We’ve got the scoop on the best ice cream in the 305!
It is hot (and humid) out here in Miami which means there’s one thing you must have at hand at all times–an ice cream! That’s why we’ve compiled some of the best ice cream shops in the 305 to help you keep cool this summer.
1. Azúcar Ice Cream Co., Little Havana
Inspired by Little Havana’s vibrant culture and her abuela’s passion for ice cream, Suzy Batlle’s Azucar Ice Cream Co. offers 100% artisanal ice cream made using only local ingredients (when possible) that will transport you to the tropics in just one bite. At her Miami store, you’ll find year-round, Miami-inspired flavors like Café con Leche (Cuban coffee and oreo), platano maduro (sweet plantain), Abuela María (guava, cream cheese and María crackers) and cuatro leches as well as seasonal ones like mamey, mango, guarapiña (sugarcane & pineapple) and Mamacita (orange blossom almond). Yum!
Find it at 1503 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135.
2. Bianco Gelato, Coconut Grove
This Coconut Grove spot offers freshly-made, sustainable gelato using only organic ingredients. On its menu, you’ll find traditional flavors like strawberry, coconut, hazelnut and a few other vegan options as well!
Find it at 3137 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL 33133.
3. Dasher & Crank, Wynwood
Rumored to be the best ice cream parlor in the Sunshine State, Dasher & Crank’s quirky shop in Wynwood offers more than 20 different flavors including many vegan options. Some of its most popular flavors include vegan Ube Macapuno (coconut ice cream with Filipino purple yams) and Yoko Matcha (Yoko matcha in a vegan, coconut base), Caramel Cone (homemade caramel ice cream with brown butter waffle cone chunks) and Strawberry Cream Cheese with Guava Jelly (which is exactly what it sounds like). Oh, and not only do these craft ice creams taste deliciously velvety but they’ll also look super awesome on your Insta feed too!
Find it at 2211 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127.
4. Freddo, Brickell & other locations
Hailing from Argentina, this Brickell spot offers its South American take on Italian gelato which is brought daily from its headquarters in Argentina. Crafted using traditional Italian recipes, Freddo’s ice cream features nothing but premium ingredients including dulce de leche sourced straight from La Pampa, Argentina! Not to sound biased or anything (I’ve consumed an extensive and embarrassing amount of Freddo pints in my lifetime) — but trust me when I say this is some of the best ice cream you’ll ever try!
Find it at 1102 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130.
5. Frohzen, Miami Design District
This innovative ice cream shop in the Design District makes the most beautiful and incredibly cute treats. Created by Chef Salvatore Martone, Frohzen offers some of the most unusual frozen treats in town — we’re talking frozen macarons, “cakesicles” and ice cream cupcakes. They look every bit the baked good but in reality, they’re entirely made of ice cream featuring Miami-inspired flavors! But if you feel like going with your average cone or milkshake they also have a menu of totally Insta-worthy cones and shakes!
Find it at 151 NE 41st. Street, Suite 137, Miami, FL 33137.
6. Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream, Edgewater
For some ice cream made on the spot definitely check out Lulu’s. This ice cream shop in Edgewater works with liquid nitrogen to create instant, creamy goodness. All you got to do is pick your flavor — they offer classic ones like strawberry and vanilla as well as seasonal ones like honey lavender and piña colada — pick your mix-ins and watch your ice cream come to life!
Find it at 2001 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137
7. Miami Coppelia Ice Cream, Flagami
Named after the famous ice cream parlor in Havana, Cuba, Coppelia serves traditional ice cream, milkshakes and sundaes just as its namesake did in Cuba more than 50 years ago. On its menu, you’ll find traditional Cuban desserts like the Copa Lolita, a caramel flan sundae, and scoops full of flavors like mamey and mantecado.
Find it at 4750 NW 7th St, Miami, FL 33126.
8.Morelia Gourmet Paletas, Wynwood
Morelia in Wynwood offers a totally awesome build-your-ice-cream experience. With 20+ different flavors, dippings and toppings and tons of different combinations you’ll never have the same ice cream twice! Oh, and did I also mention they offer build-your-own shakes and waffle burritos?! Yuuum!!
Find it at 185 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127.
9. Taiyaki, Wynwood
This popular NYC-based spot could not be left out of our round-up. Stationed at 1-800 Lucky, this tiny spot offers the famous Japanese-inspired treats featuring a cute waffle fish cone topped with creamy swirls of soft-serve and other whimsical toppings!
Find it at 143 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127.
10. Walls Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Dadeland
If a traditional scoop, shake or sundae is what you’re after you best check out Walls Old Fashioned in Dadeland. At this old-school ice cream parlour you’ll be able to indulge yourself with great scoops of traditionally made ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes and the Great Wall of ice cream (pictured above)!
Find it at 8075 SW 67th Ave, Miami, FL 33143.
BONUS SCOOP: Amazonica, Upper Buena Vista
Raspadilla, granizado, raspado, piragua, cholado…Call it what you will, but one thing is for sure and is that there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a cup of absolute frozen goodness to help combat the sticky Miami heat. A mix between slushy and shaved ice, Amazonica’s Colombian cholados aren’t your traditional ice cream scoops per se, but these scrumptious concoctions are bound to keep you cool for the summer nonetheless!
Find it at 5030 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137.
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