Cool treats on hot days are a godsend. It's rarely in the triple digits for long during Santa Fe's high mountain summers, but we do have what feel like unbearably hot days. Looking to cool off and beat that sweet tooth? Here are a few of our faves.
Santa Fe Espresso Co.
(aka: The Häagen-Dazs)
56 E San Francisco St.,
The old standby keeps it going. And sure, those little pints can feel exorbitantly expensive, but when the ice cream comes in cone form and exists right on the Plaza, it's worth that premium. Lick fast. The sun is coming.
Ecco Espresso and Gelato
128 E Marcy St.,
Perhaps we're a little partial to this particular establishment in that it's right next to our offices, but with a rotating cast of special concoctions (we like the cantaloupe when it's available), gelato standbys (try that stracciatella) and popular flavors (mint chip or Oreo cream?!), can you blame us?
1708 Lena St.
101 W Marcy St.
Chef Joel Coleman of Fire and Hops set out to create a boutique ice cream company with non-traditional flavors (and traditional ones), and man, did he hit a home run. Green chile? Sweet corn? These are not flavors we all crave, but we should and will after just one scoop.
Anywhere you can find 'em
The Freezie Fresh truck hangs out at Meow Wolf Thursday through Sunday, but moves around the rest of the time (check the Instagram @freeziefresh day to day to find it). When they cool down that cream, mix in those fruits and flavors and roll it up right before your eyes, you know it'll have been worth it. Did we say rolled ice cream? Yes we did.
Frogurt Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt
2801 Rodeo Road,
We're not above lying to ourselves about the healthiness of things—and really, all things considered, frozen yogurt is certainly a little better for you than straight ice cream. Maybe less so when you smother it in toppings (or pick up a pastry), but we're not made of stone.
556 N Guadalupe St., Suite B1, 820-3131;
1841 Cerrillos Road, 982-9031;
4056 Cerrillos Road, Ste. C-1, 474-3131
We know everyone likes to stay local, but this old standby is obviously popular enough to have three locations across town. Also, those ice cream cakes are bonkers-good.
4641 Airport Road, Ste. 2, 780-8544
Design Center, 418 Cerrillos Road, 913-0006
With house-made ice cream and fruit popsicles served alongside more savory options, Paleteria Oasis lives up to its name as a glorious Southside sweet spot. More of a downtown person? Another Paleteria Oasis is slated to open soon in the Design Center. Score!