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John’s Water Ice

South Philly’s go-to for Italian water ice since 1945

John's Water Ice

John's Water Ice is a staple establishment in Queen Village that serves water ice, ice cream and a mixture of both. Credit: R. Kennedy for GPTMC


Since 1945, this warm-weather to-go spot has been transforming fruit, sugar and frozen water into water ice—known elsewhere as “Italian ice.” Loyal patrons choose from lemon, chocolate, cherry or pineapple water ice; vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or butter pecan ice cream; or a combination thereof that John’s dubs “gelati.”


701 Christian Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 925-6955


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