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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  • This is a very interesting place. You can get almost everything here. Food options are the best especially sweet treats. 
    This is a very interesting place. You can get almost everything here. Food options are the best especially sweet treats.  more »
  • A very interesting place to visit - a huge food court basically. If you are limited on time, review the website and do some research first. I'm so glad I did. It's large and packed with food vendors.....  more
    A very interesting place to visit - a huge food court basically. If you are limited on time, review the website and do some research first. I'm so glad I did. It's large and packed with food vendors.....  more »
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  • This place is super cool and is close to a must-visit if you're in town on vacation. I've been to maybe half a dozen markets like this in different cities and this is one of my favorites. There's a really great combination of raw and prepared foods, so there's an interesting mix of shoppers looking for all kinds of stuff and it makes for great people watching. It's really a "something for everyone" kind of place, where it's easy to split up and get what you want and them come back together and eat with a group. We ate here for breakfast one day and we liked it so much we came back for lunch and all ate at completely different spots both times. Everything was delicious. I am definitely looking forward to coming back here and eating something new!
  • This place is amazing! We stopped in to get sandwiches from one of the vendors that were recommended to us by a friend while we were in route to Philly for another purpose. We are both glad that we did. The sandwiches were delicious (although we both thought that the meat to bread ratio in the sausage was a little bread heavy) especially their award winning roast pork! The meat was cooked to perfection so that it was super tender and seasoned very well. We also experienced sensory overload at the sheer number and variety of different offerings that the to numerous to count vendors had to offer. What was supposed to be a quick lunch break rapidly became a impromptu shopping spree. My sister and I both bought lots of different items including artisan sausages, hand made licorice, hand made breads, chocolate covered pretzels and locally distilled liquors that were sold by very knowledgeable salespeople that offered free samples of some of their spirits. This is a old and old fashioned city center market much like union market in DC and Lexington market in Baltimore where one can truly get to experience the cuisine that the city is long known for. It's a must stop for a foodie such as us.

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