The Franklin Fountain

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 15 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Dessert, Kid Friendly + 2 more
81% of 11 votes say it's Celiac friendly

116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Directions

(215) 627-1899
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    3 ratingJuly 03, 2017

    No one was wearing gloves. While there were a lot of workers, they were all bare hand. It was jammed with customers, so I opted out. It seems with all good intentions based on the state there was no way to avoid CC. My company waited on line for 30 minutes and said it was good, but not worth the wait. It was more of the experience it seems than the quality of the product. If you come at a less busy time, it might be worth the risk. On a positive note, they do have vegan options. Proceed with Caution.

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    5 ratingApril 22, 2017

    Cannot say enough good things about this place. It is happiness. Period.

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    5 ratingDecember 17, 2016

    An amazing place to get some delicious ice cream desserts! This place is highly conscious about gluten and other allergens; simply let the staff know whether you're a coeliac or you suffer from allergies and they'll sanitise the equipment! Gorgeous ice cream - my favourite is their hot chocolate float!

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    5 ratingSeptember 18, 2016

    I'm from Nashville, Tn, but I had read about this in a magazine. I never thought I'd actually eat here because I'm also sensitive to dairy. I thought I'd have to settle for a soda, but they have vegan ice cream and procedures to accommodate celiacs. They used a clean scoop and served me from a fresh tub in the back. It was delicious, and I didn't have to worry about gluten!

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    5 ratingJuly 13, 2016

    Delicious peach ice cream! They scooped mine out of a new tub of ice cream too when I said I'm gf.

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    5 ratingJune 04, 2016

    GF or no GF it's the best ice cream in town. Only wish they had GF cones for my hubby to enjoy!

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    5 ratingApril 17, 2016

    For an old-fashioned, traditional joint, this place was AMAZINGLY accommodating to food allergies/intolerances. I got to choose from tons of gf ice cream flavors, and my dairy-free mom was ecstatic to enjoy a dairy-free sundae!

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    5 ratingJuly 17, 2015

    Excellent. Informed the order taker that my wife was GF and he said it would take just a little longer as they would be using freshly cleaned serving utensils and opening new ice cream containers to ensure no cross-contamination.

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    4 ratingJune 29, 2015

    Almost all flavors are gluten free, EXCEPT the hydrox (Cookies and Cream). Nothing is posted about items being gluten free and I had to wait on a long line to order and ask. Great ice cream, but would have been better if they had separate prep for gluten free orders. Not safe for those with super-sensitivity since the ice creams are all kept in the same case and could easily be contaminated with contact from ice cream cones.

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    5 ratingApril 02, 2015

    When you're done with your history lesson, head down to the Franklin Fountain for ice cream in an authentic parlor. Travel back in time in a meticulously recreated soda fountain complete with egg creams, banana splits, and homemade ice cream. I'm particularly fond of the ginger ice cream but Philadelphia Vanilla is sure to please. The Franklin Fountain also offers soy ice creams.

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    5 ratingNovember 30, 2014

    Great ice cream. Informed "server" I was gf. He changed gloves, scoops, and opened a new thing of ice cream for me. Had delicious sundae. Fun experience.

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    5 ratingOctober 31, 2014

    Gluten and dairy free options clearly indicated on menu. Due to the nature of the product (all natural ingredients and vintage recipes/formulations) the great majority of the products are GF, and there are quite a lot of dairy-free options as well, surprisingly. The quality of the ice cream and sodas and toppings, etc. is peerless. You can't find treats like this anywhere else. It's pretty amazing.

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    5 ratingJuly 20, 2013

    Went way out of there way to make sure my son and wife didnt get any gluten. Cleaned the scoopers AND got into a new container. Highly recommended. Plus, lots of charm.

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    5 ratingMarch 26, 2013

    Amazing ice cream and the staff was well informed that all flavors except cookies and cream are GF (at least that day). A fun must visit stop in Philly.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Dessert


  • Cash Only
  • Ice Cream
  • Kid Friendly
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