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Reading Terminal Market

An enclosed market where you can sample Philly cheesesteaks, shoofly pies, soft pretzels and other local treats, or stock up on organic produce and handmade crafts.

The Reading Terminal Market is an indoor attraction in downtown Philadelphia. You’ll find a wide range of international cuisine, but most out-of-towners head straight to the merchants selling local treats before browsing the craft stalls. The farmers’ market is a good place to stock up on organic produce for a picnic lunch while you take in the aroma of freshly baked treats and exotic spices.  

Some of the present-day vendors are descendants of those who first traded inside the very same building. It was built by the Reading Railroad in 1892, below a train shed. Two existing local markets and their multicultural mix of merchants relocated to this building.  

The market is at its busiest at lunchtime, with locals grabbing something to eat before heading back to the office. For a quick snack, try the famous local soft pretzels brushed with butter, or the heartier Philly cheesesteak. This iconic Philadelphia sandwich is made from thin slices of steak topped with melted cheese. If you prefer healthy Asian or European cuisine, there are plenty of options.  

If you have a sweet tooth, stop at a local favorite: Bassett’s Ice Cream has been serving up unique flavors since 1861. At the Dutch Eating Place, Pennsylvania Dutch bakers offer old-style Amish cakes that still delight today. It’s the place to learn how their shoofly pie earned its name.

Sit and enjoy a meal while people-watching in the central food court. Everyone in your group can enjoy a meal together after selecting lunch from a food stall of their choice. With about 100 different stalls throughout the market, you will want to stay and explore after your meal. Find jewelry, flowers and rugs alongside South American and African crafts. 

The centrally located Reading Terminal Market is open daily, except on major national holidays. Note that some of the restaurants close early and that the Pennsylvania Dutch vendors don’t sell on Sundays. It’s easy to get there by foot or public transportation from the center of town. Expect to pay for parking if you’re driving. The Parkway Garage is across the street, and other nearby garages offer discounts for two-hour parking if you purchase something at the market. 


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Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown

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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Center City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ben Franklin National Memorial and Reading Terminal Market. Philadelphia Museum of Art and University of Pennsylvania are also within 1 mi (2 km). Race Vine Station is 6 minutes by foot and City Hall Station is 9 minutes.

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    1700 Ben Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Center City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and Academy of Natural Sciences. City Hall and Walnut Street are also within 10 minutes. City Hall Station is 6 minutes by foot and Race Vine Station is 8 minutes.

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      219 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Center City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Reading Terminal Market, Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Museum of Art are also within 2 mi (3 km). Walnut Locust Station is only a 2-minute walk and 13th St. Station is 7 minutes.

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          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Center City, this luxury hotel is steps away from Academy of Music and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. City Hall and Reading Terminal Market are also within 15 minutes. Walnut Locust Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Hall Station is 6 minutes.

          The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia £251
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          The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

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            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

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