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Decadent ice cream treats abound on the island of Puerto Rico
Decadent ice cream treats abound on the island of Puerto Rico | © Nan Palmero / Flickr
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Where To Get the Best Ice Cream in Puerto Rico

Picture of Kris Pethick
Updated: 6 April 2018
Ice cream has morphed into more than just a cold treat: it is now also part science experiment, part art form. Nowhere is this more true than in Puerto Rico. Heladerias around the island are mixing up new flavors and crazy experimental treats all the time. Take the one in Lares for instance, that has 45-50 different flavors, like rice & beans or garlic. The ice cream rolls at the Himalaya Ice Co in San Juan are a creative twist that can’t be missed. Here is a list of some of the unique flavors you will find in Puerto Rico.

Himalaya Ice Co

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert, Ice Cream, $$$
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Roll up your favorite ice cream and top it with special treats
Roll up your favorite ice cream and top it with special treats | © Fen Labalme / Flickr
Ice cream rolls are one of the latest cold treat crazes, and Puerto Rico is in on that game with Himalaya Ice Co in Old San Juan. Sweet cream is poured onto a very cold (-35°C, or -31°F) steel surface that looks like a big round pizza pan. They then “chop in” other things like chocolate or fruit, and continue to “stir fry” the ice cream. Once it hardens, they use a metal scraper to roll it up. Add your favorite toppings and you will have a mighty treat that you will want to have time and again.
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Sun - Sat:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Meal service:

Dessert

Atmosphere:

Boutique, Casual, Family Friendly, Unusual, Relaxed

Queen Donuts

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert, Ice Cream, $$$
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Ice cream stuffed donut at Queen Donuts, Arecibo | © Queen Donuts
You just never know where you will find an exquisite treat. Queen Donuts is a vibrant colorful tasty place to go for donuts and treats of all kinds, including their ice cream filled donuts and donut sundaes. A fresh warm glazed donut with a scoop of ice cream and covered in hot fudge and sprinkles is a heavenly experience. Try a scoop between a fresh chocolate glazed donut, or go crazy with a chocolate doughnut with chocolate sprinkles, Nutella and a mint chocolate chip scoop.
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Mon - Sat:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun - None:
10:30 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Dessert

Atmosphere:

Casual, Cosy, Family Friendly, Relaxed

Heladeria Lares

Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, $$$
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Try the exotic flavors at Heladeria Lares - green banana, corn, pumpkin, casserole, sweet plantain and coquito with cinnamon
Try the exotic flavors at Heladeria Lares - green banana, corn, pumpkin, casserole, sweet plantain and coquito with cinnamon | © iferneinez / Flickr
Nestled in the mountains is the little town of Lares, home to some of the most unusual ice cream flavors you will ever try. Tucked into the plaza is the famous Heladeria Lares, where you will find traditional ice cream flavors, many ice creams made with native fruits like mango, papaya and avocado, and some very unusual taste treats like rice & beans ice cream, sweet potato, corn or garlic. They allow you 2 free samples to help make your decision, and you only live once so be daring and try something out of the ordinary. Try a dish with a scoop of corn and a scoop of sweet potato, and you can say you are just eating your vegetables.
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Mon - Fri:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Meal service:

Dessert, All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly, Relaxed

Los Chinos Ice Cream

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert, Ice Cream, $$$
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King's Cream, now Los Chinos, is the hot spot for cold treats in Ponce
King's Cream, now Los Chinos, is the hot spot for cold treats in Ponce | © Tito Caraballo / Flickr
Formerly “King’s Cream,” this ultra-popular heladeria in Plaza las Delicias of Ponce is now known as Los Chinos. They make their own super cream ice cream in many different flavors. Mango, coconut and parcha (passionfruit) are probably the favorites. This is a small shop and the line goes out the door and down the street, but it is worth the wait.
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Sun - Sat:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly

Tip Top Ice Cream

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert Shop, Dessert, Ice Cream, $$$
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Try a delicious ice cream cookie sandwich
Try a delicious ice cream cookie sandwich | © Ralph Daily / Flickr
The plazas of Puerto Rico are home to so many important things, like the Catholic Church, City Hall, other administrative buildings, hot dog carts and great ice cream! Aguada is no different, and their plaza is where you will find Tip Top Ice Cream, a shop and an ice cream cart. They not only have delicious ice cream, but they also have cookies, brownies and cheesecake that you can have with it. This is full-on dessert mode, Puerto Rico style. For a light refreshing treat, try their popsicles made with fresh native fruits.
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Mon - Fri:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Dessert

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly, Outdoors, Relaxed

Rex Cream

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert, Ice Cream, $$$
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Corn ice cream with cinnamon is a delightful treat from Rex Cream
Corn ice cream with cinnamon is a delightful treat from Rex Cream | © Kristine Pethick / Flickr
With stores in Cabo Rojo, Mayagüez, Cayey and Aguadilla, there are a number of places on the west side of Puerto Rico where you can get refreshing creamy ice cream in a rainbow of flavors. The most popular is corn ice cream with cinnamon sprinkled on top.
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Sun - Sat:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Meal service:

Dessert

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly, Fast Casual, Relaxed

Heladeria Eberries Ice Cream

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert, Ice Cream, $$$
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Chocolate brownie, chocolate ice cream, chocolate fudge, white chocolate chips...need we say more?
Chocolate brownie, chocolate ice cream, chocolate fudge, white chocolate chips...need we say more? | © Mabel Lu / Flickr
Think of every ooey-gooey sweet treat you can put in a dish and then cover it with ice cream and your favorite toppings, and you will have envisioned your trip to Heladeria Eberries Ice Cream. Smooth cheese cake, moist chewy brownies, cake balls, fresh fruits and then their delicious homemade ice cream are just a few of the many concoctions you can devour at their shop.
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Wed - Thu:
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun - None:
2:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - None:
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Dessert

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly, Fast Casual, Relaxed