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Strawberry bingsoo from Snowy Village in the U District
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Beat the Heat Wave with Bingsoo, Hawaiian Shave Ice, and Other Frozen Treats

These desserts should hit the spot when the mercury rises

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Strawberry bingsoo from Snowy Village in the U District
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With forecasted temperatures around 100 degrees in Seattle this weekend, the summer is off to a scorching start. While there are many terrific scoop shops in the city and boozy slushies, some may want to seek out other kinds of dessert options on the cool side. Here are some snowy mounds of bingsoo, Hawaiian shave ice, and even some well-crafted popsicles and otter pops that should hit the spot, listed from north to south.

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Lynnwood’s bingoo destination delivers bowls filled with icy goodness in a dozen different varieties, including caramel apple and banana crumble. It’s hard to go wrong when choosing anything on the menu, but the fruit-topped options are particularly on point, and the taro topped with rainbow jellies pops with color.

Snowy Village

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The Korean chain — with a popular U District outpost — specializes in bingsoo and taiyaki (fish-shaped cakes), all designed to please the eye as well as the palate. The bingsoo comes in three sizes and the shop has a long list of toppings, from fruit to cookies to red bean.

Seattle Pops

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What started in 2014 as a farmers market staple has a home base in Wallingford, selling its highly sought out frozen pops. Fan favorites include Zesty Lime, Kona Coffee, Chocolate Banana, and Coconut Cream, but there are also seasonal options, and patrons can order customizable labels for special occasions.

Stampede Cocktail Club

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When to-go cocktails became ubiquitous in the summer of 2020, boozy otter/freeze pops were all the rage. This well-conceived cocktail den got in on the action then and has a seasonal one on offer now called the Shallow End, made with sherry-rested vodka, hazelnut, bourbon cream, cold brew, and vanilla.

Kakigori Dessert Cafe

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This gem on the edge of Madison Valley serves up a variety of wonderful shaved ice desserts, including a sweet corn version and a deconstructed bingsoo, as well as sticky rice options and toasts topped with soft serve ice cream. All refreshing and Instagram ready, with playful decorations.

Vietnamese dessert drinks and slushies are the main offerings at this national chain, with an outpost in the Chinatown International District. But one shouldn’t sleep on the snow ice, with enticing flavors such as red velvet, Thai tea, and durian. The space itself has a lot of charm and is open for dine-in, for those who want to stay and chill.

Milkie Milkie

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The bingsoo options at the Chinatown International District shop and at the Edmonds location are lusciously snowy and come in a variety of flavors including taro, green tea, tiramisu, strawberry, and Oreo. Moreover, there’s a selection of toast made with injeolmi (homemade soft rice cake) and delivery via Chowbus.

Mike’s Shave Ice

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This roving pop-up specializes in refreshing flavors of Hawaiian shave ice (such as lilikoi, strawberry colada, and mango sago) and has been popping up again this year, including Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max and Cakes of Paradise. Best to keep an eye on Mike’s Instagram page for where it’s headed next, because preorders go fast.

Patrick's Café & Bakery

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This cozy house-turned-cafe in White Center serves up Hawaiian-influenced baked goods, such as haupia. But when the heat turns up, the shop is also known to sell some colder treats, including shave ice with strawberry and pineapple syrup made onsite, best enjoyed out on the quaint patio.

Lumi

Lynnwood’s bingoo destination delivers bowls filled with icy goodness in a dozen different varieties, including caramel apple and banana crumble. It’s hard to go wrong when choosing anything on the menu, but the fruit-topped options are particularly on point, and the taro topped with rainbow jellies pops with color.

Snowy Village

The Korean chain — with a popular U District outpost — specializes in bingsoo and taiyaki (fish-shaped cakes), all designed to please the eye as well as the palate. The bingsoo comes in three sizes and the shop has a long list of toppings, from fruit to cookies to red bean.

Seattle Pops

What started in 2014 as a farmers market staple has a home base in Wallingford, selling its highly sought out frozen pops. Fan favorites include Zesty Lime, Kona Coffee, Chocolate Banana, and Coconut Cream, but there are also seasonal options, and patrons can order customizable labels for special occasions.

Stampede Cocktail Club

When to-go cocktails became ubiquitous in the summer of 2020, boozy otter/freeze pops were all the rage. This well-conceived cocktail den got in on the action then and has a seasonal one on offer now called the Shallow End, made with sherry-rested vodka, hazelnut, bourbon cream, cold brew, and vanilla.

Kakigori Dessert Cafe

This gem on the edge of Madison Valley serves up a variety of wonderful shaved ice desserts, including a sweet corn version and a deconstructed bingsoo, as well as sticky rice options and toasts topped with soft serve ice cream. All refreshing and Instagram ready, with playful decorations.

Bambū

Vietnamese dessert drinks and slushies are the main offerings at this national chain, with an outpost in the Chinatown International District. But one shouldn’t sleep on the snow ice, with enticing flavors such as red velvet, Thai tea, and durian. The space itself has a lot of charm and is open for dine-in, for those who want to stay and chill.

Milkie Milkie

The bingsoo options at the Chinatown International District shop and at the Edmonds location are lusciously snowy and come in a variety of flavors including taro, green tea, tiramisu, strawberry, and Oreo. Moreover, there’s a selection of toast made with injeolmi (homemade soft rice cake) and delivery via Chowbus.

Mike’s Shave Ice

This roving pop-up specializes in refreshing flavors of Hawaiian shave ice (such as lilikoi, strawberry colada, and mango sago) and has been popping up again this year, including Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max and Cakes of Paradise. Best to keep an eye on Mike’s Instagram page for where it’s headed next, because preorders go fast.

Patrick's Café & Bakery

This cozy house-turned-cafe in White Center serves up Hawaiian-influenced baked goods, such as haupia. But when the heat turns up, the shop is also known to sell some colder treats, including shave ice with strawberry and pineapple syrup made onsite, best enjoyed out on the quaint patio.

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