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10 Best Ice Creams in the World

I recently got back from a very crazy week and a half of partying in NYC. When I say party, I mean grabbing ice cream with friends at midnight, but unfortunately because I no longer have an apartment in NYC, that is no longer possible since I need to catch the train out of the city to my parent’s house before they sleep. Instead, I met up with most of my friends over different meals and desserts. I probably gained 5 pounds because I couldn’t walk off the extra food, as I’m still recovering from my ankle injury.

I’ve wanted to write this post for ages because after spending so much time traveling and moving this year, I still believe New York has the most delicious and unbeatable ice cream in the world. I haven’t eaten much ice cream all summer because I’ve been sick, but the day I arrived in NYC my mom started me on a 5-day antibiotic course. By the end of it, I was no longer coughing, after two months of wheezing fits.

That gave me enough time for the rest of my my trip to binge on ice cream, so I hit up 3 of my favorite places and checked out several new ones. Here are the top 6 best ice creams in all of NYC!

6. Soft Swerve

Soft Swerve photos by me, bitsofannie (top right), jasoneats (bottom right).

I checked out Soft Swerve for the first time because my friends are always posting photos of it on Instagram. I’m not the biggest fan of soft serve ice cream, but Soft Swerve reeled me in with the purple ube (yam) flavor and cereal toppings. The texture of the cream is wonderful and soft! They also have soft serve ice cream on cupcakes and a variety of flavors and different waffle cone types to choose from.

5. Taiyaki NYC

Taiyaki NYC photos by me, sachadetti (top right), jessicasaputro (bottom right).

I didn’t make it to Taiyaki this time since it’s located a bit out of the way for me. Three of my friends last year worked here so I visited one of them back in December to celebrate finishing my thesis, and she gave me a free ice cream! It is also a soft serve, and comes inside a Japanese taiyaki fish. The toppings tend to stick out of the ice cream on a stick. Recently I believe they started making unicorn and bunny style flavors. You can also get the taiyaki fish with a matcha drink if you’re not craving ice cream.

4. Eggloo

Eggloo photos by me, tasteofny (top right), myeggloo (bottom right).

Hong Kong egg waffles, one of my favorite street snacks ever, is turned into a container for ice cream at Eggloo. If you’re ever visiting, make sure to bring someone with you because the serving size is humongous unless you’re there for the ice cream sandwiches. They put a scoop of ice cream on top of a hot waffle and throw toppings into the mix, so you also have to eat fast before it melts. They make the ice cream in rose shapes if you ask for it, and you can also choose from different egg waffle flavors.

3. La Newyorkina

La Newyorkina photos by me, lanewyorkina (top and bottom right).

I remember when my friends went to La Newyorkina back in May, but I had to watch them eat the popsicles because that was when I first got sick. I definitely had to go back and finally get a taste this time! This place has homemade Mexican ice cream with natural fruity flavors and dozens of fruit palettas (popsicle). I only got to try their Mexican-flag paletta, which was strawberry, coconut, and cucumber. You know it’s natural because you can taste little bits of cucumber in the green section.

2. Spot Dessert Bar

Spot Dessert Bar photos by me, spotdessertbar (top and bottom right).

I have a friend who works at Spot Dessert Bar, and he used to give me free leftovers of cakes they don’t sell. Last summer I checked out the place for the first time, but definitely don’t go alone because it is sit-down style with servers. The absolute best thing on the menu is the golden toast, a savory treat that you eat by dipping into soft vanilla ice cream. Though I went to Spot to meet up with a friend, I actually didn’t eat it this time because I had taken my parents here two months ago and wanted to save my tummy for another dessert place that day which unfortunately didn’t make this list. Spot is also good for matcha cakes, macarons, and a unique potted plant that is actually cheesecake with oreo crumbs doubling as dirt. You get to “water” your plant by pouring sauce on it. You can also get bubble tea in a plastic lightbulb, but you do have to pay for the lightbulb.

1. Snowdays NYC

Snowdays NYC photos by me, msfuzzy_fitness (top right), tyan515 (bottom right).

The most delicious ice cream in the world goes out to Snowdays, the softest shaved cream that melts in your mouth like ice, that is actually more savory than sweet because of the lingering taste. The New Yorka cheesecake flavor is my all-time favorite, and it’s so good that I’ve never bothered to try any of their other flavors, which I heard are also quite amazing. They opened a few branches closer to my house, so I took my mom there for a taste. She loved it so much she took me back again before I left, but unfortunately it was 10:30PM and they ran out of my flavor so I had to try something else. Not bad, but definitely no New Yorka.

Bonus: Emack & Bolio’s, Hong Kong

Emack & Bolio’s photo by me.

I want to cap off this post with 4 bonus ice creams that I enjoyed during my travels! First up is Emack & Bolio’s in Hong Kong. The store is actually American, with a few locations in East Asia. The ice cream is very icy like Haagen Dazs and comes in unique cones that are topped with sweets such as the rice crispy I had in mine.

Bonus: Rolling Ice Creamery, Los Angeles

Rolling Ice Creamery photo by rollingicecreamery

I’ve tried Thai rolled ice cream in New York, but the one I had at Rolling Ice Creamery in Los Angeles (technically Pasadena) was so much better. Not sure if the ube flavor has something to do with it.

Bonus: Jeni’s Ice Creams, Chicago

Jeni’s Ice Creams photo by me.

The wildberry lavender flavor at Jeni’s Ice Creams in Chicago is actually the namesake of the theme of my blog! Jeni’s is a Midwest ice cream popup that specializes in unique blended flavors. I waited 30 minutes in line for it, and it was definitely worth it.

Bonus: Salt & Straw, San Francisco

Salt & Straw photo by itslucywang

Lastly, we take it back home to Salt & Straw, the most crowded ice cream place in San Francisco. A lot of people at my church fill up this place on Sundays. I had the privilege of trying it one time when my friends had already reached the beginning of the line and got it for me! Since the location is out of the way for me, I haven’t had the chance to go back for another taste. I do remember their soft berry flavors though!

Be sure to tell me if you ever travel to NYC and want to try the best ice creams I’ve ever had in my life! I know I managed to convince Pauline and Matt to make it to Snowdays. 🙂


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6 Comments to "10 Best Ice Creams in the World"

Cat wrote on 16th August 2017 at 12:54 AM

Yum, I’ll have to try these out the next time I’m in NY! I’ve seen a lot of photos of Taiyaki and Eggloo, and I’d totally want to go to those two because I love taiyaki and egg waffles. Egg waffles remind me of my childhood! Aahh, I love Taiwanese snow too. We have a place here, and after I discovered it, I pretty much started craving that instead of actual ice cream!

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Amy wrote on 16th August 2017 at 7:46 AM

All those ice creams look amazing! I’ll definitely need to try ALL OF THEM if I visit New York. I love how colourful they are. That purple soft serve looks amazing!

I’d love to try egg waffles. They had some at a festival I went to recently, but I didn’t have time to try them. I’ll definitely pick one up next time I go. And I love the taiyaki fish, that’s such a cool way to serve ice cream.

Snow days looks great too. I’ve seen shaved ice before but never shaved ice cream. That looks so good!

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Bhairavee wrote on 19th August 2017 at 11:25 AM

Yum Yum Yum! This post has made me wanting to run out of my house and eat an ice cream!
If I ever get the chance of visiting NYC I will make it a point to check these places out!

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Michelle wrote on 19th August 2017 at 6:54 PM

Yummy ice cream!~ I wish I had those good ice cream shops here.

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Tara wrote on 19th August 2017 at 9:51 PM

Oh, man , all of these looks good 🙂 Unfortunately, I am not big on ice cream. I’m slightly lactose intolerant, so consuming too much of them has some negative consequences. That’s why when I buy a pint of ice cream, I literally only eat about 3-5 small bits before I call myself done.

But all those ice creams still look appetising! I’m glad you were able to get them on your trip ^^

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Pauline wrote on 20th August 2017 at 11:35 AM

OMGODOMGOD!!! I wish that you wrote this before Matt and I went to NYC, HAHA! I wish I knew about it because LET ME TELL YOU GAL, Matt LOVES ice cream and anything cold in general so we were always ALWAYS on the look out for cool (heh, get it) ice cream places to go to! We saw lots of them in East Village and when I go back, I will definitely choose to stay close by!

La Newyorkina LOOKS INSANE! Fruity, cold popsicles? YES PLEASE. I actually make home made popsicles but with one fruit – usually just mango. This is has inspired me to experiment with other flavours! THANKS GAL 💖

I will definitely be recommending this to my friends who are going to NY!

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