Since opening its doors in 1893, Philadelphia's enormous Reading Terminal Market has provided natives and tourists alike with mouth-watering goods with a side of history. With more than 80 merchants offering everything from fruits and vegetables to eggs and cheeses to handmade clothing and jewelry, Reading Terminal Market is a one-stop shopping experience that will help you stock your kitchen while giving you a real sense of community. Two of the merchants are even direct descendents of original vendors who had stands over a century ago! There are also authentic Pennsylvania Dutch goods that come straight from Amish country, again effortlessly bringing together people from all walks of life.
But the offerings at Reading Terminal Market does not just stop at the food; rather activities range from outdoor concerts to cooking classes with the merchants themselves. Additionally, every Wednesday and Saturday learn the 118-year-old history behind the famous wares and vendors with the food writer-led walking tour of the market. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, while still quite close to New York City, Reading Terminal Market is a great summer activity, whether part of your daily routine or just a stop along the road.
Reading Terminal Market 12th & Arch Streets 215-922-2317 Regular Hours of the Market Monday through Saturday: 8:00 am-6:00 pm Note: Some of the Market's restaurants close after 5:00pm. Sunday : 9:00 am-5:00 pm
For more information, visit Reading Terminal Market's website.
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