Las Vegas spends an average of 74 days a year above 100 degrees. That’s 74 excuses to eat gelato. The Italian indulgence, which is creamier than ice cream thanks to a more languorous churning process, is a perfectly decadent antidote to Las Vegas’ sweltering weather. As a result of its richer flavor profile, gelato is typically doled out in smaller portions — ideal for Las Vegas summer days that tend to melt ice cream faster than it can be devoured.
When temperatures hit the triple digits in Las Vegas, here’s where to cool down with some gelato.
Diners can stroll the Linq Promenade while enjoying petal after petal of rose-shaped gelato cones at Amorino Gelato. The European-based brand offers customizable — and Instagrammable — mixes of gelato at both its Strip location and its North Premium Outlet location. Macaroons and other sweet treats are also available.
Amorino Gelato, The Linq Promenade, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Suite 3; 702-684-7188
Gelato with a view of the world’s largest chocolate fountains
Strip visitors can knock off dessert and a tourist attraction in one spot at Bellagio Patisserie. The former Jean Philippe Patisserie turned Bellagio Patisserie serves a rotating selection of gelato flavors plus crepes, coffee, and sandwiches until 11 p.m. The restaurant’s entrance features a 26-foot tall chocolate fountain, the world’s largest.
Bellagio Patisserie, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-693-8865
Gelatology is a neighborhood gelato spot that features scratch-made gelatos including a wide range of vegan dishes. Diners can order gourmet flavors including French lavender, rosemary extra virgin olive oil, and rose petal. For those who crave a mixture of savory and sweet, Gelatology will whip up the signature Fat Elvis sundae made with peanut butter gelato, strawberry puree, banana compote and bacon.
Gelatology, 7910 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 110; 702-982-8881
Gelato in Chinatown
The perfect Chinatown meal calls for the perfect dessert, and diners can find just that at Gelato Bar. The intimate space serves green tea, marshmallow, cheesecake, and a wide variety of other gelato flavors along with milk tea, boba, and crepes.
Gelato Bar, 3849 Spring Mountain Road; 702-477-6799
Located along the Lake Las Vegas waterfront, just moments from kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and flyboarding, Bellalinda Gelateria Italiana is a quaint gelato spot with ample lakeside seating. The menu includes salted caramel, pistachio and birthday cake gelato along with a selection of refreshing sorbet flavors such as grapefruit and limoncello.
Bellalinda Gelateria Italiana, 40 Costa di Lago, Suite 130, Henderson; 702-856-3010