10 Best Water Ice Spots in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's Top Water Ice Spots

Photo courtesy D'Emilio's Old World Ice Treats

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Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia's Top Water Ice Spots—The second winter weather ends, and Philadelphians seek out the best in chilled treats: water ice, one of the region’s most treasured traditions. It's a yummy fusion of ice, fruit, and sweeteners blended thoroughly to a smooth consistency, then scooped into cups all summer.

Summer's heat is no match for Philly's vibrant water-ice scene.  Whether you're a traditionalist craving classic flavors or an adventurous eater seeking unique combinations, these ten spots will satisfy your cravings and refresh you all season long.

Pop's Italian Ice

Pop's is a South Philly institution, a family-run shop serving traditional water ice with a twist. Their seasonal specials, like grove stand-style peach and pumpkin spice, are not to be missed. 1337 Oregon Avenue, (215) 551-7677

Rita's Italian Ice

With locations throughout the city (and beyond), Rita's is a convenient choice for those seeking a wide variety of water ice, custard, and gelati flavors. Their imaginative creations will transport your tastebuds to a tropical paradise.

Rose's Real Italian Water Ice

This tiny, colorful corner store in Fox Chase handcrafts its water ice in small batches, ensuring each scoop bursts with fresh flavor. Their ever-changing menu keeps things exciting. 4240 Pechin Street, (267) 972-1902

Siddiq's Real Fruit Water Ice

Born on Temple University's campus, Siddiq's has expanded to a brick-and-mortar shop, but their commitment to all-natural, real fruit water ice remains. Their mango berry and strawberry lemonade are local favorites. 264 S. 60th Street, (215) 410-6513

Tranzilli's Real Italian Water Ice

A Germantown staple since 1969, Tranzilli's offers a wide range of flavors, from traditional cherry and lemon to more adventurous options like cotton candy and kiwi-strawberry. 5901 Belfield Avenue, (215) 849-7965

D’Emilio’s Old World Ice Treats

This mobile water ice vendor cruises around Bucks County in style, serving up unique flavors like nectar cream and lychee rosewater from a sidecar attached to his motorcycle. Keep an eye on their social media for their location. (215) 514-3930, @oldworldicetreats

Dati's Water Ice & Ice Cream

Passyunk Avenue's Dati's is a family favorite. It is known for its massive "Titanic" banana split and classic water ice flavors, such as tangerine, coconut cream, and blackberry. 2235 W. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 271-0186

Fred's Water Ice

This Southwest Philly spot satisfies sweet and savory cravings with its extensive menu. Their water ice flavors like rum, sour apple, and Swedish Fish will surely delight you. 5343 Chester Avenue, (215) 726-1918

Italiano's Water Ice

This Lower Moyamensing walk-up window awakens from its winter slumber every summer to serve creamy gelati and refreshing water ice. 2551 S. 12th Street, (215) 465-1780

Jimmy's Water Ice

This Pennsport shop carries on a family tradition of water ice excellence. Their unique flavors, like chocolate and vanilla fudge, are legendary. 2551 S. Front Street, (215) 465-4669

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a spoon and embark on a water-ice adventure through Philadelphia. Your taste buds will thank you!

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