Cool off with ice cream in Las Vegas

It’s June in Las Vegas and that means it’s hot. There are lots of ways you can cool down but one of our favorites is to indulge in a nice cold, sweet scoop of ice cream or gelato. Luckily there are places all over the Strip where you can find a cool treat.

When you’ve been walking up and down the Strip sightseeing and you need a break from the heat, pop into one of these 10 places for some frozen refreshment:


Trevi at the Forum Shops at Caesars: Trevi serves up homemade gelato made from the finest ingredients imported from Italy. A rainbow of flavors is made daily including pistachio, strawberry, tiramisu, cappuccino and a flavor of the day. Trevi often makes special seasonal and holiday flavors like cranberry or pumpkin as well.

Sprinkles at The Linq: Sprinkles might be famous for their cupcakes, but trust us, you’ll want to try their ice cream. Flavors vary by the day and include Cap ‘N Crunch, peanut butter cup, red velvet and butter pecan. Our pick: the salty caramel with some hot fudge on top. It’ll change your life.

Luv It Frozen Custard, 505 E. Oakey Blvd.:  Located just past the Stratosphere, this Vegas institution opened in 1973 and has been serving delicious frozen custard treats from its walk-up window ever since. The custard, which is basically ice cream with egg in the mix, is made fresh daily in vanilla, chocolate and two special flavors like peppermint or eggnog. You can get the custard in shakes, malts, floats or sundaes. Our favorite is the Western sundae — vanilla custard topped with a thin layer of hot fudge and salted pecans.

Golden Opulence Sundae

Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace: If you’re looking for some really indulgent ice cream, Serendipity 3 offers their drugstore sundaes that come in varieties like the Lookie Lookie Gimme Cookie, made with chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and assorted cookies or the Can’t Say No Sundae with vanilla and coffee ice creams, banana, peanuts, hot fudge and whipped cream. Serendipity is also home to the Golden Opulence Sundae, which holds the Guinness Record for the most expensive sundae in the world with a price tag of $1,000. The sundae is made with Amedei Proceleana chocolate and golden-colored caviar. It comes in a golden goblet served with 18 carat gold spoons, which guests can keep.

Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas: Sugar Factory serves a variety of fun sundaes including banana split, red velvet, cookie jar and a cereal sundae with Cap ‘N Crunch, Froot Loops and Lucky Charms. If you have a big group and want something that will wow everyone, go for the massive King Kong sundae: 16 scoops of ice cream, sprinkles, caramel sauce, hot fudge, strawberry sauce, marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies, crushed waffle cone, gummy bears, fresh banana, walnuts, whipped cream and a giant lollipop.

Cocolini at the Venetian: One of the great pleasures when visiting Italy is having a scoop of creamy gelato. Las Vegas isn’t Italy but the Venetian is a nice replica. You can pretend you’re in Venice if you head to Cocolini, located in St. Mark’s Square. Cocolini serves a wide variety of gelato flavors including stracciatella, pistachio, strawberry, spumoni, mint chocolate chip and mixed berry.

Rick's Tasting Game

RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay: Think you’re an ice cream expert? Test your skills with Rick’s Tasting Game. Chef Rick Moonen challenges guests to name all 16 flavors in his ice cream tasting, and those who do get the dessert for free (regular price is $18).  Flavors change often and can be as exotic as foie gras, or as simple as vanilla.  Only a handful of people have been able to guess all the flavors.

Art of Flavors at Las Vegas and Oakey Boulevards: For some delicious artisan gelato, try Art of Flavors. The gelato is made with imported Italian ingredients and comes in a huge variety of interesting flavors including lemon pound cake; foie gras with rosemary, salt and pepper; rice pudding with cinnamon; dulce de leche; maple bacon; cinnamon roll; dark French silk pie; lavender; and cioccolate e peperoncino, a chocolate gelato infused with pasilla and red chiles.

BLVD Creamery

BLVD Creamery at Monte Carlo: The Monte Carlo’s pastry team whips up this ice cream every day from all natural milk and cream. There are 24 imaginative ice cream and sorbet flavors available, which can vary by day. Stick with traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla or be a bit more adventurous with a watermelon jalapeno sorbet, Suds Sorbet made with Shock Top beer or the B.T.A. ice cream with avocado, tomatoes and bacon. BLVD Creamery serves the ice cream by the scoop or in ice cream sandwiches made with cookies, waffles, brownies and donuts.

Ghirardelli at The Linq: Ghirardelli is known for chocolate and there’s no better way to top ice cream than with chocolate. Try their signature World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae topped with fresh homemade hot fudge, whipped cream, chopped almonds and a cherry on top.


It’s not that warm in Minnesota. I know this from spending half my life freezing in the northern part of the state. So 20 years ago, I decided to thaw out and traded in scarves and mittens for tank tops and flip-flops (Take that, polar vortex!). I swapped snow for 300 days of sun a year. I may not have been born here, but there are hotels that haven’t lasted in Vegas as long as I have. The Sands, Hacienda, Aladdin, Desert Inn and the Stardust too. I've been to my fair share of implosion parties. (Yeah, that’s a thing.) As a writer for, I've applauded hundreds of shows, explored every major hotel in town and raised a few glasses at most of the city's bars and clubs. Now I'm the resident foodie here. I write about all things dining — from $3.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate to the finest sushi at Nobu, and everything in between.