9 Local Ice Cream Spots to Get You Through Summer
June 8, 2017
As Miami locals, we know that the heat doesn’t just show face in the summer-it stays all year long. There are tons of ways to beat it, from mooching on a friend with a great pool or boat, to floating the day away at the beach. But to true food-fans like us, there’s only one true solution: ice cream. Whether it’s creamy or sorbet, anything frozen (and preferably on a cone) will save our day. So check out our favorite sweet spots around town:
WHIP’N DIP ICE CREAM SHOP
The list can’t start without this true Miami staple. You knew it was a good day when your parents took you to Whip’n Dip Ice Cream Shop for a treat after school to enjoy a homemade scoop and watch the aquarium fishes for too long (just me?). The neighborhood joint has been around since 1985 serving up a variety of classic and creative flavors, even President Bill Clinton has a favorite here.
THE FRIEZE ICE CREAM FACTORY
We don’t venture to Lincoln Road Mall very often, but when we do it’s for some serious ice cream at The Frieze Ice Cream Factory. It’s a little gem right off the path that serves all natural ice cream and sorbet, made fresh daily. The kicker? It’s all kosher.
LULU’S NITROGEN ICE CREAM
Not only has Luisa Santos made a name for herself as one of the city’s most inspiring young entrepreneurs, but she has injected her signature positive energy and happy vibes into her Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream concept–making science more approachable with every scoop. Some of the creamiest flavors await you here, made fresh and all-natural every day.
Miami’s Eastside needed a true ice cream parlor, and when Cream Parlor finally opened, its sweet tooth prayers were answered. The shop is brimming with vintage finds and slices of nostalgia almost as awesome as their signature homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches and colorful flavors. Dig into creations like Unicorn Poop and Purple Rain and have a ball.
Coconut Grove has a few gelato spots lining its quiet streets, but none so creamy as Bianco Gelato. The all-natural and organic creamery has some of the best ice cream and sweets in town, made in the classic Italian style. What’s even better is there great selection of vegan options and exploratory flavors like Avocado and Acai.
NANNDI FROZEN CREAM & PASTRY SHOP
This local-grown shop near Dadeland was started by a husband-and-wife team with a shared love for everything sweet. Not only do they boast a great collection of classic and tropical flavors of gelato-style ice cream, but their baked goods are really what make Nanndi Frozen Cream & Pastry Shop as delicious as any other on the list.
AZUCAR ICE CREAM COMPANY
There are no other ice cream spots as Miami as Azucar Ice Cream Company. Located in the heart of Little Havana, they’ve taken the city and a proud Cuban heritage as the overarching theme, serving up handmade tropical-themed flavors like sweet plantain, cafe con leche, and their most popular: Abuela Maria.
Authentic is the name of the game at this Midtown hidden treasure. The ice cream spot takes you back to a 1950s Italian film, all Vespa and big sun glasses–scarf a flare.
<ahref=”http://www.latteriaitaliana.com/” target=”_blank”>Latteria Italiana is pure Roman, serving up some of the most real gelato and sorbets in town. Plus they have some good lunctime options and a mini Italian market with favorites from the homeland.
WALL’S OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM
Old fashioned is right. We couldn’t create this list without including one of Miami’s truest ice cream staples in the south. It’s a portal back into our city’s past, keeping its old timey exterior in tact over the years. It’s a soda shoppe dream and Wall’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream houses towering sundaes, creamy-as-it-gets scoops, and housemade fudge that’ll change your life.