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Reading Terminal Market – Philadelphia PA The Nation’s Oldest Continuously Operating Farmers Market

Posted on: March 16, 2018

  • address: 51 N 12th St Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • phone: (215) 922-2317
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  • NOTE: You can visit 7 days a week, however the PA Dutch merchants usually aren’t open Sunday - Tuesday.

Though the Reading Terminal Market is in no way a “hidden” vintage place to visit in the city, it is a destination for history buffs and food lovers alike (aka Retro Roadmappers!) Also, its location within a few blocks of Macy’s (hello, Wanamaker Organ!) and McGillin’s makes it a perfect stop to round out a retro day in the center of Center City.

Reading Terminal Market Retro Roadmap

Opened in 1893, the Reading Terminal Market is considered the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers market. Located on the street level of the historic train shed that was once the main station for the Reading railroad (the trains arrived on the level above the market.) While the trains no longer stop here, there are over 80 vendors located in the market for you to stop at.

Reading Terminal Market Phiadelphia PA

Organized in a grid, vendors range from specialty grocers carrying fish, vegetables, meats, spices to prepared foods to eat here or take to-go. A number of the stalls have small counter seating areas, and there’s a communal dining area in the center.

No matter what you’re interested in eating, there’s certainly something there for most any palate.

Reading Terminal Market Retro Roadmap

A few Retro Roadmap-worthy faves include:
Bassett’s Ice Cream – who have been here at the market since 1893.

Reading Terminal Market Retro Roadmap

DiNic’s – know for their pork and broccoli rabe sandwich (that rivals cheesesteak as Philly’s famous hoagie).

Reading Terminal Market Retro Roadmap

The Dutch Eating Place is the place for hearty Pennsylvania Dutch fare. Beiler’s donuts are popular, but Mod Betty prefers their puddings and “salads” available by the pint.

Neon lovers will delight in the multitude of bent glass and gas filled signs in the market.

Reading Terminal Market Retro Roadmap

Planning on driving to the market? Check their website for discount parking (with purchase)