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Get ready to consume all of the ice cream goodness in Jacksonville on National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, June 7. We’re spotlighting the tried and true creameries, the must-visit ice cream shops, and the old-fashioned mom and pop treat diners for the best ice cream in Jacksonville, Florida. Get that sweet tooth ready. It’s going for a wild ride.


Dreamette is the ice cream shop of your dreams (pun intended). This old-school ice cream stand has been serving dipped cones and other cold treats from walk-up windows since 1948. The fan base is so devoted, you’ll have to reserve some time for the wait in line. “You’ve had the rest, now try the best” is not an understatement. This might be the best soft-serve ice cream in Jacksonville. Bring your cash and roll on down to Dreamette for no-frills, delicious ice cream.

Mayday Ice Cream

With three locations in Jacksonville, you can’t miss a Mayday Ice Cream visit. Specializing in handcrafted, artisanal flavors, and delectable toppings, Mayday takes great pride in their specialty scoops and clever flavor names. From the classic Cookie Crush, Straight Strawberry, and Session Chocolate to the outside-of-the-box flavors like Blackberry Earl Grey, Blueberry Toast Crunch, and Raja Honey, there’s a little something for everyone at Mayday.

5Fx Ice Cream & Taiyaki

If you’re looking for that mom ‘n’ pop-run shop, look no further than 5Fx Ice Cream, which serves up delicious ice cream alongside buttery sweet waffles. The Taiyaki – a fish-shaped waffle filled with a stuffing of your choice – is a must-try. Yum!

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

With ice cream made fresh onsite daily, you know it’s gonna be good. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is a “scoop above the rest,” with more than 24 fresh flavors to choose from. Looking to go on the lighter side? They have plenty of no-sugar-added flavors, including chocolate fudge ripple, cinnamon, and caramel swirl.

Kilwins Jacksonville

An old-fashioned confectionery chain selling chocolates, ice cream, and other handmade sweets, Kilwins in Jacksonville invites customers in to experience the mouthwatering sensation of their ice cream treats. Kid (and dog!) approved, the whole family will love this sweet shop.

We’re pretty sure we might be surrounded by some of the best ice cream shops on the planet. For a peek at other around-town mentions, check out the Mirador & Stovall at River City blog.


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