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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  • A great market in downtown Philadelphia where you can sample foods from around the world. Highly recommended!
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  • Amazing spot for anything edible. Went for lunch during the hop on hop off bus stop. Everything from oysters to fried chicken to donuts. Go hungry because you will want to eat everything. Followed our...  more »
  • This will be THE first place I go to grab something to eat when I return to Philadelphia. The choices and quality for groceries and meals were mind-boggling. How do you choose? I was even able to buy ...  more »
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  • Every time I visit Philly this is a place I like to visit. It's full of intriguing shops and restaurants. I've eaten at Pearl's a few time and I always leave satisfied. The food is wonderful and the staff is friendly. The seating is very limited and the wait can be long for groups larger than 2 people. The reading terminal has something for everyone.
  • Always a great place to stop at for any meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Easy to get to by public transport, we usually stop here when travelling through center city on the SEPTA trains. It's so easy to get off at Jefferson Station, go up a few flights of steps, and walk across the street to Reading Market. It's the best place to go for gyros, pulled pork, dessert, coffee, you name it! Some of the most iconic Philadelphia food names are in this place. It's also a popular tourist destination. Check it out!
  • Love love love this place. Being a Long Island native, this market reminds me of a better-stocked and similar-quality stop to the market in Chelsea (Chelsea Market). The food we had here was great, lots of options and honestly being inside was an adventure. Definitely not the place for you if you're claustrophobic, but if you can take the crowds, it's so worth it. Not many places encourage strangers to talk, but just sitting at a random table in this market, I had a great conversation with a gentleman in his 80s about both NY and PA, from the world's fair he went to so many years ago, to little things in between during his life. In summary, I'd come back to Philly just for the sights and smells in this market, if not the chance for another great conversation with someone as cultured and wise as the man and his wife I met. Highly recommended.
  • Outstanding food from around the world! Freshest fruits and vegetables and the richest meats to either buy raw or cooked with a thousand different styles. They even had gourmet corn dogs and fresh cut fries. It was amazing! The only bad point was seating, but with food this good, every seat will be taken.
  • A must visit if you're in Philadelphia!. Really beautiful. Schnitzel sandwiches are a must try here. You get variety of different foods almost like a world food festival. There's also sweet shops and coffee places inside. The Indian food is delicious here and it's fairly popular among the old people. You can also buy dark chocolates here. It's a well known well documented destination so expect large crowds. Still a worthwhile visit.

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