Tamales at PearlIt’s hot out there, San Antonio. If you’ve lived in the city for longer than a year, you know all about the heat waves that rarely lift. As the months continue into the summer, the temperatures will be reaching a nice, three digit number and we’re getting ready for it by counting down our favorite places to get a refreshing treat! Check out our the best five places to chill out and cool down.

chamoy-city-limitsWe love mangonadas and raspas and can’t get enough of Chamoy City Limits! The mangonada supreme features cucumbers, sour candy and tons of chamoy. If you’re not a fan of your lips crinkling up and your eyes slightly watering from the amazing taste of chamoy, this is definitely not a place you want to try out! The Chamoy City Limits truck opened in 2012 and you can find the popular, icy concoctions at Lion’s Field on Broadway on Saturdays and OP Schnabel Park on Sundays, however make sure to check Facebook to see where they will be during the hotter months! Also, you can call the Chamoy Hotline at 210.744.0000.

gables-san-antonioJacqueline and I both grew up on the Northside of San Antonio and we know many restaurants are on the opposite side of town! However, Gable’s Ice Cream, located at 9708 Business Pkwy. near Helotes, serves up fantastic ice cream sliders with so many combinations, you won’t have to travel 25 minutes to get your ice cream fix. Build your ultimate ice cream sandwich with cookies, ice cream and delicious toppings! Cookie flavors include peanut butter, white chocolate chip, sugar butter and more while ice cream comes in birthday cake, rocky road, cookies ‘n cream and all the classic favorites.

paciugo-gelato-donutPaciugo, located at 999 E. Basse Rd. in the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center, transforms gelato by placing it inside of a donut. Yup, gelato filled donuts with NUTELLA. First, Paciugo takes a donut, smooths it over with Nutella, adds a bit of crunch to it, puts in your favorite flavor of gelato and places it in a panini press. The result is pure happiness inside a donut topped with powdered sugar. Paciugo is also home to the gelato macaroons, another Twenty Something favorite.

gelato-san-antonioWe know what you might be thinking – where is the regular gelato?! Well, South Alamode Panini and Gelato Company churns unique gelato flavors in Southtown. Located at 1420 S. Alamo St., South Alamode makes our mouths water with tasty combinations like vanilla bean bourbon, ricotta blackberry, and blood orange ginger. Oh, and don’t forget to try a panini!

big-daddys-san-antonioWe’re ending our list with our ultimate favorite – Big Daddy’s Eats and Treats. From fresanadas (fresh strawberries pureed until they are the consistency of ice cream) piled high with chamoy soaked gummy bears to the blue dream made of coconut ice cream with blue coconut syrup, Big Daddy’s has something for everyone and will make you forget about the intense temperatures. Big Daddy’s is located at 228 Cevallos St., and be ready for a long line. Don’t worry, it’s 100% worth it.

Where’s your favorite place to grab a cool treat in San Antonio?