Los Angeles Soft Serve Ice Cream Worth Seeking

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Soft Serve Ice Cream Los Angeles

Budonoki's purple neon sign leaves little doubt what to order for dessert: soft serve ice cream.

I last wrote about Los Angeles soft serve ice cream for The Los Angeles Times in 2015. At that point, eight places stood out, which now feels quaint. I’m steering clear of places I previously covered, though I would gladly devour any of those light, creamy swirls. Most of those options are still available nearly a decade later, though a few businesses closed or discontinued soft service. If anything, the Los Angeles soft serve scene has exploded in popularity since 2015. Dozens of new fast casual concepts and more fashionable restaurants keep joining the delicious fray across L.A.

Of course, soft serve ice cream is nothing new. Have you driven by a Dairy Queen or Frosty Freeze lately? There are always lines in warmer weather, and have been for decades. Soft serve remains a draw for Carvel customers as well, though I’m partial to Fudgie the Whale in that case, even after Fudgie’s recent appearance at Homelander’s gruesome reunion on “The Boys.” Anyway, check out several of my favorite Los Angeles soft serve ice cream options from the current crop. I’ll continue to update this guide through the sweltering summer heat and year round as inspiration strikes.

Budonoki Soft Serve – Virgil Village ↓


Soft Serve Ice Cream Los Angeles

Coucou Soft Serve Sundae – Venice + West Hollywood ↓

Soft Serve Ice Cream Los Angeles

Damian Soft Serve – Arts District ↓

Soft Serve Ice Cream Los Angeles

Midori Matcha Cafe Matcha Soft Serve + Seasonal Swirl – Little Tokyo ↓

Soft Serve Ice Cream Los Angeles

Saffy’s Soft Serve (Seasonal Flavors) – East Hollywood ↓

Soft Serve Ice Cream Los Angeles

Wax Paper Soft Serve – Chinatown + Frogtown (Seasonal Flavors in Frogtown) ↓

Soft Serve Ice Cream Los Angeles

Yang’s Kitchen Soft Serve (Seasonal Flavors) – Alhambra ↓

Soft Serve Ice Cream Los Angeles

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Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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