There’s nothing like a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day. And considering the weather in Miami is warm year round, we’ve become somewhat of experts in all things ice cream. Whether it’s traditional cream, gelato, or something more creative like liquid nitrogen ice cream, Miami has some of the best ice cream in the country - and some of the best variety. Here are the ice cream shops you should check out in Miami.
Azucar Ice Cream Company
Azucar in Little Havana is a local treasure. This ice cream shop draws from authentic Cuban recipes and flavors for some of the most talked about ice cream in the city. And because Cuban ice cream calls for more fat content than traditional American ice cream, you know it’s good. While Azucar is famous for its original flavor Abuela Maria (a mix of guava, galletas marias, cream cheese, and homemade vanilla ice cream), don’t leave without trying the Café con Leche or Mantecado. They’re to die for. - Azucar Ice Cream Company, Little Havana - 1508 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL
Our true favorite on this list, Swizzle Bar in the WPH lobby does some seriously good frozen treats. From banana daiquiris to frozen negronis, the Swizzle frozen menu is always changing. Currently, the bar is offering a frozen Cuba libre. This drink combines coke, lime, and rum for an especially refreshing frozen cocktail in the Miami heat - and one that’s even more delicious in front of the WPH pool. Order one from Swizzle’s outdoor patio in between games of ping pong or dips in the pool. - Swizzle Bar (located inside the WPH lobby), South Beach - 1050 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL
We love the concept behind Wynwood’s Mr. Kream. A “Hip Hop Ice Cream Shop,” Mr. Kream was started by local mixmaster DJ Affect as a homage to hip hop culture. Here everything comes with a little extra flavor. At Mr. Kream, A$AP Rocky and Rick Ross aren’t just rappers, they’re some of the most popular frozen treats on the menu, aka “A$AP” Rocky Road and Ricky Rozay, a mimosa popsicle. Other popular flavors include 2 Live Blue, a nod to 2 Live Crew, and Salt & Peppa, a mix of salted caramel and roasted nuts. But that’s not all, Mr. Kream always has a live DJs on the 1s & 2s during business hours. And on the weekends, Mr. Kream gets lit. - Mr. Kream, Wynwood - 2400 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL
This local ice cream shop is a must when in South Beach. A long-time favorite in the neighborhood, The Frieze has made a name for itself with its unique flavors like Indian Mango and Lychee, and SoBe’s absolute flavor, champagne sorbet. But even when it comes to the usual ice cream staples, like vanilla or coffee, The Frieze shines there too. It’s no wonder so many people call The Frieze the best ice cream in Miami. Located just behind Lincoln Road Mall, stop in for a treat after a day at the mall. - The Frieze, South Beach - 1626 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Lulu’s Ice Cream
There’s a science behind Lulu’s Ice Cream - and that’s what makes it the creamiest ice cream in all of Miami-Dade county. The secret? Liquid nitrogen. While it might sound hard to believe, that’s what gives Lulu’s it’s super creamy consistency - as well as its local ingredients and fresh milk, direct from the shop cow “Lulu.” Even cooler is that you can watch the ice cream being made. Lulu’s makes your ice cream to order, meaning you can see the science experiment unfold right before your eyes. - Lulu’s Ice Cream, Edgewater - 2001 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL
This authentic gelato is well-worth the trip over the causeway into the Grove. Using only natural, all-organic ingredients, Bianco makes their gelato in the tradition of the old country, aka simple and delicious. While you won’t find any crazy concoctions here, what you will find are the classics done well - really well. You won’t be able to stop thinking about them. Stop in to see what’s on the menu. Bianco introduces new flavors depending on the season. - Bianco, Coconut Grove - 3137 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL
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