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Franklin Fountain

116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3099
+1 215-627-1899
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Ranked #49 of 3,732 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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Bosch en Duin
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92 reviews 92 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Located in the Old Town Philadelphia it appears the Franklin Fountain Ice Cream Saloon is a popular place. We went over on a warm evening and it was pretty crowded. The setting is vintage with lots of antique items. Look inside at the ceiling and set up. Together with the building it gives you the feeling of the days of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This is well worth a visit! Locals and visitors flock there and theres no wonder why. They sell all the old favourites and new and exciting flavours too. Their milkshakes are thick and delicious, although we found the presentation cup a little disappointing as it is so plain. The ice creams are served in boxes which is lovely. The ambience... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Super delicious home made Ice cream. Huge portion, be prepared to share! Prices are ok considering the quality of the food sold there.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I'm not actually a huge ice cream person but this place is amazing. There's such a huge selection of traditional and random flavours. We went on a midweek evening and there wasn't much of a queue when we arrived but by the time we had got our cones and got a table out on the street, the queue was out... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Not much more to say, if you are in Philly, this is a must! Old fashioned soda jerk, with fascinating decor and friendly staff.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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39 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Wow is this good ice cream. Is it worth the wait? For less than 20 minutes, absolutely. If the line is down the block - questionable. Everything is good here. We tried a lot! Coconut ice cream - awesome. Wherley Berley - fantastic. Even the Mint chip was outrageous with mini candy bar sized chips. If I wanted to drink... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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25 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A couple of people had recommended that we should try the "Franklin Fountain" when we were in Philly. We walked down to the soda fountain, near Penn's Landing. The line wasn't too bad; we arrived around 8pm. There isn't any place to sit in the shop. They offer a huge amount of choices, both on the chalkboard, wall and there... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was my second time here, and I have to say, I really like it. It is cash only, so prepare for that, for 2 people, have 20 dollars The menu has staple options and also some funky sundaes and drinks, so you can take the picky people. There are vegan options, milkshakes and sundaes. The line can be long,... More

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Irvine, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I suppose there's plenty of dairy ice cream places all with good flavours and the Franklin Fountain is one of them. It does have a nostalgic touch to it with the old time décor and outfits as well as a great selection of ice cream and drinks. It would benefit from an indoor seated area though as it is take... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

You will wait in a long line, up to 30 minutes, but the charm inside is spectacular and the ice cream delicious. Both black raspberry and hydrox flavors were great. Cash only and it is pricey.

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