Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia

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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Reading Terminal Market and many more Philadelphia attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Philadelphia journey website .
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  • This place reminded me of Fanueil Hall in Boston...if that had about 4 times the food offerings! It was really amazing! You will certainly be able to find something to eat for every member of your par...  more »
  • I was there on a Saturday around 2 pm. The place was packed, I had a quick lunch of gumbo (very good) and left. It was really too crowded to enjoy. Plenty of food stands of all varieties, limited plac...  more »
  • Ok. This place is amazing. They literally have every type of delicacy in Philly. From cakes, cookies and candies to ribs, ice cream, nuts and honey - this place has it all. We purchased some cheeses, ...  more »
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  • This has to be what food heaven would be like. The "Dutch Eating Place" is unbelievable. Try the apple dumpling. Everything here is awesome. There are many quality eating places here. They have a place that has shakes for about $8.00. I tried one once and after taking a sip my only thought was, did I just pay $8 for this? Nothing magical about the shake except for making my money disappear.
  • Was walking the street when Google maps offered this place as a suggestion. I was intrigued and went inside. There were panhandlers outside but they were playing music which was actually really good. Once inside there is so much food if any kind here, I wish I hadn't stopped for street vendors. There was a cookie place that had the most amazing cookies is ever had. I had a great chocolate-dipped chocolate chip cookie, but the plain chocolate chip with walnut was the best cookie I had ever had. I contemplated going back for another and getting a carton of milk from the grocery stores inside and being a true child. There was also an Amish place that sold Amish baked goods and soft pretzels. They were sold out of cinnamon sugar ones but the regular pretzels were so good, I can only imagine what the cinnamon ones were like. I don't remember the names of these booths. The cookie one was in the far back-right corner, and the Amish pretzel place was sort of in the opposite corner but nestled within (noton the outside wall). Would definitely recommend this place. I'd live to have had more room in my belly to just get something to munch on and people watch from a seat.
  • Absolute must see if you're visiting Philly. Discount for nearby parking. Wide variety of amazing foods, including the famous Philly cheese steak and pastry as well. Vegan and vegetarian options available. A nice grocery store as well. Live music on weekends and holidays. Lovely atmosphere and ambience. Sitting is limited and you may have to wait for one during busy hours. Make sure you grab a map of the complex (at on of the entrances). Hot and humid and not very clean though. Bring hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. Overall a very joyful experience. Make sure you don't miss it, really.
  • Great place. A Philly classic. Go there if you've never been, buy groceries, buy a snack. You can get good meals here too. The market is one of the best ones, you're going to love the way you cook. Buy a soft pretzel, or some delicious meats. Got great stuff.
  • One of my favorite places to go to in Philly. This is a foodies play ground. Although it is pretty big, I wish it was bigger since it is always crowded. There are so many good eateries here. Great place for lunch or to pick up that something special for a gathering. If you are coming from out of town to Center City Philadelphia you should definitely stop here. Be warned though, there are so many choices it may be hard for you to make up your mind.
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