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September 08, 2021

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream to add more Philly locations in Fishtown, Rittenhouse

The Brooklyn-based frozen treat business opened its first shop in Midtown Village in August

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Van Leeuwen Ice Cream co-founder Laura O'Neill stands outside the Brooklyn company's first Philadelphia store location at 119 S. 13th St. in Midtown Village. Two additional stores are planned for Fishtown and Rittenhouse.

The latest arrival to Philadelphia's ice cream scene has plans to lay down more roots in the city.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, the Brooklyn-based business that opened its first Philly storefront last month, confirmed that it will open two more locations in Fishtown and Rittenhouse.

Specific details about the two locations have not yet been revealed, but the Fishtown spot is expected to be on Frankford Avenue when it opens

In August, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream opened its first shop in Midtown Village at at 119 S. 13th St., the former home of gelato chain Capogiro.

In advance of the grand opening, Van Leeuwen made several ice cream truck stops at locations around Philadelphia.

Founded in 2008 by Ben and Peter Van Leeuwen and Lauren O'Neill, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream specializes in both dairy and vegan treats. The business expanded to multiple locations in New York and has locations in California, New Jersey and Texas.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream offers a selection of more than 30 flavors and treats including ice cream bars, which are also made in vegan cashew milk and oat milk varieties.

Popular ice cream flavors include vanilla and honeycomb as well as vegan staples like chocolate chip cookie dough and mint chocolate chip. The strawberry lavender donut, a Philly flavor developed in partnership with Federal Donuts, is a creamy buttermilk ice cream mixed with pieces of strawberry lavender donuts and swirled with homemade strawberry-lavender jam.

The company also created waves recently with the creation of a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese flavored ice cream, which became an instant hit this summer and sold out. Van Leeuwen has since brought it back and sells the ice cream in pints on its website and at scoop shops. 

The two new ice cream shops in Philly are expected to open during the first half of 2022.