15 Detroit Soft Serve Shops To Visit

Ice, ice, baby! Think Italian ice, but Detroit style. At the Detroit Water Ice Factory, you can order a Motown Twist and experience soft serve like never before.

Best Soft Serve Ice Cream Shops in America

From decades-old, cash-only roadside joints and mom-and-pop shops to sleek artisan parlors and food trucks, we’re calling out some of the best places that do soft serve right. Detroit Water Ice wins for Michigan!

15 Metro Detroit Soft Serve Spots for Sunny Days

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.

A Match Made in Heaven

You can now find fresh, gooey, warm D’vine Cookies at Detroit Water Ice Factory in three delicious flavors: Motown Mint Chocolate, Chocolate Triple Chip, and Cookies and Cream. Cookies are individually wrapped for peak freshness.

D’vine Cookies are a luxury cookie brand headquartered at Treat Dreams Dessert Emporium in Ferndale, MI.

Pair them with your favorite water ice flavor, Motown Mash, or indulge on just cookies. All proceeds go to SAY Detroit.

Reopening Weekend and Summer 2020

Our flagship store in downtown Detroit (1014 Woodward Avenue, Campus Martius) will reopen Thursday, June 18th. Reopening weekend hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, Jun 18: 2 – 8pm
  • Friday, June 19: 2 – 8pm
  • Saturday, June 20: 2 – 9pm
  • Sunday, June 21: 1 – 9pm

Starting Monday, June 22nd, summer hours will be as follows:

  • Monday – Wednesday: 2 – 8pm
  • Thursday & Friday: 2 – 9pm
  • Saturday: 12 – 9pm
  • Sunday: 12 – 8pm

For your safety and for our staff, customers are respectfully asked to wear a protective cloth mask and respect proper distancing.

The uptown summer popup at the Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Township will not be re-opening this summer, but we look forward to returning there in Summer 2021!

Be cool and stay safe!

Temporary Closing

Dear Friends of the Detroit Water Ice Factory:

Out of concern for our employees and customers, our flagship location (1014 Woodward Ave, Detroit) is temporarily closed.

It is our responsibility as citizens to do our part in fighting against the current viral situation.

We hope to reopen soon.

We will share more information here and on our social media when we will reopen.

Detroit Water Ice launched its line of gourmet popcorn in 2017. Visit our sister store at