Hawaiian shave ice is distinctly different from the snow cones and frozen ice treats that are often found at carnivals or in the grocery store freezer aisle. The island dessert uses ice that is — as the name implies — shaved rather than crushed or blended, which creates a texture that is both refreshing and fluffy. And in Las Vegas, where Hawaiian transplants and tourists abound and the need for cool summertime treats is profound, shave ice is prevalent. From parking lot stands to brick and mortar shops, here’s where to find it.Read More
Where To Find Refreshingly Cool Hawaiian Shave Ice in Las Vegas
The classic island dessert in Vegas
1. Sweet Fusionz
Sweet Fusionz offers customizable and curated shave ice selections with toppings including adzuki beans, fresh fruit, and vanilla ice cream. Specialty shave ice options include a Key lime pie variety made with piña colada syrup, lime, and vanilla ice cream and a Caribbean option that combines mango, passion orange guava, and creamy snow cap topping, aka sweetened condensed milk.
2. Frozen Frog
Diners love the technicolor treats at Frozen Frog, where shave ice is available year-round. Signature shave ice flavors include the cinnamon Firebelly Frog served with spicy gummy frogs and the Pixie Frog, which is made with cotton candy and watermelon flavoring. There are also customizable options including flavors such as root beer, cake batter, boysenberry, and tutti frutti.
3. Snow Vegas
Las Vegas, NV 89129
Snow Vegas has three Las Vegas locations, all of which offer a dizzying array of shave ice options in four different sizes. Specialty flavors include red velvet cake, sour cherry, and pineapple upside down cake. Shave ice fans should check the business’ Facebook page for seasonal operating hours and flavor availability.
4. Bubble Shave Ice
Located in Chinatown, Bubble Shave Ice specializes in bubble tea and Hawaiian shave ice. The create-your-own style menu includes flavors such as banana, lychee, and papaya plus toppings including Dole Whip, cheesecake ice cream, avocado ice cream, and adzuki beans. Diners can also add upgrades including Li Hing Mui powder, caramel, and chocolate. The inviting white and rainbow space makes for a whimsical place for enjoying dessert.
5. Meowee Wowee Hawaiian Shave Ice Cafe
Meowee Wowee serves more than 20 flavors of shave ice in a tropical-themed space. Diners can choose from options including mango, coconut, cotton candy, or plum and then add on Dole Whip, mochi balls, coconut flakes, or sweetened condensed milk. There are also shave ice/ice cream combinations with toppings such as tajin and fresh fruit.
6. 2 Scoops of Aloha LV
Las Vegas, NV 89119
It’s easy to miss the entrance for 2 Scoops of Aloha LV, which is on the ground floor of an apartment complex in a nondescript parking lot on Paradise Road, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for this hidden gem, which is known for its plate lunches, Hawaiian breakfasts, Spam musubi, and shave ice in a variety of rotating flavors.
7. Bahama Buck's
Bahama Buck’s is a Texas-based chain restaurant with two locations in Las Vegas on opposite sides of the city. The restaurant is known for offering more than 91 flavors of shave ice plus smoothies, frozen coffee drinks, lemonade, and acai bowls.
8. Roxy’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
Henderson, NV 89074
This charming little yellow stand in Henderson is a welcome sight for those craving shave ice. Tucked away in a parking lot near a Del Taco, this cheerful, casual shave ice stand offers classic flavors including Blue Hawaii, watermelon, and piña colada, plus a few tables for diners who wish to sit and enjoy a cool treat on a warm day.