The Reading Terminal Market just celebrated it’s 126th birthday. This market, like the Italian Market in south Philly, is centered around food.
The market began as a shopping area where the Reading Railroad ended at Market Street. It contained produce usually located in outdoor stands, butchers and other vendors on the inside. Again, in a nation of immigrants, it was similar to markets back in home countries of all the people of the region.
“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”
Today the market serves hundreds of people per day with a variety of foods which you can either eat there or take it to go and have a picnic outside. In addition to prepared foods, the market keeps with its traditional roots by having stands with produce, wine and honey as well as having a butcher and fishmarkets.
Locals shop there often (myself included) for their weekly groceries due to the freshness and quality of the items at most stands. We all also enjoy a lunch there due to the variety of foods which are delish!