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Bassett's Ice Cream

45 North 12th Street
| +1 215-925-4315
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America’s oldest ice cream company Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States

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Sun 9am - 5pm
Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm
Sat 8am - 6pm

America’s oldest ice cream company

Bassetts is America’s oldest ice cream company … so they must be doing something right! This is a story about longevity … and ice cream. In 1892, Lewis D. Bassett moved his ice cream operation to the newly built Reading Terminal Market in Center City Philadelphia. At the same time he also opened a retail store. The store that he opened in 1892 is still in the same location today, with its original marble counters. Bassetts is still family-owned and operated.

You can get cups, cones, or a freshly-packed pint to take back to your hotel room. Look for the seasonal featured flavors, and if you’re not sure you’ll like something, ask for a taste. My personal recommendation – try the Guatemalan Ripple, which is coffee ice cream with mocha fudge swirls and espresso truffles. “Gadzooks” is the flavor to try if you like chocolate and caramel.

A bit of ice cream trivia: Bassetts recently listed its all time top ten flavors in order of popularity:
1. Vanilla
2. Chocolate
3. Mint Chocolate Chip
4. Cookies and Cream
5. Cookie Dough
6. Peanut Butter
7. Butter Pecan
8. English Toffee Crunch
9. Strawberry
10. Coffee