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.

Paul Broussard, NOTMC
Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

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.

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Plum Street Snowballs on Plum Street Uptown is an adorable, family-run sno-ball shop worth stopping by, especially if you’re heading to Audubon Park or Zoo.

Paul Broussard, NOTMC
Creole Creamery

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.

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Shake Therapy, Uptown on South Carrollton Avenue, offers decadent milkshake flavors with innovative toppings (yes, they top milkshakes with donuts).

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC
Drip Affogato Bar

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.

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Piccola Gelateria has made a name for itself on thriving Freret Street. The shop is especially known for gelato and espresso. Make a day out of exploring Freret Street with this guide, too!

Paul Broussard, NOTMC
Freezy Street Rolled Ice Cream

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.

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On weekends, stop by Dat Iceroll at Dat Dog on Magazine Street to enjoy rolled ice cream, then pop into Magazine Street shops.

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Sucre Magazine Street

Gelato at Sucré

This boutique sweets shop has become legendary in New Orleans. Sucré is most known for its macarons, but the shop has tons of gelato options, making it the perfect spot to stop by while strolling Magazine Street on a warm day. Your dessert options are pretty much unlimited here - start with gelato, then grab a pastry or a macaron to-go.

Honorable Mention: 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.

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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’.