Reading Terminal Market guide

Visiting Reading Terminal Market: 7 Things You Need To Know

A true foodies paradise, the Reading Terminal Market is a must when you’re visiting Philadelphia. This famous indoor farmers market is home to countless vendors that sell fresh, local produce, creative pastries, classic cheesesteaks, and pretty much anything else you can think of.

Visiting Reading Terminal Market: Things You Need To Know

1. What’s so special about Reading Terminal Market?

This Market has been around since 1893, given the name “Terminal” as it was created underneath the tracks of a terminal for the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company.

There still remains some old-school businesses that are still thriving today; Bassetts Ice Cream launched in 1861, Godshall’s Poultry opened in 1916 and L. Halteman Family in 1918. Make sure to check these out and pay your respects to these OG institutions.

2. How do I get there?

If you’re taking the Subway hop on the – Market/Frankford Line
Exit at 11th Street Station, walk 1 block west to 12th Street, turn right onto 12th Street. and walk 1 block to Reading Terminal Market.

Also if you’re driving, two-hour parking is free for market shoppers at 11th & Arch

3. How much will it cost?

Admission is free! How much you spend on tasty things to eat and drink is up to you…

4. How long will it take?

It all depends on how much food you want to indulge in, but on average you can eat and tour the market in two hours.

5. When is the best time to go?

To avoid big crowds it’s recommended to go late afternoon. Avoid the lunchtime hecticness and aim for after this time.

6. Where will I get the best photos?

  1. Beiler’s donuts – amazing looking colourful donuts.
  2. The entrance of the Market.
  3. Philbert – the official pig of Reading Terminal Market.
  4. All the neon signs throughout the Market.
  5. Beck’s Cajun Cafe.

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7. Any insider tips?

  1. If you go later in the day you can sometimes get better deals!
  2. Rule of thumb is to go hungry, but not starving.
  3. Cash is king.
  4. Be patient – the lines can be long!

Reading Terminal Market

Photo Cred: sagepahos

Siobhan McKenny