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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  • My mom and I came here on a Saturday afternoon during our Philly trip, and that was bad timing! The market was jam packed with people to the point that it was hard to get around. It would have been...  more »
  • When I lived here in the ‘90s this was my favorite place to be, and it remains so as a visitor. I have never had a bad meal here and there is so much to choose from! Several ethnic choices along with....  more »
  • This is a very busy place filled with everything you can think of for food and drinks, Seating is limited at most locations, first day we had a wonderful egg wrap Hatsville , Latter that same day....  more »
  • This market is indeed one of a kind I’m a tourist that was visiting form the other side of the coast so I was anticipating trying some east coast grown food and the options to choose from was amazing the people there were phenomenal and I can honestly say this was one of my memorable moments of my trip I totally recommend anyone to check this place out if you are planing to see a market on your next vacation! Thank you so much for still having markets around back home it seems to be to hot and or super difficult to grow anything in a desert.
  • Great options for food. Just walk around and find something for your taste. Full of history also, because this place used to be a rail shed for a railroad company before it was turned into market place in 1893. Still one of the oldest public markets in US. ℹ️ Fun fact: two of the vendors are descendants of merchants from the initial opening.
  • Definitely a #1 spot to put on your "to do" list. Multiple eateries, shops and sights. Each Cafe area had authentic good food. I recommend Tootsie's for a late lunch. No matter what type of food it was there. If you're looking to cook, their options for fresh meat, seafood and spices makes it a"one stop shop". Everyone was friendly and helpful. Also nicely located next to the convention center and major hotels.
  • Great market in the middle of Philadelphia. You can find a lot of good food places here. They have a place specific to pretzels and one for good local coffee. They also have shops if you want to buy some specific gifts from Philadelphia. They also have a food market where you can find meats, cheeses, herbs, honey, fruits and vegetables that are all local.
  • Reading Terminal Market never fails to satisfy. How can it not with the sheer number of places to get anything from a snack to a full meal. You could spend hours just walking around, looking at the dizzying quantity of goodies. Exercise caution. You can't carry that much. Enjoy!

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