Treat Yourself: Philadelphia's Best Ice Cream

Four great spots to find the frozen treat in the City of Brotherly Love

There’s such an abiding love for ice cream here, Philly is downright sprinkled with sprinkles—plus crushed nuts, shaved chocolate, Maraschino cherries and some awesome ice cream parlors.


The Franklin Fountain

Brothers Eric and Ryan Berley’s Old City favorite is a legit re-creation of a bygone scoop shop and soda jerk, down to the house-made draft root beer in the floats. 116 Market St., 215.627.1899

The Franklin Fountain


Scoop DeVille

Pick the ice cream (or fro-yo) and mix-ins (think multiple flavors of cookie dough, every candy you desire, cereals and syrups), and DeVille’s powerful frosty robot will churn them into a delicious treat. Or pick from one of their signature creations. 1315 Walnut St., 215.988.9992

Scoop DeVille


Big Gay Ice Cream

Appreciators of the Salty Pimp ice cream concoction rejoiced when the beloved New York soft-serve operation opened its Philly location last year on South Street. 521 S. Broad St., 267.886.8024

Big Gay Ice Cream


Bassetts Ice Cream

Established in 1861, Bassetts is one of the oldest ice cream makers in America; the stand at the Reading Terminal Market is as iconic as its butter pecan. Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets., 215.864.2771

Bassetts Ice Cream

Adam Erace
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