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Franklin Fountain

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Dessert, Ice Cream
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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dessert, Late Night, 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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Visitor rating
  • 220
    Excellent
  • 99
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Best Ice Cream - Worth the Wait

Be prepared to be blown back to the past with the atmosphere, flavors and taste. Best, freshest ice cream I've had in a good, long while. I tried the cherry butter almond - wow! Fresh roasted nuts and delicious cherries. Don't miss it, and yes, it's worth the wait!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
adamcohenil1
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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Be prepared to be blown back to the past with the atmosphere, flavors and taste. Best, freshest ice cream I've had in a good, long while. I tried the cherry butter almond - wow! Fresh roasted nuts and delicious cherries. Don't miss it, and yes, it's worth the wait!!

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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

So many options top include sugar and dairy free options. The portions are absolutely huge. Cannot go wrong if you want ice cream or a good shake. Amazing for everyone.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This place is definitely unique. Everything from the staff's attire to the old time decorations is pretty neat. The ice cream is not really that special in my opinion. Don't get me wrong; it is still good though and the prices are somewhat reasonable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I am so glad we took our family of four here after dinner this past weekend! We arrived around 7pm and there was no line. Keep in mind, it was about 30° and very windy out. Yes, it's expensive and they only accept cash. Be prepared for that. That being said, the ice cream is delicious! It was prepared quickly... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We took half of a vball team in there and they took up more than half of the spaces available. Everyone like their ice cream though!

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Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Went in the summer when the weather was hot and the lineups were long. It's hot inside too. But the place definitely has character for those who appreciate old places and antique design. The ice cream was certainly good too. If you can get a seat out on the sidewalk, it makes for a relaxing stop (except for the lineup... More 

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Cape May, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Little place, long lines but very good! Homemade ice creams, sundaes, milkshakes, real sodas (homemade syrups) Cash only

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This place is great when you want to end a nice night out with a sweet treat. Always get the Hydrox (Oreo). Its not cheap, but you pay for the old school feel, recipes, and products. Great for a date night.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Yo. This place is LEGIT. The ONLY reason I did not give a 5 is because the wait was CRAYZAY when we went (summer time)! The line didn't SEEM as long as it was, only because you don't realize that they have the "amusement park style rope" on the inside that winds back and forth. So you THINK it's a... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Standard as well as unique flavors. Be warned, a "scoop" is quite large. You can make some very unique combinations between their flavors and toppings. A bit pricey though.

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Dessert, Ice Cream

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?