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. 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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  • August 14, 2017
    We visited on a Sunday morning and it was quite crowded. There are a lot of food choices, bakeries, and cute shops. With it being a tourist location, the prices show it. My husband spent almost $4 on ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The Reading Terminal Market is Amazing. Outstanding food from entries to deserts, you will not leave hungry-maybe a little heavier! Crafts and fresh vegetables, seafood and meats are also available. A...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    If you can name it , it is probably here. You can get it all from a bear claw to bear meat. The smell alone is worth the trip.  more »
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  • June 23, 2017
    Very cool place to check out if you're new to Philly. The name "market" may seem to imply shopping for a variety of items but, at reading terminal, it's all about food. Much of it is cooked and ready to eat right there but the market also has vendors selling everything from sausages and vegetables to spices & fresh seafood. Point being, come here hungry.
  • June 27, 2017
    Attention Food Lovers! Have a difficult time deciding what to eat? Are you a person that likes to eat fresh ingredients? If you responded yes to either question then this place was made for people like you. I always recommend this place to anyone looking for a quick bite or is visiting Philadelphia. In this place you will find from a Pretzel to a Burger, need beer? Done! Craving sweets? Done! I bet you will come back for more.
  • May 28, 2017
    THIS REVIEW IS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE CITY KITCHEN AT READING TERMINAL MARKET COOKING CLASS: We did a cooking class with Chef Tess for my friend's bachelorette party, and it was PERFECT! Chef Tess let us participate in the cooking as much or as little as we wanted, which was perfect for a large group and it's BYOB. Chef Tess was very engaging and a great teacher! She also gave us all copies of the recipes, and she was extremely accommodating of guests with dietary restrictions. And she stayed over our time limit and didn't rush us out even though she was getting ready to go on vacation :)! Also the kitchen is located in the iconic Reading Terminal Market which is cool, but it's also a nice intimate space for a private event. I highly recommend this cooking class!
  • June 14, 2017
    Pretty much any and every food you could want under one roof. Plus the Amish are here making some of the food they make best. Worth a visit even if you're not hungry. Check out Mueller's Chocolate, their anatomically correct chocolate hearts are awesome.
  • June 29, 2017
    We really enjoyed our visit to the market. So many things to eat and so many people of different makes and models. It was a great cultural experience with great eats and great company. Highly recommended.

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