Get the Scoop on the Best Ice Cream Shops in Key West
Uncover the sweetest secret Key West has to offer as we reveal the best ice cream shops across the island. While iconic chains like Haagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s, and Dairy Queen are here and may catch your eye, we’ll take you on a journey beyond the ordinary. Experience the unique flavors and creative concoctions that await you at our local ice cream destinations. From heavenly homemade treats to mind-blowing liquid nitrogen marvels, these businesses have mastered the art of frozen bliss. Get ready for an indulgent adventure in the heart of Key West as we serve up the scoop on Mattheessen’s, Flamingo Crossing, WickedLick, and Rooster Treats and Mini Donuts.
Mattheessen’s – Unleash Your Flavor Fantasy
Location: Multiple locations, two on Duval Street and one on Greene Street
Hours: Vary by location, check their website for specific hours.
Prepare to have your ice cream dreams come true at Mattheessen’s, the acclaimed destination with a variety of sweet homemade treats – they also have fudge and the best cookies on the island.
“Justa Foodie shared this review on Google, ‘Mattheesen’s lured me in with their key lime ice cream. Oh boy, sweet deliciousness! Perfectly located close to the Bight for your ice cream cravings! Highly recommend.'”
At Mattheessen’s, you’ll encounter a symphony of flavors, each carefully crafted in small batches to ensure unparalleled freshness and quality. Let your imagination run wild as you dive into their expansive menu of 23 tantalizing flavors. If you find it hard to choose, fear not! The friendly staff is delighted to create a customized scoop with a medley of flavors, making every visit a unique adventure. And don’t miss their giant cookies, including the legendary kitchen sink, sugar, and chocolate chip varieties. With a side of smoothies, floats, or coffees, your ice cream experience at Mattheessen’s is truly a work of art. (Photo courtesy of Mattheessens’s Facebook Page.)
Flamingo Crossing – Indulge in Island Flavors
Location: 1105 Duval Street
Facebook Page: Flamingo Crossing Ice Cream
Hours: Open daily from 11 am to 11 pm
Follow the fun at Flamingo Crossing, a family-run parlor that has been a Key West icon since 1987. Located just a few blocks from our Key West Beach Resort on Duval Street, this whimsical establishment offers a symphony of classic and tropical flavors, ensuring everyone finds their frozen bliss.
“Ramona Bartuso shared this review on Google, ‘Late night sweet treat at Flamingo Crossing Ice Cream in Key West! Waffle cones tasted super fresh! Nice crunch and made just right. Both cookies and cream and guava flavors were freaking delicious!!! This family-owned business had so many other indulging flavors, too! Will be back for sure!'”
Flamingo Crossing invites you to embark on a journey of flavor exploration. With each bite, you’ll uncover the love and dedication that goes into each batch of their homemade ice cream. Their commitment to using all-natural ingredients brings out the true essence of Key West. Take a seat at their outdoor picnic tables, soak in the delightful ambiance, and savor the magic of their frozen creations. Whether you opt for a classic favorite or venture into uncharted flavor territories, Flamingo Crossing promises an unforgettable ice cream experience.
Wicked Lick – Where Science Meets Frozen Fantasies
Location: 335C Duval Street
Hours: Open daily from 11 am to 11 pm
Prepare to be wowed as you step into the captivating world of Wicked Lick. Located on Duval Street, this innovative ice cream shop combines scientific precision with creative flair to deliver an ice cream experience like no other.
“Zachary Ribner has this to say on Google, ‘Never have I had ice cream that was chilled and created right in front of me! The coconut agave ice cream was delightfully creamy, light, and the perfect amount. Not overpoweringly sweet like some other ice creams, perfect for cooling down on a hot afternoon!'”
At Wicked Lick, the magic unfolds before your eyes as they craft ice cream using liquid nitrogen. This process creates an exceptionally smooth and creamy texture without the need for artificial additives. Their dedication to using all-natural cream, pure cane sugar, and fresh ingredients results in vibrant flavors that will ignite your taste buds. Step into their whimsical world of frozen delights and let your senses run wild with the myriad of unique flavors and combinations available. With dairy-free options for those with dietary preferences, Wicked Lick ensures that everyone can experience the joy of their ice cream magic. (Photo courtesy of Wicked Lick.)
Rooster Treats Ice Cream & Mini Donuts – A Unique Combination
Location: 1327 Simonton Street (corner of Simonton and South Streets)
Hours: Open daily from 12 pm to 11 pm
If you’re craving a delightful fusion of ice cream and donuts, look no further than Rooster Treats Ice Cream and Mini Donuts. Conveniently located across the street from our Key West Beach Resort, this retro oasis offers homemade soft-serve ice cream and freshly made mini donuts with an array of toppings that will leave you craving for more.
“Adventure49843367666 on TripAdvisor shares their delightful experience, ‘Enjoyed an evening with family and friends eating ice cream sundaes and donuts. Definitely a must-do on a hot day!'”
Rooster Treats encourages you to dream up your own combination by choosing from their wide selection of sauces and toppings. Whether you prefer a soft-serve key lime ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with a crushed graham cracker crust or hot mini donuts topped with pina colada icing and dusted with coconut flakes, the options are endless. Indulge in the rich, creamy homemade flavors of their soft serve ice cream or savor the mouthwatering sweetness of their hot mini donuts. Rooster Treats has something to satisfy every sweet craving. (Photo courtesy of Rooster Treats Ice Cream and Mini Donuts.)
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