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John's Water Ice

701 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3911
+1 215-925-6955
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good13%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“pineapple” (9 reviews)
“ice cream” (4 reviews)
“gelato” (3 reviews)
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1:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
701 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3911
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Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Staff was super friendly and helpful, especially with us tourists. Still not sure what Water Ice exactly is, but their lemon and cherry flavors were awesome!

Thank Kimberly N
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Ok so was in an Uber on our way to Geno's cheese steak. Francis our driver asked if we've had a "water ice" yet on our visit to Philly. Told us we must have one before we leave and do not have one at the...More

Thank Gongshow69
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Simply put, this family run business, represents the taste of Philadelphia in the summer. Not far from the Italian Market this spot is perfect for people watching and an A+ example of Philadelphia water ice. I can't get enough of the pineapple. I keep meaning...More

Thank pookala
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

I heard I can’t say I had been to Philly until I had the cheesesteak and water ice! Well I had both! What a great way to cool off! Try the pineapple!

Thank LeAnn G
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Johns water ice is hot to be philly best five star I love their flavors I wish they where open til late hours in the morning

Thank Gail G
Reviewed 18 May 2018

Eat here for a delicious treat. The shop may not look like much, there's not seating available, and there isn't much parking, but FIND A WAY to get here! The pineapple water ice was incredible. Best shaved ice treat I've ever had. Prices were also...More

1  Thank emilymototr
Reviewed 26 October 2017

The water ice is almost creamy and a small cup was only $1.75, and because it's so sweet it's hard to imagine eating much more than that amount.

Thank WeezieMom
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

A particular Philadelphia treat. Only 4 flavors: lemon, pineapple, cherry, chocolate In Philadelphia, it's either John's or Pop's. Most refreshing thing you'll ever taste .

Thank Allan G
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

I've "Italian ices" before, their water ice is sensational. We had cherry which flavorful with kind of a creamy sense to it. Also had pineapple which had wonderful flavor and not overpowering like some fruit juice. Both were extraordinary and heartily recommend this place!

Thank Rsnic
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Saw John's featured on a TV food show and made this our last stop before heading home after spending a day in Philly. The staff is friendly and quick to get your order in your hand. Note, there is no seating available inside or out....More

Thank MCFDTony
acardullo13, Owner at John's Water Ice, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you for the kind words. Hope to see you back next time you're in the city.

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Wheelchair Accessible
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Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 701 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3911
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-925-6955
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Established in 1945... John Cardullo, the original John of John's, came from Sicily 80-90 years ago. He stared a business that was a lot of businesses. The ice business year round, the oil business in winter and in the summer the water ice business. He put up a stand by the steps of his oil company, now John Cardullo & Sons. Making all natural water ice with his bare hands was one more way to make a living to John Cardullo. In 1953, Cardullo himself built what has become a landmark in South Philadelphia, the first building in all of Philadelphia built for water ice. Just as John Cardullo hand cranked his water ice over 65 years ago; Anthony Cardullo, 3rd generation Owner of uses only fresh fruit he personally selects and squeezes by hand, filtered water and sugar. No preservatives, no additives. Secret recipe sets John's apart. The Family Business - love, dedication, passion & pride.Since 1945
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