A Visit To Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market: Oldest Market In The USA

My hubby treated me to a  romantic valentine' weekend in Philadelphia which turned into a foodie adventure! We love Philly, the history, the architecture and the FOOD!!!! There is delicious food around every corner of this beautiful city. And the prices are half as cheap as what we're used to in NYC. And if you are a foodie like us, The Reading Terminal Market of Philadelphia is a must see! This market is a foodies paradise.

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
(with envy!)

           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!
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Anne Regalado
February 21, 2014 at 8:54 AM delete

Love the new header and the overall look of your blog ! Darn , wish we had the The Reading Terminal Market near us lol

February 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM delete

Carmen, I've been so MIA for the last couple weeks...(been so broken hearted)...just seeing now about the fabulous famous Philly Market you've visited, which we have a very famous market in Cleveland, Ohio (my home town)...they also have a lot of Amish people outside of the city, and have such amazing fresh markets and products. So happy for you that you got to visit and sample all the great foods...especially the Philly Cheese Steak which I would love to try the authentic version! xoxo

February 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM delete

Dear Elisabeth, I am so sorry to hear about your cat! :-( I can imagine how heartbroken you must be as we have 2 cats too! I am sending you a big hug and hope you will feel better soon. The market in Cleverland sounds amazing and I'd like to visit one day! P.S The Philly Cheesesteak in Philly is turly amazing!!!! We had 3 Cheesesteaks in 3 days! :-)