Get The Scoop: Where To Try Miami's Best Ice Cream

Attention Miami: You can finally ditch your clothing and rock that brand-new bikini because it is officially summer. While we may be obliged to look good in minimal fabric, we must admit — the lust for a sweet cool treat is just as refreshing as a dip in The Venetian. With tasty scoops, cones, and sorbets like these, we can’t help but cool down from the inside out.
In this city, Plain Jane vanilla doesn't fly. We need flavors to have more color (without the use of rainbow sprinkles), more variety, and a lot more dulce vida. Which is why we’ve embarked on the oh-so difficult task of sorting through Miami’s ice cream joints and taste-testing the plethora of options. From champagne to sweet plantain, no flavor is too bizarre. Click through to see what our taste buds have to say, and see if you agree with our picks for the best types of helado in the 305.
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Best Ice Cream On The Go: Coolhaus

Not only does this ice cream truck appreciate mobility, but the two-handed ice cream sandwiches can be taken to go, too. An ice cream truck inspired by the Bauhaus movement (how cool is that?), Coolhaus scoops up combos like brown butter candied bacon ice cream, balsamic fig and mascarpone, or strawberry mojito sorbet (die). But don’t get too attached; they switch out almost daily, so you won’t have to worry about catching a combination you’ve had before. So, stuff your face with an ice cream sandwich that'll put anything in a plastic wrapper to shame.

Coolhaus, truck dates and times available @coolhausmia.

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Best Ice Cream For Pre- (Or Post-) Gaming: Frieze Ice Cream Factory

If you’re looking for a cone to eat (or sip on) as you stroll down Lincoln Road, consider making a sweet stop at Frieze Ice Cream Factory. While it may not be a bar by conventional standards, it’s perfected the art of mixology — equal parts alcohol and dairy, sweetly blended into perfection. You’ll spend your entire walk savoring your champagne sorbet or relishing in that Jack’s Maple Walnut blend. But if you’re the DD of the night, don’t worry. They’ve got plenty of other flavors for indulging. May we suggest the lychee sorbet or the s’mores? The best part of Frieze is that you’ll never ever need a chaser.

Frieze Ice Cream Factory, 1626 North Michigan Avenue (at Lincoln Lane); 305-538-2028

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Best Local Flavor: Azucar

Every once in a while, an eatery opens up that makes us think, “They get us. They really get us!” And that’s exactly how we felt about Azucar Ice Cream Company, who did something so obvious we smacked ourselves for not thinking of it first: they Miamified the Coldstone model. This Calle Ocho gem serves up some serious Miami flare with catchy names like Willy Cherrino (double cherry) and El Mani Loco (crazy peanut). They’ve also mastered the art of producing authentic Cuban flavors like Abuela Maria (Abuela Maria cookes with cream cheese and guava paste) and café con leche (Cuban coffee & Oreos). This is one Miami joint that has us all saying Ay Sans Goodness.

Azucar Ice Cream Company, 1527 SW 8th Street; 305-381-0369.

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The “But It’s Healthy!” Award: Real Sorbet

So if our other choices have you feeling a little overly caloric, this one is all pleasure, no guilt. Real Sorbet, a tweetable cart you’ll find at parks, events, and outside swanky coffee shops like Lester’s in Wynwood, is made from real pesticide-free seasonal fruit, filtered water, pure cane sugar, and spices and herbs. With no corn syrup, stabilizers, gums, articifical sweetners or colorings, consider it the salad of ice cream.

Real Sorbet, cart dates and times available @RealSorbet

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Best Back-in-the-Day Treat: Wall's

Sometimes, you just need a classic waffle cone with some rainbow sprinkles. In that case, head over to Wall’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream in South Miami. The walls are lined with pictures of folks from back-in-the-day, sporting inspired vintage ensembles. Sit outside, under an old-timey red and white umbrella and listen to the street sounds of US1. Nostalgia is sure to accompany that iconic banana split you’re unevenly sharing with a friend.

Wall’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, 8075 Southwest 67th Avenue; 305-740-9830.

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