On a hot summer day, few things are better than a cool, sweet snack. It’s refreshing, it’s delicious, it’s a quick and easy way to feel like a kid again. Sure, most times you’re out in the hot sun and looking for a pick-me-up, you just hit up whatever’s nearby. But there are several parlors, creameries and shops that deserve destination status — worth a special trip just to bask in their restorative delight.

From 150-year-old mainstays to fancy new upstarts, and hand-dipped cones to slush-filled cups, we’ve listed 32 of the best places to get frozen treats in Philly. (Note: We limited the field to walk-up counters, not sit-down restaurants.)

Vote for your favorites below, then check back next week to find out who made it to Round 2 in the Ultimate Philly Frozen Treats Bracket.


Danya Henninger is a Philadelphia-based journalist who believes local news is essential for thriving communities, and that its format will continue to evolve. She spent six years overseeing both editorial...