10 Chill Dessert Places in Quezon City to Beat the Heat
Take a chill pill.
(SPOT.ph) Living in a tropical country is both a blessing and a curse—for one, it feels like summer all-year-round. But instead of complaining about the weather, you’ll always have a choice between being a complete aircon-hog or spending your weekends at the beach. And if a weekend getaway isn’t in the cards, you can always find refuge at some dessert places that promise cool treats—literally. We’ve rounded up some chill hangouts in Quezon City for days when you just can’t take the heat.
You can't go wrong with a creamy soft-serve ice cream, and you can count on Milkcow to satisfy those sweet hankerings. The Korean ice cream parlor’s classic soft-serve is made with organic milk minus those pesky artificial add-ons! A crowd favorite is the Milky Honey (P150), or their plain vanilla ice cream topped with 100% real honey. If you want to take it up a notch, go for the Matcha Crunch (P170), a smooth matcha-flavored soft-serve garnished with crunchy rice crispies.
Milkcow is at G/F Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City, Quezon City.
Yes, matcha is still a thing! And Tsujiri is the perfect match for the matcha-obsessed. The ice cream shop boasts fun renditions of the traditional Japanese green tea—from cakes and ice-cream sandwiches to your favorite soft-serve. Don’t leave without trying the Tsujiri Matcha Sundae (P285), an overflowing cup of silky green tea ice cream, earthy red beans and toasted rice, sweet mochi, and a cute cherry blossom rice cracker for that extra crunch.
Tsujiri is at Ayala Malls Vertis North, Quezon City.
Before the bingsu craze erupted in the Metro, there was Ikigai Kakigori—a hidden Quezon City dessert shop that puts the spotlight on kakigori or Japanese shaved ice. Similar to its Korean counterpart, the cold treat is made up of finely shaved ice and flavored syrup, all topped with a variety of hard-to-find add-ons (well, if you’re living in the Philippines) like adzuki beans and shiratama dango. Perhaps one of their more popular orders is the Chocolate Overload Kakigori (P200/solo, P260/sharing), which has creamy and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate milk ice, fudgy brownies, and dark chocolate ice cream dusted with crushed Oreo bits.
Ikigai Kakigori is at POS Building Scout Madriñan Street corner Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Quezon City.
Just thinking about Snowbing’s multi-colored bingsu makes us want to head there quick. Besides their photogenic selection of the popular Korean shaved-ice dessert, Snowbing serves up cool flavors with exciting twists. Take the Tropical Fruit (P168), for example. Apart from an ultra-creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s loaded with mixed fruit balls like kiwi, mango, strawberry, and cherries on a bed of powder-like shaved ice. You can go with that, or take the classic route by having the tangy Mangoes and Cream (P168).
Snowbing is at 4/F Garden Restaurants, Trinoma Mall, Quezon City.
There’s nothing a thick milkshake can’t fix. At Shakeaway, expect indulgent creamy drinks that hit the spot. The British milkshake bar offers a variety of flavors, but one that’s been getting constant raves is the Dave (P330/regular, P390/large), filled with all sorts of chocolate-y goodness like Ferrero Rocher and Kinder Bueno, and sprinkled with sweet crumbled Cadbury flakes on top. It may sound sinful, but it's one mean drink.
Shakeaway is at G/F Phase 2, UP Town Center, Katipunan, Quezon City.
Starr’s Famous Shakes is practically a Katipunan institution, popular for serving up affordable and decadent milkshakes to students around the area. Have a sip of their newest flavor, the Oreo Mallows Milkshake (P125), a rich and velvety concoction of vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, roasted marshmallows, and whole Oreos. It’s definitely one treat you’ll end up dreaming about.
See a list of Starr’s Famous Shakes branches.
What’s dessert time without ice cream? Thankfully, Manila Creamery has started to come out of their shell and become more visible around the Metro with their latest branch at the Malingap Central Food Hall. Don’t miss the chance to try their best-selling gelato flavors, including the very-Filipino Tinutong na Kanin (P100/scoop) and Salted-Egg Cheesecake (P100/scoop)—we guarantee each spoonful will have you wanting more.
Manila Creamery has branches at UP Town Center, Katipunan, Quezon City; and Malingap Central Food Hall, Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Up in the Clouds is one of the newest kids on the block. Their specialty? Tasty and ultra-milky ice cream in all kinds of flavors. From the same people behind Miguel and Maria and RUB Ribs & BBQ, this dessert joint will bring out your inner sweet tooth—order their Cloud Cup (P95), which comes with a scoop of ice cream of your choice, and a cup that’s wreathed in fluffy cotton candy. We recommend getting the Butterbeer flavor with it, a nod to the wizarding world’s most popular beverage.
Up in the Clouds is at 99 G/F Maginhawa Suites, Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
It seems that Sebastian’s has mastered the art of reinventing Filipino delicacies and transforming them into—what else?—ice cream. They have all sorts of wild flavors, the kind you wouldn’t dare mix with ice cream, much less turn into one. Don’t forget to try their Cornflake Milk (P115/scoop), made by steeping corn flakes in their creamy ice-cream base, when you get the chance. Meanwhile, their Leche Flan Con Kape (P115/scoop) is another hit as it mixes the deep and bold flavors of caramel and coffee.
Sebastian’s has branches at Ayala Malls Vertis North, Quezon City; and G/F Regis Center, Katipunan, Quezon City.
Frozen-yogurt fans are lucky because it seems that Llao Llao (pronounced as “yao yao”) has a branch in almost every big city in the Metro—and they’re growing! This famous chain from Spain specializes in straightforward froyos and lip-smacking toppings. If you’re not sure what to get, try the Sanum (P199), which gives you the freedom to choose among various “sauces” and “crunches” like cookie-butter sauce (an easy favorite!), almond bits, muesli, green apple sauce, and fresh fruit slices. BRB, grabbing a cup now!
Llao Llao has branches at Trinoma Mall, Quezon City; and Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas, Quezon City.