The Reading Terminal Market was established in 1890's, and has been going strong since. It is the oldest and longest running farmers’ market in America. About a third of the shops and eateries, bakeries are owned and operated by Amish people.
I love how unique the East Coast is, and that you can get Amish made products here. In the early 18th century, many Amish and Mennonites immigrated to Pennsylvania. Today, the most traditional descendants of the Amish continue to speak Pennsylvania Dutch.
Entering the market my eyes shifted all over the place... food stands galore! From soul food and Asian and Middle Eastern dishes to authentic Philly Cheesesteaks and Amish bakeries, all available from mostly family-run stands.
The best is to wander the aisles until something unexpected catches your eye. If you are visiting Philadelphia, do not miss this historical locale. Seeming just about anything you can think of can be found under the roof of this 19th century train station packed from wall to wall with restaurants and vendors.
They have many events here as well, like cooking demonstrations and cookbook signings. Maybe even one day you will see Carmen's Kitchen hosting an event there!
So here is my verdict: what is there not to love about delicious, authentic, diversified food at your finger tips? This historic market is one of my favorite places in Philadelphia. It's a great place for locals and tourists alike to shop, eat, visit and hang out. One of the best things I love about this market is how closely it still sticks to tradition of buying local. You know that when you go there you're participating in supporting the local economy by purchasing handmade goods from local vendors.
So next time when you visit Philly you simply cannot skip out on Reading Terminal Market. You will not regret your time here!
|Hope’s Cookies: All kinds of home made cookies and fudges. My husband can tell you what they are like. He bought six of them! (Husband Says: "And I ate all of them.")|
|Beck's Cajun Cafe: A must try for anyone who loves spicy food!|
|Live Lobsters and fish|
|The Smuckers Grill: We had some yummy breakfast wraps|
There are many Amish merchants in the market. You can find many bakeries with breads and other traditional Pennsylvania Dutch baked goods
|Chinese Peking Duck: You can have it in a wrap or in soup noodles.|
|Customized Chocolate Gifts: Would you eat these very realistic chocolate body parts?|
|Carmen's at Carmen's |
Cheesesteaks! I heard that
they are the best in the city!
Fresh Oysters! Yum
Fresh locol produce: The prices
are so reasonable, it's enough
to turn any New Yorker green
You can find all kind of
fresh meat here too
And here is my favorite thing about the market! Live piano music while you eat and shop. You can't beat that!