Updated for 2021
When you’re craving something cool and refreshing on the hottest days, shaved ice is a nice alternative to traditional ice cream and frozen yogurt. Luckily you can find many great options in and around Los Angeles.
Also known as Shave Ice, Hawaiian Shave Ice, Sno Cones, or even Snow Cones, Shaved Ice can sometimes be made with ice cream, and fruit – and even beans – can be added for fun.
3300 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90020
You’ll find Oakobing in Koreatown, and once you visit, you’ll probably be planning return trips here. In addition to customers raving about the taste, they also speak highly of the presentation. Oakobing is popular in Korea, and customers are quite happy to have a Los Angeles location to frequent.
Related: Things to do in Koreatown with Kids
Hang Loose Hawaiian Shave Ice
1409 West Kenneth Village, Glendale, CA 91201
A family-owned business started in 2014, serving from their locatio in Glendale and from their truck. You’ll feel like you’re in Hawaii when you enjoy one of these refreshing treats. The “syrups are shipped directly from Hawaii and are made from pure Hawaiian cane sugar and never high fructose corn syrup.”
Brian’s Shave Ice and Boba
14425 1/2 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Stepping into Brian’s Shave Ice may make you think you’ve stepped into a restaurant in Hawaii. It’s easy to get creative and make your serving of shave ice exactly what you want it to be. You select your size, your filling (including ice cream and adzuki beans), your flavors (including blue vanilla and Hawaiian punch), and your topping (including sour spray and Ghiradelli Chocolate).
Kona Ice Trucks
Traveling around and available for bookings
Kona Ice is mobile, and they’re fun! They bring the shave ice to you, often serving at fun events all over Los Angeles. Their signature “Flavorwave” lets you choose the flavors of syrup you like in just the amount you want. Fun!
Sul and Beans – Korean Dessert Cafe
Multiple Locations including
621 S. Western Ave., Suite 208-A, Los Angeles 90005
Serving Korean Style shave ice, called Bingsoo, but with a modern LA-fusion kind of twist. You can find flavors like Earl Gray Tea, Black Sesame, Green Tea, Watermelon, Strawberry, and Oreo.
Class 302 Taiwanese Bubble Tea Boba Restaurants
Multiple locations including
8855 Apollo Way #224, Downey, CA 90242
You’ll find “classroom-inspired desks and chairs” inside Class 302. They are known for their shaved-ice treats and boba drinks. Their extensive shaved ice menu might make it difficult for you to choose – which just means you’ll have to come back and work your way through the menu.
Related: Things to do in Downey with Kids
7324 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
What is Happy Ice? “It has the smooth, rich, creamy texture of an ice cream and the light, fruity refreshment of a sorbet, without egg or dairy products of any kind.” It’s vegan-friendly and contains no nut products, so those with dietary restrictions and/or allergies can still enjoy some Happy Ice. And if you can’t make it to their Melrose Avenue location, check the website for information about their Happy Ice trucks.
TastyBlock Shave Ice
22815 S. Figueroa St., Carson, CA
Not only will you find tasty shaved ice here, you’ll also find friendly staff. Take your time in deciding, then sit down, relax, savor, and enjoy.
California Marketplace 3rd Floor
450 S. Western Ave. #1, Los Angeles, CA 90020
If you don’t know already, Mealtop is “Korea’s longest-running shaved ice brand.” Today it’s known as “the luxury bingsoo” (Korean shaved ice), featuring recipes made in-house. The ice is thinly shaved and coated with their secret-recipe syrup.
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The Snoball Shop
4452 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043
You’ll find plenty to tempt you on The Snoball Shop’s menu. Try a snoball (with sizes ranging from “small” to “big easy”). And you’ll also find ice cream as well as mouth-watering funnel cakes on the menu.
6005 Vineland Ave. Suite 105, North Hollywood, CA 91606
Slusheeland is a family-owned and operated business. Their slushees are made with up to three, fresh, seasonal fruits “blended with an icy smooth, neutral base that provides a slight sweetness to the mix.” And their Hawaiian Shave Ice features “a fluffy bed of shave ice with your choice of up to 3 pure cane sugar syrups.”
Big Island Eats and Shave Ice
Promenade on the Peninsula
550 Deep Valley Dr. Suite 147, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
While you’ll find a full menu offering complete meals, you also find Shave Ice. The Shave Ice is made with “housemade, real fruit syrups made with filtered water, served with compostable paper goods.” You can select from 2-5 flavors (for different fees) and even include some add-ons if you’d like. Or, try one of their Shave Shakes, “real deal shave ice layered with housemade, real fruit syrups and ice cream.”