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John's Water Ice

701 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3911
+1 215-925-6955
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701 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3911
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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.

Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Stopped by after lunch. Yum! Lemon and lime very refreshing. Could taste the freshness. Smooth, soft deliciousness.

Thank CharlieinTexas
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Every time I am in Philadelphia I try to stop at John's at least once. I have not had any better anywhere. I love the chocolate and the cherry. My daughter loves the pineapple. The lemon is excellent too. Don't miss it!

Thank frani48
Reviewed 24 May 2017

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

Thank TRIB2
Reviewed 21 May 2017 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 reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 3 May 2017

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

Thank Joe C
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
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  • 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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