Maybe it's the year-round sunny weather or the fact that Miami is a pretty decadent place already. But it has some of the most amazing, unique dessert eateries. We like mojitos. We like them better when they are infused into cupcakes. We can't get enough Cuban pastries filled with guava and cheese, so let's make them into gourmet ice cream. Why not? We've compiled the best places to get your sweet-tooth fix.
Azucar Ice Cream
Many places serve ice cream in Miami, but Azucar Ice Cream Co. is an award-winning, neighborhood treasure serving up Cuban ice cream from its Little Havana shop. Sourcing local ingredients from farmer's markets and even from fruit stands down the block, Azucar is a cool tribute to the owners "abuela" (grandmother).
Ice cream flavors include sunset-colored mamey, creamy avocado with condensed milk, sweet pink guava and sorbets made only with the juiciest mangos, were all grandma's favorites. Before or after your cone, make sure to take a selfie in front of the enormous ice cream cone on the front of the building next to the entrance.
Fireman Derek's Bake Shop & Cafe
A five-alarm wave of yumminess is sweeping through the Wynwood Art District neighborhood from the pies baked at Fireman Derek's Bake Shop & Cafe. All those years of cooking in firehouses have paid off for Miami firefighter-turned-professional-baker Derek Kaplan, who has made desserts for more than 15 years.
What started as a food truck has evolved into a popular brick-and-mortar shop self-described as offering world-famous pies. We recommend trying the chocolate-dipped flan, the key lime pies or the salted caramel crack pies.
In a genius collaboration, Fireman Derek's Bake Shop and Azucar Ice Cream have teamed up to make an Abuela Maria cheesecake, transforming the sensational ice cream made from Galletas Maria, guava paste and cream cheese into a cake.
Crumb on Parchment
Crumb on Parchment is the bakery and cafe from James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein inside the atrium of the Melin Building in Miami's Design District. The sweet smell of fresh pastries, cakes and other baked goods beckon you to take a break from your shopping adventure for scrumptious treats. Family recipes are the source of some of the cafe's most popular cakes and pies including the German chocolate and the strawberry rhubarb tart. Catering mostly to the daytime workers in the area, the bakery is only open Mon. through Fri., 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Started 40 years ago in Lake Worth, Palm Beach, this family-owned business has grown into an award-winning chocolatier. With nine retail stores, including Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, Hoffman's Chocolates, sells more than 70 varieties of the sweet stuff. Headquartered in Greenacres, it is known as the "Willy Wonka," offering tours of the chocolate factory to visitors. What a treat to see the art of candy-making first-hand.
Bunnie Cakes is a charming Wynwood Miami-based dessert shop with a triple threat—vegan, gluten-free and kosher sweets. Find mouth-watering cupcakes in an assortment of flavors including guava, vanilla chocolate chip, espresso, red velvet, banana chocolate chip and many more. These two-biters are among the best cupcakes in Miami. It also offers custom-made cakes for all special occasions.
Who doesn't love doughnuts? Follow the "hot light" in North Miami to find melt-in-your-mouth, signature original glazed doughnuts from Krispy Kreme. At times you'll see locals lining the streets waiting for the first batch of doughnuts in the wee hours of the morning. Try the iconic brand's eight wonderful varieties of doughnuts, including jelly-filled, powdered, chocolate, cinnamon, coconut and even the peanut cake stick.
Dylan's Candy Bar
Hailed as the world's largest candy emporium, Dylan's Candy Bar on South Beach's Lincoln Road is the creation of Ralph Lauren's daughter, Dylan. The retail outpost, fashioned after the New York City flagship store, boasts a selection of more than 7,000 candies, a cafe, full-service bar and personal candy shoppers. Stop in to gobble up delicious candy classics like jelly beans, gummy bears, cotton candy and poprocks. If that doesn't get your insulin into overdrive, indulge in the s'mores candy bars, milkshakes and chocolate-covered cookie dough, and other novelty, holiday-themed or international imports.