Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia

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    Reading Terminal Market

    by richiecdisc Updated Mar 12, 2010

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    The Terminal as we like to call it in Philly

    Though markets were common in Philadelphia as far back as William Penn's day, they were mostly outdoor affairs and unorganized at that. Their move indoors paved the way for more cohesion and in 1892, The Reading Terminal Market opened its doors as the state-of-the-art market of the day.

    It has not lost a bit of its popularity and though still very much a market, selling produce, meats and any number of food stuffs, it is also a major tourist attraction as well as one of the city's first and foremost food courts.

    One of the big attractions are the Amish. They open up stalls every weekend and sell home a number of their traditional foods such as home-baked pies and old world recipe deserts like my favorite egg cup custard. Don't worry about your cholesterol, egg yolks almost HAVE to be good for you, right? Perhaps best of their wares are their freshly baked hand made pretzels. What makes them so exta good? It's all the butter they smear on them with a paint brush. Yup, you read that right: a paint brush.

    Not in the mood for any of those delights? Try DiNick's. They have some of the best roast pork sandwiches in the city. Particularly good is the Italian pulled pork. Yum, yum, yum.

    Want a beer? Try their beer garden. Well, it's not really a beer garden and not even outside but it does have some okay local beers. This is not a fancy place so don't expect expensive Belgian imports. They have Yuengling on tap, the US's oldest running brewery and not all that far from Philly. Yuengling lager is pretty common in the area but this place has their tasty porter on tap. My guess is it's the oldest continually made porter in the US.

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    Reading Terminal Market- Culinary Heaven

    by asturnut Updated Mar 17, 2006

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    Mom & my daughter peruse the market

    Since 1893 Reading Terminal Market has been the preeminent culinary market in Philadelphia. Domestic and exotic produce, produce and meat, herbs, kitchen wares, fresh baked goods and eat-in and take out goodies as well flower vendors populate this heavenly desination. As a teenager, Reading Terminal Market was the first place I ever encountered such diversity in foods. I've been hooked ever since. If you are a person who really enjoys things to related to food, you could easily spend half a day perusing the Market.

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    Reading Terminal Market

    by SmileyLeSa Updated May 5, 2005

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    Reading Terminal Market

    If you're simply passing through or perhaps taking a lunch break, the Reading Terminal Market is the ideal place to go. If you're in the mood for a Philly Cheesesteak, beware that during weekday lunch hours the line at Rick's Philly Steaks is very long.

    The Reading Terminal market offers everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers, and gourmet items to speciality foods.

    The market is over 100 years old and is build under a railroad terminal.

    The market is closed on Sundays. Market Hours Monday through Saturday 8am - 6pm.

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    Variety!!

    by dejavu2gb Updated Dec 13, 2004

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    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!

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    Reading Terminal Market

    by evilprebil Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    An indoor "farmers market" in downtown Philly. I love food, so it's fun to wander around here. The market was opened its doors in 1892. Street markets began to fall out of favor and in 1859 they were all dismantled. Indoor markets sprang up and two combined to form the Reading terminal market. I do love the Amish stalls since they give out free samples and have THE BEST cheese! That helps to keep a more historic feel, but there are plenty of modern "stalls" and great restaurants (Oprah loves Delilah's macaroni and cheese).

    Now open sundays!

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    Reading Terminal Market

    by bct341 Updated Apr 29, 2003

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    Reading Terminal Market

    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.

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    All Kinds of Foods to Buy or Eat on Premises

    by Rhondaj Written Jul 20, 2005

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    Let's shop for food girls!

    A mixture between a bunch of restaurants and lots of food shops. All in a gigantic open space. I love this place! Wander up and down aisle upon aisle of foods and a few bric-a-brac places thrown in. Always crowded, but never claustrophobic. Careful, the market is not open on Sundays!

    Hours: Monday to Saturday 8 am to 6 pm.

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    Great place to cool down and relax

    by alex0312 Written Apr 28, 2006

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    This place is great. It is right next to Chinatown, on the other side of Arch St. This place has everything, starting from teas, veggies, herbs, fruits to chocolate, fish, sea food, coffee, and much much more. People come here from Lancaster County with fresh veggies, fruits, bread, deli and much much more. So if you are staying in a hotel around center city, stop by and enjoy some great food. There is also a really good ice cream shop. If you've ever heard of Preston & Steve show then you will be glad to know that that ice cream place now (since April 15th or 18th I think) sells ice cream called "Gadzooks." Also check out cheeses that they are selling there, especially the Lancaster County cheese. And you have to try the sweets! You've never seen anything like it. If you want to catch Pennsylvania Dutch marchants, make sure you stop by Wednesday 8am - 3pm, Thursday - Saturday 8am - 5pm
    because those are the only days they are there.

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    A feast for the senses

    by brazwhazz Written Nov 18, 2007

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    Hmmm, candy!

    The Reading Terminal Market is a large traditional market where you will find everything from local food products (including Pennsylvania Dutch) to Thai and Mexican offerings. Despite being entirely indoors, the market has a great atmosphere. It is a very inexpensive place to buy not only food, but also local crafts and gifts. As the name suggests, it is next to the bus terminal -- so if you are travelling to Philadelphia by bus like we did, you will have no excuse to skip it!

    The market's opening hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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    This Place Has It ALL!

    by RheaM Written Dec 31, 2008

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    Honestly, this place is amazing! My husband and I stopped in here to get out of the rain, and we were so glad we did. If you are a foodie, you could spend hours in here. It is cool indoor style Farmers market with lil restaurants, bakeries and butchers. There are great flower shops and souvenirs as well. The food choices range from Subs to Sushi. There is a nice eating area- you can tell the crowd is a mix of locals on their lunch breaks and tourists alike. I consider that a great sign.

    I opted to eat at the local Italian sub shop. The turkey and condiments were great, but the bread is what makes it so good. There is something about the bread in PA that is really good!

    Kevin had Asian teriyaki and it was really yummy as well. All in all, we loved this place. I HIGHLY recommend it as a stop to anyone in the Philly area!

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    Reading Terminal Market

    by apbeaches Written Nov 29, 2008

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    Reading Terminal Market is an enormous indoor market with every type of food stand imaginable, as well as produce, and even restaurants. We saw Chinese, Amish, Italian, New Orleans, Indian, & Philly Cheesesteaks. Food was reasonably priced & the small food stands had something for everyone. The seating areas were clean & people were friendly. We could have spent hours walking around here and exploring and can't wait to go back.

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    Reading Terminal Market

    by ianerin Written Apr 7, 2006

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    The Reading Terminal is a fantastic indoor market full of vendors selling food and other items. It is more of a place to grab lunch than a place to shop for food, but that does not diminish it as a destination. One could spend months sampling all the different stalls.

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    Reading Terminal Market

    by oldmonk_92129 Written Jul 8, 2004

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    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.

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    Reading Terminal Market

    by Bullabong Updated Nov 3, 2005

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    Reading Terminal Market opened its doors in 1892. The market today is home to more than 80 merchants, three of whom are descendants of the original standholders from a century before. What a wonderful place to explore. We had a great time and whiled away a few hours. There is a huge range of different foods including fresh baked Amish goods, produce direct from the field, unusual spices, free range meats and poultry, flowers, ethnic foods and much more. We had a lovely Greek lunch and bought a shoo fly pie from the Amish traders which was magnificent. There are also crafts, books, clothing, groceries. The market is closed on Sundays. There is a Parkway garage across from the market.

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    Reading Terminal Market

    by Bavavia Written May 5, 2008

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    Large market filled with various shops, bakeries , butchers, seafood stores, hoagie shops, fresh fruits and veggies, coffee, etc...Many of the locals come here for lunch( I did when I worked close by a few years ago, it was right across the street from where I worked and an easy place to find a bite to eat).

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