Best ice cream shops in Miami
What is it? This Calle Ocho shop sells Cuban-inspired ice cream by the scoop and in pints to-go. Once you reach the only massive, colorful cone in Little Havana, you know you’ve come to the right place.
Why go? Owner Suzy Batlle runs the show. If she’s feeling like bourbon with cherries, that’s exactly what we’ll whip up—and her whims never disappoint. She’s scored big with flavors like Abuela Maria—vanilla ice cream, Maria crackers, guava and cream cheese—and café con leche.
What is it? This bubble-gum-colored shop doles out hyper-local flavors customized in partnership with JoJo tea, Per’la Coffee and other Miami businesses.
Why go? Thanks to an in-house pastry chef, the chalkboard menu changes daily, so you’ll never get sick of Dasher & Crank’s selection. Staples include matcha, charcoal mint and a smattering of non-dairy options, which they always have on tap.
What is it? This homey café in Shorecrest owned by a local husband-and-wife duo serves classic sandwiches and light fare, plus quirky desserts and ice cream with punny names.
Why go? Two words: unicorn poop. The shop’s signature treat tastes like birthday cake and nothing like animal droppings—the rainbow-colored concoction mixed with cotton candy is one big, deliciously tasting sugar rush. The C is for Cookie will leave your mouth blue for hours, but the cookie-packed ice cream is so worth looking like the Cookie Monster for the day.
What is it? Pastry chef Soraya Caraccioli-Kilgore’s playful dessert spot sells unicorn cakes, soft-serve in unconventional flavors and rich chocolate bark.
Why go? Kilgore’s ice cream, in flavors such as matcha and berry rhubarb, is anything but basic but she still amps it up with spritzes of edible glitter, gold leaf, gold dust, cotton candy and fancy sprinkles—and we’re all the more grateful for it.
What is it? This cool, dim spot looks like a bar and it serves alcohol, though theirs comes in the form of delicious boozy ice cream. You’ll need to be 21 to eat.
Why go? Order up your usual nightcap, with a twist. Get mescal with Mexican chocolate, tangerine sorbet with champagne and more treats that’ll satisfy your cravings for a cocktail and dessert.
What is it? Mike Romeu and his sweet little girl, Melody, are the adorable team behind this homegrown ice cream business.
Why go? You’ve likely tried Sweet Melody’s icy creations at restaurants like Pinch Kitchen and R House. But the Wharf location is one of a handful of local pop-ups devoted strictly to ice cream, from Bo & Jo’s guava cream cheese and café con leche to seasonal offerings like coquito.
What is it? Stationed at 1-800-Lucky’s courtyard, this small truck doles out those whimsical, fish-shaped ice cream cones you’ve seen flood your Instagram feed for months.
Why go? Not everything you see on the internet tastes good, but these cones do. Get swirls of matcha, black sesame and other Asian soft-serve flavors covered in sprinkles, with a gold unicorn horn and finished off with other toppings guaranteed to get you extra likes.
What is it? Bianco does it old-school, making traditional gelato with all-natural, organic ingredients.
Why go? If you’re into food made simply, this is the ice cream for you. Pistachio is white, not green, as it should be when you’re using actual nuts in your dessert. There are also delicious vegan options that are satisfying and dairy-free.
What is it? Lulu’s makes high-tech, nitrogen ice cream using fresh, local ingredients.
Why go? The ice cream of the future wasn’t the crumbly stuff you used to buy at the mall or the county fair, it’s this. Blasted on the spot, hand-crafted and served ice-cold, Lulu’s comes in vanilla, coconut and several seasonal varieties. In the mood for something frothy? Try one of the tasty, handspun shakes.
What is it? Named after the famous ice cream parlor in Havana, Coppelia serves up traditional Cuban ice cream, milk shakes and sundaes.
Why go? This place specializes in nostalgia-tinged dessert, featuring pre-revolutionary Cuban favorites like the Copa Lolita, a caramel flan sundae, and flavors like mamey and mantecado.
What is it? This old-school gelato shop throws it back to 1950s Rome.
Why go? Latteria serves all-natural, gluten-free flavors made in-house. Their gelato is so good, you’ll often find it listed on the menus of numerous Miami restaurants. Once there, try the affogato with fresh vanilla for or the chocolate—you can never go wrong with Italian chocolate.
What is it? An ode to the ice cream parlors of the past, Jaxon’s retro-style diner boasts a menu of classic frozen treats.
Why go? Slide into a booth and take in the walls full of stuff—license plates, toys, trinkets and other Americana collectibles. Feeling overwhelmed yet? Relax with a classic chocolate milk shake topped with whipped cream and a cherry. It’s the only way to relax here.
What is it? The Sunset Harbour outpost of this East Coast chain features sweet-and-savory mix-ins, flavored cones and other kid-friendly combinations.
Why go? When simple vanilla won’t cut it, Emack & Bolio’s comes through with salted pretzels, gummy worms and other strange toppings young children might like on their ice cream.
What is it? This South Miami neighborhood spot is a mainstay for traditional, no-fuss ice cream.
Why go? Servings are cheap, cookies are freshly baked and the staff—made up of mostly teens and kids from the area—are cheery and eager to let you try all the flavors.
What is it? This old-timey Miami spot has been around since the 1950s. It’s vintage and charming, even if the flavor options are seemingly stuck in the past.
Why go? Forget the trendy salted caramel and other of-the-moment varieties you’re used to and stick to vanilla, chocolate and other classics, which are solid here. Eat 12 scoops of ice cream and get your name on the wall at Wall’s.