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The Best Shaved Ice Cream Spots In Silicon Valley, California
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The Best Shaved Ice Cream Spots In Silicon Valley, California

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Updated: 2 December 2016
You live in the city but you commute down to Mountain View every day and you just don’t want to step out of that CalTrain knowing that it will be 20 degrees hotter than San Francisco. There is nothing more refreshing than a cool shaved ice cream before your long commute back home. If you are just visiting Silicon Valley, these spots are perfect places to cool down and rest after walking around Stanford campus.
Shaved Ice © Jina Kim
Shaved Ice | © Jina Kim


Shaved Ice or bingsu is one of the most popular desserts in Korea. Frozen milk is finely shaved to the point it will melt instantly in your mouth. The classic version is served with slow cooked red beans. The combination might sound strange but the sweet beans are a perfect complement to the milky goodness. This Korean Shaved Ice Shop is one of the biggest shaved ice chains in Korea. It has definitely lived up to the hype. The local Korean community was talking about the Valley Fair location six months before it opened.

MealTop, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd Ste 1315, Valley Fair Mall, Santa Clara, CA 95050, +1 408 246-1315

MealTop © Jina Kim
MealTop | © Jina Kim


Located right across the street from the San Antonio Cal Train Station, this shaved ice cream place is a local gem. Most popular flavors are Taro and Mango but you don’t need to remember that. When you walk in, you will instantly notice the yellow and purple ice ‘mountains’ on people’s plates. Come with friends because serving sizes are big but even if you come by yourself, you will not have any problems finishing it.

SnoZen, 2101 Showers Dr, Mountain View, CA 94040, +1 650 559-0241

SnoZen © Jina Kim
SnoZen | © Jina Kim


This cozy little shop is inside a strip mall that houses an excellent Korean restaurant and a Vietnamese restaurant. You definitely would want to cool down after slurping a Kalbi tang or a Pho. Shaved ice cream comes with two toppings. Try mochi and lychee jelly. They also have delicious boba teas with a creative twist like peach mojitos.

Teaspoon, 4546 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA 94022, +1 650 209-5071

Teaspoon © Jina Kim
Teaspoon | © Jina Kim