Philadelphia takes on a whole new life in the summer. Outdoor movies, beer gardens, concerts, and other events mean long weekend days in the sun. The city happens to be overflowing with options for everyone’s favorite summer treat: ice cream. Our Philadelphia adoption agents love taking family trips to the ice cream shop and checking out different shops around the city. Some of our favorites include:
The Franklin Fountain
In a city full of premium ice cream shops, the Franklin Fountain stands out as our favorite. For the past 14 years, this classic-style ice cream parlor has steadily become a Philadelphia staple. Their flagship shop is located in Old City, but they also sell from a stand at Spruce Street Harbor Park during the summer. The old-time atmosphere, friendly service, and selection of delicious flavors make this our go-to stop for ice cream in the city.
Some of our favorite flavors here include:
- Homemade Hot Fudge Sundae
- Mint Chocolate Chip
- Caramelized Banana
- Cherry Butter Almond
- Sugar-Free Butter Pecan
Arctic Scoop just opened this spring, but it’s fast becoming one of the most popular ice cream shops in South Philly. They offer up a menu featuring diverse flavors and a wide selection of toppings for both ice cream and frozen yogurt. They specialize in egg waffle ice cream – you choose an egg waffle flavor, ice cream flavor, and unlimited toppings. We’re big fans of the green tea egg waffle.
We enjoy the following ice cream flavors at Arctic Scoop:
- Almond Cookie
- Lychee Lavender
- Green Tea Matcha
Weckerly’s Ice Cream
Weckerly’s Ice Cream just opened last summer and has quickly become our favorite ice cream shop in Fishtown. They offer a good mix of classic flavors and some funky combinations you would never have imagined before. We encourage you to try some of the stranger-sounding ones, as they go together much better than you think. Some of our favorite flavors here are the “weird” ones we hesitated to try.
We recommend the following flavors at Weckerly’s:
- Buttermilk Rhubarb
- Basil Lime
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fluff
- Meadow Mint
- Chocolate Cookie Dump
C & C Creamery
If you’re looking for a good ice cream shop in Roxborough, C & C Creamery is definitely the best option. Their large menu offers a wide range of soft serve and hard ice cream and frozen yogurt, along with shakes, malts, water ice, sundaes, and some savory food options. They also have a cake shop, if you’re looking to pick up a special ice cream cake for a birthday or other special occasion.
Our family frequently orders the following flavors here:
- Minty Cookies n’ Cream
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
- Vanilla Caramel Swirl
- Strawberry Cheesecake
If you’re in an adventurous mood and looking to try some exotic ice cream flavors, Kuriimii is your best bet. They offer a wide range of soft serve ice cream with flavors you might not find anywhere else.
We like ordering these flavors at Kuriimii:
- Charcoal Vanilla
- Black Sesame