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Franklin Fountain

116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3099
+1 215-627-1899
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Ranked #43 of 3,690 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American, Dessert, Ice Cream
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Ice cream was ok. We waited in line for 40 min just to order and then I waited an extra 10 min to get my shake.if you are planning on going, go early from when they open to about 2pm that is when they get long lines. The ice cream is REALLY expensive! Portion sizes are huge.

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Portland, Oregon
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Located in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, this ice cream and soda fountain reinvents the past in both their architectural details and authentic ice cream. The ice cream is homemade and delicious. Whether you just want the straight ice cream or choose one there sundaes, you won't be disappointed. They have some outside seating, which is perfect for that... More

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Independence, Kentucky
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We stumbled upon this darling ice cream parlor when walking back from lunch. I had a chocolate ice cream with caramel and toffee in a waffle come. It was so yummy! Best ice cream ever. If I'm back in Philly, I'll be back at Franklin's.

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Ventura, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This was our second ice cream stop in Philly, and this ice cream was so much better. Our family loved the banana split. Especially the cream.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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88 reviews 88 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I'm almost embarrassed to admit that this was one of my Philadelphia highlights. The ice cream is memorable and I wish (or maybe I don't) that there was an ice cream parlor of this caliber closer to my home. I had coconut with homemade hot fudge. Our group of seven settled into reverent silence as we enjoyed our selections. If... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This place is very quaint and old school. Everything from the ice cream flavors to the antique cash register has an old-timey feel. Franklin Fountain is a perfectly located little ice cream shop in the Old City neighborhood of Philly. It doesn't have much seating, so you mainly go for take out, but it's an ideal place to take your... More

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

This place is so cute, you'd think it had been there for a hundred years. That's what I thought until I read after it opened a few years ago. Any how, it's really charming, the staff are nice, the portions are enormous. It is tiny & busy, even when we went in mid December. Be prepared to wait & sit... More

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WILMINGTON
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

If you love everything ice cream, this place is for you. So many delicious flavors from which to choose as well as a variety of creations make it hard to decide. Love the period costumes and old time decor. Great service and friendly staff. Short walk to Shane's candy shoppe run by the same family. Must see if in Penn's... More

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Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

I'd heard about this place on the television and thought i would visit whilst on a day trip to Philadelphia. The place was easy to find but it doesn't open til midday in the winter so i had to wait around for a while for them to open up. It was worth the wait, the food was delicious:-) I found... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

As Philadelphia locals, this is one of our favorite places to visit. The floats and ice cream are fantastic, the decor is fabulous. If you're ever hungry in Old City, this is highly recommended. Try a root beer float or maple walnut ice cream cone. They also serve a wide variety of sundaes. Next door is Shane's Confectionary, a fantastic... More

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