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Franklin Fountain

116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3099
+1 215-627-1899
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Ranked #48 of 3,740 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Dessert, Ice Cream
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Franklin Fountain aims to serve an experience steeped in ideals, drizzled with drollery, and sprinkled with the forgotten flavors of the American past.
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Great place to go for an old fashioned ice cream. Especially after a day of seeing the local sights.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Lovely place with a huge range of soda and ice cream. Very tasty and generous portions. Once you have had your full, pop next door to the sweet shop and get your 10% discount with till receipt. Then go back for more ice cream, to use the 10% discount the sweet shop receipt gives you. Repeat the above until you... More

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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91 reviews 91 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Walking into this soda fountain is a lot like walking back into the 1910s. With marbled service countertops, an elegant tin ceiling and soda jerks with aprons and caps the atmosphere is wonderfully historic. There are over 30 ice cream flavors and many like Cherry Butter Almond, Whirly Berley or Teaberry have Philadelphia and Pennsylvania favorite ingredients. Great ice cream... More

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North Vancouver, BC
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Super fun to stop in and have an old-fashioned hot drink in the winter and I'm sure the summer (we only visited in Dec)! Great service and old-timey decor

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Located in Old City and open late, the Franklin Fountain is a genuine soda fountain with all ice creams and sauces made on the premises. The decor will truly take you back in time. Peruse the extensive menu of sundaes, phosphates and shakes while you wait in line - it will be worth it. Look for the monthly freeze special... More

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New York City, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

So the ice cream here is fantastic. The decor is quaint as it's done up "old timey" ice cream fountain style. However that even extends to the cooling as they have period appropriate fans and ceiling fans. So our wait on line was disgusting in the 75% humidity 90F weather. Will definitely go back though to try a sundae at... More

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The coconut shake made my knees weak. The phosphates are awesome. The atmosphere is great. Just don't treat the servers like Disney "hosts" - they are working!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Franklin Fountain is a cute soda fountain located in the historic area of Philly. The decor and costumed employees are very charming. Even the cash registers is reminiscent of a time once past. My husband and I both got flavored sodas and they were good. Not the best I've ever had from a soda fountain, but the ambiance of... More

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New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is an old fashioned ice cream parlor with the employees in costume from the soda fountain days. The place is small and you basically just walk through to place your order. There are a few tables outside to eat at. The outside also has a water fountain with cups for free. We went the last week of August and... More

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Clinton Township, Michigan
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

There was a line out the door at 9:00 pm on a Sunday - so plan accordingly. Best to view menu upon arrival and send one person in from your party to place order. Staff is dressed in 1920's-1930's attire. It is NOT air conditioned - rather overhead fans are pulley-system controlled. Expect to pay $5 - $15 per each... More

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