Keeping the balance right between food market and dining destination, Reading Terminal Market dates back to 1893 and is a city institution. The 75 local stalls crammed into 75,000 sq ft provide a strong flavor of Philly's cultural melting pot, embracing everything from Pennsylvania Dutch to Thai cuisine and attracting everyone from billionaires to blue-collar workers.
Among the many highlights are Bassetts ice cream, Miller's Twist buttery pretzels, DiNic's roast pork sandwiches, and Amish meals at Dutch Eating Place. On weekends and around lunch it's very busy; think twice about visiting with small children or large groups (at least with the latter, you can fan out to join different lines).
Join the Taste of Philly Food Tour for an in-depth look around the market, including tastings.