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1411 Yuyuan Lu
Owned by Brut Eatery’s co-founders Priscilla Young and Jun Wu, this pretty in pink ice cream shop on Yuyuan Lu focuses on real flavours with high-quality ingredients. Ice cream choices range from four flavours (one for 28RMB, two for 30RMB), all served in a cone. There’s Meiji milk, dark chocolate, strawberry and a unique variation that rotates monthly – currently soy sauce caramel.

For those who prefer their dairy in a cup, there are six sundae options that go from rich (like the ‘Movie Night’, crammed with butter popporn, Oreos and peanuts) to fruity (the ‘Berry Blast’, that uses fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries), to the weird and wonderful (‘Fig and Ham’, a twist on charcuterie classics, that sees ice cream studded with Serrano ham and drizzled with caramelised fig sauce).
Venue name: Swirlz
Opening hours: 11am-10pm (Sun-Thu); 11am-11pm (Fri-Sat)
Metro: Zhongshan Park
English address: 1411 Yuyuan Lu, near Dingxi Lu, Changning district
Chinese address: 愚园路1411号,近定西路