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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: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Coffee & Tea, 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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  • 225
    Excellent
  • 102
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 11
    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
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The Ice Cream is great. 2 things were not great in this place: Its Cash only. I read it while going and was prepared to pay, however one couple ahead of us missed the sign which can be a bad surprise after waiting in the long line. Would feel even worse for them in the summer. Add to it the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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NJ
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113 reviews 113 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The Ice Cream is great. 2 things were not great in this place: Its Cash only. I read it while going and was prepared to pay, however one couple ahead of us missed the sign which can be a bad surprise after waiting in the long line. Would feel even worse for them in the summer. Add to it the... More 

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Philadelphia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Pick Maple Walnut or any flavor for that matter - you cant go wrong. Dont forget the fudge on top ........ delicious !!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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60 reviews 60 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Stopped in here for the first time with the family, I was expecting so much more after all of the great reviews. Good luck finding a parking spot. Pay for a cramped up lot, or meter parking along the street. First, this ice cream place is cash only. Anything cash only in 2015 is just a pain anymore. The cotton... More 

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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Wow. This place is so cool. Amazing ice cream! Definitely check it out, but stop at the ATM because it is cash only.

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Burlington, New Jersey, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I'd heard of Franklin Fountain after seeing an ad while in Philly during Christmas. So when my sister & I left the Ritz 5 tonight and it was so beautiful out we decided to take a walk. I remembered Franklin Fountain so we walked to it. Line was out the door. I remember reading that happens. But the wait wasn't... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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59 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

When I searched Philly for ice cream, it seemed like The Franklin Fountain was the place to go. After going to Sonny's for cheesesteaks, we headed down the street for ice cream. The ambience of this place is fantastic--from the menus outside to the throwback-feeling inside, they absolutely nailed it. It wasn't too busy around 4:30 on a Tuesday, so... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We almost didn't stay to wait in line, because it was out the door. But it moved surprisingly fast, and we had our treats within 15-20 minutes. I had the mint chocolate chip with some hot fudge and whipped cream (very very good and homemade whipped cream), and my husband had a chocolate sundae. There are a lot of ice... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I was traveling for business in fall 2013 in Philadelphia. I stumbled upon the Fountain, and made my way in. It's a 1950s soda shop, complete with no credit card machine (I prefer cash). I had the peanut butter brownie milkshake. I immediately told my coworkers and convinced one to come with me. Fabulous!

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Top Contributor
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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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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: Families with children, Special occasions, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?