Miami is known for its insane art, plethora of plush beaches and art deco architecture that will knock your socks off. Miami’s nickname, The Magic City, applies perfectly to its budding culinary scene. From the injectable donut holes at The Salty Donut to the upscale Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine at Barceloneta, a visit to Miami can make it pretty tough to fit into your swimsuit. Thank goodness for spandex. During our most recent visit to this sun kissed city, Cream Parlor was the latest hipster foodie mecca to knock our socks off.
Cream Parlor is an over the top ice cream spot where you can drink, chat, lick and nibble your way through the day. It’s owned by Ainsley and Johnny Tsokos. They opened Cream just over a year ago because they longed to open the type of ice cream dream they would have enjoyed as kids and wanted to create the kind of place their 12 year old son and his friends might adore. (Note to Team Tsokos, our inner 12 year kid was completely hooked after our first visit.)
As soon as we arrived at the front counter, we were like sugar crazed teenagers in headlights. Between the ice cream choices (Unicorn poop! Bacon chocolate brown sugar!) and the actual adult appropriate food fuel (think feta smashed potatoes and prosciutto open faced tartines), we were quickly entering crisis mode.
Since it was breakfast time, we figured we’d take a step back and order our caffeine fix first and then go from there. Well, that flummoxed us even further. The rose petal latte was our first choice given that it’s made with homemade rosewater syrup and sprinkled with organic rose petals. Then, as soon as we went to order it, we saw that there was a special seasonal pumpkin latte on offer.
Thankfully Johnny Tsokos, Cream’s co-owner, was holding court at the register and helped us out in our pinch. He offered to combine the two drinks so we could try a seasonal pumpkin latte plus rose petal sprinkles. We were sold. Not only did it look elegant, the homemade syrup made it just sweet enough without overpowering our coffee. The last time we had a coffee drink that looked this amazing was when we indulged in a birthday cake rainbow vanilla latte at HomeSF.
We also ordered the honey Sriracha avocado toast. The toast was served up on Zak the Baker bread (another local Miami food purveyor) and combined avocado with fresh tomato, a zippy honey Sriracha sauce and topped with pickled red onions. We adore the spicy sauce and would happily order the dish again.
We also gave the bacon, goat cheese and honey avocado toast a whirl. It was just as tasty as the honey Sriracha version.
Our sweet tooth was still aching, so we also decided to give Cream’s ridiculously decadent and ginormous brownie a try. It’s a homemade triple chocolate chip wonder that lives up to its billing. The brownie was just as delicious and gooey as we had hoped, so we paired it with what is known as a pixie float. The flocculent float is electric blue and made with unicorn poop ice cream and sprinkles. It tastes like fizzy fuzzy sugar and sprinkles.
By this point in time, Cream had knocked us down for the count. Had we any more room in our aching bellies, we might have given a scoop of some of their funky looking ice cream a try.
The decor inside the shop is absolutely adorable and it’s worth strolling to the back of the shop to check out Cream’s cute little outdoor patio.
From the hip laid back ambiance to the delicious sweets and treats, Cream Parlor is one place you won’t want to float past when you’re in Miami.
Address: 8224 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33138
Hours: Monday 9:00am to 7:30pm, Tuesday Through Sunday 9:00am to 8:30pm
Phone: (786) 534-4180
Pricing (All in USD): Coffee $3 to $5.95, Tea $3 to $4.95, Cream Specialty Coffees $$5.95 to $7.95, Ice Tea Mocktails $4.95 to $6.50, Floats $6 to $9.95, Ice Cream Scoops and Dishes $3.75 to $9.95 (Half Pint $5.75, Pint $8.25, Quart $14.25), Breakfast $6 to $9, Cream Crêpes $9.50 to $10, Bowls $6.50 to $10.95, Smashed Potatoes $8.95, Wraps $9.95, Paninis $8.95 to $9.95, Salads $6.95 to $10.95, Tartines $9.95 to $10.95, Avocado Toast $9.95