Blistering hot days are the perfect excuse to indulge in waffle cones loaded with frosty scoops of ice-cream, or channel your inner kid and chain-slurp fruity popsicles. Lucky for you, we’ve taste-tested our way around the city’s top frozen treats to bring you the skinny on the nicest ices in town.
Beat the heat with gourmet lollies available at hot spots around town from Little Burro to The Butchers Club Burger. These 100% natural icy treats aren’t just for the little ones. Get your liquor fix with a lolly of the boozy variety, we love the Red Sangria with Balsamic Berry Jam.
Shop 1F, 149 Wanchai Road, Wan Chai, +852 9551 7972
This teeny, tiny ice-cream shop in Wanchai may look modest but step inside for the most wickedly indulgent ice-cream creations in Hong Kong. If you’re on a diet, look away now. Still reading? Get ready to drool… We’re talking, soft Italian gelato twisted with 66% dark chocolate served with buttery crumbles, caramelised banana ice-cream, passion fruit panna cotta and brownie chunks all topped-off with a chocolate chip Hong Kong egg waffle. One word, “Wow!”
Launching this summer, a few of HK’s best pastry chefs are starting a line of to-die-for homemade American-style cookies under the alias “Cookieboy.” Especially for HK’s hottest season, they have crated custom ice cream sandwiches including “The Blondie,” featuring freshly made vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two Macadamia and White Chocolate cookies. For us, it was love at first bite!
Shop 105, The Pulse, Repulse Bay, +852 2670 0071
Asia’s first liquid nitrogen ice-cream lab now has half a dozen outposts around town with the new Southside location at The Pulse bringing the goods beachside. The Lab Made ice-cream boffins use cutting-edge science to freeze smoother, creamier, more delicious ice-cream in flavours ranging from Salted Caramel to Mango and Sticky Coconut Rice.
Ice Cream Burgers at InterContinental Hong Kong
Lobby Lounge, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2721 1211
Known for their scrumptious beef burgers with a stagger-tastic skyline view, this summer the InterCon’s Lobby Lounge will be launching a line of Ice Cream burgers, featuring flavours from around the globe. Sink your teeth into the French Chocolate Burger featuring chocolate custard, chocolate chips, cookie & chocolate ice cream, chocolate mouse, brownies, and chocolate sauce, on a chocolate brioche bun for the ultimate summer indulgence.
Eyescream & Churros
Shop B1, G/F, Tak Man Building, 29 Tak Man Street, Hung Hom
Korean soft-serve is the latest icy fad to hit town, and shops are springing up left, right and centre. Our favourite is Eyescream & Churros not only for the super-cute moniker but also for the genius pairing of not too sweet soft-serve with a loop of deep-fried churro naughtiness.
Lola’s Ice Pops
Popping-up all around the city, from the depths of the freezers at Mavericks on Pui O beach to the Tree Café on the top floor of Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau, Lola’s Ice Pops always seem to be there to give you an icy pick-me-up just when you need it most. Boasting all-natural, handmade credentials, these pops come in a mindboggling array of flavours that make the most of whatever fruit’s in season from Watermelon Lemon Mint to Dark Chocolate Orange.
G/F, 32 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2886 0448
This Japanese ice-cream shop in TST uses Hokkaido milk to whip up trippy cartoon-esque cones based on the four elements. For summery vibes, go for the Wind – a swirl of lavender ice cream sitting atop a rainbow cone sprinkled with nitrogen-frozen pineapple and finished off with a slab of waffle.
66 Staunton Street, Central +852 2194 0202
American diner serving up baby bites of brilliant bao. The LB Ice-Cream Sandwich (green tea ice-cream and condensed milk sandwiched between deep-fried Bao – can we get a “yum!”) is the perfect summer sweet treat to eat in or take away.
If you want to enjoy all the delicious creaminess of everyone’s favourite summer treat, while simultaneously polishing your healthy halo, bag a tub or two of Happy Cow’s positively angelic ice-cream. For something dairy-free and gluten-free with no preservatives or artificial colours or flavours, Happy Cow is ridiculously, lipsmackingly delicious. Churned from coconut cream and coconut tree nectar, Happy Cow comes in flavours ranging from the old school Chocolate, Vanilla bean or Strawberry through to the more exotic Cherry Almond Fudge or Hibiscus Goji.
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