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No. 116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
+1 215-627-1899
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Ranked #34 of 3,804 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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Buffalo, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We loved loved loved loved it! We went in January, so we had very little wait at all (though later in the evening, around 7pm, when we walked by again, there was a line out the door). Love the old-timey feel and the outfits and dispositions of the folks working there. They truly seem to like their jobs. Amazingly cute... More 

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NYC
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The Berley brothers make a vast number of flavors, some common, some their own, and do it superbly. The sauces and other toppings available for sundaes are also home made and just fantastic. This is the opposite of mass production, but way more fun than most artisanal food enterprises. I don't think it could be any better. Also: your receipt... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Small, charming old timey place with a long list of flavors and ice cream options: milk shakes, phosphates, sodas and sundaes. We brought two kids. The "small" portions are huge. the prices are high but the ice cream and atmosphere is delicious and well worth it. I had black raspberry ice cream and it was great. Good for out-of-towners but... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We tried to go here on a Saturday night in December after dinner, and the line was winding down the sidewalk. So we gave up and came back the next morning when it opened at 11. This is the time to go! We had the place to ourselves. Despite the fact that they had run out of two flavors we... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Great ice cream. Can't wait to go back and sit for some soda. It can get busy but that's expected of a popular spot in the city. Cash only can be a bit of a pain if you're not expecting it, but not a big deal. Great local flavors and ice cream worth walking across the city to get it.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

It was my second time at the fountain, having previously visited a couple of years ago and I wasn't disappointed on my return. Despite having had a huge breakfast at the green eggs cafe beforehand, we braved the torrential rain and wind to head 10 blocks down to the Franklin Fountain and it was worth every second. I went for... More 

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Houston, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Nice ice cream shop around the corner from the hotel we were staying. Nice sized portions and delicious ice cream, good choice.

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10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

My wife is fond of retro fountain shops, and so when we visited Philly, she wanted to visit. Franklin Fountain is located just east of the Old City / Constitution Hall / Liberty Bell area, so it was a quick walk after doing the tourist stuff. 5pm on a Saturday, the place was packed to the gills. Standing room only,... More 

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165 reviews 165 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

and such variety your spoiled for choice, it's open long hours and was very very busy when we were there. nice to sit outside and people watch while enjoying your ice- cream, they also have a water fountain outside for customer use, we would love to go back there!!

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Fairfield, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

1. Carry cash - they don't take cards and 2. Expect a line. But it is so worth it. It was like stepping back into history. They have candy on the shelves that I haven't seen in 20 years. Also, the ice cream was pretty good.

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Additional Information about Franklin Fountain

Address: No. 116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: +1 215-627-1899
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisine: Dessert, Ice Cream

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