THE TOP TEN Ice Cream in Las Vegas
We didn't realize how refreshing a summer beer or summer wine could be until we were much older, but our cravings for ice cream started as soon as we recognized the jingle of the ice cream truck that cruised through our neighborhood once temperatures climbed. We know there's nothing better than savoring something cold and sweet on a hot day, although we've also been known to indulge in a bowl of frozen confection when it's freezing outside. Get the scoop on the top 10 parlors and restaurants in Las Vegas, presented in alphabetical order, that dish out the best ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato and many more varieties of this summery treat.
We didn't realize how refreshing a summer beer or summer wine could be until we were much older, but our cravings for ice cream started as soon as we recogni... more
Miracle Mile Shops, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702-696-0181
This spacious gelateria and eatery is a popular place to gather for quick bites and quick meals. Among breakfast favorites are bagels and croissants with an array of toppings and accompaniments, such as bacon and eggs. Soup is served in cups, bowls and hollowed-out bread loaves. Salads include Caesar and chicken with pineapple and walnuts. Among paninis on focaccia, Italian roll or wheat bread, we like the Toscano---roasted red peppers, artichokes, mushrooms, tomatoes, lettuce and provolone cheese topped with pesto, olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Spinach or meat lasagna is served with focaccia; pizzas and wraps are also winners. Milk shakes, smoothies, specialty coffees and soft drinks nicely complement the fare. Save room for a cannoli, tiramisu or banana split, and, of course, the gelato.
Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702-693-7111
Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday-Saturday to midnight) in Bellagio’s pool promenade, this comfortable parlor is perfect for guests in need of a sweet retreat. Multi-color tile walls back the display cases, wicker chairs and tables with granite tops fill the cozy dining area. We like the grilled chicken Gruyère and the peppered roast beef sandwiches and the chicken Caesar salad, accompanied by the choice of milk shakes, juices, Chai tea, lattes, cappuccinos and espresso. Among the 50 gelato, ice cream and sorbet flavors, our favorites are rum raisin, pistachio and banana-toffee crunch. The sticky buns, chocolate croissants, apple strudel, huge bear claws and cinnamon rolls are terrific, too.
Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, 5111 Boulder Hwy., Las Vegas, NV 89122 / 702-456-7777
Sweet-spot destination in a western-themed hotel for all the ice cream faves.
Coconuts Ice Cream Shop
The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702-791-7111
From 11 a.m.-11 p.m., this sparkling 16-seat ice cream parlor offers imaginative sweet temptations in a white wooden gazebo-like tropical setting. Bold-color tiles adorn the walls; black and white wicker chairs surround ice cream parlor tables with black granite tops. Ice cream sodas, floats, malts, shakes and banana splits are all on the menu. In addition to the traditional ice cream flavors, there are coconut, strawberry cheesecake, peanut butter-chocolate, café java and pistachio, plus white chocolate-macadamia non-fat frozen yogurt and non-fat sugar-free blueberry frozen yogurt.
The Shoppes at The Palazzo, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702-869-2233
You’ll find a wide array of brewed coffee and espresso drinks, both hot and cold, traditional and modern, at this Illy outpost in the desert. Luca Trazzi, the architect behind the cutting edge cool Francis Francis coffee products line, designed the stylish store. It's an appealing space, from the white marble floor and dark wood paneling to the gleaming chrome display cases and a central tower showcasing espresso cups from Illy's "artist" series. And there’s more than just caffeine: stop in for an extensive selection of panini (three cheese, caprese, etc.) and wraps (turkey and chicken) as well as dessert crêpes, sundaes and more than 50 flavors of gelato. Breakfast items include bagel and croissant sandwiches with eggs, ham and other options. Kids will like the chocolate-dipped strawberries from the chocolate fountain. Sit back and watch the shoppers or take your order to go. You can also purchase coffee beans, coffee cups and even espresso machines for the home.
The Ice Cream Shoppe
Las Vegas Hilton, 3000 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702-732-5111
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the tiny Ice Cream Shoppe is flanked by Pizza Hut and the Hilton’s Perk Place. Among the dozen flavors of all-natural ice cream are vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, peach, coffee, peanut butter tracks, banana bonanza and mint chocolate chip, with 26 topping choices, in sugar, cake or waffle cones. There’s also orange sherbet, plus traditional sundaes, milk shakes, soft-serve frozen custard and ice cream sodas including root beer floats.
Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, 4000 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103 / 702-367-7111
Choose from twenty-plus ice cream flavors to fill your float or blend into a milkshake at this nostalgic parlor west of The Strip. Yogurt and smoothies round out the menu.
Las Vegas Popcorn & Ice Cream
Circus Circus, 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702-696-0411
Las Vegas Popcorn & Ice cream offers an expansive array of treats to satisfy every sweet tooth. Located across from Circus Circus’ Adventuredome on its bustling Promenade level, this tiny refreshment emporium offers ice cream flavors including traditional chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, plus a few specialties.
Schrafft's Ice Cream
New York-New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702-740-6405
Ice cream, yogurt, sorbets, smoothies, sundaes, waffle cones, frozen bananas with chocolate and peanut coating, peanut butter fudge brownies, juices and specialty coffees are featured in this airy, bright and comfortable ice cream parlor with tables and chairs reminiscent of New York City’s legendary Schrafft’s of a bygone era. Bronx butter pecan, Staten Island strawberry, Park Avenue pralines and cream, Wall Street cookie dough, Roxy rocky road, City Hall chocolate and Chelsea chocolate-macadamia are among favorite flavors.
Sugar & Ice
Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702-770-3355
This ice cream parlor features elegant white marble tables and red chairs, and a patio overlooking Wynn’s Lake of Dreams complete with a cascading waterfall. It also offers appealing American fare beginning with breakfast choices such as bread pudding french toast and croissants filled with ham and cheese, and imaginative lunch and dinner soups and salads. Among sandwiches are albacore tuna salad on a croissant, and our favorite---grilled portobello mushroom and roasted red pepper panini. Paninis are displayed in glass-enclosed cases along with caramel apples, yogurt parfaits, pastries and the array of ice cream flavors like cherry-almond, lemon tart, pistachio, peanut butter, coconut crunch, tiramisu and strawberry cheesecake, plus assorted sorbets. Specialty coffees, smoothies, blended frozen drinks, beer, vodka lemonade, and frozen daiquiris and mud slides complement the fare.
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