Ice, ice baby.
When it comes to summer desserts, nothing beats an icy cold treat. They’re the best possible way to cool down and refresh. And while classic ice cream bars and pints will never get old, the best part of summer is discovering new treats to enjoy.
Also Read: How to Keep Your Cool During Hot Summer Days
Crushed or shaved ice desserts, for example, have proven time and time again across centuries, cultures, and continents as the go-to traditional summer treat that’s beloved across the globe. If you love halo-halo and other local crushed ice desserts, then you’ll surely love this list we put together. Here, we round up a list to give you a taste of the world’s crushed or shaved ice desserts that you may or may not have heard or tried before and where you can find them in Metro Manila.
Rita’s – multiple branches
Rita’s was created to offer the best-tasting, highest-quality Italian Ice. Today, they are in several locations worldwide, serving up Italian ice, frozen custard, and specialty creations.
Bingsu or Pat Bing Soo
Snowbing – multiple branches
Snowbing specializes in Korean bingsu offered in various flavors like tiramisu, matcha, as well as other dishes.
Cafe Seolhwa Bingsu – multiple branches
Get a taste of the original snow-like Bingsu hailed all the way from Korea at Cafe Seolhwa Bingsu. From the original Pat Bing Soo to a brownie-flavored Bingsu, you’re sure to find the flavor for your from their huge selection of Bingsu.
Hobing – multiple branches
Hobing is the go-to trendy cafe for Korean desserts and with good reason. While they specialize in Korean shaved ice desserts topped with generous servings of fresh fruits, cheese, ice cream, and other toppings, they’ve also got a selection of French toasts, smoothies, coffee, and tea are served as well.
Also Read: 6 Fun Cafes for Korean Bingsu Desserts
Ikigai Kakigori – multiple branches
Ikigai Kakigori Cafe is known for serving “kakigori,” which is a traditional Japanese shaved ice dessert. They use simple ingredients and almost everything on their menu is made from scratch. They’ve got vegan and dairy-free options too!
Nam Kang Sai
Shari Shari Kakigori House – Serendra Fort Bonifacio
Shari Shari Kakigori House is a popular Japanese Kakigori House that’s been serving authentic Japanese shaved ice desserts since 2015 and is originally from Hong Kong.
Thai BBQ Original – multiple branches
Thai BBQ Original is a food chain that originally started in Los Angeles. They offer an extensive menu of classic Thai dishes including their popular shaved ice dessert, Ruamit.
Tamarind: A Taste of Thai – multiple branches
Tamarind: A Taste of Thai is another well-known Thai restaurant that serves popular Thai food with a modern touch. Though their menu is more contemporary than usual, their dishes still embody the authentic Thai flavors.
Warung – Kapitolyo
You can usually find Warung at the Legaspi Sunday Market but they’ve also got a restaurant located in Kapitolyo that serves authentic Indonesian specialties like beef rendang, satay sticks, and their Indonesian shaved ice dessert, es cendol.
Meet Fresh – The Podium
No need to fly all the way to Taiwan to get a taste of Taiwan’s version of their shaved ice dessert or Bao Bing thanks to Meet Fresh. They’ve also got Dou Hua or tofu pudding, and Xian Cao or grass jelly.
Kuya J – multiple branches
Kuya J, formerly called “Ang Kan-anan ni Kuya J“, is a casual dining restaurant from Cebu that offers well-loved home-cooked Filipino dishes. Their Halo-Halo is the perfect treat this summer. A plus, their Halo-Halo Espesyal, and Ube Halo-Halo are currently 50% off until May 2.
Mais Con Hielo
Mesa – multiple branches
Mesa is one of the places to get indulgent comfort Filipino food. Their Mais Con Hielo is one of the three items in their Summer Coolers menu and costs ₱95. They currently have an ongoing promo that lets you get the 2nd half off if you buy one.
Saba Con Hielo
Corazon – multiple branches
Corazon celebrates timeless Filipino-Hispano cuisine that is well-loved by generations. Reminiscent of your grandmother’s grand feasts for the whole family, the dishes are made with lots of flavor and love.
Locavore – Kapitolyo
That cold, powdery, pink treat you can buy from kuya across the street can now be enjoyed, Locavore style. They’re best known for serving only locally grown and produced Filipino dishes with a French touch so experiencing each of their dish including your childhood fave guarantees that you’re in for a treat.
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast – multiple branches
Bring back childhood memories from this sweet treat from Kanto Freestyle Breakfast. It’s got all the mixings and toppings that you know and love!
Manam – multiple branches
Manam is a restaurant concept from the Moment Group that serves classic and traditional Filipino food as well as some with an added twist. Some of their most popular dishes are their House Crispy Sisig, Crispy Pancit Palabok, and Ube + Sago.
We know you loved using the Booky app for discovering the newest places in your city. Given these extraordinary times, we want to continue being helpful so check out our updated food delivery guide, where to shop for groceries online, and more.