Bellagio’s famous shaved ice dessert is perfect for sharing with a few hot, sweaty kids. Our favorite towering ice creations are mango and red bean. As night falls, this place gets packed to the rafters with young hipsters, so best to come during the day.
Daily 11am-4am. 6 Gongti Xilu, south of the Gongti 100 Bowling Alley, Chaoyang District (6551 3533)
Cold Stone Creamery
A US-based chain, Cold Stone Creamery has dozens of creative ice cream options. Pick your favorite flavor and toppings from the bar, then watch the staffers mash it all together in a decadent whirl of sugary goodness.
Daily 10am-10pm. L108-109 Europlaza, Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District (8046 6323)
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Romana Ice Cream
This Italian chain boasts phenomenally smooth and creamy Italian gelato and sorbet made on the premises with fresh ingredients. Super-friendly staff let you try every flavor before buying. Or keep it simple and try their delicately flavored vanilla gelato.
Daily 10am-10pm. SMM102, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6229)
Wondermilk’s frozen yogurt store serves a range of delicious dairy products including milk and yogurt shakes, cream puddings, iced coffee, milk tea, ice cream and something called a "Wonderslushie." Everything is made from milk sourced from the US-owned Wondermilk dairy farm located just outside Beijing.
Daily 10am-10pm. Sanlitun Village South, S3-13 (opposite Roxy), 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (8721 5136)
Eden Juice Bar
Tucked in a corner between a giant teddy bear sculpture and Crepanini, lies Eden Juice Bar. Parents won’t fret over these healthy fruit concoctions, which contain no sugar and are made with either non-fat milk or non-fat yogurt. Cool off with the Frisco Bay Breeze – a flurry of kiwi, apple, mint, apple and frozen yogurt. They also offer a small selection of paninis and breakfast muesli.
Daily 10am-midnight. Unit A101, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District (5208 6086)