If my kids’ bright red cheeks, my bra full of sweat, and the permanent aroma of sunblock in the air are any indication, the Texas summer is in full swing. Some days, the only thing that gets me through a morning at the playground or the long trek back to the car is the promise of an ice cold treat. I’ve rounded up some of the best options for a frozen treats and a little pick-me-up as we all try to squeeze the most out of this summer.
Ice Cream | Frozen Treats
- Cold Cookie Company
2512 Rio Grande St.
Why choose between cookies and ice cream? Come visit this truck to get a huge cookie-ice cream sandwich to satisfy any sweet tooth.
- Lick Honest Ice Creams
1100 S Lamar Blvd.
6555 Burnet Rd. #200
1905 Aldrich St. #150
This shop uses the freshest ingredients it can find, including seasonal Texas flavors like cilantro lime and dewberry corn cobbler.
- Amy’s Ice Creams
12 locations in Austin
Amy’s stores rotate through 350 different ice cream flavors (but we all know you’re just going to get the Mexican Vanilla).
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
1208 S. Congress Ave.
11601 Rock Rose Ave. #110
You can get the creamiest, dreamiest ice cream in the most interesting flavors on South Congress and in the Domain.
- Tiny’s Milk and Cookies
1515 W. 35th St., Bld. C
If ordering ice cream AND cookies is too much for you, why not have the Milk & Cookies ice cream — homemade vanilla ice cream with chocolate chip cookie chunks?
- Holla Mode
1800 Barton Springs Rd
This food trailer serves made-to-order Thai-style rolled ice cream. You decide what goes into your frozen treat!
- Anti Social Icecream Co.
6550 Comanche Trl #109 Austin, TX
Can’t decide? Why not have a flight of 6 different flavors?
- Zeds Ice Cream
1814 Harvey Street
This new shop opened in June and makes creamy ice cream blended with real fruit.
- OMG Squee
4607 Bolm Rd.
If you’re looking for a dessert that tastes great and looks good on Instragram, try a fish-shaped Taiyaki cone stuffed with soft serve!
Milkshakes | Frozen Treats
- The Yard Milkshake Bar
3400 Esperanza Xing
Bring your appetite to The Yard, because these crazy milkshakes are piled high with desserts, sprinkles, whipped cream, and basically anything you can think of!
- Milky Way Shakes
2324 Cesar Chavez St.
Everything on this tasty menu is vegan, and you can even add CBD to your shake! Come twice a month to try their new specials.
- Sweet Ritual
4631 Airport Blvd, Ste 125
You can have a basic shake here, but go ahead and be fancy. Sweet Ritual’s fancy shakes have toppings and sauces mixed in to make sure you don’t leave unsatisfied.
- 24 Diner
600 N. Lamar Blvd. Suite 200
Have a whole meal here or just dessert, but don’t skip the milkshakes!
7 Austin area locations
Get your milkshake regular or boozy!
11501 Rock Rose Ave.
These small-batch pops come in awesome flavors like Tequila Sunrise and Lime Margarita.
- Manolis Ice Cream, Pastries &Cake
603 W Live Oak St
Take your pick of ice pops, ice cream pops, and ice cream cake pops!
1311 S 1st St
2420 Guadalupe St.
80 Rainey St.
Fruit’s healthy, right? Go bananas for frozen bananas dipped and covered in toppings.
- Shaved Ice Island
2701 William Cannon
30 N. Highway 35
Play it safe with classic flavors, or go big with the gourmet flavors. How about Picadilly, with dill pickle juice, sweet mix-in, chamoy and chile spice?
- Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs
808 E. 51st St.
These New Orleans style snow balls come with homemade chocolate and cream syrups to make flavors like Boston Cream Pie and Grandma’s Nectar Cream.
412 Sterzing St.
Open 7 days a week, this classic sno-cone stand will fill your need for sweet shaved ice and include one for your dog too!
- Sweet Caroline’s Snow Shack
13497 Hwy 183 N
5700 W. Slaughter Ln.
The flavors and consistency of these snowballs make this stand a favorite among locals.
- Bahama Bucks
5 locations in greater Austin area
There are lots of choices at this franchise, including fluffy sno cones, smoothies, frozen sodas, and frozen coffee drinks.
5801 Burnet Rd.
The Hawaiian shaved ice comes in dye-free options if you’re wanting to avoid messy kids or multiple rainbow combinations if you figure you might as well just go for it.
4 locations around Austin
Try the classic Taiwanese summer dessert Sno Ice! It comes from an ice block made of fruit extracts and milk that’s then shaved into delectable snow ribbons.
- Jim-Jim’s Water-Ice
615 E. 6th St.
This shop serves Italian water-ice, an ice cream alternative made of pureed fruit and velvety ice.
5811 Berkman Dr.
Try one of three frozen drinks (or all three!): frosé, paloma, or margarita.
- Nickel City
1133 E. 11th St.
Top off your night with a creamy frozen Irish coffee.
- Cosmic Coffee
121 Pickle Rd.
Sure, you could just get coffee or beer at Cosmic Coffee, but you’d be missing out! You can get Frozen Boozy Coffee or Frozen Matcha Painkiller, and they always have new rotating frozen cocktails.
- Wicky’s Walkup
2400 Webberville Rd.
I don’t know of any other place where you can get Louisiana-style frozen daiquiris AND a notary public!
- Pool Burger
2315 Lake Austin Blvd.
Grab a burger and a frozen hurricane for the perfect summer night!
- Kinda Tropical
3501 E. 7th St.
This space just screams summer. Enjoy the patio with a mango margarita or pina colada in your hand.
- 11 Degrees Daiquiri
2700 W. Pecan St. Ste. 202, Pflugerville
If you’re wanting a frozen daiquiri, this is your place. There are lots of options, and many of them are customizable.