Editor’s note: This story was originally published on June 15, 2017 and was updated on June 3, 2021.
In the sticky heat of a Pennsylvania summer, Baskin-Robbins and Cold Stone Creamery are always excellent places to spend an afternoon. Although these classic ice cream chains give a comfortingly familiar experience in each lick, why not explore some tempting new tastes right here on the Main Line?
The phrase “small-town ice cream shop” doesn’t begin to describe the homey and relaxed vibe of Village Treats, which serves up Bassett’s ice cream in flavors like butter pecan, graham slam, moose tracks and more. Made daily with its own recipe are delicious cookies and brownies. Other specialties include waffles, cakes, and milkshakes.
236 Haverford Ave., Narberth, 610-668-8888
Whoever made up “We all scream for ice cream” found a sweet slogan for La Michoacana Ice Cream, a 15-plus-year-old Mexican shop that lets you sprinkle your scoop with chili powder and cinnamon. Amid the chocolate-dipped ice cream popsicles and exotic flavors like corn and guava, Main Line millennials will whip out their wallets for the avocado version.
231 E. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-2996
After the gym, stop by Yosl’s Frozen Yogurt for a variety of gluten-free, low-fat frozen yogurts that are all kosher-certified. This family-run business offers over 90 flavors. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, think about the fresh fruit you can pile atop flavors like mountain blackberry and Greek lemon.
137 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd, (610) 664-9675
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At Koffmeyer’s, the stars of the show are the cookies, especially a chocolate-swirled vanilla brownie with walnuts dubbed the Head House Square. But that shouldn’t stop you from heading straight for the creamy stuff, made nearby in Schuylkill County. Try Monkey Bones or Milky Way for a seriously sweet treat.
7 Brookline Blvd., Havertown. (484) 454-3526
Don’t let the name fool you—while Pop’s is homemade, water ice is only one of of the many gallons of frozen options at this South Philly-based shop. Soft and hard ice cream entice alongside gelati shakes, which are concoctions of water ice and soft-serve that will make you want to skip dinner.
150 W. Eagle Road, Havertown, (610) 789-7677
The Sugaree temps the sweet tooth, and yours will be thrilled once it sinks into the local flavors, water ice and bulk candy. The cherry on top is that you can even build your own sundae.
3117 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (610) 356-1066
Open since March 2017, Tubby Robot will keep one hand busy with the chocolate-loaded menu and the other hand twisting a joystick on the arcade video games.
4369 Main St., Philadelphia, (267) 423-4376
Find a naturalistic escape from the hustle of King of Prussia at Petrucci’s Ice Cream. Try the hand-dipped flavors, Italian water ice, soft-serve, sundaes, smoothies, or the frozen latte. Notable treats include cappuccino Italian ice and tiramisu ice cream.
670 N. Henderson Rd., King of Prussia, (610) 354-0205
Even if you know you’ll get vanilla, one of the joys of eating a cone or sundae is discovering delicious flavor names. At Handel’s, who could resist Elvis, Spouse Like a House or Graham Central Station?
576 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 640-1606.
Savor delicious scoops, treat your dog to dog-friendly treats and take photos in front of Scoops’ Instagram-worthy wall. Located in the heart of Conshohocken, this family-owned business serves up gourmet flavors and a sizeable selection of other desserts for your family and your furry friends.
515 Fayette St., Conshohocken, (610) 828-1413.