Hot NOLA summers call for icy treats, and there’s no shortage of delicious ways to cool down in the Crescent City. If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans during the summer, be sure to pick up one of these cold desserts to ensure you beat the heat.
Sno-balls at Hansen’s Sno-Bliz
A summer trip to New Orleans is incomplete without a trip to Hansen’s Sno-Bliz. You may see a long line coming from the little sno-ball shop on Tchoupitoulas Street, but it’s for good reason: the employees craft each sno-ball with a tried-and-true technique. This James Beard Award winning shop has been around since 1939 and will make all of your sweet shaved ice dreams come true.
Ice Cream at Creole Creamery
Creole Creamery, nestled Uptown on Prytania Street, gives visitors that feeling of stepping back in time when they walk in. Customers have a seemingly endless amount of flavor choices to choose from, ranging from the standard ones like chocolate or vanilla to the unusual ones like lavender honey, and more local offerings like bananas foster and Creole cream cheese.
Shake Therapy, Uptown on South Carrollton Avenue, offers decadent milkshake flavors with innovative toppings (yes, they top milkshakes with donuts). Ice Cream 504 is all about delicious traditions, fresh ingredients, and small batches of homemade ice cream. Stop in during any afternoon stroll Uptown to enjoy seasonal scoops like King Cake, sweet potato pie and even pineapple + cilantro.
Affogato at Drip Affogato Bar
Picture that decadent ice cream from Creole Creamery topped with a locally-brewed coffee, and that’s just what you’ll get at Drip Affogato Bar. Affogato combines these two indulgences into one dessert. You can choose options like Bananas Foster or Matcha from the menu, or build your own affogato with options for ice cream, coffee, toppings, and syrups. A pitstop at Drip Affogato Bar is highly recommended on a hot summer day exploring the Warehouse District, when you need a little caffeine (and sugar) pick-me-up.
Rolled Ice Cream at Freezy Street
Rolled ice cream, a treat originally from Thailand, is essentially your personal flavor choices chopped and rolled into an ice cream base. You can watch your dessert be rolled up right in front of you, and rest assured that you’re getting the freshest ice cream ever. Freezy Street’s rolled ice cream is extra satisfying during a day of exploring the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods, or strolling in Crescent Park.
Gelato at Piccola Gelateria
You can’t mention gelato without mentioning Angelo Brocato’s, an Italian ice cream and pastry shop that’s a staple for many New Orleanians. The parlor has been run by the Brocato family for over a century, and is famous for their gelato (among other tasty Italian treats). Cool down in their parlor with an ice cream cone or cannoli after you spend a hot day at nearby City Park. If you're in the Marigny, Nola Mia opened in June 2019 on St. Claude Avenue and serves homemade gelato and Italian ice.
Though the weather can get toasty in New Orleans, there are so many great reasons to visit during the summer. Between festivals, family-friendly activities and plenty of places for the grown-ups to grab cocktails, summer trip to NOLA is unforgettable no matter who you are. And knowing you can cool down with these icy treats is all the more reason to check out our Summer Travel Guide and get bookin’.