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Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia
(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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  • Last time I was here it was an actual train terminal. (Sigh!) Now it has many choices for food at reasonable prices. I came in at 5:00 and many places were already closing for the day. Had a nice meal...  more »
  • It's a lot like old Faneuil Hall in Boston but has a less hectic, less touristy, and more homey feel to it in that there are actual markets with produce and meats, much of it originating from the Amis...  more »
  • If you are visiting Philly and in the center city area, you must visit this place. Its a massive building ( an old train terminal I believe) and is filled with every type of Philly food vendors. this ...  more »
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  • Great Place to visit for a weekend breakfast or lunch while on your trip to Philly. Love the variety, and you would be hard pressed to not find something you liked and that was awesome good. With all of the vendors there, they have to be good or they don't last. Think of it as Darwin in action at the food level. Only the best survive to continue to sell... You have to go.
  • An awesome market. So many food vendors, most of which are really cool and unique. I liked their dutch eating place, though I've had better french toast. Still, it's pretty tight and I've heard the donuts are amazing.
  • It's a cool place with a lot to eat, it actually makes it really hard to figure out what to try. The only issue I had was finding their parking garages listed on the website. The directions to them are completely wrong! If you go to the Reading Terminal Market you definitely have to stop by Beiler's Donuts the Salted Carmel and the Apple Fritters were the best ones but they were all pretty good. It is definitely worth the trip if you like lots of food choices and the whole indoor market atmosphere.
  • So many food and market options here that it's hard to sum it all up in one review. There's markets for fresh fruit, veggies, and meats, kitchen supplies, beauty products, and portable more that I haven't find. There also tons of places to grab a quick meal of any ethnicity, smoothie, drink, cookie, or baked good. Great one-stop place!
  • I love this place! I can stay in this market for hours. I came here for to peruse and came across Keren Parker Soul Food Cafe. Now, this IS the BEST soul food I've had in my days on this earth. I ordered the chicken wings with mac n cheese and another order of candied yams. The entrees come with one side. Also the tropical ice tea with the slice of watermelon was icing on the cake. It was so good, I ate there everyday during my visit to Philly. I also visited the Amish bakery which is to die for. Tip: They close on Sundays. Another Tip: Go with an empty stomach, this isn't for the faint of heart/stomach.