6 Sweet Treats to Keep You Cool This Summer in Downtown Phoenix
June 29, 2017 by Lauren Potter
While some people have been frying eggs on the sidewalk and baking cookies in their car, I’ve been busy doing some very important research — i.e. stuffing my face with dessert. (This job really does have its perks.)
The fruits of my labor found some of the best, and sweetest, desserts your sugary heart could desire — and they’re all available at locally owned businesses in Downtown Phoenix.
So, before you turn on Netflix and dig in to your half-eaten, slightly freezer-burned tub of mass-produced of ice cream, feast your eyes on six delicious desserts that will help you keep cool this summer.
Yogurt Time / 1. E. Washington St. Suite 180
With 12 frozen yogurt flavors and more than 60 toppings to choose from, Yogurt Time is the ultimate stop for build-your-own fro-yo enthusiasts. Conveniently located at CityScape Phoenix, Yogurt Time is a perfect spot to grab a tasty treat before a game, after a concert or even a midday sugar fix.
Fro-yo flavors rotate each week and include dairy-free options (almond milk) as well as low fat, non-fat and sorbet. From churros to toasted coconut, fresh fruit, candy bar crumbles and more — the variety of toppings at Yogurt Time is enough to make anyone drool. Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
A Touch of Yogurt / 2 N. Central Avenue
Located just steps away from the First Avenue and Washington Street light rail station, A Touch of Yogurt has been satiating the sweet tooth of downtown locals for over 30 years. Family-owned and operated, this modest sweet shop serves non-fat yogurt, smoothies and sorbet plus an assortment of 40+ toppings.
The traditional fro-yo menu changes every day and features flavors like banana coconut cream, Bavarian coffee, chocolate and many others. Sugar free and non-dairy sorbets are available. And if you’re too lazy to leave the office, you should also know they deliver for only $3. Hours: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Snoh Ice Shavery / 801 N. Second St.
Snoh Ice Shavery serves up the fluffy frozen fare and boba tea drinks people have come to love. Snoh’s Chinese-style shaved ice is the perfect balance between creamy and icy, and it’s not too sweet — with flavors like taro, thai tea, matcha green tea, coconut and more. Unique toppings include almond pudding, honey boba, lychee fruit and mochi balls.
Snoh’s also got a slew of cool refreshing drinks like slushies, milk tea and iced teas, which can all be pimped out with various flavorings. We ordered the milk cream shaved ice with granola, strawberries and blueberry glaze. As for the fancy drink in the jar? That’s the Barney Supreme (from the secret menu): Taro milk tea with almond pudding, chocolate glaze, marshmallows and a scoop of ice cream. Hours: Monday-Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Melt Ice Cream Shop / 910 N. Fifth St.
Well known for serving its artisan ice cream in Chinese takeaway containers with a fortune cookie on top, Melt is a mainstay of the Downtown Phoenix sweet treats scene.
Located in a pink and white bungalow at Fifth and Roosevelt streets Melt serves up fun flavors like Little Debbie oatmeal cream pie, mint chocolate chip, strawberry, blueberry muffin, and several cereal-inspired flavors like Captain Crunch, Fruity Pebbles and Trix. Hours: Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday-Sunday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Tres Leches Café / 1330 W. Roosevelt St.
Known for drinks inspired by Mexican treats, Tres Leches Café serves specialty lattes like the cafe churro (think cinnamon and sugar), cafe horchata (yup, just like your favorite sweet rice milk), flan de leches and more.
The tres leches cupcake latte is one of our favorites because it’s got pretty sprinkles on top. If you’re feeling fruity, try the fresh-made licuados (fruit smoothies made with milk) — we recommend the tres paraisos with mango, pineapple and coconut. Hours: Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Novel Ice Cream at ThirdSpace / 1028 N. Grand Ave.
If the sound of a warm donut stuffed with handcrafted artisan ice cream doesn’t get your heart racing, I just don’t think we can be friends.
Novel Ice Cream serves up these sinfully scrumptious desserts (known as Dough Melts) and more from a teeny weenie little cottage behind ThirdSpace bar on Grand Avenue.
They opened in March and are making waves on social media with their colorful, cereal-covered creations and crispy European waffle sandwiches. Each of the 12 artisanal ice creams is made with high-quality ingredients including full-fat cream (because anything less would be sacrelige). Hours: Tuesday-Thursday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Monday.