Six-Pack: Milkshakes That Are Better Than A Juice Cleanse


After trying a juice cleanse for a whole 23 minutes, I realized something quite remarkable: milkshakes taste a lot better. And though it may be wishful thinking to wait for a study that proves milkshake cleanses are healthy, I will most certainly do that waiting with a shake by my side. And what better time to enjoy one than during the summer when birds are chirping, kids are playing and you can be slurping. Here’s a list of some of our favorite spots for a treat that’ll make you question why juice cleanses are even a thing.

Good Stuff Eatery 

Despite being the new shake on the block, Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery is blending up some seriously delicious shakes. With flavors like Toasted Marshmallow, Salty Caramel Kiss, and Soursop Hop Strawberry, it’s a wonder we don’t have more hands to carry them all. But before you dive in, we should warn you: these shakes aren’t for the faint of heart. You’ll need to bring some back up when taking down these thick n’ creamy drinks because a straw might not cut it.

Good Stuff Eatery
108 S 18th Street

Magpie Artisan Pies

Magpie is taking shakes to the next level with Pie Shakes: creamy shakes with sweet pieces of pie placed right in the middle. And they’re delicious. You can choose from any of their pie flavors – Butterscotch Bourbon being the summer’s most popular – then watch them make it right at the bar. And once it’s finished you’re left with a spoon, plenty of napkins, and a shake filled to the brim.

Magpie Artisan Pies
1622 South Street

Millie’s Luncheonette

Now before you start thanking us for what may be your new go-to milkshake spot in South Philly, just take a look at all of the decisions you’re going to have to make. S’mores or Peanut M&M Shake. Pb&J or Fluffernutter Shake. Orange Blossom or Cherry Jubilee Shake. Or, perhaps, you could just get them all. No one is judging.

Millie’s Luncheonette
1441 W Shunk Street

Franklin Fountain

So yeah, you might have to dig around your purse for a few extra bucks, but no post about ice cream is complete without Franklin Fountain. Choose any flavor of ice cream and soon enough you’ll be sipping on what The Daily Meal called “The #1 Milkshake in America”. And I’m sure it won’t be hard to find a few Philadelphians who agree. Franklin Fountain is surely worth a visit on your Philly milkshake tour.

Franklin Fountain
116 Market Street

Charlie’s Hamburgers

If you’re looking for a classic shake, head over to Charlie’s where you can enjoy a vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or black & white. And while you’re at it, order a burger to go with your delicious drink.

Charlie’s Hamburgers
336 Kedron Avenue

Ants Pants Cafe

Can’t make it to the land down under anytime soon? No worries because with Ants Pants, you’ve got one of the best things about Australia right on South Street: Violet Crumble, the popular chocolate bar. And this Aussie cafe has outdone itself by turning that candy into a milkshake. Why yes, the Violet Crumble milkshake is a thing and should be enjoyed by all.

Ants Pants Cafe
2212 South Street

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  • jay

    jeez louise ella…

    first, did you actually try the shake at spike’s? Because it’s only been open a minute and I hate when you guys just look at the pictures as opposed to speak from experience Maybe it’s great, but I’m suspicious about some of these posts…

    which leads to this… Charlie’s in folsom is famous for not serving french fries. It’s their thing. I wish they did too, but they don’t. So why on earth would you tell us to enjoy fries with them?

    Unless you’ve never been there.

    • Ella

      I have had a Good Stuff shake and it was delicious!

      My mistake about Charlie’s. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Louise

    LOVE the shakes from Good Stuff Eatery. So glad to see they made your list. My diet went downhill after Good Stuff opened, ugh! But so worth it!