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Magpies Softserve

Restaurants, Ice cream parlors Silver Lake
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Magpies Softserve
Photograph: Courtesy Magpies Softserve

Time Out says

In case you thought Los Angeles needed more artisanal ice cream, Magpies has arrived with flavors like green tea brown rice, cuban espresso and horchata. But in this case, we're talking softserve, and LA could definitely use more of Magpies kind. Top your twist with homemade charred marshmallows, toffee rice krispies, spicy candied pecans and a bevy of other crumbled, sprinkled and sticky accessories. 



Address: 2660 Griffith Park Blvd
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Tue-Thu 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm
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5 out of 5 stars

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Definitely get the corn almond flavor. It's light yet complex even without any toppings whatsover. The way soft serve should be. It would be nice if they were open later because closing at 10 pm on a Saturday night seems too early.


Wondering why on earth soft serve is worth seeking out?  WONDER NO MORE AND COME HERE IMMEDIATELY.  Some of the best ice cream on offer is served up in a cleanly designed, bright space right off Hyperion.  Parking in the small adjacent lot might be challenging, but don't let that deter you.  Ice cream here is rich and creamy (and they offer vegan options as well), whether you're getting a simple Malted Milk Chocolate or Animal Cracker or Strawberry.  Flavors change daily and with the seasons, so it's hard to pick a favorite, and you'll just have to keep coming back if one tickles your fancy and then vanishes.  Be sure to add on a topping or two; everything is made in house (I recommend the Graham Cracker Streusel).  Perfect for a hot day or as a treat to end an evening on a high note.


While Los Angeles has its fair share of excellent artisanal ice cream shops, there is still plenty of room for more soft serve varieties. In this area of ice cream, Magpies Softserve is doing it all right. 

Their soft serve ice cream has a very creamy and pleasing texture. What I really enjoyed most about it is that it melts slowly. It managed to stay very cold on a nearly 100 degree day. The flavor variety is also unusual amongst soft serve. Flavors are quite "adult" but would also appeal to children. For example, there are flavors like green tea with brown rice as well as Almond Joy (candy bar flavor).

When I went, I learned that it is owned by a husband and wife team, where the husband is a chef and the wife is both a pastry chef and chemist. That helps explain the interesting flavors and smooth consistency of the soft serve.

While I usually gravitate toward the weirder flavors, a couple of tastes of their classics with a slight twist led me to pick the Malted Milk Chocolate and the Sweet Cream. You can get two flavors in one cup or cone or do a swirl. They also offer toppings. At frozen yogurt shops I usually avoid the toppings to keep things more healthy. At Magpie, the toppings add a great texture and taste like what you'd expect from a pastry chef. I opted for the Butterscotch Rice Krispies, which were not too sweet and remained incredibly crunchy. I was half tempted to order another a la carte portion to munch on my drive home! The other topping (you can choose 2 for 95 cents) was the graham streusel, which tastes like a fantastic pie crust. Neither were cloying sweet, not was the soft serve.

In addition to the flavors, I enjoyed the inviting decor. The place is mostly white with a graphic black and white tile. The counter top features several white orchid plants. There are lots of colorful, yellow benches around the perimeter to sit. And there is a really fun "graffiti" style art piece against one wall of ice cream cones spray painted on a corrugated metal backdrop. The colors and textures brighten up the room and scream for Instagramming a shot.

Overall, I would love to return to Magpies and try some more flavors.