Summer is here, which means lots of ice cream runs, especially for us that will endure the Venice heat! But where do you go for the best ice cream? Check out our list of the best ice cream shops in Venice and treat yourself to some of the sweetest eats in the area.
One of the best ice cream shops in Venice, Nokomis Groves is a local favorite, drawing a lot of attention from tourists as well. The famous ice cream shop is open year-round, and it also has freshly-squeezed orange juice and other orange-flavored goods. The best part of visiting this ice cream shop in Venice is walking up to the small window outside and placing your order, reminding many of the popular ice cream shops they grew up with. Nokomis Groves is known for their orange flavor, which you can get solo or mixed with vanilla (my favorite), chocolate, lime, or pineapple.
While you're strolling through Downtown, you'll pass Kilwin's, a sweets shop filled with yummy treats as well as some of the best ice cream in Venice. They have a wide wide variety of flavors including classics as well as unique ones like toasted coconut. They also has quite a few flavor options kids will love as well like Superman, birthday cake, and cookies and cream.
A fun spin on your usual ice cream shop, The Soda Fountain is right on your way to Venice Beach and serves some of the greatest milkshakes, malts, and sundaes you'll ever have. They also have items like floats and freezes with an overwhelming list of options to make a flavor of your own. The blue raspberry freeze is absolutely delicious! The environment is cool here as well (pun intended) with an old-time feel, plus the shakes and floats are served in old-fashioned, large glasses. They're big enough to share, although you can indulge in one yourself. The whole family will love this place, and you can grab a bite to eat here, too, as they serve fantastic food.
Related content: Places To Visit on Venice Island From a Local
Creamy and, as my nephew says, "yummy in my tummy," Ciao Gelato is definitely one of the best ice cream shops in Venice. This gelato shop has so many fun flavors, and they always rotate flavors, so you can try something new each visit. I have never been disappointed! Another plus to this place is that if you have a food allergy or are vegan, Cia Gelato they can cater to you as they usually have five or six flavor options that are dairy-free and vegan.
A healthier option for the best ice cream shops in Venice is YoFresh. Here, you have the freedom to stay as healthy as you'd like or go crazy with the toppings bar! With around 15 different flavors of yogurt, and many, many toppings, you can make your perfect bowl with as much or as little as you'd like. It's all self-serve, so you can make your treat to your perfection, and they charge by weight. Kids go crazy for this ice cream shop!
Last but certainly not least, Scoops is one of the best ice cream shops in Venice, and the ice cream here is homemade! This ice cream shop has everything you could every think of with your favorite flavors, milkshakes, banana splits, and ice cream you can take home! They even have the option to order online and pick your ice cream up to beat the lines.
Visit one (or all) of the best ice cream shops in Venice this summer and let us know what you think about them in comments section below!
Cover photo courtesy of Unsplash