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Franklin Fountain

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No. 116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
+1 215-627-1899
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Description: The Franklin Fountain aims to serve an experience steeped in ideals...
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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  • 267
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  • 119
    Very good
  • 44
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  • 13
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Be prepared for a wait

Was very crowded and the line moves slow. Prices are high but the ice cream is good. The flavors are very subtle and the ice cream is extremely creamy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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NJ
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  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Was very crowded and the line moves slow. Prices are high but the ice cream is good. The flavors are very subtle and the ice cream is extremely creamy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A nice place to stop by for ice cream, milk shake or ice cream soda after a long day of walking round and sight seeing. They have a long line of people waiting to give order usually during daytime, it's less rush in evening.m

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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Old fashioned ice cream shop in Old City Philadelphia. Good selections and tasty ice cream however the wait times can be long during peak hours. Also there is very limited seating outside. The ice cream is also more expensive, but worth a try at least once. I tried the ginger and pistachio ice creams and lover them both. My partner... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a very famous and well renowned ice cream parlour and so my two friends and I decided to try it after some dinner and drinks. The line was very long and the whole place was busy and buzzing even though it was 11pm at night. The staff are dressed in old fashioned uniforms and it ties in very... More 

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MAGNOLIA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Period themed like an old timely ice cream shop, like what my great grandpa might have gone to. Fun classic treats, very popular in the summer. Cool for kids and adults.

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I had a delicious brownie with ice cream and it was big enough for two people. The interior design is unique.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

After seeing it on the Travel Channel, we incorporated it into our stop while in Olde City. We hit at just the right time as our line was in the store, by the time we left it was well outside and starting to wrap around. We had a hot fudge over coconut, a cherry butter almond milkshake, and I saw... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This place is notorious for its good ice cream and it did not disappoint. Amazingly creamy chocolate chip and rocky road ice cream. It's well worth the long line out the door. Be warned, if you want to try their famous hydrox ice cream go early! Wonderful classic parlor feel and the employees uniforms were a nice throwback to the... More 

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Towson, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Let's face it. you only visit historic Philly for educational purposes like seeing the Liberty Bell and visiting Congress Hall. All these are great things to do with your family or class field trip. While walking around visiting things of old, stop by the Franklin Fountain. It's some of the best ice cream I've had, it's in walking distance to... More 

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Pennsville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The long lines are totally worth it!! The only thing I didn't like much was the pretzel cone. It was really hard to bite into and was a bit sticky. I'll get the cake cone next time. The ice cream was amazing!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No. 116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-627-1899

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?