Saturday, October 22, 2011

Reading Terminal Market Where Eating & Visiting is a Treat

(photos: TheHopefulTraveler)
Considered one of America’s best public markets, the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia which has origins going back to 1859 occupies a former train shed in the heart of the city and features Pennsylvania Dutch specialties along with cheesesteaks and soft pretzels among its more than 80 restaurants, shops and farm stands. Vendors sell a variety of products including handmade soaps, cookbooks and kitchen wares.

The lack of chain restaurants and eateries and availability of quality goods make this one of the most unique diversions for visitors and residents alike. It’s location adjacent to several hotels make it popular with guests at these properties.

Walk the aisles and get lost among the aromas and delectable displays and you may find yourself in a state of indecision. So why not come back to this lively place if you’re in the city more than one day. If you’re not looking for a meal right away, buy something to take away or bring as gift back home. You’ll be sure to find something good and meet some of the nicest vendors ever. If you're a new visitor to the city, the market also has a information desk near the 12th and Filbert Street entrance.

There is seating available at some merchants but the market has dedicated areas for chairs and tables. But when it gets busy you may find yourself out of luck in finding an empty one.

There are about a dozen Pennsylvania Dutch merchants and be sure to plan your visit carefully since most of them are only open Wednesday through Saturday. The market is generally open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm and Sun 9am-5pm. Visit for more information.

Click on the links below to learn more about these Reading Terminal Market Vendors.
Termini Brothers Bakery
By George! Pizza, Pasta & Cheesesteak
AJ Pickle Patch


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