Sweet, sweet summertime

Sweet, sweet summertime

One thing we can all agree on – you scream, I scream, we all scream for sweet treats. From ice cream to boozy shakes to all the baked-good items – Florida’s Space Coast has it for your indulgence. What better time to enjoy a little something sweet, than during the summer months? Explore just some of your yummy choices below.


There are donuts, and then there are donuts. Love Bugs Bakery in West Melbourne fills their cases with these homemade delights. Classic flavors from chocolate glazed cake and old-fashioned, to specialty treats like peanut butter and jelly and maple bacon bars line windows we are sure have been drooled over. Whatever you crave, get there early to beat the crowds, and claim your favorite. 


Del’s Freez is as classic to the Space Coast as the Apollo missions. Since serving their first cone in 1956, nothing much has changed – and there’s a (real) good reason why. Their homemade soft serve has been called the best in Brevard and locals line up for a taste of nostalgia, as generations have made this their selected sweet spot for decades. 


Monster shakes, waffle sundaes, ice cream floats – oh my! 4th Street Fillin’ Station is the wizard of desserts. Monstrous shakes overflow with goodies – and let’s not forget to mention the boozy shake option, topping off these serious concoctions with a little something extra. Or, if you prefer a spoon over a straw (although you’ll need both for those shakes), try a sundae built on a fresh-baked liege waffle. And for those who love the plant-based life, dessert options with the plant-based symbol are 100% free of animal-derived products. 


A French bakery, a café, a pizza parlor, a coffee shop and an ice cream joint all walk into a bar… No, this is no joke, this is Ossorio Bakery & Café, a mainstay in the Historic Cocoa Village. With something to please everyone, enjoy a hand-rolled pastry with some homemade ice cream all washed down with a home-roasted coffee. 


Historic Downtown Melbourne continues to flourish as an urban landscape of excitement. From the new Hotel Melby with its rooftop deck, to new restaurants and bars opening, there is something for everyone. But, let’s talk sweets. Here’s the Scoop Ice Cream is Downtown Melbourne’s neighborhood stop for small-batch gourmet ice cream, including vegan options! Did we mention its homemade?! Jacqueline’s Bakery & Café was opened in 2016, by Jacqueline, a Le Cordon Bleu trained baker, and her husband, Christophe to delight locals with French-style pastries and fresh-baked offerings. Right down the street is a bakery of another name, Sue Ann’s Bakery who bakes “all things deliciousness” in a quaint New Haven Ave. storefront. This trio, plus more, can make sweet-hopping the new restaurant experience trend. 


How about a late-night sweet treat? You’ll find nothing better than at The Oleander Club in the Eau Gallie Arts District. Craft cocktails in a speakeasy hidden among storefronts is the adult way to enjoy a summer treat. From toasted marshmallows to lavender and strawberry – there is no end in sight to the flavors you’ll experience here.