake mushroom ice cream, and “Sum Yum Yuzu,” a black pepper and yuzu mascarpone ice cream.

Looking for other ideas? Check out our map below + add your own go-to spots. 

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