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“A Taste of Philly!”

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.
East Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A Taste of Philly!”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

Admittedly my first time in, I was a bit taken aback because of the sheer amount of people crowded around, but then I realized what all the hype was about. I was overwhelmed by so many food choices! The lines were very long for any of the cheese steaks or pork hoagies, so I settled for sushi, and was not disappointed. I really liked the Amish stands, and the guy playing piano in the middle of the market. I would not recommend this market for those who don't like crowds, as it gets quite packed, but if you're looking for good food, you'll definitely find anything here.

Visited March 2014
Thank Matthew L
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New York City, New York
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“A Feast For The Senses”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a foodie mecca - if you visit the Reading Terminal and can not find something to appeal to your senses, you must not have any. There is something for just about everyone here, whether it be food, produce, books, etc., it’s one of the best variety markets in the city.

There are so many different types of cuisine when stopping for a bite to eat: Italian, Greek, Spanish, Thai, Indian, French, Chinese, Cajun, soul food and more. There are the requisite pizza places, such as By George. The pizza is excellent and they also have ready to eat specialty Italian foods that are sold by the pound. Others things to be had: crepes, roast pork and roast beef sandwiches, Philly cheesesteaks, gyros, turkey platters and sandwiches, Jewish deli sandwiches, fried chicken and even curry chicken.

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be happy you made it here: you can get Basset’s ice cream, Italian pastries form Termini’s, candies and chocolates by the pound directly across from Termini’s, the best cookies ever at Fourth 4th St. Cookies around the corner from the candy shop, cupcakes from the Flying Monkey, authentic Amish pastries, and there is a gourmet chocolate and truffle counter.

You can get anything you need for a gourmet meal, from exotic produce, fresh seafood, gourmet cheeses, several butcher counters and artisan breads.

I highly recommend visiting the Amish section of the market – most of their food is fresh and homemade. From their fresh squeezed juices, deli counter, cheeses, cakes, breads and cooked foods – all of it is delicious.
Most places do not have their own seating, but there is a seating area in the middle of the market. However, it’s very crowded during lunch hours and on Saturdays.

Not only is there food abound, but there are also other little shops that sell fresh cut flowers, gourmet honeys and housewares, jewelry and trinkets (great for souvenirs), and books.

The market is open 7 days a week, but not all of the merchants are open on Sunday.

If you drive, there is metered parking on the street, with a two hour time limit.

Visited August 2014
Thank Ashley C
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Castro Valley, California
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Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Stopped in with family. Wow! Every kind of food I could want. Many interesting food choices that were really foodie and yummy.

Thank Jason B
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Midlothian, Virginia
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“A must go in Philly!”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

A must go! A great place to just walk around or get a good meal. We went the first time on a Friday and it was very easy to walk around. We went back on a Sunday and it was very packed but still fun to walk around. We ended up buying some fresh meats to take home with us.

Visited August 2014
Thank Shannon S
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A bustling, noisy market with a great atmosphere and wide choice of food”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

We parked at South 10th Street for only $19 a day (12 hours) and were just round the corner from the Convention Centre, China Town and the market.

It was lunchtime and the market was busy, noisy and bustling. A great combination of stalls selling books, fruit and vegetables, flowers, crafts and materials but the market is dominated by food stalls selling street food from around the world and American classics. Not fine dining but great fun and great value. We were a large group and everyone chose something different and everyone loved what they had chosen.

Visited August 2014
Thank RichardandCaroline
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