It’s that time of year again! Summer in Miami means it’s time to hit the beach and enjoy the best warm-weather dessert: ice cream. Luckily, there’s more to Magic Town than just plain ice cream, as there are plenty of choices and unique versions of this sweet treat. Since there are a plethora of options, The Miami Hurricane has compiled a list of the best places to eat ice cream when the heat is too much.
It’s hot, but you don’t have to be!
Whisk and dip
Located in South Miami, Whip ‘n Dip has been making homemade ice cream since 1985. This ice cream shop offers many options, including lower-calorie soft serve ice cream. You can also order a milkshake or an ice cream cake. To see all they have to offer, check out their website menu.
Chill-N Nitrogen Ice
Don’t get overwhelmed by the chemicals featured in the logo; this nitrogen ice cream is superb. Not only is this ice cream prepared right before your eyes, but you can add as many toppings as you want. Additionally, Chill-N has many vegan options. Try this new take on an old fashioned treat!
Want a creamy alternative to ice cream? Try Freddo in Coral Gables. The rich texture of the ice cream makes it one of the best treats to enjoy in warm weather. I highly recommend the dark chocolate flavor. It’s rich, decadent and the summer version of hot chocolate.
Azucar ice cream
Unique and tasty are the two words that best describe Azucar, which means sugar in Spanish. As you can imagine from the name, this shop is anything but boring. Even the the flavours are fun because they refer to Cuban-American pop culture – there is a flavor called “Abuela Maria”. Azucar has two locations in Miami: one in downtown Dadeland and another in Little Havana.
Is ice cream too basic for you? If you want to walk the streets of Miracle Mile with something as pretty as it is delicious, visit Morelia! Morelia is a paleta (popsicle in Spanish) shop where you can select your flavor, dip it, and top it with your favorite topping.
Want a campfire to feel like you’re at a campfire? No problem, Morelia has you covered with s’more paleta, where marshmallow fluff is ignited with dusted graham crackers. If that doesn’t sound delicious, there are others choiceincluding vegan flavors!
After watching “Emily in Paris,” it’s hard not to crave the delicious food featured on the show. I have a solution to this problem: Atelier Monnier in Pinecrest. This bakery offers everything under the sun, even savory dishes!
Paris sounds like a good idea, but so is lunch and dessert at Atelier Monnier. The sorbet from this bakery is amazing! If you’re in a decadent mood, add a macaron to your sorbet, it’s so much better than adding a cherry!
Miami Ice Cream
If you want indulgent, indulgent ice cream, La Glace is your best bet. Conveniently located near some of the best restaurants in Coral Gables, you’ll be looking forward to grabbing dessert with your meal. You might even want to split a cookie pan topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Have your Gelato and eat it too! If you have dietary restrictions and want best ice cream, try Bianco Gelato in Coconut Grove. If you want to think big, try the Affogato al Café, which is a scoop of vanilla ice cream “drowned” in espresso. Honestly, if I were to meet Italian chef Giada De Laurentiis at one of these ice cream parlours, I would choose Bianco.
Wall’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream
While I prefaced this list by saying I wouldn’t focus on old-fashioned ice cream, Wall’s is original and will never go out of style. If you miss the flavors you loved as a kid, Wall’s is the place for you. In addition to offering superhero ice cream and several other flavors, Wall’s makes fudge. You can’t go wrong with this South Miami gem.
AC ice cream
If you’re looking for an alternative to ice cream, try AC’s Icees. AC’s Icees Truck has been a staple at David T. Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove for over forty years. The frozen lemonade will keep you cool as you go through these steps, just be sure to bring cash.
As the temperature rises, be sure to hydrate and stay cool with frozen treats. While it’s hard to enjoy hot chocolate during the Miami winter, we can make up for it by devouring ice cream during the warmer months.