New York Times: Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market Is Worth Exploring Even in Winter Months

a busy time at Reading Terminal Market
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Customers sitting at a counter and walking around purchasing food and other produce at the Reading Terminal Market in Center City.

While farmers’ markets are usually associated with warm months, some have established themselves as cold-weather travel destinations as well, including the busy Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, writes Colleen Creamer for The New York Times.

The 78,000-square-foot enclosed market is one of the oldest in the country. It officially opened at its current location – which is now a National Historic Landmark – in 1893.

It currently hosts close to 80 independent vendors in the heart of Center City, in the former Reading Terminal train shed. And it is the third most visited tourist destination in Philadelphia, after the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

The market offers plenty of fresh dairy and meat products throughout the entire year. It has several old-school butchers and Pennsylvania Dutch vendors who offer Pennsylvania Dutch specialties, including baked goods, cheeses, and chicken potpies, among other offerings.

There is also a seating area where visitors can try shoofly pie and scrapple as well as old-school favorites such as Philly cheese steaks and hoagies. The food here is considered so good that the Reading Terminal Market is a stop on almost all Philadelphia food tours.

Read more about Reading Terminal Market in The New York Times.


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