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Beating the Heat with Cold Treats

Today, everyone arrives in Philadelphia and begins preparing for a very busy 8 days with PYPA! We are so excited to have you here and hope you get to find your way around the city a little bit tonight. As I mentioned in my last post, there are so many amazing restaurants, parks, museums, and things to do here in the city and we hope you take full advantage of the activities Philly has to offer.


I wanted to feature some more places to check out that are close to Curtis, places you might be able to stop by during a practice break or enjoy with friends. We all know it can get a little hot, like unbearably hot, during the summer in Philadelphia. Here are some cold beverages and icy snack suggestions to make it through the week!


For coffee lovers, La Colombe cafe is a great place to beat the heat. They have this amazing “draft latte” that is one of the tastiest cold coffee drinks I have ever had (pictured on the right). Skip Starbucks and check out the cafes around Rittenhouse- there’s a ton!


One Philadelphia tradition is called “Water Ice.” No, it’s not a snow cone, it’s not shaved ice… it’s Water Ice. I was confused when I got here, too. If we were to compare, it would best be explained as very finely shaved ice with a ton of delicious sweet syrup flavor poured over it, and a big scoop of creamy custard on the stop. It comes in a billion flavors, and is super cheap. You can find it at Rita’s Water Ice in Center City!


And don’t forget to take these delicious treats back to Rittenhouse Square. Sit down in the grass, people watch, chat with friends, and enjoy your visit to Philly.

La Colombe Coffee: 130 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Featured drinks are Draft Latte (left), Black & Tan (middle) and Pure Black (right)

Rita’s Water Ice: 1511 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Rittenhouse Square: 1800 Walnut Street (Right across from Curtis)

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