The Best Taiwanese Shaved Ice in Austin


Snow Monster is a snow ice and tapioca shop located off of North Austin. It was founded in 2014 by two Taiwanese UT Engineering alumni who were in search of the popular treat they remembered from home. Realizing no one in Austin was offering snow ice, Snow Monster was born. 

Snow ice is made by mixing fruit extracts and fresh milk into frozen cylindrical blocks. The blocks are then loaded into a special machine that spins the cylinder and shaves off layers of ice block into thin ribbons. 

Snow Monster offers 19 flavors from Vanilla and Chocolate, to Matcha and Lychee. Some are fruit based while others are dairy based. Once you pick a base for the snow ice, you can select toppings to pair with it. My favorite is tapioca pearls, fresh fruit, and then drizzle condensed milk over it.

I love ice based desserts, and especially snow cones. This is like a mix between ice cream and shaved ice and it’s melt in your mouth good! The ice is creamier than a snow cone, and has a smooth texture. I love the flavor choices of the snow ice because compared to a snow cone where the flavor comes in the syrup, the actual ice is flavored here. It is the best asian shaved ice cream in Austin!

With lots of flavors and combinations to choose from, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. And Monday – Friday noon-3pm is 10% off happy hour!

TIP: Get the Large and share it. And if you run out of condensed milk, you can always ask that they top it off. 

So give them a try, and when you go, be sure to tell them Dine With Shayda sent you! And follow me on Instagram at @DineWithShayda for my daily food adventures. 

Shayda Torabi