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Where to get ice cream in Philly: Mapping soft serve, gelato, and scoop shops


Neighborhood Classics

A selection of Bassetts ice cream is backed up by housemade sweets by the sisters who own this Front Street shop in Kensington specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine, which means baklava sundaes are definitely a thing. The kitchen also puts out savory dishes like shawarma and tabbouleh. 1949 N. Front St.

This seasonal walk-up shack with plenty of outdoor seating is a Manayunk favorite for ice cream, frozen yogurt, water ice and shakes. Bring the pooch — dog-friendly “pup cups” topped with Milkbones are a specialty. 4162 Main St.

Part of the Port Richmond retail renaissance, this newcomer scoop shop serving Bassetts specializes in splits, sundaes and other creations. Don’t miss the house-dipped take on a Choco Taco, or the sandwiches made with fresh beignets from the cafe down the street. 2600 E. Somerset St.

National Brands

Of course America’s oldest ice cream company originated in Philly. The stand inside Reading Terminal Market has been there since 1892, and still turns out giant cups and cones under the purview of fifth-generation owners. There’s usually a line, but it moves impressively quickly. 45 N. 12th St.


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