Remember the good old days when the sound of the ice cream truck conjured feelings of pure joy? But now your diet’s gone and squashed the fun.
Now that you’ve gone vegan, that familiar melody can feel more like a three-note taunt than comforting nostalgia. And, while we applaud your self-control, we’re here to tell you the city of Philly makes it easy to never feel deprived again. So, let’s all scream for ice cream with these awesome vegan Philly options!
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
Resist the urge to smell the cheesy goodness of Pizza Brain next door as you mosey into Little Baby’s Ice Cream shop for a delicious vegan treat. This Fishtown staple has classic ice cream flavors, like chocolate cookie dough and chocolate speculoos (two scoops, please), but there’s also something for the vegan daredevils, like balsamic banana and kale smoothie. Kale yeah!
We’re about to blow your minds with this rolled ice cream knowledge. When Sweet Charlie’s stumbled onto the ice cream scene last year with their beautiful Thai rolled ice cream, we shed a tear lamenting the fact that we would never be able to try the hottest ice cream trend. But (we hope you’re sitting down for this), they have a vegan base option! Mix yours with blueberries, almonds, and strawberries, and you’ve got one delicious, Instagram-worthy vegan treat.
When we said “the good old days,” we didn’t mean the 1800s. But now that we think about it, that’s when ice cream was new — therefore blowing people’s minds.! This vintage-styled ice cream shop has been ranked some of the best ice cream in America, and we still blows our minds. Thankfully, there are vegan options too, like chocolate and vanilla. Even the chocolate syrup and whipped coconut cream are dairy-free. Sign us up for 12 sides of that!
This hot spot in Passyunk is a vegan ice cream lover’s dream. And here’s why: Vegan sprinkles. That’s right — you can enjoy your huge portion of vegan soft serve with a heaping serving of vegan sprinkles. And hey, you’ve had a long week, why don’t you treat yourself to a vegan cupcake while you’re at it, you plant-based warrior.
Govinda’s Gourmet Vegetarian
If you’re craving some vegan ice cream, why not turn it into an entire vegan dinner? At this Midtown vegetarian mainstay, you can prepare your stomach for ice cream by chowing down on eggplant parm and fried polenta. Just make sure you save room for some of the best vegan ice cream in Philly.
We’ve told you a million times that HipCityVeg in Rittenhouse is a vegan’s paradise. But, we bet you didn’t think this would be your next ice cream stop, did you? For a healthier take on frozen dessert, order up the banana whip. Or hey, just go straight for the milkshake—there’s no judgment here.
When we’re craving a veggie cheesesteak wrap or a delicious smoothie, we make the trek to Soy Café in Northern Liberties. But on those sunny Philly days, we can’t help but order the delicious vegan ice cream in chocolate and vanilla flavors. Fitt Tip: Order the vegan espresso milkshake for a soy-based treat on the go. Even your dairy-loving friends will be jealous.
In the words of Oprah, everybody gets a vegan milkshake! Well, maybe she didn’t say exactly that, but if she was at this South Philly favorite, she would have said it loud and proud! For our plant-based beauties out there, order up the vegan strawberry vanilla shake, or hey, go on-trend with the vegan salted avocado. (No, we’re not avo-kidding you.)
We remember our summer in Rome like it was yesterday—gelato every day, pizza every night, and tripping over way too many cobblestones. While we can’t scrounge up the money to go to Italy every weekend, we can make our way to this Midtown gelato shop for some delicious vegan dark chocolate sorbetto. We’ll just park our gondola up front.
This vegan spot is the new kid on the block, and we are all about it. We like to make an entire evening out of this place, starting with the PlantPure Burger, and ending with the vegan soft serve ice cream. Because here, it’s all about the ice (cream), ice (cream), baby. Don’t pretend like you don’t still jam out to Vanilla Ice.