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The coolest ice creams to try in Hong Kong right now

Here’s the scoop on beating the heat!

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Fontaine Cheng
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Hot damn, the sweltering heat and face-melting humidity of Hong Kong summer is well and truly here. Aside from the many cold showers you can take, there’s also another, much tastier, way to bring the temperature down. You know what it is: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! So here it is, some of the newest and greatest ice creams to help you stay cool all summer long. 

RECOMMENDED: If ice creams aren’t for you, head out for some shaved ice or go sip on a chilled cocktail at one of Hong Kong’s best bars.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Sheung Wan

Elephant Grounds joins the Pride Month celebration by releasing a rainbow-coloured dessert in partnership with ice cream brand Ice Age. For the whole month of June, you can drop by Elephant Grounds to try Love Wins ($68), a creamy ice cream sandwich made with Perfect Day’s hallmark animal-free dairy protein, paired with freshly baked rainbow shortbread cookies, which use Miyoko's vegan butter, and finished with sweet raspberry crunch sprinkles. If you’re wondering if the ice cream is vegan, well, technically it still has dairy in it but it does use animal-free ingredients from Silicon Valley startup Perfect Day who produce milk proteins (casein and whey) without cows or any other animals, making it lactose-free, but not dairy-free. 

  • Restaurants
  • Causeway Bay

Simple and delicious, the guys at Via Tokyo always whip up a storm with their soft serve, making it one of the very best ice creams in the city. Flavours include Hokkaido milk, houjicha, matcha, and a combination of them. Their black sesame soft serve has also just returned to the menu and is made with handmade black sesame paste from a small century-old company in Osaka, Japan. The sesame seeds are ground by hand and the result is super-rich and intensely flavoured black sesame ice cream that you'll want to come back for.

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  • Restaurants
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Offering healthy snacks, salads, and drinks, this smoothie and juice bar is mostly known for its Instagrammable plant-based soft serve on the menu. The brand's retail flagship is in K11 Musea, and the shop switches up its flavours daily, so it’s best to check on Instagram prior to your visit. Our current favourites are the vibrant red dragon fruit; mango, coconut and pomelo; black Hawaii (cocoa, charcoal and coconut); and for those that love durian, Musang King flavours. 

  • Restaurants
  • Ice-cream parlours
  • Tsuen Wan

The self-titled ‘rockstars of the ice cream world’ serve up some of the best icy treats in Hong Kong. They offer a variety of indulgent flavours, such as the cookie monster and the salted caramel chocolate pretzel, making it almost impossible to choose just one flavour – that’s why we’re two scoops kind of people. If the ice cream wasn't interesting enough, there are also a load of funky cones that come encrusted with rice krispies, marshmallows, fruit loops, or coco pops. Your camera alone will have a feast!

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  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Korean milk ice cream brand Baekmidang is offering a super refreshing mango milk ice cream to beat the heat this season. Loaded with fresh mango, sweet mango puree, and rich ice cream made from 100 percent organic milk, this is summer in a cup, bite after bite. They also have more fruity flavours including melon, peach, and blueberry, as well as a collaboration dessert with Life CBD for a CBD-infused milk ice cream with Korean mugwort and red bean. 

  • Shopping
  • Wan Chai

Hated by some for its pungent smell and thorny outlook, the ‘king of fruits’, also known as durian, is pretty well-loved in Hong Kong which is probably why Italian chocolatier and gelato maker Venchi has put it on the stands with their latest release of durian flavoured sorbet. As part of their Italian Allegria series that changes every month throughout summer, the new durian sorbet uses D24 for its rich and creamy texture, slightly sweet and less intense flavour, making this sorbet more palatable for those trying the potent smelling fruit for the first time.

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