You know how ice cream shops are so pervasive across the U.S.? That’s how ice shops are in Taiwan. From traditional shaved ice served on the street to more modern sit-down spots that serve up seasonal fruit flavors, ice shops in Taiwan cater to the general population’s desire to grab a friend and go get “something sweet” after a meal. Ice Monster is one that continues to be loved by locals and tourists alike since it first opened in 1997. The photogenic shaved ice and strange mascot and branding started a frenzy.
Specializing in the fan favorite mango shaved ice, they have since branched out to include a whole host of fruit-based as well as other Taiwanese and fusion flavored (think: milk tea, ) ice desserts that are very sharable. All of their ices are of the fluffier “snow ice” variety, rather than the traditional more snow cone-like texture. The selections change throughout the year, focusing on seasonal produce at the peak sweetness. In the winters, they also offer warm desserts.
Over the years, the hype has faded a bit, and they’ve relocated from the original location on Zhongxiao East Road, but it’s still a popular stop for locals and tourists a like, looking for a refreshing snack or dessert on a hot day.
|Address||Dongmen: No. 204號, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City|
Breeze Taipei City Hall: No. 16 1F, Songgao Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City
Eslite Ximen: No. 52 2F, Er Mei Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City
Neihu: Taipei City, Neihu District, Ruiguang Road, 108號1F
Dongmen: 12:00 – 22:00 weekdays, 10:30 – 22:00 weekends
|Price||$-$$ – most of their ices are ~$150-180 ($5-6) and a decent portion for sharing|
|Aesthetic||bright, colorful, cutesy, cartoonish|
Go here for: a place to sit down and cool down
Order this: whatever fruit ice is in season, or the always in season milk tea and boba flavor
Amount of time to spend: they have a 1 hour time limit
When to come: weekday afternoons are less crowded, and generally winter gets less traffic
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Last visited: October 2019
Last updated: September 2020