Ice, ice baby!
Keep your cool during the hot summer months with some deliciously delectable icy treats. If you’ve got a sweet tooth in your family (let’s be honest, that’s all of us!), then this list of our favourite chilled goodies will be sure to satisfy your summer cravings! From Instagram-worthy scoops to ice lollies, guilt-free treats, where to get an ice-cream sandwich, your basic staples and not your usual icy snacks off the beaten path, there is (literally!) something for everyone. You can bet your kiddos won’t be the only ones asking for more… Pretty, pretty please, with a cherry on top!
Sassy Mama note: this article was originally published on 10 June, 2016, and has since been updated.
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 its awesome, innovative flavours and mouth-watering sundae options, it’s the go-to place for us when we need a cool off in the summer. Conveniently located in Central, Oddies is great for a quick weekend catch up spot or a cheeky post-dinner treat. It’s known for its signature Night Wolf sundae (HK$49), an indulgent mix of soft gelato, caramelised banana ice cream, brownies, passion fruit panna cotta and best of all, a true HK style chocolate chip eggette – a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth!
Oddies Foodies 45 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2750 2111
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 out (pun intended!) some of the most fantastic creations since it opened last year. We’re talking outrageously good sundaes and delicious scoops creamy ice cream laden with childhood cereal fruit loops or Rice Krispies covered cones with many toppings and sauces. Make sure to get the kiddos out and about after to run off that sugar high!
Emack & Bolio’s Central, 26 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2505 6626
Emack & Bolio’s TST, Shop G42, G/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2780 2680
You can bet there’s something to smile about as you click your camera and say, “Cheese!” Smile Yogurt does fro-yo right with its fantastical toppings and add-ons piled high onto the cup. Snap quick, as you wouldn’t want this creation to melt! Try its popular Mango Fever with fresh chunks of mango and mango sauce drizzled between layers of sweet vanilla frozen yogurt. Your kiddos will go gaga over this treat!
Eat With Me
Being almost too beautiful to be edible, Eat With Me is taking the Hong Kong classic egg waffles to a whole new level by pairing it up with ice cream and a great selection of sweet and savoury toppings. It promises egg waffles that are fresh, made-to-order, and prepared using its homemade batter.
Eat With me, Shop D, G/F, Nga Chi Building, No. 12 Sze Pei Square, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, 3709 8456 www.facebook.com/eatwithmehk
The ice cream laboratory, Lab Made, is serving up your cold confection with a playful twist! The Lab Made scientist freezes your ice cream on order using -196°C liquid nitrogen in one minute, and ta-da! You get silky-smooth ice cream with little ice crystals. They want to make sure you’re savouring creative yet natural flavours, so there are no artificial colourings or stabilizers added to your icy cold confection!
Lab Made Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, 8 Brown street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2670 0071, www.labmade.com.hk
If you’re looking for an indulgent treat while roaming through Central on a hot day, we can’t recommend GROM enough. Their gelato is among the best in Hong Kong, and it’s one of the few places we can find a true Stracciatella in the city. With 100% natural ingredients, you can taste the love and care that goes into making their sweet treats. Best enjoyed with a group of friends, so you can share and try all their delectable flavours on offer!
GROM, Shop No 1023, Level One, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View St, Central, Hong Kong, www.grom.it
The gelato at Holly Brown has been a favourite of ours since we first laid eyes on the caramel sauce (Sassy Mama 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, its crazy gelato shakes are a challenge we’re willing to take on…
Holly Brown is available at various locations in Kowloon, on Hong Kong Island and the New Territories www.hollybrowncoffee.com
An oldie but a goodie, XTC Gelato is definitely one of our go-to spots for a scoop. With its 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 its 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 its gelato is curated 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 its gelato is also available in various supermarkets across HK – so you can always get your fix!
XTC Gelato Central, Shop B, 45 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2541 0500
XTC Gelato Tsim Sha Tsui, KP-01 Star Ferry Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2368 3602
XTC Gelato Causeway Bay, B2 Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2870 3029
This tiny ice cream store in Kennedy Town had us at the fun turquoise exterior and the cute monkey mascots. Situated on Catchick Street this little shop is a perfect destination to bring the little ones if they have been on their very best behaviour and deserve a sweet treat. Some of us on Team Sassy Mama like to hit up Ice Monkey and then head over to the local playgrounds in Kennedy Town to burn off the sugar high. As adults we are partial to its Caramel Biscuit flavour and Salted Caramel twist with Dark Chocolate, and the little ones seem to always gravitate towards its ‘pink’ (strawberry) flavour. It also does a Monkey milkshake and smoothies too for those of you who like to drink your dessert through a straw. Make sure to get a loyalty card – you’ll definitely be back for more!
Ice Monkey, Shop G, Yue On Building, 78-86 Catchick Street (corner of Davis Street), Kennedy Town, 2362 0822, www.facebook.com/Icemonkeyhongkong
Practically an institution in Hong Kong, there is nothing more classic than a Mr.Softee ice cream truck. Nothing brings back nostalgia like seeing that red,white andblue truck.And that music is definitely calling our name! It might have only 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 in Hong Kong. There are very few of them left around Hong Kong but there will always be one outside the Central ferry piers.
Gino’s has to be our solid staple when it comes to creamy gelato. With two stores in Stanley and The Peak, the gelateria marries fresh ingredients and seasonal fruits to create more than 30 unique flavours.The gelato (and the waffle cones!) are made daily using traditional Italian techniques, so be sure to pop by for a scoop to dispel the summer heat, pronto!
Gino’s Gelato Stanley, Shop G09, G/F, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, 2899 0314
Gino’s Gelato The Peak, Shop G18, Peak Tower, The Peak, 2849 8314
Ice Cream Sandwiches
We’ve always been fans of Little Bao and we can’t get enough of its famous Little Bao Ice Cream sandwich. With its signature flavours like the Green Tea Ice Cream Bao and the Salt Ice Cream Bao, you’re going to be going back for more… trust us! The ice cream melts quickly as the baos are fried upon ordering, so eat quickly as the ice cream melts fast! But 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
These epic ice cream sandwiches are more than enough to make you come back for more – plus, if you need extra incentive, It has new flavours every week! Be warned mamas, breakfast will never be the same after you’ve laid eyes on its ‘Cereal Killer,’ complete with blueberryyogurt ice cream, oatmeal crunch cookies (and featuring a generous amount of Fruit Loops!). P.S. Whilst you and the kiddos stock up on sugar, you can also get your caffeine fix. Bonus.
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 kiddos 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!
Happy Cow locations are available here.
If you’re opting for a lower sugar kick, HK fave Yo Mama is a frozen yoghurt lover’s delight. Choose from a base flavour, including Green Tea, Lemon Tart, Tiramisu and plenty others – and load it up with a generous amount of toppings. Toppings include fresh fruit and an exclusive line of sugar free, gluten free, raw and organic toppings in the “superfoods” selection. Talk about ticking all the boxes!
Yo Mama is available at five locations in Hong Kong
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 grass-fed whey protein and natural (great for building a bit of muscle!) and 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 Just Green, City Super (IFC & Times Square), and online from Food Panda and Deliveroo
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! It makes us mamas feel a bit better about this sweet treat for our kiddos! We love the refreshing Strawberry Mint flavour for the little ones and the Pina Colada for the “big kids”!
I See I See
Serving up pretty handcrafted ice pops and Hokkaido milk ‘snowflakes,’ this place has been a top choice for families and it’s definitely no surprise to us! The refreshing ice pop flavours include juicy honeydew melon, tomato ‘gazpacho,’ chilli mango and many more – perfect for grabbing on the go! 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!
Lola’s Ice Pops
These artisanal bite-sized frozen treats are created by three Hong Kong mums (yay!) who make them fresh daily, using only the finest natural ingredients and absolutely no icky additives. Cute retro packaging, being able to support a great local business 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 it at pop-up shops and markets all over town or order in bulk on its website. The Watermelon Basil or Mango Lassi should be just the ticket. But we’re sure your littles won’t be able to resist Chocolate with Brownie Bites – dreamily creamy and chocolate-rich with amazing chewy, fudgy, delicious nuggets of homemade brownie!
Lola’s Ice Pops are available at The Bottle Shop G/F, 114 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung; 9829 2883, as well as at city’super and various private clubs, www.facebook.com/LolasIcePops
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 line ups every day out the door as people keep returning for its variations of green tea creations. The Original Matcha Cone is definitely a favourite. But one of our top picks happens to be the Black Sesame, which is a great balance of nutty and sweet with a creamy smooth texture – it is hard to beat.
Via Tokyo Causeway Bay, 1A-1B, G/F, Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2895 1116
Via Tokyo Tsim Sha Tsui, G/F, 29A Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2385 6388
Japanese soft serve along with Italian inspiration? Yes, please! This hybrid is nothing short of amazing if you’re hankering for something different than your usual scoop. If you’re feeling like something light and refreshing, try its popular Frutta Crema for its fresh fruit parfaits. One of the more ordered items is definitely off its 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, mamas! Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Owl Choux & Gelato is bringing parents and kiddos gelato in a deliciously 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 its cream puff latte…
Owl Choux & Gelato, 32 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2889 8227
Originating from South Korea, the ice cream franchise Sweet Monster is serving up the signature Popcorn Ice Cream in the heart of Hong Kong, with the popcorn coming in different flavours (cheese, caramel, and more… take your pick!). You can also opt for just regular ice cream, but why not have the best of both worlds in your paper cup!
Sweet Monster Mongkok, Shop 10-19, 3/F, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 35144150,
Sweet Monster Tai Koo, Shop 101B, 1.F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo, Hong Kong, 2576 3155, campaignsm.ithk.com/sweetmonster
Ice Cream Gallery
Ice Cream Gallery is your go-to ice cream joint if you’re willing to be adventurous with your frozen treat. The owner, Arron Liu constantly churns and plays around with quirky flavours, carefully sourcing the freshest ingredients from all around the world and drawing inspirations from French haute cuisine. Expect Lobster, foie gras, black truffle, and more unique variations. Love it so much that you’re keen to learn how to make your own? Check out its ice cream making course to get as creative as you could be.
Ice Cream Gallery, Rm 611, 6/F, Shing Yip Industrial Building, 19 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, 2838 8086
After its successful launch in South Korea and Taiwan, Honey Crème has hit the streets of Hong Kong. The ice cream trendsetter whips up its soft serve with fresh milk and cream, and adds organic ingredients, promising healthy and delectable creaminess! The signature Comb Honey Soft Serve Ice Cream is definitely a must-try for those who enjoy natural sweetness without any artificial sugar. It also has innovative flavours like popcorn and affogato.
Honey Crème Tseung Kwan O, Shop1132-33, 1/F, Metro City Plaza II, 8 Mau Yip Road, Tseung K wan O, Hong Kong, 2267 0228
This tiny dessert place is ideal for beating that scorching summer heat. You can choose from a great selection of icy, cute Japanese kakigori (shaved ice dessert) that comes in its signature black cones or wooden bowls. Tucked in the little streets of the Tai Hang neighbourhood, it’s set to impress every taste bud, from red bean and green tea, to blueberry cheesecake and pineapple!
Echigoya, G/F, 27 Shepherd St, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2573 2992