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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: Coffee & Tea, Dinner, Dessert, Drinks, Lunch, 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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  • 241
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  • 105
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 12
    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
Delicious Ice Cream

I wanted to visit this place if we happened to be close by, and we accidentally had lunch at a place a block away. What luck! I suggested a trip to the Franklin Fountain, and we got a few ice creams to sample. A single dip will require someone who can eat it very fast, or if you're not up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Mike C
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Sykesville, Maryland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Leeds
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175 reviews 175 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Wow, I don't care how good the ice cream might be it's not so good to justify queuing like this and then being expected to pay top dollar for the privilege. Nip round the corner and get an ice cream and reflect on the ton of time you saved, time the people queuing will not get back!

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Sykesville, Maryland
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I wanted to visit this place if we happened to be close by, and we accidentally had lunch at a place a block away. What luck! I suggested a trip to the Franklin Fountain, and we got a few ice creams to sample. A single dip will require someone who can eat it very fast, or if you're not up... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Fun place to stop with the kids. Great ice cream, generous portions, neat old school atmosphere. The line is long, but moves fast and there is a lot to look at along the way.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We waited in line for over 30 minutes in the rain and it was worth it. Unbelievably great icecream. I got the rum raisin and my wife got the maple walnut and both were incredible.

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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89 reviews 89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Franklin Fountain was right by our hotel. The line was out the door every time we walked by...EVERY TIME! The ice cream is incredible! We got the peanut butter...HUGE chunks of PB..Wow!

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New Oxford, Pa.
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

While in Philly at the Penn's View Hotel this week stopped by twice at this charming little ice cream shop. My spouse and I ordered ice cream sodas on our first visit and were surprised that they, although not bad, were missing something. After pondering the matter we came up with milk and club soda being the missing ingredients to... More 

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maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Wow! I saw this place on Man vs Food, and I just had to try it. They advertise the Mt.Vesuvius, which is a massive fudge brownie ice cream sundae which is the best I've tried. I think it was $11 bucks but could possible be enough for 3-people. Trust me, you gotta try it, was so, so, so good! You... More 

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austin,tx
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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Old fashioned ice cream in many delicious flavors. I had the MT. Vesuvius and it was great. Vanilla ice cream with brownies and hot fudge. $11 The serving is more than enough for 2 people.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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86 reviews 86 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A wonderful menu of delicious flavors and generous servings delivered in a quaint setting by friendly folks makes it obvious why this place is busy and a "must do" item for your list of treats while in Philadelphia. I had the vanilla with chocolate chips one night and the next night I had scoops of chocolate and strawberry. This one... More 

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Pennsylvania
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107 reviews 107 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Franklin Fountain is a wonderful retro ice cream soda shop on Market Street between Front and Second in Philadelphia. There is always a line of people out the door and it's worth the wait. While it's expensive for ice cream, you get what you pay for, part of which is the experience. I had an anise mint soda water and... More 

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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 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
Cuisine: Dessert, Ice Cream

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?