Food & Drink

The 11 Sweetest Shave Ice Spots in Honolulu

Published On 08/24/2015 Published On 08/24/2015
Waiola Shave Ice
Summer Nakaishi/Thrillist
Alaina Shave Ice & Cafe
Monsarrat Shave Ice
Ireh Restaurant
Ice Forest
Lemona Hawaii
Uncle Clay's
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1. Shimazu Store 330 N School St., Honolulu, HI 96817

Shimazu Store is a small place with big shaved ice game. It serves 50 water-and cream-based syrups. Try the crème brulee or chocolate cream pie.

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2. Your Kitchen 1423 10th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Palolo’s Your Kitchen is a cash-only, take-out joint that specializes in Japanese fare and shaved ice. A tiny kitchen creates big, aromatic flavors, particularly in the beloved pork bowl, which has soft, braised pork belly and a panko-coated soft-boiled egg. You’ll want to slurp up some shaved ice while you wait for your food; Your Kitchen has homemade syrups like haupia, mango, green tea, and passion fruit to flavor your portable mound of finely shaved ice. You’ll be wishing you could whip up these sweet and savory bites in your own kitchen.

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3. Ailana Shave Ice & Cafe 1430 Kona St #102, Honolulu, HI 96814

Ailana Shave Ice & Cafe gives those with a sweet tooth plenty of unique options. The items available include such treats as the Tropical Trio (mango, papaya, and coconut) and Uji Kintoki (green tea syrup topped with homemade mochi and azuki, ice cream, and condensed milk).

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4. Monsarrat Shave Ice 3046 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Monsarrat Shave Ice is becoming a staple because of its organic, fresh-fruit syrups. They also top off their tasty treats with fresh fruit. Get there early if you want your favorite flavor!

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5. City Café 1518 Makaloa St # F, Honolulu, HI 96814

City Cafe is a great stop for a quick sandwich and some bubble tea. But, even better is there shaved ice, which guests can top with their choice of topping: tapioca pearls, taro, coffee jelly, coconut jelly, coconut tapioca. azuki beans, etc.

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6. Ireh Restaurant 911 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu, HI 96814

Ireh Restaurant serves great Korean food, but its specialty is its shaved ice. Only two flavors grace the menu, patbingsu or coffee, but both are delicious.

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7. Ice Forest 202 Merchant St, Honolulu, HI 96813

You can find this great Taiwanese-style shave ice establishment in the back of a convenience store. Don't let the storefront fool you, it's some of the best shave ice in the city. Try anything with custard.

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8. Lemona Hawaii 421 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815

This place is known for their shave ice mixed with local Meyer lemons. Try whatever is on seasonal special, or the matcha green tea.

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9. Jung Shave Ice 1738 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826

This hole in the wall shaved ice joint is one of the best in the city. Try the lilikoi or lychee in an extra-large for just three dollars.

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10. Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha 820 W Hind Dr #116, Honolulu, HI 96821

Located in the Aina Haina Shopping Center is this healther-than-most shaved ice shop. Try the Kalespin with homemade mochi balls (Trust us, it's delicious).