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Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia

Categories: Flea Markets, Shopping
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4.7/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web
Part of the Philadelphia Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market features more than 100 lively merchants selling fresh food, baked goods, flowers, and crafts in an antique setting reminiscent of early 19th-century Philadelphia markets. In 1859, popular outdoor markets in Philadelphia were dismantled because they were considered unhygienic. This prompted the opening of two indoor markets--the beginnings of the large market that exists today. At this center, where scenes from "Trading Places" and "National Treasure" were filmed, you can spend the day shopping for authentic goods, eating delicious ethnic food, or trying Bassett's Ice Cream, a favorite of Philadelphia locals. Though most merchants work at the market every day of the week, keep in mind that Amish or Mennonite vendors do not open shop on Sundays, Mondays, or Tuesdays. By using our Philadelphia trip itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Reading Terminal Market and other attractions in Philadelphia.
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  • We arrived at the Reading Terminal Market on Fall Festival Saturday. We got there early so we could get a parking space and have breakfast. I checked out the parking situation online and the Market ad...  read more »
  • It is a place to revel in the flavours of the world, good choices for breakfast and taste special and unique dishes. There is a variety of prices and is visually very attractive.
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  • A great experience to walk through rows of food and snack shops all under roof. We enjoyed eating lunch at one of the food stands and took some chocolates for our afternoon walk. 
  • Of course it's touristy, but who cares? I'm a Philadelphia native and I love it here! It's a great place to come in from the heat (or cold) and grab some delicious food, do some shopping, marvel at the aromas mingling together and kill some time. At peak times it can be uncomfortably (borderline dangerously) crowded and impossible to find a place to sit.
  • Wow, if you want it, its here. Any style, type, ethnicity of food is here. The general feel is like that of a flea market, but instead of vendors pedaling their warez there are small sudo restaurants. with some common seating areas. A food court on steroids. it could take years to try most of the places, and by then new ones would come and go. The options are endless and from just the couple times i went, the quality was great. there are even fresh food markets as well. you can walk in, get any type of meal, or get everything you need to go back and cook your own meal. Its a truly unique place.
  • All kinds of options to choose from whether you want burritos, cheesesteaks, Chinese, seafood, etc. Mostly it's all there somewhere. Be prepared to wait in line at the more popular places as it gets packed during lunch times considering its right in the center of many businesses it's a perfect lunch hub for many on break. I've mostly never had any bad experiences in regards to the food offerings or their quality.
  • I've grown up around the area and this is still one of my favorite places. It's so interesting to go when there's a convention going on (and fun to guess what the convention is!) If youre going to lunch with a group, send someone to search for a spot to sit while the test search for food. Hershels pastrami and Dinicks roast beef are the best around!!
  • Reading Terminal is a Philadelphia classic. Packed with good food and people it is an essential while in Center City. My personal favorites are Bassets ice cream, DiNic's Roast Pork, and Termini Brothers Bakery. Reading terminal could occupy someone for hours. The best part if that you could go 100x and still find something new and delicious every time. Hands down one of my favorite places to eat in Philly.
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