America’s oldest shopping center
Want to shop ‘til you drop? Then Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market is the place to go. Hop-off the Philadelphia bus tour right outside and explore the country’s oldest continuously operating market.
Discover why Reading Terminal has become renowned as one of the best markets in the US. Sample delicious food from around the world. Treat yourself to a classic Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. And browse more than 100 unique stalls selling everything from farm-fresh local products to exotic seafood.
A traditional market experience
The northwest corner of the market is dedicated to Amish merchants from Lancaster County. Marvel at traditional bakers making pretzels right in front of your eyes – and try them hot, straight from the oven.
Linking to the past, a number of the stalls here are still run by direct descendants of original traders from when the market opened more than 100 years ago
Other interesting facts about Reading Terminal Market
- The enclosed market is found at 12th and Arch Street in downtown Philadelphia
- The market was a combination of two previous trading areas – Franklin Market and Farmers’ Market – opening its doors in 1893
- It occupies the ground floor and basement levels of Reading Terminal’s former train shed
- It was one of the first in the world to feature a state-of-the-art refrigerated storage area, with 52 individually controlled rooms in the basement
- The Reading Terminal Market has featured in a number of films, including Trading Places and National Treasure.