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Where to Get Sno-Balls in New Orleans

16 essential sno-ball stands in the New Orleans area

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It’s the treat cool enough to get New Orleanians standing in long lines as temperatures reach toward 100 degrees and humidity hovers at 100 percent — the New Orleans sno-ball. The iconic local stands go back eight decades, when Ernest and Mary Hansen took their newly-invented machine streetside. Not to be confused with a snow cone or water ice, the fine and fluffy shave of ice is made with a special machine, designed to hold up to sweet syrups and condensed milk toppings. Here are the area’s essential sno-ball stands, New Orleans’s favorite treat to beat the heat.

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1. Casey's Snoballs

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4608 W Esplanade Ave
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 888-3920

One of Metairie's best no-frills neighborhood options for sno-balls, Casey's has a variety of flavors, including a "juiceball" made with juice rather than syrup. The stand is known for its chocolate sno-ball, along with monsoons and other ice creamy wonders.

2. SNO-LA Cheesecake Stuffed Snoballs

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2311 N Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 327-7669
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Sno-La took the ice cream stuffed sno-balls and raised the bar by switching that ice cream out with cheesecake. Plus, the huge flavor list hits decadent heights with peanut butter cream pie, Oreo, blueberry cheesecake, and Tiffany’s blue box. Advance orders can be placed online until 7:30 p.m. for fast pickup.

3. Buck's Sno-Wiz

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133 Westbank Expy
Westwego, LA 70094

On the West Bank lies Buck’s Sno-Wiz, a more than 50 year old spot for sno-balls, sundaes, soft-serve, shakes, crawfish boudin, and more. The classic stand is still family-run, and offers an array of sno-ball toppings, as well as a great new sno-ball flavor this summer, wedding cake.

4. Sal's Sno-Ball Stand

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1823 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 666-1823

Located in a small brick building in Old Metairie, this family-operated stand has been around since the '60s. It does it up old-school style, meaning plenty of traditional flavors, huge blocks of ice brought in daily, and plenty of logs/tree strumps out front for seating. Sal’s is open daily until 10:30 p.m.

5. Plum Street Sno-Balls

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1300 Burdette St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-7996

Tucked in a particularly adorable section of Uptown, this family-run shop turns out signature flavors like orchid cream vanilla in Chinese food takeout pails for tourists, neighborhood folks, and even Drew Brees. You pretty much can't go wrong with any flavor at Plum Street. Close to Tulane University.

6. Hansen's Sno-Bliz

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4801 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-9788
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Ernest and Mary Hansen first opened the doors to this iconic sno-ball stand in 1939, after George Ortolano and Hansen built the city’s first electric ice-shaving machines. Today, their granddaughter Ashley Hansen and family run the summertime favorite, which has become a destination all its own, winning a James Beard in the American Classics category in 2014. Get the cream of nectar, or any of their newer flavors or toppings, like a charred peach syrup or bananas Foster on top.

7. Ike's Snowballs

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520 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 905-1543
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This cool little stand with ample outdoor seating is in front of MoPho near City Park. Get it stuffed with ice cream and grab one of the savory snacks offered. Ike’s is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

8. Nola Snow Snoballs & Catering

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908 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

Inexpensive and generous with the condensed milk, this Lakeview neighborhood favorite offers all the classic flavors plus some fun ones like yellow cake and butter beer. Open daily from noon to 8 p.m.

9. Pandora's SnowBalls

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901 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 486-8644

This Mid City favorite usually has a line to rival Hansen's. Pandora's goes heavy on the syrup and flavors range from the tame, like wild cherry, to the funky, like the creamy Tootsie Roll. The good thing is City Park and Bayou St. John are very close by, so there's ample shady, picturesque spots to enjoy a sno-ball.

10. Red Rooster

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2801 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 895-6786
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This year-round sno-ball stand is primarily built for to-go orders, but there is a picnic table out front too. The Central City stand opened in 1977 with just sno-balls, but has since expanded to po’ boys and ya-ka-mein (or yet-ca-mein), fried chicken and seafood, meat pies, and more. Red Rooster is located near Al Davis Park.

11. Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls

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3511 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

This stand from sno-ball aficianado Neesa Peterson does classic flavors, and originals including black sesame cream, earl grey cream, cardamom cream, cereal cream, and pineapple-cilantro. There are a couple picnic tables outside Imperial Woodpecker. Catering available.

Nectar cream sno-ball from Imperial Woodpecker
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12. Cafe Porche & Snowbar

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1625 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 930-4249

Just a few years old, the charming Cafe Porche in Central City offers equally excellent breakfast and sno-balls. The sno-ball stand is in front of the cafe, open Friday through Tuesday.

13. New Orleans Snowball

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4313 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 309-5346

Another year-round stand, New Orleans Snowball is conveniently located on the side of Elysian Fields at the entrance to the lovely Gentilly Terrace neighborhood. The well-marked stand serves traditional, top-notch sno-balls in a slew of flavors, as well as smoothies and snacks.

14. NOLASIPS Snobar And Bistro

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2633 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

Nola Sips SnoBar and Bistro opened this summer in the space that formerly held Freezy Street on St. Claude Avenue, serving boozy, designer sno-balls, drinks, and bar snacks like crawfish fries, elote, wings, and burgers in a joyful, colorful setting. Follow Nola Sips on Instagram for happy hour and daily specials.

15. Chance in Hell SnoBalls

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Bywater
New Orleans, LA

This still-new sno-ball pop-up with a clever name and logo — “Icy treats for a world on fire” — makes natural, small-batch, seasonal sno-ball flavors; think blueberry lemon basil and watermelon mint. Basically, as Chance in Hell calls them, “artisan AF.” It pops-up at France and Burgundy in Bywater Friday through Sunday, but follow on Instagram for pop-ups, events, and more news.

16. Rodney's Snowballs

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9231 Lake Forest Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127
(504) 241-2035

Rodney’s Snowball Stand is a walk-up destination for classic, perfectly-fluffed sno-balls, without the fuss of some other options. Try the nectar, but save room to sample the nachos, too.

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1. Casey's Snoballs

4608 W Esplanade Ave, Metairie, LA 70006

One of Metairie's best no-frills neighborhood options for sno-balls, Casey's has a variety of flavors, including a "juiceball" made with juice rather than syrup. The stand is known for its chocolate sno-ball, along with monsoons and other ice creamy wonders.

4608 W Esplanade Ave
Metairie, LA 70006

2. SNO-LA Cheesecake Stuffed Snoballs

2311 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA 70001

Sno-La took the ice cream stuffed sno-balls and raised the bar by switching that ice cream out with cheesecake. Plus, the huge flavor list hits decadent heights with peanut butter cream pie, Oreo, blueberry cheesecake, and Tiffany’s blue box. Advance orders can be placed online until 7:30 p.m. for fast pickup.

2311 N Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA 70001

3. Buck's Sno-Wiz

133 Westbank Expy, Westwego, LA 70094

On the West Bank lies Buck’s Sno-Wiz, a more than 50 year old spot for sno-balls, sundaes, soft-serve, shakes, crawfish boudin, and more. The classic stand is still family-run, and offers an array of sno-ball toppings, as well as a great new sno-ball flavor this summer, wedding cake.

133 Westbank Expy
Westwego, LA 70094

4. Sal's Sno-Ball Stand

1823 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70005

Located in a small brick building in Old Metairie, this family-operated stand has been around since the '60s. It does it up old-school style, meaning plenty of traditional flavors, huge blocks of ice brought in daily, and plenty of logs/tree strumps out front for seating. Sal’s is open daily until 10:30 p.m.

1823 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70005

5. Plum Street Sno-Balls

1300 Burdette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Tucked in a particularly adorable section of Uptown, this family-run shop turns out signature flavors like orchid cream vanilla in Chinese food takeout pails for tourists, neighborhood folks, and even Drew Brees. You pretty much can't go wrong with any flavor at Plum Street. Close to Tulane University.

1300 Burdette St
New Orleans, LA 70118

6. Hansen's Sno-Bliz

4801 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Ernest and Mary Hansen first opened the doors to this iconic sno-ball stand in 1939, after George Ortolano and Hansen built the city’s first electric ice-shaving machines. Today, their granddaughter Ashley Hansen and family run the summertime favorite, which has become a destination all its own, winning a James Beard in the American Classics category in 2014. Get the cream of nectar, or any of their newer flavors or toppings, like a charred peach syrup or bananas Foster on top.

4801 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

7. Ike's Snowballs

520 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

This cool little stand with ample outdoor seating is in front of MoPho near City Park. Get it stuffed with ice cream and grab one of the savory snacks offered. Ike’s is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

520 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. Nola Snow Snoballs & Catering

908 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Inexpensive and generous with the condensed milk, this Lakeview neighborhood favorite offers all the classic flavors plus some fun ones like yellow cake and butter beer. Open daily from noon to 8 p.m.

908 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

9. Pandora's SnowBalls

901 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

This Mid City favorite usually has a line to rival Hansen's. Pandora's goes heavy on the syrup and flavors range from the tame, like wild cherry, to the funky, like the creamy Tootsie Roll. The good thing is City Park and Bayou St. John are very close by, so there's ample shady, picturesque spots to enjoy a sno-ball.

901 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. Red Rooster

2801 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113

This year-round sno-ball stand is primarily built for to-go orders, but there is a picnic table out front too. The Central City stand opened in 1977 with just sno-balls, but has since expanded to po’ boys and ya-ka-mein (or yet-ca-mein), fried chicken and seafood, meat pies, and more. Red Rooster is located near Al Davis Park.

2801 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

11. Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls

3511 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Nectar cream sno-ball from Imperial Woodpecker
Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls/Facebook

This stand from sno-ball aficianado Neesa Peterson does classic flavors, and originals including black sesame cream, earl grey cream, cardamom cream, cereal cream, and pineapple-cilantro. There are a couple picnic tables outside Imperial Woodpecker. Catering available.

3511 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

12. Cafe Porche & Snowbar

1625 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70113

Just a few years old, the charming Cafe Porche in Central City offers equally excellent breakfast and sno-balls. The sno-ball stand is in front of the cafe, open Friday through Tuesday.

1625 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

13. New Orleans Snowball

4313 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Another year-round stand, New Orleans Snowball is conveniently located on the side of Elysian Fields at the entrance to the lovely Gentilly Terrace neighborhood. The well-marked stand serves traditional, top-notch sno-balls in a slew of flavors, as well as smoothies and snacks.

4313 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

14. NOLASIPS Snobar And Bistro

2633 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Nola Sips SnoBar and Bistro opened this summer in the space that formerly held Freezy Street on St. Claude Avenue, serving boozy, designer sno-balls, drinks, and bar snacks like crawfish fries, elote, wings, and burgers in a joyful, colorful setting. Follow Nola Sips on Instagram for happy hour and daily specials.

2633 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

15. Chance in Hell SnoBalls

Bywater, New Orleans, LA

This still-new sno-ball pop-up with a clever name and logo — “Icy treats for a world on fire” — makes natural, small-batch, seasonal sno-ball flavors; think blueberry lemon basil and watermelon mint. Basically, as Chance in Hell calls them, “artisan AF.” It pops-up at France and Burgundy in Bywater Friday through Sunday, but follow on Instagram for pop-ups, events, and more news.

Bywater
New Orleans, LA

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16. Rodney's Snowballs

9231 Lake Forest Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127

Rodney’s Snowball Stand is a walk-up destination for classic, perfectly-fluffed sno-balls, without the fuss of some other options. Try the nectar, but save room to sample the nachos, too.

9231 Lake Forest Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

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