Reading Terminal Markets, Philadelphia
The Reading Terminal Market is an indoor farmers' market in the style of New York City's Chelsea Market. Just about any type of food can be found here: fresh produce, candies, fresh seafood of every variety, meats, poultry, dairy and eggs, fresh bread, ice cream, pastries, gourmet spices, exotic teas and coffees, imported cheeses and wines to only name a few. The market also features several vendors who offer prepared food which can be eaten on the premesis or taken home. Some of these selections include: freshly made sushi, roasted turkeys, Mexican and Middle Eastern Cusine, pizza, NY Deli Style Sandwiches, and salads. There is even a vegetarian food stand here. There are also vendors who sell non-food items such as fresh flowers, cook books, crafts from Africa and Thailand, cookware, and handmade soaps. From Wednesday to Saturday the Market also features Amish merchants from Lancaster County, PA who sell their handmade jams, jellies, pickles, and desserts along with pork, poultry, eggs, and vegetables fresh from their farms. The Market is truly a fun experience. I could have stayed there all day.
What to buy: Unfortunately, if you are visiting there aren't too many things here that will keep long enough to take home with you, so I recommend getting some of the prepared foods offered here and eating them right away!
Open daily 8 -6, Closed Sunday
The Reading Terminal Market is a must-see when driving into Philadelphia. Some wonderful things can be found under this roof! Fresh produce like fruits, vegetables or honey, home baked breads and pastries or melt in your mouth chocolate confections are here every day of the week.
Accessories for your home like candles, kitchen items, recipe books, flowers and other things can be purchased from one of countless booths. It's an exciting place in which I always find something to take back home to New Jersey.
What to buy: Frulit, vegetables, fruits, breads of all types, deli items, candies, flowers, etc.
What to pay: A reasonable amount
I love visiting local markets in most of the cities. So, I couldn’t miss Reading Terminal Market which is the most popular market in Philadelphia(The market stands there since 1893) and the ideal place to buy/try/eat cheese steaks, pretzels etc The colorful market was a great chance for us to eat, we found great tasty black bread at Metropolitan Bakery and then we bought some nice cheese and salami from a deli store.
There are so many food stalls around to choose (the variety goes from herbs, honey, flowers, coffee, chocolates, cheese, meat, and fishes to homemade pies and freshly pretzels)
We also bought some fruits from the colorful veggie stalls.
It is open Monday to Saturday 8.00-18.00. Food was reasonably priced in general. By the way you can even buy tshirts and souvenirs here!
This place is awesome. Great food stands selling everything from produce, to baked goods, to all kinds of meats, cheeses and everything else you can imagine. It's also a great place to grab lunch at one of the many market stands. Stop by Basset's and grab a homemade cinnamon ice cream cone and life is very, very good.
Row after row of food stalls selling everything from seafood to cookies to icecream to meat. The market is a great place to grab a breakfast (may I recommend the Dutch Eating Place?) or lunch and mingle with the locals. Go near the back and grab a book from the used book stall and go eat at the diner or have a drink in the beer garden area.
This building, which opened in 1892, occupies one city block and under its roof are dozens of individual stalls selling all kinds of merchandise, mostly edibles. On Wednesdays and Saturdays some Amish come in from Lancaster County to sell their produce, baked goods, etc.
There are also some diner-style eating places. It's anice place to stop, browse, get something to eat or drink, and rest your feet.
Footnote: This place was featured in the recent action picture NATIONAL TREASURE.
Reading Terminal Market is just fabulous. It is a food market with a long tradition, housed in the halls of the former Reading Train station depot. It is a large hall, filled with different stalls, the delicious smells of the different food items are combining in the hall and there is a hustle and bustle of plenty of shoppers. The variety of food items is large, you can also eat there or just enjoy the unique atmosphere.
What to buy: You find basically almost every kind of food there, the Amish come here to sell their produce and meat, there is a German place, corners with vast amounts of deliciously fresh vegetables and fruit, there is Italian food, enticing sweet shops, a tea shop, you can get kitchen appliances there as well as Philadelphia items. If you ever plan a dinner party, you are likely to get all of your ingredients there.
The Reading Terminal Market is considered by many as the best farmers market in the United States. It’s not only a popular hometown attraction, but also the most popular Philadelphia tourist destination after the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
What to buy: More than 80 merchants offer patrons fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, as well as hard-to-find specialties and ethnic foods. Market Hours are Monday through Saturday 8am - 6pm. Closed Sunday.
Right by the convention center, easy to find. Skip the sushi (cheaper and better tasting can be found elsewhere) and the italian food (not very italian....). I loved this place, it reminded me of San Lorenzo in Florence. The PA dutch/Amish stands had the best baked goods as well as some great banana chips!