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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  • Pike's Place Market in Seattle gets a lot of hype, and hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, but the real deal Market is Reading Terminal in Philly. It's way more stocked with way better stuff...  more »
  • i loved the diversity of the booth in the market, it's almost like a french market, you can find every kind of food you can imagine, the atmosphere is really cool, and the toilets are clean! i have a ...  more »
  • I have been to my fair share of markets and I absolutely love the vibe at Reading. There are various food choices and all of us who had a meal there were satisfied. Dessert to try is definitely a few ...  more »
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  • There really isn't much I can add to the Reading Terminal Market so I will just review my personal experience. It will most likely be repetitive of other reviews for it, but oh well. First, we waited until Sunday to go, which I now wish we wouldn't have done since some of the PA Dutch vendors were closed. It was a rainy morning though, so venturing to the Reading Terminal Market was a timely idea since it is all inside. It was sort of like an indoor farmer's market, much like the sheltered waterfront market in Seattle. Different vendors selling all kinds of food items, many having a dine-in option, or at least counter service. You truly should come hungry. There are lots of items to choose from to sample, and buy to take with you. We actually came in the morning, and grabbed enough fruit, peanuts, and cheese that we just ate what we bought as we walked around all day so it was a really great option. We also bought some jams, cheese, and vegetables to take home with us. The only negative (but not worth a reduction of stars), because of it's location, there are some homeless people and scammers who know that tourists are there and ready to pounce on so there is that. We did have a few homeless people ask us for money, and another guy who tried to tell us that he had a kidney transplant and needed money to get back home, but we didn't let that damper our experience. We've been taken by this kind of things many times in the past. It has sort of become standard of our experiences nowadays.
  • A foodie paradise. There is a mind boggling assortment of great food here. Hundreds of stalls with every type of food imaginable. Some great Pennsylvania Dutch crafts as well. Fresh seafood was great and also had the Philly favorite, roast pork, and it was very good. Can't wait to go back and try more.
  • Amazing food. Cheap yet good quality beer. Fresh groceries available. Street parking can be done. You can buy chocolates and wine as well. Definitely visit for the vibe and the folks around you. Spend a few hours and have a meal. It's worth the time.
  • Even though its always so packed and busy I haven't had food here I didn't like yet!!! So many different options its amazing. Still have yet to try the donuts that are made right in front of you because the line is never less than 50-60 people 😂😂 enjoy!! Oh and Blue Mountain Vineyards is one of my and my husband's favorite wineries tucked away in the corner!!
  • Every time I'm in Philly, I HAVE to come to reading market. It has everything you can ever want. I just love strolling through all the different vendors and looking at what they have for sale. You really get to meet the faces behind the home made cakes, the super fresh meats, and the deliciously prepared foods. I don't live in Philly, so I can't grocery shop here, but I would if I could! This place is heavily influenced by Amish goods, which is such a treat! From honey and sweets to meat and baked goods. I love watching them make things by hand. It might be a little creepy lol but it is so refreshing to see someone take time to craft something. Reading market is such a gem! So many people come here from different walks of life. It may be a little crowded in some areas, but that is just part of the charm!
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