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John's Water Ice

701 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3911
+1 215-925-6955
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good15%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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1 - 10 of 26 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Fresh lemons are used daily. The best water ice ever. Another MUST stop in Philly. Fresh batches of different flavours.

Thank Joan T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Awesome experience!!! Can't wait to try all the flavors they have to offer. Definitely recommend this place to cool off.

Thank Bryan N
acardullo13, Owner at John's Water Ice, responded to this review

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some of the best waterice around. Great flavors so treat yourself to a South Philly favorite. Next to Italian market

Thank Joe C
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Have been visiting this water ice stand for years and love it. Prices are good and service is immediate.

Thank redramPhiladelphia
Reviewed 2 September 2016

First time visitor to the city and had read that "water ice" is a must try. I think we picked a winner with John's! I would not have gone to a Rita's since those are even franchised in TN. We had a super mediocre cheesesteak...More

Thank cynthiakennemore
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Great Water Ice been around a long time way befor Rita's, as a child I remember it was just cherry and lemon I remember when they introduced chocolate water ice I think it was like 1969 - 70..... i remember as a young child watching...More

Thank 2Bige257
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

I was there this week with my Dad and I came there EVERY DAY while I was there. They remembered me by the 3rd day but they're all very nice and even helped me out when they were out of the Pina Colada flavor. Informed...More

Thank Rachel S
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

I came with my kids and it was really worth the walk.... In a hot day what a best way to refresh than a delicious water ice... Highly recommended

Thank Glori R
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Been coming here for over 6 years and is always consistent. Cherry, Pineapple, Lemon and Chocolate are their usual every day flavors. The best is when they have special limited time flavors especially during the summer months. Best one is Blueberry Water Ice which is...More

Thank Jaderey
Reviewed 21 June 2016

When I go to Philly I always visit John's Water ice. I remember this as a kid and always loved it. It is take out only. I like the chocolate, cherry and lemon best. There are pieces of lemon in the lemon flavor ice. Do...More

Thank frani48
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Lunch, Dinner
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Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
13:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 22:00
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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Description
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