Summer is upon us—meaning that there’s no better thing to do on a sultry afternoon than indulge in an ice cream scoop or two. Here, we list five classic Philadelphia creameries that are perfect for cooling off on a hot day.
Tiffany lamps cast a warm glow on the dark wood and marble counters at this historic spot, where Benjamin Franklin peers down from above the soda bar. The delightful and classic creamery was fashioned after a 1915 ice cream parlor and soda fountain. Be sure to taste their famous flavor, the Franklin Mint Chip, which swirls together white peppermint ice cream with green creme de menthe and dark bittersweet chocolate. 116 Market St., 215.627.1899
This creamery specializes in Hong Kong-style egg waffle cones and Thai-inspired coconut bowls, allowing you the freedom to combine any of their unconventional flavors, such as lychee lavender and almond cookie. Top it off with some graham cracker crumbs, strawberries, and a condensed milk drizzle for a one-of-a-kind ice cream experience. 1812 E. Passyunk Ave.
The white, minimalist interior of Kuriimii offers a clean backdrop against which you can enjoy the pastel shades of violet taro or sage green matcha soft serve. With topping choices that include gold flakes and green tea Kit Kats, you can be sure to walk away with an instagram-worthy cone every time. 1023 Cherry St., 267.534.3916
Inside this mint-walled creamery all of the products are made from scratch every week with locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. In addition to their scoops, they serve precisely cut ice cream sandwiches that are post-worthy. The gourmet presentation makes the cold cream taste all the better. 9 W. Girard Ave., 215.423.2000
Local to Rittenhouse Square, this artisan ice pop shop is delightfully designed with a yellow espresso machine, striped awning and polka dot wall. Their offerings of Popsicles include Vietnamese iced coffee and vanilla bean with sprinkles. For those who are dairy-free, look to the raspberry lime or chai latte (coconut milk-based) for equally enticing options. 229 S. 20th St., 215.309.5822
Photography by: Photography courtesy of Franklin Fountain, Kevin Gross-@phillyfoodguru (Artic Scoop), Stephanie Westerland (Lil' Pop Shop), Neal Santos (Weckerly's), and Kuriimii's Instagram.