This is one of the most interesting places I have evern been to. There is such a wide array of things in this market, I would so recommend it for those going to visit Philly, you can get everything there, and the food is great. Have a slice of Cheesecake, its to die for!
GO here! Go here to walk around the place and take in the hustle and bustle that Philadelphians exude. There are many different places to eat at here. Sushi? Yup. Amish? Yup. Don't know what Amish is, then try the middle eastern place a couple rows over.
Reading Terminal Market is essentially a farmers market where you can get fruits, vegetables, and dairies. There's of course food made to order, and there are also other vendors including a book shop with used books.
This is a true farmer's market complete with amish poultry stands, and asian seafood dealers. There is some of the best food in the city at some of the take out places here. Go and spend an hour or two here on any PHilly trip.
This marketplace is pretty unique! There are loads of eateries and a couple of antique book stores. All kinds of little mom and pop stores are found here. I loved the Amish bakeries which sell great pretzels and their fruit stands serving organic fruit.
This is really more a must see than a restaurant tip, since there are a bunch of restaurants, cafes, counter-restaurants and stores in Reading Terminal Market.
Foods not to miss: Philly cheesesteaks, of course, but try the Amish foods, a real down-home treat. You can't leave Reading Market without a slice of shoo fly pie.
A big open hall that has great little stands of all kinds- meats, fish, cheese, bread, spices, flowers, ice cream, crafts . . . whatever you want. A great place to stop for lunch or just to browse. The Amish have some great stands here selling their fresh breads, ice creams and many other things.
In 1889 the Reading Railroad announced it would build a state-of-the-art train shed in Philadelphia at 12th and Market Streets. The new train shed promised to be the biggest of them all, fronted by a splendid pink and white eight story office building. Fortunately, after much debate, it was decide that the markets currently occupying the same location on which the railroad proposed to build its new terminal would be purchased for one million dollars. The markets would be relocated within the new train shed beneath the elevated rail tracks. Reading's new train shed would be different from all others in that it had a gastronomic bazaar tucked away in its cellar. Reading Terminal Market was born.
Today, the Reading Terminal Market, considered by many as the best farmers market in the U.S., blends together state-of-the-art systems technology without sacrificing its historical integrity. It’s not only a popular hometown attraction, but also the most popular Philadelphia tourist destination after the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Eighty-six merchants offer patrons fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, as well as hard-to-find specialties and ethnic foods. Shopping and dining become a pleasure in this warm, inviting, and unique atmosphere. The Reading Terminal Market, like it did over a hundred years ago, is reminiscent of personal, neighborhood shopping, and still offers something for everyone. A trip to Philadelphia would not be complete without stopping here.
The Market East Complex, although not widely known, is the biggest building in Philadelphia. Contained in this ONE building, is the Market East Regional Rail Station, a Blue, Red, and Orange line Subway station, a WHOLE 3-story mall, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, the Hard Rock Cafe, and the Philadelphia Marriot.
Visit the Reading Terminal Market
This market has been around for over a hundred years. Some of the vendors have been there since the beginning. It's a great place to have lunch or do your grocery shopping. Most cuisines are represented in the market - Mexican, American, Sandwiches, Pizza, Salads. Numerous vendors offering fresh seafood, meats, vegetables, baked goods, chocolate, ice cream, the list goes on and on.
Be sure to try Bassett's Ice Cream.
READING TERMINAL MARKET: Famous market since 1892, it sells fresh meats, seafood, baked goods & ethnic delicacies. Also, check out its cheesesteaks. I had mine here :)