Best Places in Austin to Chill Out With Cold Treats

In a city that has an annual Ice Cream festival and summer days that can reach 100+ degrees it’s safe to say there are a lot of options when it comes to chilly treats. But which cold confection connoisseurs have the most tongue tantalizing sweets?

Royal Executive Transportation cruised the city to find the best ice cream and shaved ice shops in Austin.

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Sno Beach

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Don’t be surprised to find a line of 10 or so people deep anytime you swing by this food trailer. Luckily, they offer customers umbrellas to beat back the sun while they wait for a delicious sno cone that has ice so smooth it could be cream. They actually do offer a cream addition if you want to make your sno cone extra milky. One warning: the large selection of flavors will have you coming back to try more.

What To Try: Wedding Cake or Tres Leches

Location:         South Location, 801 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

UT Location, 34th and Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

Jim-Jim’s Water Ice

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Jim-Jim’s has been a 6th Street staple since it set up shop in 1994. Water Ice contains, you guessed it, water and ice as well as fresh fruit that’s blended together for a smooth, thick icy treat. If you’re on a diet or lactose intolerant the fat-free, dairy-free water ice is an excellent way to calm a sugar craving.

What To Try: Mango Berry

Location:         615-A. East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701

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Lick Ice Cream

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The Lick slogan is ‘Honest Ice Cream’. What does that mean? It means Lick uses only pure ingredients that are locally sourced. For eco-conscious ice cream lovers it’s the best spot in Austin to get your cold treat fix.

What To Try: The New Seasonal – S’more Meringue

Location:         2032 S Lamar, Austin, TX 78704

Amy’s Ice Cream

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You can’t have an Austin cold treat list without mentioning Amy’s. This funky little creamery eatery has locations all around town that have been pumping out fresh-made ice cream for 27 years. They even offer free tours of their ice cream making facilities

What To Try: Mexican Vanilla Ice Cream or Yogurt with your favorite crushins’

Location:         Many check them out at the Amy’s Ice Cream website.

Ice Cream Social

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Ice Cream Social is a throwback to the days when all ice cream treats were handmade. It’s hard to decide which is best – the ice cream, the toppings or the cones. Just go ahead and get a treat that loads up on all three so you don’t have to decide.

What To Try: Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Chocolate Dipped Kettle Chips in a Dark Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cone

Location:        2206 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Shakes, Smoothies, Slushes and More

Teapioca Lounge

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If you haven’t tried boba tea you are in for a treat. This tapioca-filled Asian sensation is becoming increasingly popular, and nobody in the capital city does it better than Teapioca Lounge. They have an amazing selection of milk teas, slushes and smoothies that are often made with real fruit.

What To Try: Grape Champagne Slush with large tapioca

Location:         1700 W. Parmer Ln #210, Austin, TX 78727


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Juiceland is giving health nuts a reason to get off the hike and bike trail and relax for a few minutes. Always super fresh, always super healthy Juiceland drinks and smoothies are also delicious. If you’re looking for a juice cleanse this place has you covered.

What To Try: Percolater

Location:        The Original, 1625 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704

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