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Soft serve from Matt and Mo’s
Michelle and Chris Gerard

15 Metro Detroit Soft Serve Spots for Sunny Days

Where to find swirly treats around town

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Soft serve from Matt and Mo’s
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

Summer is on the horizon in metro Detroit. With longer days ahead now, restaurants, specialty shops, and sweet treat windows are doling out cones twisted high with soft serve ice cream. Here, Eater highlights 15 spots offering a variety of soft serve this season with pints of pistachio gelato, vegan Dole Whip, cups of soft serve for the dog, and soft swirls between warm waffle patties and fresh-baked cookies.

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Detroit Water Ice Factory

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This downtown shop is all about water ice — similar to Italian ice, though fans swear it’s creamier. The Motown Twist swirls soft serve ice cream atop Detroit Water Ice’s signature treat and is available in a Korean egg bubble waffle with additional toppings.

Huddle Soft Serve

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Huddle’s soft serve window is open for the season, just in time for walks to Capitol Park. Choose a flavor from chocolate, vanilla or twists with toppings of sprinkles, sea salt, chocolate chips, and cherry or chocolate dips!

Cold Truth

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The stand operates in the evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, with a rotating menu that features options like lavender, vegan blueberry, chocolate, and vegan sweet cream soft serve. Order it in a fresh vegan, gluten-free waffle cone or a cup topped with vegan dark chocolate or milk chocolate shell, wafer cookies, and other local food purveyors’ goods as toppings.

Bikes And Coffee

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Woodbridge’s bike shop-cafe combo is serving vegan Ice Cream Plant soft serve in flavors like soy-based vanilla and coconut milk-based peach. Order a cup or pour an espresso shot over the top for creamy affogato.

Burk's Igloo

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The corner cone booth with a cartoon igloo and penguin sells short-order menu items ranging from coney and fries to an Avalanche ice cream dessert. The Avalanche, small or monster size, is served with soft-serve ice cream and chock-full of whatever kind of candy one desires.

Custard Hut

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Custard Hut is known for waffle custard sandwiches. Swirls of frozen custard in flavors of cake batter and Nutella between warm buttery waffles with toppings like fresh sliced strawberries, sprinkles, and fruity pebbles. The whole thing is dusted in powdered sugar and wrapped in tin foil. There are plenty of good, old fashioned ice cream cones, too.

Doug's Delight

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This classic Hazel Park snack stand serves Matt and Mo’s Italian beef sandwiches alongside creamy chocolate and vanilla soft serve in cones, sundaes, Dougie’s, and cookie sandwiches. There’s even pup cup’s topped with milk bones available for dogs.

Jim's Frostie Treats

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Soft-serve and assorted fruit flavors of Dole Whip are served at this Royal Oak staple. Grab a cone of Superman to enjoy with the man of steel as he oversees operations from his phone booth out front.

Golden Cone

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Downtown Royal Oak’s ice cream shop Golden Cone offers a variety of Guernsey ice cream flavors as well as chocolate and vanilla custard. The stand can also be counted on for a swirl of non-dairy Dole Whip soft serve.

Erma's Original Frozen Custard

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This metro Detroit ice cream stand is known for its frozen custard, but vegans love Erma’s for its selection of Dole Whip — dairy-free soft serve. As with all of its custard, Erma’s switches out the flavors of Dole soft serve weekly. Customers can count on options like pineapple, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, and orange from spring through fall. The stand’s 80th season officially begins April 1.

Bee Queen Dairy & Ice Cream

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The Eastpointe dairy parlor kicks off the season on April 1 with a variety of soft serve and non-dairy options. For those seeking a creative twist — try the “flavor of the week”.

River Breeze Dairy Freeze

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The renovated gas station turned mom and pop ice cream parlor is perfect for a Belle Isle snack. In addition to selling soft serve on waffle cones in the shape of cartoon characters or in sundaes, River Breeze also sells hot dishes like nachos, foot-long hot dogs, fries, fish dinners, and a Southern favorite — fried okra.

River Breeze Dairy Freeze (courtesy photo)

Bob Jo's Frozen Custard

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This seasonal Downriver standby doles out frozen desserts of cool and creamy flavors like coconut custard and blueberry frozen yogurt from a walk-up window daily, starting at 12 p.m. Pints and quarts are also available.

Custard Corner

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Order a cone of custard or Dole Whip walk-up-window-style or smooth out a few dollars and grab a favorite pint from the vending machine.

For the Love of Sugar

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Brush Park’s decadent cake shop For the Love of Sugar is selling pints of custard ice cream to-go out of its storefront. Find flavors here like Oreo cookies and cream, strawberry shortcake, and vegan vanilla bean.

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Detroit Water Ice Factory

This downtown shop is all about water ice — similar to Italian ice, though fans swear it’s creamier. The Motown Twist swirls soft serve ice cream atop Detroit Water Ice’s signature treat and is available in a Korean egg bubble waffle with additional toppings.

Huddle Soft Serve

Huddle’s soft serve window is open for the season, just in time for walks to Capitol Park. Choose a flavor from chocolate, vanilla or twists with toppings of sprinkles, sea salt, chocolate chips, and cherry or chocolate dips!

Cold Truth

The stand operates in the evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, with a rotating menu that features options like lavender, vegan blueberry, chocolate, and vegan sweet cream soft serve. Order it in a fresh vegan, gluten-free waffle cone or a cup topped with vegan dark chocolate or milk chocolate shell, wafer cookies, and other local food purveyors’ goods as toppings.

Bikes And Coffee

Woodbridge’s bike shop-cafe combo is serving vegan Ice Cream Plant soft serve in flavors like soy-based vanilla and coconut milk-based peach. Order a cup or pour an espresso shot over the top for creamy affogato.

Burk's Igloo

The corner cone booth with a cartoon igloo and penguin sells short-order menu items ranging from coney and fries to an Avalanche ice cream dessert. The Avalanche, small or monster size, is served with soft-serve ice cream and chock-full of whatever kind of candy one desires.

Custard Hut

Custard Hut is known for waffle custard sandwiches. Swirls of frozen custard in flavors of cake batter and Nutella between warm buttery waffles with toppings like fresh sliced strawberries, sprinkles, and fruity pebbles. The whole thing is dusted in powdered sugar and wrapped in tin foil. There are plenty of good, old fashioned ice cream cones, too.

Doug's Delight

This classic Hazel Park snack stand serves Matt and Mo’s Italian beef sandwiches alongside creamy chocolate and vanilla soft serve in cones, sundaes, Dougie’s, and cookie sandwiches. There’s even pup cup’s topped with milk bones available for dogs.

Jim's Frostie Treats

Soft-serve and assorted fruit flavors of Dole Whip are served at this Royal Oak staple. Grab a cone of Superman to enjoy with the man of steel as he oversees operations from his phone booth out front.

Golden Cone

Downtown Royal Oak’s ice cream shop Golden Cone offers a variety of Guernsey ice cream flavors as well as chocolate and vanilla custard. The stand can also be counted on for a swirl of non-dairy Dole Whip soft serve.

Erma's Original Frozen Custard

This metro Detroit ice cream stand is known for its frozen custard, but vegans love Erma’s for its selection of Dole Whip — dairy-free soft serve. As with all of its custard, Erma’s switches out the flavors of Dole soft serve weekly. Customers can count on options like pineapple, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, and orange from spring through fall. The stand’s 80th season officially begins April 1.

Bee Queen Dairy & Ice Cream

The Eastpointe dairy parlor kicks off the season on April 1 with a variety of soft serve and non-dairy options. For those seeking a creative twist — try the “flavor of the week”.

River Breeze Dairy Freeze

The renovated gas station turned mom and pop ice cream parlor is perfect for a Belle Isle snack. In addition to selling soft serve on waffle cones in the shape of cartoon characters or in sundaes, River Breeze also sells hot dishes like nachos, foot-long hot dogs, fries, fish dinners, and a Southern favorite — fried okra.

River Breeze Dairy Freeze (courtesy photo)

Bob Jo's Frozen Custard

This seasonal Downriver standby doles out frozen desserts of cool and creamy flavors like coconut custard and blueberry frozen yogurt from a walk-up window daily, starting at 12 p.m. Pints and quarts are also available.

Custard Corner

Order a cone of custard or Dole Whip walk-up-window-style or smooth out a few dollars and grab a favorite pint from the vending machine.

For the Love of Sugar

Brush Park’s decadent cake shop For the Love of Sugar is selling pints of custard ice cream to-go out of its storefront. Find flavors here like Oreo cookies and cream, strawberry shortcake, and vegan vanilla bean.

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