Top Five Ice Cream Spots
Our top five suggestions for where to go for delicious ice cream while in town
1. Franklin Fountain
Location: 116 Market Street
Opened in 2004, this ice cream shop looks like it’s been on the east end of Market Street since the city was young. Owned and operated by the Berley family, the Fountain offers homemade ice creams, shakes and sundaes in a variety of classic flavors.
Don’t miss: The Teaberry Gum flavor. Bright pink and tasting of wintergreen, you aren’t going to find this one anywhere else.
2. Bassetts in the Reading Terminal Marke
Location: 12th and Filbert Streets
Members of the Bassett family have been scooping their signature confections at in this exact stall since 1893. You can buy it by the cone, cup, dish or take home a hand-packed pint.
Don’t miss: The French Vanilla. It’s been the most popular flavor for more than 100 years, for good reason.
Locations: 119 S. 13th Street; 117 S. 20th Street; 3925 Walnut Street; and 1625 E. Passyunk Avenue
Over the last six years, gelato fever has taken Philadelphia by storm. This charge has been led by Capogiro, a locally owned and operated chain that makes all flavors by hand each day.
Don’t miss: The Cioccolato Scuro. This is a flavor for those who take their chocolate seriously.
4. Custards and Cakes Creamery
Location: 5461 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough
A long-time institution in the Roxborough neighborhood of the city, Custards and Cakes Creamery is worth a visit, even if you don’t happen to live in the area. They make all their hard ice cream flavors in-house and always incorporate fresh, seasonal fruit into the rotation.
Don’t miss: During the summer months, the peach ice cream cannot be beat. Try it on a cone or in a milkshake.
5. Philly Flavors
Locations: 2004 Fairmount Avenue and 343 S. 13th Street
These two scoop shops are low on frills. Luckily, their treats make up for the spartan atmosphere by being decidedly high on flavor.
Don’t miss: The black cherry water ice. Made with fresh fruit, you’ll find a hunk of cherry in just about every bite.