July is National Ice Cream Month, and the most chill of holidays definitely calls for an equally cool celebration. After all, what other frozen treats can really compare to the iconic dessert? It’s so classic, it deserves a full 31 days of recognition. And with the summer season in full swing, appreciation for the icy snack is at an all-time high. It's the perfect time to swap your usual afternoon coffee run for a refreshing soft-serve break.
This year, as if the temptation to indulge wasn't enough, our friends at Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale kicked off an Ice Cream Challenge which runs from July 1-31. At the end of the month, the shop with the most votes gets eternal bragging rights of having the best ice cream in Fort Lauderdale for 2020. Upping the ante for participants when you post in Ice Cream Challenge Group and tag @RiverwalkFtl you will also be eligible for some cool prizes.
So the next time you’re soaking in the sun on Fort Lauderdale Beach or Beyond and need to cool yourself down from the inside out, make your way over to one of our favorite spots lickity split and celebrate with a cool treat.
The famed ice cream brand is anything but Vanilla with new flavors, Banana Peanut Butter, and the Crispy Layered Trio Line (ice cream, topping, and sauce) in time for summer.
Haagen Dazs Beachplace | 17 S. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd. 2nd Floor
2. Steak 954
While the flavors rotate on the pastry chef's whim, you’re going to want to seriously dive into the Trio of Ice Cream Sandwiches with their little chocolate sauce pool to take a dip.
Steak 954 | 441 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
3. The Sweet Spot by Cafe Ibiza
You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store, at this little grab-n-go cafe, which serves up 24 flavors of ice cream atop freshly made waffles, crêpes, or in a cup, shake or cone.
The Sweet Spot | 215 S. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
4. The Market at Bahia Mar
Located across from Fort Lauderdale Beach Park’s outdoor gym, the Homemade Gelato (ice creams Italian cousin) is worth the calories out before calories in.
The Market | 801 Seabreeze Boulevard
5. Ben & Jerry's
The iconic Vermont-based ice cream parlor chain, known for its creative, cleverly named flavors lands on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Ben & Jerry's | 235 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Channel your best Rocky Balboa accent at Yo Mama's Ice Cream
6. Yo Mama's Ice Cream and Pops Corn
Tucked away on Sunrise Lane is Yo Mama’s Ice Cream™; half homemade ice cream parlor, half homemade popcorn shop and all fun. Made daily on premises they whip up the basics, like Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry to the unexpected Orange Creamsicle and Oreo Bomb more.
Yo Mama's Ice Cream | 901 Sunrise Lane
7. Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
Leave it to Bubba Gump to give you almost as many ways to enjoy Ice Cream as they do their namesake Shrimp, and then put it all on one plate with their Best of the Best sampler. Featuring Mama’s warm Bread Pudding (topped with Ice Cream), homemade Biscuit topped with fresh Strawberries (and ice cream) and melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae ( again, more ice cream), you best bring your Best of the Best friends to share this 1780+ treat.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. | 429 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard