On a hot and humid day like this one, when stepping outside feels more like stepping into a sauna, there is absolutely nothing better than a big, heaping scoop of fresh-from-the-freezer ice cream. But if you’re not down with dairy, finding a shop that offers a vegan cup of ice cream can be tough. Lucky for you, we’ve already done the legwork: We tracked down eight local shops that offer delicious vegan ice cream. Now, all you’ve got to do is brave the heat and head to one of these spots for a scoop.
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
2311 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown, and 4903 Catharine Street, West Philly.
There’s nothing vanilla about the vegan ice cream choices at this shop: Lime toasted coconut and Thai iced tea are just are a few of the non-dairy options you can expect. But if you’re looking to go the more traditional route, they’ve also got good ol’ fashion chocolate ice cream—with chipotle, that is. You can stop into the shop for a cone, or grab a pint at one of these local shops.
The Franklin Fountain
116 Market Street, Old City.
Blueberry ice cream is a thing, and you can grab a cup of it at this Old City shop. Along with a rotating seasonal option, Franklin Fountain (which just might be the prettiest ice cream parlour on Earth) also offers non-dairy classic flavors like chocolate and vanilla, along with a host of dairy-free sorbets.
127 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse, and 214 South 40th Street, University City.
The milkshakes at this 100-percent vegan spot are not to be missed: They’ve got chocolate, vanilla and orangesicle (!!) year-round, and their current milkshake of the month is strawberry—made with organic strawberries, at that. Mmmmm.
1500 East Passyunk Avenue, Passyunk Square.
They’ve only got one ice cream option at this coffee shop, but you won’t be disappointed, promise. First, chow down on one of their sandwiches (they’ve got tons of vegan-friendly food), then grab a cup of vegan vanilla soft serve for dessert.
Sweet Freedom Bakery
This gluten-free, vegan bakery offers a variety of ice cream pops, made with coconut cream and agave, on the daily. The flavors are always changing, but right now they’ve got chocolate and passionfruit. Tip: The best way to eat an ice cream pop is alongside one of their famous cookie sandwiches.
Govinda’s Gourmet Vegetarian
1400 South Street, Center City.
Pistachio is just one of the many flavors you’ll find on this vegetarian spot’s very long list of vegan ice cream options.
630 North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties.
As amazing as pistachio and Thai iced tea ice creams sound, sometimes you just want plain ol’ chocolate or vanilla. At this cute cafe, you’ll find both of those flavors, plus tons of other veg-friendly goodies like fresh-squeezed juice and smoothies. Mmmm.
1703 South 11th Street, Passyunk Square.
Three words, people: Ginger beer float. YUM. The ice cream flavors at this spot change regularly, but right now you can expect green tea ice cream and vanilla ice cream.
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