There might be other places in Reading Terminal Market that serve ice cream, but none of them matter besides Bassett’s. The stand has been in the same place at the front of the market since 1892, which means it predates college basketball, the rotary dial, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. All of their flavors are super rich and creamy, like butter pecan, raspberry truffle, and a kind-of-spicy cinnamon. They usually have a line, but it moves quickly, so don’t wander off just because the bakery across the way has no wait.
Where we've featured it
More spots in Center CitySee more
Mission Taqueria is a bright and airy Mexican spot in Center City where you should go for Happy Hour or a casual date.
With its purple walls and loungey feel, Sampan may feel a bit outdated, but the pan-Asian food more than makes up for that.
More Dessert spotsSee more
Big Gay Ice Cream
Big Gay is an ice cream chain from New York with excellent chocolate-dipped soft serve.
Beiler’s has some of the best doughnuts in the city - including an amazing blueberry fritter.
Barry’s Do Me A Flavor
Barry’s Do Me A Flavor is a counter-service spot in Beach Haven with some great sandwiches and ice cream.
Suggested by our writers
Ice cream sandwiches and a rotating list of seasonal flavors make Weckerly’s one of the best scoop shops in town.
Little Baby’s Ice Cream Shop
Head to Little Baby on Frankford for ice cream (they also have non-dairy options) after grabbing a slice at Pizza Brain next door.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more