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The Franklin Fountain

Ice Cream Shop$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
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  • Jan
    JanDecember 13, 2014
    Best Ice Cream I ever had in the U.S. Staff and Location reminded me how ice cream parlors may have looked in the 60s. The pic shows the Dr. Doveys Classic Banana Split
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 15, 2010
    Delicious handmade flavors—from chocolate and vanilla bean to Hydrox cookie and Teaberry gum—that make this purveyor of sundry sundaes so much more than an ode to the corner malt shop. Read more
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah Sisk2 weeks ago
    If you're in Philly, be sure to stop here! It's a little pricey and the line can get long but well worth it. If you enjoy whipped cream, do not pass it up here! It's house-made and so delicious.
  • Richard R.
    Amazing ice cream, lines that go down the street and cash only. The entire parlor represents and era long gone. A must in Philly.
    Upvoted Jul 7
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon CainNovember 8, 2015
    Best ice cream in philly. Must visit at least once to experience it. Picture is of peanut butter flavor. Also this place is cash only!!!!!
  • Kyra L.
    Kyra LynneAugust 3, 2015
    great service! their ice cream was so good & I'd recommend their lemonade afterwards, I'm not sure if they make that themselves as well but it tasted homemade😋
  • Penn A.
    Penn AppetitFebruary 19, 2012
    Get the Mt. Vesuvius – a scoop of chocolate, a scoop of vanilla, perfectly cut cubes of brownies and hot fudge, all topped off with whipped cream and a sprinkling of malt. Our blogger loved it!
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 27, 2014
    Walk back in time to this Philly ice cream parlor. If you're really in the mood for ice cream try the Mt. Vesuvius sundae. It deserves a rating on the Trust Network: http://bit.ly/1fr5Mkp
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 28, 2011
    The Franklin Fountain has original architectural details like an Art Nouveau–era soda fountain, plus amazing drinks like the Ladies Choice (raspberry soda infused with peach ice cream and sweet cream)
  • Allie I.
    Allie IlaganJanuary 29, 2012
    Go back in time at this Old City ice cream parlor, where the Berley brothers geek out about historic techniques and handlebar mustaches. Try one of the old-timey sundaes, like the Maple Leaf Rag.
  • Tameika A.
    I had the rocky road and it was amazing!! Fresh and perfectly made!! Great ice cream!! Waffle cones were sturdy and didn't fall apart when the ice cream started to melt
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SweeneyFebruary 16, 2013
    This old-fashioned soda shop has myriad sundaes in dozens of flavors. I recommend a Cherry Bomb—chocolate ice cream in cherry soda from the fountain—but you can't go wrong here. Cash only!
  • Greg G.
    Greg GJuly 25, 2015
    So many choices! Great ice cream shop. Loved the hydrox cookie and mint chocolate chip. Cash only though, and it's a bit pricey.
  • Rosa C.
    Rosa ConcepcionFebruary 12, 2012
    I'm an ice cream lover and a small was the perfect size. Big portions. Expensive but worth the price for the old school ambiance. Cash only. Have a friend grab a seat as you order up front
  • Reinhold Residential
    Reinhold ResidentialSeptember 6, 2012
    Enter a world of old-time charm with homemade ice cream, milkshakes, egg creams, phosphates and 25 flavors of old fashioned soda by the glass. The sundaes are truly exceptional and very shareable!
  • Arka M.
    Arka MajumdarOctober 7, 2015
    Ice cream like u have never had before. Weekends the line to get an ice cream can be bigger than most clubs in center city. They had a menu right at the door which can help the process of u choosing!!
    Upvoted Jun 30
  • Hessa A.
    Hessa Al ZamelJuly 26, 2015
    They really do have the best ice cream 😍😍.. The line is very long but it worths the waiting .. Payment is by CASH only 💸
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WeberJune 26, 2012
    Even if you've already had dessert, get it again from here. There are a ton of choices from just scoops of ice cream to scoops of ice cream with a brownie, coffee beans, and a pretzel stick.
  • Katy S.
    Very expensive but delicious and very quaint! Can get 10% off your total if you have a receipt from Shane's Confectionary just a few doors down.
  • Neill C.
    Neill CaldwellAugust 26, 2013
    A step back in time... Ice cream is good but the setting is the real treat here. Very authentic ol' timely feel (except prices, of course). Staff also friendly and helpful.
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LongNovember 30, 2014
    Old fashioned ice cream in a vintage building. The root beer floats are gigantic. A medium gets you 2 flavors. The chocolate peanut butter milkshake was excellent.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WeberJune 26, 2012
    You don't have to go far in Old City for a blast from the past. If coming out of the subway, just walk towards Penn's Landing on the right side of the street to find this gem.
  • Shelby S.
    Shelby SchwartzMay 27, 2014
    This place is awesome it's 50's retro and when I went at about 11:30 at night it was so busy. Get the hydrox cookie (cookies & cream.) The best <3
  • Abdulelah A.
    Don't miss the Banana split, one of the best I've ever eaten, I would rather not to put whipped cream on it.
  • Megan F.
    Megan FilippApril 20, 2014
    If you love chocolate and peanut butter, I recommend going with someone and sharing two of the sundaes: the Mount Vesuvius and Stock Market Crunch. You will not regret it!
  • Philly.com
    Philly.comAugust 3, 2014
    The Franklin Fountain, dishes up in-house-made ice cream in an old-fashioned soda-fountain setting. The antique cash register pops up not with $ signs but with Franklin sayings. Read more
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJune 29
    Homemade ice cream, whipped cream and cones! Everything is extremely authentic and sweet! Cash only!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 4, 2011
    Get the Mt. Vesuvius -- a mountain of homemade chocolate ice cream erupting with hot fudge, brownie chunks and whipped cream. --Adam Richman, Man v Food Nation
  • Kelly
    KellyOctober 13, 2014
    Amazing. They know each flavor inside and out, and every one is spot on and natural. A delicious throwback. Can't miss.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WeberJune 26, 2012
    If you have friends and/or family visiting (or if you're visiting Philly yourself), this is one place you have to share with them (or experience yourself!)
  • Brendan R.
    Brendan RastetterAugust 22, 2014
    The ice cream here is worth waiting for. Try the black raspberry, butter pecan and maple walnut. Three of my Franklin favorites.
  • Pei 👻 W.
    This used to be my favorite shop, but upon revisit I don't think their ice cream can justify the long line anymore. Relatively uncreative flavor. And they only let you try 2 flavors max.
  • Gabriel E.
    Gabriel EvansSeptember 21, 2015
    Best ice cream I've ever had. Coconut and Maple Honeycomb were unbelievable.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduJune 23, 2013
    If homemade ice cream and nostalgia are up your alley, go now! Everything about Franklin Fountain is perfect and delicious :)
  • David G.
    David GuerrieriSeptember 20, 2015
    Had the banana split, get the full portion split between two people is divine! Skip lunch and get the banana split
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillySeptember 19, 2012
    Adam Richman of Man v. Food was served up the Mt. Vesuvius sundae (vanilla and chocolate ice cream, brownie pieces, hot fudge, malt powder, and whipped cream). Who do you think won?
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SanterianNovember 28, 2011
    Franklin Fountain's maple walnut ice cream is incredible. The authentic ice cream parlor has an old fashioned register, so bring cash!
  • Ian
    IanAugust 16, 2014
    Always try the special flavor of the day! They'll make it as a milkshake for you and it's even better.
  • Linchi K.
    Linchi KwokNovember 17, 2011
    Very fun place to visit. I think the sundae I ordered tastes good, but a little bit too sweet and heavy for me --- probably because I am an Asian? I am not sure.
  • CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    Remember the root beer barrel candies. Try the root beer float. Has a spicy flavor, tastes just like the candies.
  • Chris M.
    Neat place to eat, check out the menus, and don't be afraid if there is a line it moves quickly.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ConnorsDecember 13, 2011
    If you haven't had an egg cream, try it! Its like a seltzer chocolate milk and with help quench your post ice cream thirst
  • Nat H.
    Nat HarwardJuly 9, 2013
    Franklin Mint Chip. Shop aims to exhibit "forgotten flavors of the American past": cherry vanilla, teaberry gum, green tea. Seasonal sorbets, sugar-free flavors and non-dairy ice creams. Read more
  • Anne-Marie D.
    Great little spot with a fun, old-time atmosphere inside. Service is wonderful and efficient and the ice is so delicious!
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LeonardJune 23, 2012
    If you get a sundae/banana split/something off the menu, be prepared for a huuuuuge portion. Best to split with someone!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 12, 2011
    Where else can you find thin mints in a sundae? Or honeycomb candy, for that matter? You're robbing yourself if you don't splurge on the best ice cream in Philly. Read more
  • hoai vi p.
    hoai vi pSeptember 4, 2012
    For those not in the know, Hydrox cookies were the O.G. Oreo from 1908 until Oreo came along in 1912 and tricked everyone into thinking it came first. Yum.
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GOctober 11, 2010
    Definitely try the floats. Coke + vanilla ice cream = delicious even when it's 40 degrees outside. I've done it and relished it.
  • Frank H.
    Frank HarrisAugust 4, 2010
    The best ice cream in the city!! ALL ingredients are home-made with tremendous flavor. Try one of the Banana splits.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WeberJuly 15, 2013
    If it's in season, try the 1904 Banana Split with Whirley Berley instead of the plain chocolate. It's the "upgraded" chocolate ;)
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