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9am - 10:30pm(Sun. - Fri.), 9am -11pm(Sat.)
8 Jinhua Guan, 40 North Chunxi Rd., Jinjiang District
028 8665 5578
028 8665 5589

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Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
The crowds on Chunxi Road on a sweltering weekend can take a lot out of you and an ice cream break is a perfect pick me up. If you do not feel like standing in line at Dairy Queen or dropping hundreds at Haagen-Dazs, Swensen’s ice cream may fit the bill. Swensen’s is a chain that started in San Francisco and spread across America with its heyday in the 1950’s and 60’s. The menu does a good job of evoking an old fashioned ice cream parlor offering treats such as sundaes, milkshakes, banana splits, parfaits, and an ice cream brownie. They have a small selection of mostly classic ice cream flavors such as: strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, peppermint, and cookies and cream. For 40RMB you can build your own double-scoop sundae; among the choices for sauce are: butterscotch, caramel, hot and cold fudge, pineapple, and strawberry. They also offer a variety of nuts if you want to top off your creation with a delicious crunch. The confections come crowned with white whipped topping and a maraschino cherry.

The menu is well illustrated and has both English and Chinese. However, the ice creams in their display bins are not all labeled correctly in English, and the servers don’t always have the ability to bridge the communication gap. So there is a chance you may end up with durian flavored ice cream, which is not something we can imagine Betty and Veronica enjoying. The price for most ice cream treats range from 35 to 45RMB, and coffee will run you another 25 to 35RMB. Their menu also offers basic diner foods such as chicken wings and sandwiches. The shop is tucked into a back alley across from the YY Sport Building, and there are three floors of seating, plus outside tables. They have free wireless available, though for some reason there is a no card playing rule.