Served in a cone, a cup, a bowl, or on a stick– there’s no wrong way to serve ice cream. After a hot day playing on a Florida beach, you won’t really care how you get your fix. That’s where we come in!

We combed through thousands of eligible ice cream shops in the state of Florida to create a definitive list of the 13 best. We chose our award-winners based on flavors, variety, innovation, location, customer reviews, and more. These stores truly are the ‘cream’ of the crop, so make it a point to stop in for a cold treat on your next visit to Florida. Yum!

Originally Published: January 24, 2018

Florida’s Best Ice Cream Shops:

Azucar Ice Cream Company | Miami, FL

Looking for a “farm to cone” experience? This is your place! This unique ice cream shop promotes local farmers and suppliers. They only use the best ingredients. Get ready for some of the best ice cream you’ve ever tasted. 

Bianco Gelato | Miami, FL

Bianco Gelato only uses organic and kosher certified ingredients that are selected among local and Italian suppliers. So many delicious flavors to choose from. What should you try first?

Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream | Miami, FL

Ice cream flash frozen with nitrogen for an extra smooth, extra creamy taste!

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour | Dania Beach, FL

Jaxson’s is an old fashioned ice cream parlour with one of the nation’s largest Collections of rural American memorabilia, including a world class automobile license plate collection.

Lofty Pursuits | Tallahassee, FL

 Lofty Pursuits has a full sit down soda fountain in its toy store at Market Square. They have ice cream, shakes, malts, ades, freezes, fizzes, floats, sodas, yips, egg creams, and all sorts of fountain creations.

LuLu’s Ice Cream | Miami, FL

LuLu’s lovingly crafts each ice cream from scratch, using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. To make it extra special each is finished off with a splash of liquid nitrogen.

Royal Scoop | Bonita Springs, FL

Their homemade ice cream is served in dipping stores, restaurants, country clubs and assisted living facilities throughout the area, so you know it’s good!

Strachan’s Ice Cream | Palm Harbor, FL

Since 1999, Strachan’s Ice Cream & Desserts has been delighting kids and adults of all ages with fantastic homemade ice creams, award-winning desserts, and a friendly atmosphere that makes everyone feel right at home.

Sweet Pete’s Candy | Jacksonville, FL

Sweet Pete’s opened a new Jacksonville location in the historic Seminole Club, a building that dates back to 1903. This new confectionary emporium is a vast 23,000 sq. ft., making it one of the largest candy shops in the United States.

The Hyppo | Saint Augustine, FL

The Hyppo seeks to provide an authentic and rewarding culinary experience. Their food is created with integrity and is quite delicious.

The Revolution Ice Cream Co | Brandon, FL

The Revolution is not your typical ice cream shop. While it’s true they have some of the typical flavors you have grown up with, they also have some amazing flavors that you have never even dreamed of. 

Twistee Treat | Multiple Locations

Twistee Treat ice cream is real homemade ice cream. The rich smooth flavors are sure to please anyone’s pallet. The menu indulges in ice cream, cones, cups, shakes and malts.

The Frieze | Miami Beach, FL

Enjoy the best all natural super premium South Beach Ice Cream around. Made fresh daily, the Frieze has been proudly serving Miami residents, visitors and businesses for over thirty years. Come and taste why their ice cream store is one of the top destinations on Miami Beach.


Hi, I'm Paul, I'm a travel writer and I love everything about the salt life. I grew up in the northeast, but we visited family in Florida often ... and I was hooked! I've been writing about the Sunshine State for two decades. I enjoy helping travelers find the best places to stay, to eat, and to play in Florida.

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