Note: We update this list every year, but if we’ve missed your favorite ice cream stand, do let us know.
Everyone has their favorite ice cream place. Usually it’s local, and maybe because it’s associated with sweetness and warm summer evenings, people tend to be fiercely loyal.
That’s why we are not going to rate ice cream purveyors in Bucks County (ha!). But for those of you interested in wandering the county, comparing vanillas, chocolates and peanut butter-chocolate-graham-whatever swirls, here’s a pretty comprehensive list, starting in Upper Bucks and moving south. We did, however, skip franchise places, like Rita’s and Dairy Queen, as good as they might sometimes be.
Thanks to our guest blogger, Rich Baringer, for his research in Upper Bucks, and to Sarah Wingert for updating this list.
We hope to update this list as we get a chance to visit them, and add more information, so please let us know your favorite place, and why you love it. Send us an email, or drop a comment below.
Upper Bucks (and maybe a little over the border)
The Inside Scoop (Coopersburg), 301 N. Third Street – Route 309, 610.282.1955
Rosemarie’s Italian Ice (Quakertown), 304 W. Broad Street, 215.536.3220 “A million flavors” of ice cream, plus water ice and gelato.
Grida’s (Richlandtown), 36 N. Main St, 215.536.2691 Good old-fashioned walk-up food stand. Great place to hang with friends or pick up to take home. Locally owned for over forty years, with a big menu in addition to ice cream. Soft-serve dipped in chocolate is a favorite.
Sundae School (Hilltown), 401 W. Schoolhouse Rd., 215.723-4123 Housed in the old Pennville Schoolhouse – they even have the names and pictures of those who attended school there. Lots of Hershey’s ice cream flavors as well as smoothies, sundaes, Italian ice, candy, ice cream cakes, and chocolate covered bananas. Very friendly staff with an old-fashioned feel inside and outside seating for hanging out. See our Tidbits post on the Sundae School here.
Owowcow Creamery (Ottsville), at the intersection of Routes 563 & 412, near Rt. 611, 610.847.7070 All natural, organic, small batch, handcrafted ice cream, “Italian” style (think rich and dense) made on-site sourcing ingredients from local farms. Outside seating. Just imagine – you can eat healthy, great ice cream and support local farmers. (see below for their Wrightstown location)
Chubby’s Dairy Barn (Plumsteadville), right behind the Plumsteadville Inn, near the intersection of Route 611 and Stump Road, 215.766.7554 Very family- and community-oriented, serving Nelson’s ice cream (from Royersford). Extremely friendly staff—even have treats for dogs who visit.
The Canalside Cup (Easton), 1610 S Delaware Drive, just outside of downtown Easton, 610.253.1234. Walk-up, family-owned food stand, sells ice cream in addition to grilled and fried foods.
Del Val Creamery @ The Market at Del Val (Doylestown), 2100 Lower State Road Locally made by Uncle Dave’s ice cream in Yardley (who also sells at Shady Brook Farm Market). Made from 100 percent super premium Jersey cow milk, from independently owned Pennsylvania dairy farms and using Shady Brook produce – like raspberries, strawberries and peaches – in the ice cream whenever possible. See our story on the Del Val Market.
Nat’s Pizzeria (Doylestown), 138 W. State St, 215.345.8822. Why have we listed a pizza place amidst all these ice cream parlors? Because I think they have the best Philly water ice that I’ve found in Central Bucks. And I grew up in NE Philadelphia. A big cup for a good price plus the ambience of a Philly summer evening. Sitting outside on the picnic benches, in the humid summer air, watching folks and cars go by — brings back memories of my childhood.
Nina’s Waffles (Doylestown), 30 East State Street, Doylestown, 267.454.7294 Nina’s Waffles started their first store in New Hope and recently opened their second shop in Doylestown. They’ve branched out from their well-known waffles to create their own brand of ice cream. See below to find out more information about their flagship store.
Sweet Pea Homemade Ice Cream (Doylestown), 18 West State Street, Doylestown, 215.340.1575 Own-make ice cream in 30 flavors, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes and pies, and homemade candies.
Sweet Pea Farms (Doylestown), 925 Sandy Ridge Road, Doylestown, PA , 267.404.2534 Homemade ice cream in a unique farm market. Fresh produce, flowers, kitchenwares, local honey and jams, and cheeses also.
yogurtree (frozen dessert) (Doylestown), Barn Plaza, 1745 S Easton Road, 215.343.8733 yogurtree is a custom designed and built self-serve frozen dessert cafe in Doylestown and Quakertown, PA with 12 flavors of premium frozen yogurt, ice cream, water ice and dozens of toppings to create your own custom dessert.
Pigadilly’s (Lahaska) Peddler’s Village, Shop #53, 215.794.2122 Sixteen hard and nine soft-serve flavors, gelato, baked goods and other light food. Great Peanut Butter Swirl.
Nina’s Waffles (New Hope), 31 West Mechanic Street, New Hope, 215.862.1660 Nina’s recently expanded from their well-known waffles to create their own brand of ice cream. They serve traditional flavors like chocolate and cookie dough, and more specialty flavors such as sea salt caramel and key lime raspberry.
Dilly’s Corner (Centre Bridge), on River Road (Route 32), north of New Hope, right at the Centre Bridge-Stockton bridge, 215.862.5333 Another local favorite that has been there for years. Ice cream, milkshakes and a grill menu. See our review.
Birchwood Farms (Upper Makefield/ Newtown), 428 Brownsburg Road, 215.598.8633 Super premium organic ice cream available in fourteen “Patriotic Flavors” made from 100% whole, nutritious, raw Jersey milk, sold in quarts from their store.
Owowcow Creamery (Wrightstown) in Carousel Village, 591 Durham Rd. (Route 413), 215.598.3248 All natural, organic, small batch, handcrafted ice cream, “Italian” style (think rich and dense) made on-site sourcing ingredients from local farms. (Also in Ottsville and Lambertville, NJ)
Goodnoe Farm Dairy Bar (Newtown) 4 South Sycamore Street, 215.968.3544 The tradition continues. Goodnoe’s was the place to go for ice cream for 40 years, back when Newtown was surrounded by farms. Now the next generation is making ice cream again, using the family recipes. The store sells their homemade hand-dipped ice cream in 12 flavors, offers 15 kinds of sundaes, and milkshakes.
Zebra Striped Whale (Newtown), 12 S. State St., 215.860.4122 This local favorite on State Street in Newtown Boro opened in December 2004. It is family-owned and operated, dedicated to providing customers with premium quality ice cream, coffee, and desserts.
Tanner Brothers Dairy (Ivyland/Richboro), 1070 Hatboro Road, 215-357-1716 Tanner’s had been in business for over 100 years as a working dairy farm so you know the ice cream is fresh. Their produce selection and prices are great too, year-round.
Uncle Dave’s (Yardley) at Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, 215-968-1670 Locally made from 100 percent super premium Jersey cow milk, from independently owned Pennsylvania dairy farms and using Shady Brook produce – like raspberries, strawberries and peaches – in the ice cream whenever possible.
Yardley Ice House (Yardley boro), 77 S. Main St., 215.321.9788 Family-owned and run. Gourmet Italian Water Ice (in 22 flavors), gelati, soft serve custard, milk shakes and malts, ice cream sundaes, blend-ins and ice cream floats.
Mom’s Homemade Water Ice & Ice Cream (Langhorne) Pine Watson Center, N. Pine St. Not much online about them but a very popular neighborhood place.
Dairy Delite (Levittown), 972 Woodbourne Rd, 215.547.1636 This hugely popular ice cream place has several locations in Lower Bucks. From what we’ve heard, portions are big and the lines are long.
Gibby’s Ice Cream Store (Levittown), 4010 Veterans Hwy, 215.945.1700 Small, family-owned Levittown landmark serving ice cream and frozen yogurt. The kind of place you grew up with.
Let’s Go to The Hop (Bristol), 2 Pond St, 215.688.3892 Classic “50’s” style Ice Cream shop offering more than just ice cream. Funnel cakes, “Philly Style” sandwiches, fresh cut fries, burgers and more.
And on the other side of the river…
Cravings (Stockton), 10 Risler St, 609.397.2911
Bucks Ice Cream and Espresso Bar (Lambertville), 25 Bridge St, 609.773.0888
Caffe Galleria (Lambertville), 23 North Union St, 609.397.2400
Owowcow Creamery (Lambertville) 237 North Union St, 609.397-2234. All natural, organic, small batch, handcrafted ice cream, “Italian” style (think rich and dense) made on-site sourcing ingredients from local farms. (Also in Ottsville and Wrightstown; see above)
It’s Nutts (Titusville), 1381 River Road, 609.737.0505 Convenient for Bucks County folks in Upper Makefield and Washington Crossing area. Good ice cream, interesting flavors, outside seating right off of River Road/Route 29.
Updated on June 14, 2017
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