Matsumoto Shave Ice
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- 82%Local Culture
- 81%Budget Travelers
- 56%Adventure Travelers
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- Matsumoto Shave IceAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4
This is a must-stop if you're in the North Shore! I usually order the passion fruit with condensed milk shave ice, but everything is pretty good. The azuki beans are always nice to add for a sweeter bite. The store even sells souvenirs like T-shirts, keychains, etc. It's fun to browse through while you're waiting for your shave ice because they will definitely be a line, sometimes out the door!Recommended for:
- Matsumoto Shave IceMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2
After a few trips to Hawaii under my belt, I finally got to try shave ice for the first time. I got to Matsumoto's about and hour before closing and there was a long line out the door. But it was worth the wait after a long day in the sun. The store is located along a main and busy street where parking is limited. I was able to find parking a few blocks away. For my first try at shave ice, I decided to forego the typical shave ice with the flavored syrup and decided to try the Azuki special which consisted of shave ice, condensed milk, mochi, azuki beans, and vanilla ice cream. It was a nice and tasty mix. It was cute that they served a straw with it and was helpful for trying to get those last drops of melted shave ice at the bottom of the bowl.Recommended for:
- Matsumoto Shave IceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 3
I'm not sure why people say Matsumoto's isn't worth the hype. Maybe it's because the lines are said to be extremely long? But after hearing all the mediocre reviews, I was expecting something really crappy. Honestly out of all the shave ice spots I tried on this trip, they were my absolute favorite! The flavors weren't overpowering and I definitely had to order it with the works (Ice cream, red bean, and condensed milk)! I could do without the red bean, but overall I really enjoyed it!
Would you believe it if I told you It took me 11 years to finally get here? My 1st Hawaii trip was with my family back in 2000 when we visited Maui. So of course I was on the wrong island. I came back 4 years later with friends, but we didn't have a car to get to the North Shore (major bummer). Last year I went to Maui again, so it wasn't until this year (11 years later!!) that I finally got to try Matsumotos!!! Defintely glad I made it. It's one of those spots you just HAVE TO TRY...regardless of the experience.
TIP: THEY TAKE CREDIT CARD!! WHOOHOO!!! And its CHEAPER than most shaved ice joints in Waikiki.
(ps. How can you not love that adorable cartoon sumo wrestler with the shaved ice in his hands?!)
TIP2: A lot of locals also like Aoki's down the street. Sadly I was too full to shove another shaved ice down my face. :(Recommended for:
- Matsumoto Shave Ice
Of course you gotta come here when you're in Hawaii! The line here is a lot longer than the store next door. If I'm back, I'll try the other store to compare... But if you haven't been here before, I'd recommend you try this place first! :)
When we got here the line wasn't too bad. There were about twenty people ahead of us. It had started raining so most of us were standing in line in the rain. It was fun!
When we got to the line we ordered our shave ice and took it to our car to eat. The shave ice was good!!! Although, I'm not sure what makes this place special compared to other stores.
It's messy, but if you pay extra you can buy one of their plastic cone holders. It makes it more study.
I like this place!Recommended for:
- Matsumoto Shave Ice
On a hot day on The North Shore nothing is a better cool down than a shave ice. So much more than 'just a snowcone' this is an essential Hawaiian experience. Don't be put off by the line, it's popular for a reason and well worth the wait.Recommended for:
- Matsumoto Shave IceMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure Travelers
If you're driving up to the North Shore for surf & sun, stop off at this little wooden grocery store. The family here has been dishing up syrupy sweet cones of rainbow-colored shave ice (with ice cream and adzuki beans, if you like) since the 1950s. Dirt cheap, and oh so good. Tip: It's also a great place to buy a souvenir T-shirt, as Matsumoto's has dozens of cool designs, including a wave that looks like a Japanese woodblock print.Recommended for:
- Matsumoto Shave IceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5
If you're in the North Shore, a stop at Matsumoto for some of the best shave ice on the island is an absolute must! Get your ice with ice cream and azuki beans... mmm, it's the perfect icy treat!
There are really cute branded t-shirts to buy there and other Hawaiian souvenirs as well.
Definitely has that old mom n pop market feel to it!Recommended for:
- Matsumoto Shave IceCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8
I will say their shave ice was "ok". I actually got food poisoning eating their shave ice. I wasn't sure if it was because it was the end of the day near closing, that their products were sitting out too long or not fresh by then? Within 20 mins of eating the shave ice with azuki beans and ice cream, my stomach was churning. I know everyone raves and loves this place, but I think it's a bit overrated. It's one of few shave ice shops on the North Shore, so maybe it's become such a tourist thing to try. Waiola and Shimazu still tops my list of shave ice on the island.
- Matsumoto Shave IceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
Definitely a place to stop while touring the North Side of the Island. A little mom and pop shop that serves the best Hawaiian shaved ice! Plenty of flavors but i suggest just sticking to two
- Matsumoto Shave Ice
I had heard about this place, but I am unsure of why people like it so much. There was a relatively big crowd and they were able to serve everybody relatively quickly, which was nice. They only gave everybody a small straw, which was basically useless, and a small piece of wood that I have only seen when eating a small portion of ice cream, which made it more difficult than it had to be to consume the ice. The other places that serve shaved ice I have been to at least provided something with a curved surface, which makes scooping a bit easier.
- Matsumoto Shave Ice
amazing shaved ice! i got a lychee, coconut, pineapple combo. amaze-balls. the ice was smooth and refreshing, and the syrup was not too sweet (except at the very bottom where it's concentrated liquid, which is why i dont use the straw and just bite the ice). the small size was plenty. love love love. i must have gotten there at the perfect time because we parked on the side of the road across the street around 12 noon, stood in line behind two people, and then as i pulled out from the parking spot, the line was out the door and down the street! what the heck!?! lucky i didnt' have to wait in that!
- Matsumoto Shave IceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5
Shave Ice heaven found an earthy outlet in Matsumoto's. Of course, the shave ice is renown but walk through the store too! there are a lot of eclectic twinkets you might find yourself getting one or two as souvenirs in addition to the refreshing syrupy icy treat you came here for.
- Matsumoto Shave IceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11
This famed and legendary spot serves more shaved ice than anywhere else in the world!
This Shaved ICe phenomenon turned a little grocery store in the north shore of Oahu into and international tourist attraction!
Local boy made good!
You got to try it once, or otherwise, you can't talk story bout Hawaii back on the mainland, or talk story bout Haleiwa if you are Kama'aina.
- Matsumoto Shave Ice
The question of where to get the best shave ice on Oahu is controversial among the locals. The tour books say Matsumoto and the lines outside do not contradict its popularity. My personal survey of true North Shore natives say Matsumoto is top notch despite its mainstream character and worth the wait. I haven't tried them all, but I think a shave ice from Matsumoto is the perfect end to a hot beach day on the North Shore.