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Franklin Fountain

116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3099
+1 215-627-1899
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Ranked #39 of 3,728 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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85% Recommend
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English first
Sicklerville, New Jersey
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

You simply cannot miss this place! My daughter and I went here on a recent Friday. She had a Root Beer Float which was perfect after the long walk we took in the hot city. I had the Franklin Mint. I am a true ice cream expert and this was some of the best I have eaten! A large bowl... More

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71 reviews 71 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We live in South Jersey and I have been trying to get to Old City to Franklin Fountain for some time. It has been featured on local and national food/travel shows and has a great reputation. Recently voted nation's best milkshake for mint chocolate chip. We were not disappointed - excellent ice cream and milk shakes. It is pricey and... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Do not miss this ice cream place. They make all the flavors and it is so good! When in Philly make sure you go here. We even went back the next day, it was that good. Be prepared for a line out of the door!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We ended up by pure chance at Franklin parlor on our way to I-95 south from old Phila. Great hand made ice cream in a very nice ice cream parlor with a vintage decor and costumed clerks. Even the antique cash register is in operation. A must see!

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143 reviews 143 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Enjoyed this old world ice cream parlour - that was difficult enough to order in / pay / collect - and didn't have the systems you would expect for a place that seems there so long. The ice cream however was very good and although expensive for what it is - highly rated for the taste ! Would go again.... More

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Orlando, Florida
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Loved the antique ice cream parlor theme! It was very busy when we visited so we had to stand in line for about 20-30 minutes to get served. That being said, it was worth the wait! We had a hot fudge sundae that was plentiful enough to share and still feel satisfied. The concoction was topped with delicious home made... More

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100 reviews 100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a cute ice cream shop with a 50s feel. Ice cream variety is extensive including vegan and non-egg options. Choose from a sugar, waffle, or regular cone or just a cup. They carry candy from years ago…like the famous chicklets! Limited seating available, but worth a stop in for a sweet treat!

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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a old time ice cream parlor with modern twists. Their ice cream is wonderful. They even carry non-dairy ice cream so everyone can enjoy. Next door is Shane Confectionery - Yum. Candy shop that will not disappoint. We went there first and got a 10% off of Franklin Fountain. These places are worth the walk.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I was only in Philadelphia for one day but definitely wanted to check this place out. My girlfriend and I decided to have a Franklin Mint each. To be honest I think we could have shared one as it was so big. I'm not going to complain because it was amazing and well presented. Mint and chocolate chip ice cream... More

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Romford, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Both of the above ice cream flavours were absolutely delicious, the portions are very generous, I just wish we had one of their amazing sundaes!

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