Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable shaved ice sources in San Jose, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges.
1. Banana Crêpe
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Topping the list is Banana Crêpe. Located at 248 Jackson St. downtown San Jose, the creperie, which offers shaved ice and more, is the highest-rated budget-friendly shaved ice spot in San Jose, boasting four stars out of 992 reviews on Yelp.
This spot’s shaved ice comes in fruity flavors like banana, coconut and lychee, as well as sweeter varieties like cotton candy and root beer. Sweet and savory crepes are also available.
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Next up is North San Jose’s Honeyberry, situated at 3655 N. First St. With four stars out of 80 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score shaved ice and churro ice cream sandwiches has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an affordable option.
This shop serves up two varieties of shaved ice: Korean, which can come topped with granola, and snow, which includes flavors like green tea, Oreo and coffee.
3. JT Express
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Downtown San Jose’s JT Express, located at 170 Jackson St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cheap spot to score frozen treats four stars out of 540 reviews.
The sushi spot serves up shaved ice in such flavors as guava, mango, pineapple, dreamsicle and more. Each bowl can also be topped with condensed milk, adzuki beans or ice cream.
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