Ice Monster is a Taiwanese dessert chain that’s been serving shaved ice and other desserts for over 20 years. Garnering a number of awards along the way, including one of the top 10 desserts in the world by CNN.
It’s a little on the expensive side compared to similar places in Taipei, with their shaved ice bowls costing between NT$200 and NT$250, although the portions are very large and easily big enough to share. They also come with a scoop of sorbet, some panna cotta and an extra portion of fruit on the side.
With three locations in Taipei, they are generally very popular and you’ll often need to queue to get in, especially in the Dongmen restaurant.
The ice bowls come in a number of different flavours, with fruit based ones such as the popular mango, the melon and pineapple, or the more exotic lychee and kiwi. Their non-fruit based ice dishes are flavoured with peanut, coffee or pearl milk tea.
They also serve a variety of dessert soups filled with taro, red beans, sesame rice balls and sweet potato.
The ice dishes are a very tasty way to cool down amid the intense summer Taipei heat!
- Large variety of dishes
- Huge potions
- Expensive compared to other places
- Usually need to queue
Level of English: Ok (English on menu)
A great way to cool down
Dunhua Branch (closest MRT: Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station – blue line exit 2)
Dongmen Branch (closest MRT: Dongmen – red line exit 5)
Xinyi Branch (closest MRT: Taipei City Hall – green line exit 3)