Desserts

Five Best Ice-Cream Shops in Coral Gables and South Miami

Spring is in full bloom, and although we've been blessed with amazing weather, summer is right around the corner. That means you'll need to cool off with some ice cream. Before you heed the siren song of the ice-cream truck selling industrial frozen treats, head to one of these fine ice-cream shops in Coral Gables and South Miami, where you'll find five of Miami-Dade's most iconic places to grab a cone.

5. Dairy Queen
Chances are that not only have you been going to this Dairy Queen, but so have your parents. The oldest DQ in Miami (8545 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami) has a walk-up window where you can place your. Childhood DQ favorites such as Blizzards and Dilly Bars are available, but you can never go wrong with a classic soft serve ($1.99 for a small cone). Bring cash, because this place is so old-school it doesn't take credit cards.

4. Swensen's
Located across South Dixie Highway from the University of Miami, Swensen’s is another tried-and-true Miami institution. Although the restaurant serves a full food menu, Swensen's is best known for its outrageous ice-cream sundaes. The banana split ($7.49) reigns supreme. A banana is topped with strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate ice-cream scoops and then smothered with strawberry jam, pineapple jam, chocolate fudge, and almonds. A cherry tops it all off. Bring a friend and ask for another spoon, because this is a beast of a dessert worthy of a king (kong).

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