Vacationing in Miami may make you crave a frozen treat, so we’ve picked some of the best ice cream shops in Miami, FL. We focused on shops that are known for cooling off customers with unique flavors, all while bringing smiles to their faces. But these businesses have a story, too. Many are family-owned and -operated, and help bring their communities together. After all, there’s no better way to enjoy a hot summer day than with a waffle cone or bowl full your favorite scoops and good company.
Here are our picks for the top ice cream shops in Miami:
Azucar Ice Cream Company
Using all-natural ingredients, this family-run shop offers homemade Cuban ice cream, with flavors such as Café con Leche (Cuban coffee and oreo), Willy Cherrino (double cherry), and its signature Abuela Maria®, a Cuban classic consisting of red guava, cream cheese and sweet galletas. The shop, located in Little Havana, prides itself on creating new flavors daily, and when possible, using locally sourced fruits and vegetables from south Florida farmers. In 2013, Azucar Ice Cream was voted the Best Ice Cream by the Miami Times Herald.
Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream
Don’t let the scientific name fool you. This may be the “coolest” ice cream spot in Miami. The menu is set up like the periodic table, with flavors like Kd for Krispy Kreme, Ce for Coffee and Cf for chocolate fudge. The company also stands out because it uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream instead of a commercial freezer. The result: no freezer burn and a reputation for some of the creamiest ice cream available. ChillN is the brainchild of creator Danny Golik, and the shop has not only been praised for its deliciousness but also its startup success.
The Frieze Ice Cream Factory
The Frieze dates back nearly 30 years, and offers dozens of flavors, ranging from classics like vanilla and chocolate chip to more adventurous tastes such as champagne sorbet and green tea. Family-owned and operated by the Warrens since 1993, the shop uses all-natural ingredients and provides a fun, energetic atmosphere. Highly rated by Yelp reviewers and Miami New Times, locals rave about Frieze, and may argue it as the best ice cream shop in the world.
Gelato lovers cannot miss Milani Gelateria, which specializes in made-from-scratch gelato made fresh every day. Water-based flavors range from banana to strawberry, while milk-based selections include applemint, chocolate and nutella, to name a few. This shop doesn’t feature hundreds of flavors, but customers enjoy the “wheel of fortune,” Italian ingredients and quality. And if someone knows gelato, it’s the two native Italians, also the owners, who met on an island in Italy and brought their recipe secrets to the U.S.
Wall’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream
This family-owned and -operated shop strives to bring the old-time ice cream shop feel to its customers. Wall’s red-and-white umbrellas and large flavor selection, lure visitors to more traditional flavors including rocky road, butter pecan and fun flavors like Superman. A three-time winner as a Best Ice Cream Parlor, by the Miami New Times, Wall’s ensures even your taste buds smile. Bonus: If you want a souvenir, be sure to check out their homemade fudge selection.
Whip ‘n Dip Ice Cream
Started in 1985, Whip ‘N Dip is another long-time staple in the Miami area. Using locally sourced ingredients from partner suppliers, new flavors are made daily. Some must-trys include banana nut chip, heath bar brownie and chocolate-covered almond. This shop also caters to those calorie-watching customers with lite selections – such as salted caramel and chocolate – that are low-calorie and fat and cholesterol free. Customers also can’t get enough of the homemade cookies.