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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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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

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  • 215
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  • 93
    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
Most recent review
Lovely.

Tight little old school soda shop right next to Penns Landin. They have a winter menu that is not on the wall so make sure to ask for it as it is in the menu booklets only. Most people walked in and lingered asking about coffee so they should probably put up a small sign to keep the traffic flow... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Philadelphia, PA
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Philadelphia, PA
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239 reviews 239 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Tight little old school soda shop right next to Penns Landin. They have a winter menu that is not on the wall so make sure to ask for it as it is in the menu booklets only. Most people walked in and lingered asking about coffee so they should probably put up a small sign to keep the traffic flow... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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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49 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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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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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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5 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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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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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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, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions

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
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?