South Beach gets hot. With warm temperatures, people want something refreshing to cool off on those sunny days. The answer? Ice cream…and gelato! The average American eats 22 pounds of ice cream each year – it’s clear that this dessert is loved by many. Ice cream and gelato are the perfect treats to satisfy a sweet tooth while walking along the beach, or it can be a great break in a long day of exploring the city.
If you’re craving these tasty frozen treats, South Beach has several spots for you to dig in.
The Frieze Ice Cream Factory
1626 N Michigan Ave., Miami Beach, Fl
The Frieze Ice Cream Factory is known for their homemade ice cream. Guests and passers-by can even watch the ice cream being made through a street-facing window. Several delicious homemade flavors include: Sassy Strawberry, Perfect Pistachio, Jack Daniel’s Maple Walnut, Cappuccino Chip, and Get Down Boogie-Oogie Cookie. They also offer an assortment of sorbets like: Tamarindo, Indian Mango, Pear, Guanabana, Pink Grapefruit, Red Wine, and Rum Raisin. And if you’re in the mood for a late-night snack, the factory is open until midnight!
Emack & Bolio’s
1915 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, Fl
Emack & Bolio’s is known for their creative flavors and mix ins. They have more than 100 hormone-free flavors of ice cream to choose from. Some flavors include: Space Cake (cake batter ice cream with shortbread cookie pieces and chunks of red velvet cake), Caramel Moose Prints (butterscotch ice cream with a caramel swirl and chocolate peanut butter cups blended in); and Heaven (a triple white flavor: vanilla bean speak ice cream with a marshmallow swirl and white chocolate chips). These ice creams can also be served in an “outrageous cone” that have toppings such as Fruit Loops, Oreos, and Rice Krispies sprinkled on them. This ice cream shop also features live-cultured yogurt, smoothies, and fudge.
Ferli Gelato Espresso Bar
1241 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, Fl
The owner of this shop is straight from Italy, so he knows a thing or two about gelato. He wanted the dessert to be enjoyed in a place year round, so he chose to open a shop in Miami. The shop opens early and closes late, so whether you want a coffee-based drink or something sweet, Ferli Gelato Espresso Bar has something for you. Gelato comes in many flavors including: dark chocolate, Stracciatella, Oreo Cookies, and Ferrero Roche. The shop also offers other sweets like sorbet, a gelato sandwich, cannolis, tiramisu and macarons.
436 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, Fl
If you’re in the mood for something creamy, thicker, and a little less sweet than ice cream, then gelato it is. Milani Gelateria is known for its outstanding flavors of gelato. Notable flavors are the Bacio (Nutella), Stracciatella, and Malaga (rum raisin made with spiced rum). Each morning, the gelato is churned behind the counter. The place has a funky vibe with zebra-striped walls and ice cream cone seats. On the weekends, you can enjoy one of these tasty desserts until 1 a.m.!
Stay Nearby the Sweet Treat Spots
Want to try one of these unique and special ice cream or gelato flavors? The Cavalier Hotel, located on Ocean Drive, is within walking distance of all these popular treats spots. To book your stay at the Cavalier, click here or call 305-671-1199.