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Franklin Fountain

116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3099
+1 215-627-1899
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Ranked #50 of 3,736 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great ice cream in an old fashioned environment! The staff are very knowledgeable about the history of the building and it's antiques. Note that it is cash only and unless you get there when they open on a weekend, there is a long line but it's worth the wait!

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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

My husband and I have frequented this place many summers. It's a great place to stop in while spending time in historic Philly. It's also a fun place to bring family and friends. It's a throw back ice cream/soda fountain shop that makes all of their own ice creams and ingredients. It's definitely worth the experience. It is a little... More

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Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Worth the wait! Despite the warm late summer evening and the long lines, the counter staff were super courteous and helpful, even allowing a few sample tastes and not fretting at all that we were taking a few minutes to decide which flavor(s) we wanted. You can generally tell by the attitudes of the staff if the business is well-run.... More

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Clementon, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I know it's an ice cream shop, old fashioned soda jerk shop, BUT at 10pm on a Friday night (Sept 2014), it seemed more like a family friendly lounge. Kids, pets, and all. I loved they had the chairs set up outside, and it's a great place for people watching. Stopped by with my cousins and sister. Pros: "Best vanilla... More

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Concord, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I am a big fan of old-fashioned places and I have a soft spot for early 20th century stuff. When I saw Franklin Fountain featured on a travel show and saw that they are fashioned as an old-school soda fountain, I knew that I must make it a point to visit if ever I was in Philadelphia. I immediately fell... More

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NY
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

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

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edinburgh
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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PORT ALLEGANY
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93 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about Franklin Fountain

Address: 116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3099
Phone Number: +1 215-627-1899
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
Cuisine: Dessert, Ice Cream

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