Sacramento/ Food & Drinks
Published on April 29, 2020
Sacramento's 4 favorite spots to score shaved ice on a budgetVampire Penguin | Photo: Mel L./Yelp

Got a hankering for shaved ice?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable shaved ice hot spots in Sacramento, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture when cravings strike.

1. Osaka-Ya

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Topping the list is Osaka-Ya. Located at 2215 10th St. in Southside Park, the Japanese spot, which offers a slew of desserts, is the highest-rated affordable shaved ice spot in Sacramento, boasting 4.5 stars out of 567 reviews on Yelp. 

Yelper The Boba Q. wrote, "Always pleasant. Great homemade sushi and the shaved ice is true to its taste and ingredients. The mochi balls are so yummy."

2. Vampire Penguin

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Next up is Vampire Penguin, situated at 3620 N. Freeway Blvd., Suite 300. With 4.5 stars out of 244 reviews on Yelp, the creperie, which also offers shaved ice, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an affordable option. 

Yelper Inderdeep G. wrote, "We've tried a few different varieties of shaved ice from their menu; all have been delicious. They also serve Gunther's ice cream by the scoop, which is also ridiculously good. Lots of seats available to sit. Spacious inside. Simple but nicely decorated. Very family-friendly."

3. Pearls Boba and Shaved Ice

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Pearls Boba and Shaved Ice, a spot to score desserts, coffee and shaved ice in Sierra Oaks, is another low-priced go-to, with four stars out of 452 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2264 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 102 to see for yourself. 

Nina B. noted, "I love the shaved ice here — smooth and creamy. Make sure to get the condensed milk drizzled on top. That's what really makes it!"

4. Local Kine Shave Ice

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Downtown, check out Local Kine Shave Ice, which has earned five stars out of 38 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the food stand, which offers shaved ice and more, by heading over to 400 P St. 

Ryan T. noted, "Best Hawaiian shaved ice. The team is always fast and friendly, spreading those 'aloha' vibes. The ice cream at the bottom of your shaved ice is a must-have."

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