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Campus & Community

Cool Treats Near Drexel Hotspots

August 15, 2019


We’re in the middle of August right now, which means that it’s hot, it’s humid and it’s probably time for ice cream. What better way to cool off than with a frozen treat?

Here are some ideas of places and desserts to try when you’re craving something sweet to beat the heat. 

University City Campus

Shake Shack

3200 Chestnut St.

There are plenty of options at the Shake Shack University City, including frozen custard (with or without special mix-ins and toppings), shakes and floats.


3300 Market St.

You can order and customize smoothies and frozen teas and cappuccinos. Plus, there’s always the freezer section with pints of ice cream!


2950 Market St.

In addition to selling loaded grilled cheese sandwiches, Milkhouse lives up to its name by offering ice cream and milkshakes. Bonus: there’s also Milk House Suburban Station, which is within walking distance of the Center City Campus and at the Academy of Natural Sciences!

Kiwi Frozen Yogurt

3606 Chestnut St.

With its expansive list of frozen yogurts and toppings, Kiwi Frozen Yogurt has a lot of cool options. Plus, you can look at what flavors are on tap before heading over!

Center City Campus

Bassetts Ice Cream

51 N. 12th St.

Located in Reading Terminal Market, this Bassetts ice cream stand hosts a variety of flavors of ice cream and milkshakes. And if you don’t want to wait in line, you can order online and pick up cups and pints in person.

Rita’s Italian Ice

1511 Spruce St.

It’s a Philly classic — and for good reason. Try the Italian or cream ice flavors, frozen custards, gelati, milkshakes and much, much more.

A La Mousse

145 N. 11th St. 

In addition to cakes, cheesecakes and mousse confections, this dessert café offers specialty iced matcha lattes, milkshakes and creamy milk foam teas.

Academy of Natural Sciences

Classic Cake Bakery and Cafe

One Penn Center/Suburban Station

1617 JFK Blvd.

Whether it’s on your commute home or during a lunch break, you can enjoy the gelato and sorbet here — and did you know it’s conveniently within walking distance of Suburban Station and the Academy (and Drexel’s Center City Campus!)?

El Merkury

2104 Chestnut St.

Gourmet churros served with vanilla soft serve and toppings like cake, chocolate sauce and fun sprinkles. What’s not to love?

Lil’ Pop Shop

229 S. 20th St.

Gourmet homemade popsicles (oh yes, that’s absolutely a thing) are just a 15-minute walk from the Academy. There are creamy and dairy-free options in flavors like rose lemonade and Vietnamese iced coffee.

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