Cold comfort at city's hottest ice-cream joints

How can you protect yourself from Shanghai's scorching summer? Ice cream may just be the way! Sophie Wang selects some of Shanghai’s newest and trendiest ice cream purveyors.

How can you protect yourself from Shanghai's scorching summer? Ice cream may just be the way! Sophie Wang selects some of Shanghai’s newest and trendiest ice cream purveyors.

initial

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This ice-cream shop belongs to the fashion brand initial. It offers “Ambiguity” pink matcha ice-cream placed in a small container with dry ice at the bottom. When water is added, the ice cream is shrouded in a romantic mist. The taste is light and sweet.

One serving of ice cream is 35 yuan.

Pree

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Using the same ice-cream machines used in Michelin-star restaurants, the ice-cream here is definitely outstanding. The black truffle ice-cream, which is the most decadent flavor, sells for 88 yuan.

The most popular flavor is roselychee. Covered with rose petals, the ice-cream looks very romantic. The taste of lychee and rose is simple and tight.

Another highlight is the ice-cream with toasted marshmallows. The marshmallows are soft and sweet, and there is chocolate covering the ice-cream. Only 15 servings of this treat are sold each day.

Alice Crepes

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The beautiful colors of the ice creams on the counter may be the biggest attraction for passers by. The highlight here is the “rainbow” ice-cream, which has multiple colors and a simple, sweet fruity taste. You can pick a stronger flavor like lemon or cranberry to pair with it, which can greatly enrich the taste.

Other recommendations include hazelnut and rum. One ice-cream scoop sells for 18 yuan, and two scoops sell for 30 yuan.

N2 Gelato Lab

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This ice-cream shop features liquid nitrogen ice-cream. With a blasting of liquid nitrogen at a frigid minus 196 degrees, ingredients are blended and instantly frozen before your eyes.

Shop assistants wear thick lab coats when making ice-cream.

The peppermint ice-cream is a must-try. Soft and creamy, it tastes cool and refreshing. Another highlight is sea salt avocado, which is a little salty, but very healthy.

A medium-sized ice-cream sells for around 30 yuan, while a large serving is around 40 yuan.

Gelato By Stcousair

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This small shop has many varieties of ice-cream.

The most popular flavor is salt, which uses sea salt from Japan.

Another highlight is matcha. With red bean inside, the taste is bittersweet.

The ice-creams are divided into regular, premium and luxury varieties. You can also choose from single, double, triple or mini-triple serving sizes.

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