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“Feast for the eyes”

Reading Terminal Market
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Featuring over 80 concessions, this historic market has something for even the most eclectic of tastebuds.
Reviewed July 8, 2012

Great selection of produce, fresh foods, and unique items. To me, it seemed that the kitchen areas could be cleaner, but overall it was a great experience! Lots to eat, smell, and admire!

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Reviewed July 7, 2012

Whether you're in town for a convention (next door to the market), business or as a tourist, the Reading Terminal Market is a fun, busy, colorful place to go. I ate at several counters which was great, but of note is Chocolate by Mueller, an all-candy stall with amazing chocolates and candies to buy. What was fun and of note was their focus on chocolate body parts such as anatomically correct (at least on one side) of hearts, livers, kidneys, noses, lips and ears! It sounds macabre, but they make fabulous gifts for the one you love (hearts) or for anyone you know with a relevant job: cardiologist, nephrologist, plastic surgeon (!), etc. They even have chocolate "lab rats" on sticks which would make a perfect gift for anyone working in a lab. Distinctive, unusual and worth checking out if you want to take home something other than the usual boxed chocolates.

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Reviewed July 6, 2012

Did not intend to go here but decided to go for dinner. A very good decision. It was a busy mix of produce marts, bakeries, meat venders, candy makers and food of all sorts. We walked around first before deciding what to eat... did buy strawberries at the produce mart, They were so sweet it was like eating candy! So much to look at. We got a slice of pizza and some lasgna with 2 drinks and spent $16 and were very pleased. There was so much lasagna that we couldn't eat it all. topped it off with cookies from one of the mennoite bakeries really good. Will definitely go again if in the area.

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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Wow - every type of farm is represented. Freshly butchered chickens, lambs and cows. Produce of every stripe. Local cheeses. Baked goods from Menonite farms. Next time, we'll drive so we can carry home the bounty!

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Reviewed July 1, 2012

The Markey gains its name from what used to be the central city terminus of the Reading Railroad, which forms the impressive gateway to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the structure above it. As it has for well over a century, the Market provides excellent fresh and diverse foods to the customers who come from all over the Delaware Valley to shop here. A recent re-furbishing has resulted in improvement without reducing any of the pleasures to be gained by visiting.
Its location in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, which is very walkable to begin with, means that it's ideally located for visitors who come to any of the major destinations, including the small but especially vibrant Chinatown area.
In addition to the groceries, fruits and spices, there are numerous and varied places to eat, all of which are reasonably priced and suitable for all palates. Don't waste time looking for mall-type food court chains - they're not to be found here. In any case, a good place to finish is the world-class, premium Bassett's Ice Cream - which I have personally been enjoying for more than 50 years.
There are large seating areas, in addition to small places at some of the food stalls. Scacttered among the food vendors are varied merchandise suppliers - some jewlery, cookbooks, etc. But the focus is on food.
Note that about a third of the booths are filled by Amish folks, who only come in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They have lots of salads, pretzels, smoked and seasoned meats, etc., so these are especially good days to come.
Keep in mind is that this is an active food market with a large number of customers who shop regularly, so the bustling is for real.
By the way, during the week at lunchtime, you'll see many people with a yellow "Juror" label - the Market lunch places offer a 10% discount for those who serve in the City and Federal courooms in the immediate area!
There are several large public parking areas available and many of the Center City tour buses and the Philly Phlash Shuttle make stops at the Market.

Thank opteron
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