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.
The plump orchid-bedecked swirls of taro and matcha at Besfren are almost too pretty to eat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Somi Somi, Los Angeles
Somi Somi’s soft serve comes in fun fish-shaped taiyaki cones.
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.