Humidity, sweltering humidity, it’s a fact of life during a Miami summer. And in spring and early fall, too. It’s a year-round reality, so maybe that’s why ice cream spots keep popping up all over the city. Here’s a few you should definitely check out.
In the heart of Little Havana is a tiny ice cream spot whose name translated means sugar. At Azucar there are a few select chairs which you won’t need because you won’t be there long enough to need them. With flavors like Abuela Maria made with the classic Cuban cookies (and one of their signature flavors), Café Con Leche with Cuban coffee and oreos and the always popular dulce de leche, you’ll devour it too quickly. They love to play up the Cuban angle here and even sell t-shirts emblazoned with familiar Cuban sayings.
4. Whip ‘n Dip Ice Cream Shoppe
The spelling of the word shoppe in the name is a giveaway that this is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor churning out fresh homemade ice cream. Located in the heart of South Miami, they’ve been around since 1985 and their most popular flavors are still to this day the Bulldog Blitz (cotton candy flavored) and the traditional cookies ‘n cream. And the house made hot fudge is also a must try which sounds good over a chocolate/vanilla swirl.
5. The Frieze Ice Cream Factory
A standard off Lincoln Road in Miami Beach it’s no wonder this spot is frequented by celebrities in town. Beyoncé & Jay-Z popped in while in town. Other than celeb sightings, the ice cream and sorbet here are first rate and the flavors have a SoBe bling flair. Take a few licks of the champagne flavored or perhaps the red wine one. Or combine the mango and raspberry flavors for a colorful and refreshing kick.
7. Smooshies Candy & Toy Store
This place may sound like a name you call your honey but Smooshies on Key Biscayne is where you can find nitrogen ice cream made in a variety of exotic flavors. It’s like they knew Miamians would go crazy for coconut, mango and guava. Of course they also have dulce de leche and Nutella but imagine a peanut butter and banana combo.