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Greater Boston’s Newest Spots for Tasty Swirls of Soft Serve Ice Cream

Find classic and vegan soft serve treats in downtown Boston, Somerville’s Union Square, Quincy, and beyond

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A hand holds up a cone of vanilla soft serve covered with chocolate sprinkles against a plain white background.
Vanilla soft serve and rainbow sprinkles at Vinal General Store in Somerville.
Chloe Nolan/Vinal General Store

Welcome to summer in Boston: One day is 90 degrees with blistering sunshine; the next day is cool and rainy. Either way, ice cream is always in season, and there’s something especially refreshing (and aesthetically pleasing) about a twirl of soft serve in a cup or cone.

Why not use soft serve as an excuse to say hello to some of Greater Boston’s newcomers? Here’s the rundown on a few of the newest spots in the area that are offering soft serve — including vegan options — this summer, from a modern Irish bar and restaurant in downtown Boston to a general store and sandwich shop in Somerville’s Union Square.


With Dairy

Chaji Creamery

293 Newport Avenue, Quincy

This small shop opened in April 2022, steps from the Wollaston MBTA station, turning popular drinks like milk tea, matcha, and Thai iced tea into soft serve ice cream flavors; black sesame is also on the menu. Try them on their own, with some toppings, or in sundaes, such as the Thai tea sundae, topped with condensed milk, white chocolate pearls, mochi, brown sugar boba, and chocolate Pocky sticks. Chaji Creamery also serves cold brew tea, matcha, milkshakes, and refreshers such as peaflower limeade.

The Dubliner

2 Center Plaza, downtown Boston

This brand new addition to Boston, located in the former Kinsale space, is meant to showcase modern Irish cuisine — not the ubiquitous bar fare at Boston’s plethora of Irish and Irish-ish pubs. The menu features items like smoked ham-hock terrine and pearled barley dumplings, the latter of which chef and co-owner Aidan Mc Gee describes as “Irish arancini.” But save room for dessert — there’s a seasonal soft serve flavor available (as well as a sampler of Irish cheeses with honey).

Vinal General Store

220 Somerville Avenue, Union Square, Somerville

Sibling and neighbor to Vinal Bakery, this friendly new sandwich shop opened in early 2022 and has recently added soft serve to the menu. It’s “Hot Swirl Summer,” says Vinal. To start, it’s just classic vanilla with chocolate or rainbow sprinkles, but the team is working on other fun flavors and toppings, so keep an eye out for updates. (Note: Vinal General Store will be closed July 3 through 5, so you’ll have to look elsewhere for your soft serve treat on the long weekend.)

Coming Soon: Taiyaki NYC’s new Cambridge location

6 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Two hands hold up two fish-shaped soft serve cones. The soft serve is pale green with rainbow sprinkles and golden unicorn horns and ears.
Taiyaki NYC’s unicorn ice cream comes.
Taiyaki NYC

This New York-based chain already has a popular location in Boston’s Seaport that opened back in 2019; it’s been churning up colorful swirls of soft serve in ridiculously cute fish-shaped cones ever since. It’s expanding to Harvard Square next, opening in the former Mint Julep storefront in conjunction with its sibling mochi doughnut shop, the Dough Club. Look for a debut later in summer 2022, possibly in July.


Vegan

PlantPub

675 West Kendall Street, Kendall Square, Cambridge; 61 Brookline Avenue, Fenway, Boston (coming soon)

A cone of vanilla soft serve with chocolate sprinkles sits on a restaurant table. Blurred in the background, two pizzas and two colorful cans of beer are visible.
Vanilla soft serve at PlantPub in Kendall Square.
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PlantPub opened its original location in late 2021 and will be opening a second location — a massive one — imminently, steps from Fenway Park. The casual restaurant serves a fully vegan range of comfort foods, as well as beer and wine. The soft serve, available in vanilla and chocolate (or swirl), is made from an Oatly oat drink base. Get it in a cup or cone, a frappe, or a root beer float.

PLNT Burger

Whole Foods Market, 348 Harrison Avenue, South End, Boston

This fast-casual chain from Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn is meant to be a vegan take on fast-food favorites, like burgers, fries, and milkshakes. Find it inside the Whole Foods location at the Ink Block development in Boston’s South End to try vanilla, chocolate, and swirl soft serve, which is oat milk-based. There are milkshakes, too, in those three flavors as well as “s’mores campfire” and mint cookies and cream.

Pressed

148 Brookline Avenue, Fenway

Juice bar chain Pressed, which has several Massachusetts locations, expanded to Fenway at the end of 2021. In addition to cold-pressed juices, Pressed features mostly vegan treats, including “freezes” — soft serve in flavors like acai, dragonfruit, and vanilla. A standard order includes up to three toppings; choose from options such as gummy bears, fresh berries, granola butter, and more. (A few of the toppings are not vegan, but most are.) Find older locations in Back Bay, Harvard Square, and Wellesley.

Plantpub (Kendall Square)

675 West Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA 02142 Visit Website

Vinal General Store

220 Somerville Avenue, , MA 02143 (617) 718-0568 Visit Website

Plantpub (Fenway)

61 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 (857) 753-4674 Visit Website

PLNT Burger

348 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 Visit Website

The Dubliner (Boston)

2 Center Plaza, Boston, MA 02108 Visit Website