Looking to add a touch of the good old days to your life? Soda fountains are back and better than ever in the U.S., from small towns in the Midwest to some of the country’s biggest cities. Visit one of the following locations for the ultimate throwback!
Soda Fountains Worth Visiting in the U.S.
1. Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
Located at the Beach Club Resort near Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is a fun throwback to the past with the unique twist of being located on Disney property. You don’t have to be a guest at the resort to visit and experience the magic of this little spot. If you’ve got a group of four or if you’re feeling particularly hungry, order the Kitchen Sink ($29.99). If that sounds like too much of a commitment, there are more than 15 other options on the (kid-friendly) menu.
Hours: Lunch 11am-4:55pm, Dinner 5pm-11pm every day
Address: Epcot, 1800 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32830
2. Doc’s Soda Fountain
In small-town Girard, Illinois (located along Route 66 about 4 hours south of Chicago), Doc’s Soda Fountain is the place to go for a little slice of Coca-Cola-themed history. The building that Doc’s occupies was once a pharmacy in the late 1800’s, and there is now a small museum accompanying the sweet treats. If you’re traveling from a faraway destination, add a pin to their world map with your hometown. Try their sodas (made the old-fashioned way) and a grilled cheese sandwich made on their homemade bread.
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, closed Sunday
Address: 133 S 2nd St, Girard, IL 62640
3. MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain
In fast-paced Phoenix, Arizona, finding an old-fashioned dining experience can be a challenge. At MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain, in business for over 70 years, it’s easy to get the vibe of the good old days while sipping an egg cream ($2.95) or snacking on a hot fudge sundae ($4.50).
Hours: Monday-Thursday, Sunday 11am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-8pm
Address: 2303 N 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85006
4. St. Francis Soda Fountain
Known by San Francisco locals as one of the hippest places in town, this historic establishment now caters to the city’s young elite while still retaining the retro feel of the restaurant. The dinner menu will be especially pleasing to vegetarians, with several meat-free sandwich options, and those looking to spice up their soda fountain experience can order one of the restaurant’s many champagne cocktails ($4.25/each).
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-3pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-4pm
Address: 2801 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94110
5. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
A beloved Brooklyn institution and one of Food Network Magazine’s “Top Ten Restaurants in the U.S.,” Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain is the place to go for one of the most unique dining experiences in existence. With over 15 options for sundaes, including options sprinkled with potato chips and one based on Affogato ($15/each for a full order), the choices are endless.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30am-10pm, Friday 7:30am-11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm, Sunday 10am-10pm
Address: 513 Henry St., Brooklyn, NY 11231
6. Leopold’s Ice cream
One of Savannah, Georgia’s most time-honored traditional restaurants, is a must-do for anyone in the city. For over 90 years, Leopold’s has been serving customers delicious ice cream treats including their specialty, Tutti Frutti. A single scoop will set you back only $4. For the health conscious, there is even a Greek yogurt parfait now on the menu ($6.25)!
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-12am
Address: 212 E. Broughton St., Savannah, GA
7. La King’s Confectionery
For a soda fountain with a twist, stop by La King’s Confectionery in Galveston, Texas. While they serve up all the traditional soda fountain sweets and treats, there are also plenty of options for arcade and carnival games that kids will love. Coffee lovers will also love this spot-- they brew seven different flavors of Duncan Coffee daily. Make sure to pick up some salt water taffy for the family back at home.
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-9pm
Address: 2323 Strand St., Galveston, TX 77550
8. Eat Street Social
In Minneapolis, Eat Street Social serves up both creative cocktails and traditional soda fountain treats, all in the same hip establishment. Try the Orange Dream soda ($5) to take you back to childhood Creamsicles, and the King of Carrot cocktail ($12) for a unique savory drink.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 4pm-12am, Friday 4pm-1am, Saturday 10am-1am, Sunday 10am-12am
Address: 18 West 26th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404
This article was written by Kaitlyn Lannan.