Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia is the oldest indoor farmers market in the country. First opening its doors in 1892, today the historic market has over 80 vendors and sees around 17,000 visitors each day. Inside, a sea of people await— some brazenly shoving their way through the crowd, others politely squeezing through and many standing still in lines that wind their way around the various booths. From seasoned locals to wide-eyed first-timers, each is in pursuit of their favorite market delicacy.
And it can be certain that there is no shortage of delicacies.
From iconic Philly cheesestakes to deep-fried Pennsylvania Dutch treats… From all-American staples like burgers and pizza to ethnic specialties like gumbo, falafel and peking duck… From farm stands to cupcakes, from a cheese monger to a salumeria… it can be safe to say that there is something to satisfy any craving.
With so many choices, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. To help you make every single calorie count, here are my picks for the absolutely best things to eat at Reading Terminal Market:
- A HAND-ROLLED DOUGHNUT AT BEILER’S BAKERY
- A ROAST PORK SANDWICH AT TOMMY DINIC’S
- A CHOCOLATE CHIP CANNOLI FROM TERMINI BROTHERS BAKERY
- THE CAJUN SPECIALTIES AT BECK’S CAJUN CAFE
- THE SOUR CHERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP SEA SALT COOKIE FROM METROPOLITAN BAKERY
- THE BUTTER CAKE AT FLYING MONKEY BAKERY
Those are my picks, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. What do YOU think is the best thing to eat at Reading Terminal Market? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!