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The Most Satisfying Swirls of Soft-Serve We’ve Seen This Summer

Picture of Kathryn Maier
NYC Food & Drink Editor
Updated: 30 August 2017
Most people refer to soft serve as a type of ice cream, but we’d argue that this creamy treat is its own particular category of frozen food product.

Soft serve has a decided advantage over “traditional” ice cream—and that’s those symmetric swirls, requiring a special kind of artistry, and eminently soothing and satisfying when done perfectly. So here you go: The most sublimely flawless swirls of soft-serve that we’ve seen this summer.

Aqua S, Sydney

The blue “sea salt” flavor seems to be the favorite at Aqua S.

SATURDAY ICE CREAM MOOD ☁️🍬🍦🙌🏽 Our favorite Sydney ice cream 👉🏼 📍 @aquas_au 🍦 #HungryMate 💥 @paulpayasalad

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Besfren, NYC

The plump orchid-bedecked swirls of taro and matcha at Besfren are almost too pretty to eat.

Fat #ice-cream#NYC

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Bingbox Snow Cream, NYC

Bingbox’s soft serve comes in flavors like taro, honeydew, and mango.

Ca Lem, Montreal

Check out Ca Lem’s vivid swirls in flavors like passionfruit and watermelon.

🍉 #icecream 🍦 #nofilterneeded @alyssa.corey90 @anhtd01

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Drips & Swirls, Los Angeles

These gorgeously garnished soft-serve cones from Drips & Swirls are available in flavors like charcoal rice and Korean melon.

iHalo Krunch, Toronto

iHalo Krunch’s “black on black” may be the most popular order, but we love the vibrant swirls of charcoal-coconut and ube.

Trying out @ihalokrunch soft serve ice cream. Yum 👍

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Kem CoBa, Montreal

We love the looks of Kem CoBa’s passionfruit twist… and the manicure in the second photo too.

Little Damage, Los Angeles

Not sure whether we’re more into Little Damage’s monochromatic palette or their Technicolor look, tbh.

Lick it real good 👅 @little.damage’s Spicy Mango Tango 🌶 swirled with Unicorn Tears 💧🦄 is the perfect solution to the midweek slump!

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Roll Up Creamery & Cafe, San Francisco

The cones from Roll Up Creamery & Café are so perfect they almost look like cartoons.

Soft Swerve, NYC

The soft-serve artists at Soft Swerve are masters of symmetry.

🍦 #BestIEverHad #MatchaBlackSesameSwirl

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Ube selfish if you ate both cones! Tag ice cream bae. #softswerve 📸: @hungrynini

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Somi Somi, Los Angeles

Somi Somi’s soft serve comes in fun fish-shaped taiyaki cones.

Yeah, I’m into fitness. Fitness whole ice cream in my mouth. 🤓🍦

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Urban Artisan, George Town and Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Urban Artisan’s soft serve is so gorgeous we honestly could’ve done an entire post just of their cones.

Go & Grab dessert tonight at @urbanartisan_official 🍦🍰 🤤🤤😍😍

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A date with bestfriend 💕👩‍❤️‍👩👩‍❤️‍👩

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