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Franklin Fountain

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116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3099
+1 215-627-1899
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped here for a snack on a hot day. We each ordered a root beer float, as we know they make their own root beer and their own ice cream. I am not a huge fan of root beer floats (just give me the ice cream) but this was absolutely amazing. Very refreshing and you could tell it was... More 

Thank Samantha I
Nice, France
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128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Perfectly located in the Old City with a cute outside sitting area. The ice cream tastes good, American style, lovely milkshakes and interesting flavours of ice cream sodas to pick from. At times long lines of people. Rating the value lower, as I consider the ice cream pricey, at the same time the portions are huge. I'd prefer smaller servings... More 

Thank GlobalNomad V
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I order two scoops and is to big. Very good black raspberry and pistacho. There are few seatings outside good enough since nobody stay too long to have an ice cream. $5 a scoop.

Thank Andre O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Best Root beer Float!!! Very refreshing on a hot day!!! Excellent service!!! Very busy place!!! But, the lines move very fast though!!! Definitely a great stop. The single scoop ice creams are huge!!!

Thank Patty W
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What do you get when you combine the best root beer ever and fantastic house-made vanilla ice cream? The best root beer float ever, of course. They make everything in-house, including the root beer. The atmosphere is reminiscent of an old time soda-jerk-place (not sure what you'd call it). Definitely go check it out, even if it's cold out.

Thank Frank I
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On a hot summer evening, while on our summer vacation, we enjoyed huge portions of ice cream (so much we had to toss some of our orders) while touring the Historic District. For such portions, you will pay. About $40 for the four of us. Gulp. We probably could have split a couple of items, but then again, that would've... More 

Thank Worldtraveler68
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small place serving locally made ice cream in multiple flavors. The positive about the line is that it gives you time to make the hard decision about your choice.

Thank lsdean
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First some of the downsides. They accept only cash, which may be a draw back for some people. We arrived there around 4PM on a Friday, and the line was fairly long and the service slow and lacking in enthusiasm. They had two cash registers available, but only one was in operation. You have to order, pay and then you... More 

Thank Howard H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Homemade and very good tasting ice cream and rootbeer floats. Can be a long line they only except cash. And is alittle expensive $26 for a float and two small ice creams but was good.

Thank Philc2020
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Franklin Fountian is simply a must stop for the city. It is done in the style of an old fountain soda shop, and it is quite fun. I would also recommend checking out their sister shop right by that makes chocolate. We tried the rootbeer float, the Sunday, and the banana split. We also tried out some scopes of ice... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3099
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-627-1899
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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