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Article published on August 3, 2021

10 Awesome Things to Eat at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia

Great eats at one of the best public markets in the U.S...

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Travel Responsibly: As the region recovers from COVID-19, safety guidelines have evolved at attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels. Advance tickets or reservations remain recommended or necessary at many spots. Your best bet: Check online or call ahead.

Reading Terminal Market — the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market — is a must-visit on any trip to Philadelphia.

Beloved by locals and visitors alike, this historic indoor market features dozens of vendors offering an astonishing variety of food, with some vendors operating in much the same way that they did when the market opened in 1892.

The globally inspired food — available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert as well as for snacking — is the main draw, while butchers, bakers, chocolatiers, cheesemongers and produce vendors offer food, ingredients and goods for sale.

From scrapple and samosas to soul food and smoothies, Reading Terminal Market is such a fantastic place to eat that it can be tough to choose what to get. Below, find 10 top things to eat at Reading Terminal Market. (For vendor locations within the market, check out this neat interactive map.)

Lastly, note that exploring Philadelphia is a little different right now. Diners are required to show proof of vaccination (either a vaccine card or a photo of a vaccine card) in order to dine indoors at any restaurant or bar in Philadelphia, including at the food court at Reading Terminal Market. Some vendors at Reading Terminal Market may have altered hours and/or days of operation. Your best bet: Plan ahead. Read more right here.

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Roast Pork Sandwich at DiNic's

— Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia

While there are delicious cheesesteaks at Reading Terminal Market, the best bet for sandwich lovers is DiNic’s famous roast pork, voted “Best Sandwich in America” by the Travel Channel. The fourth-generation shop builds its sandwich with thinly sliced, juicy roast pork, lining the long roll with sliced sharp provolone and topping it with bright green chopped broccoli rabe. If you like spice, opt for grilled long hots — long green chili peppers — as well. The spot’s popularity can mean long lines, but it’s worth the wait.

Where: DiNic's, 51 N. 12th Street

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Beiler's Doughnuts

Donuts from Beiler's in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia Donuts from Beiler's in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia
— Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia

Good luck narrowing it down to a dozen tender, yeast-risen doughnuts at Beiler’s. Will it be the blueberry fritter or the mocha crème? The coconut custard or the salted caramel? Whether you choose to go for classics like apple cider doughnuts or go crazy with Fruity Pebbles-spangled treats, Beiler’s is one sweet spot truly not to miss. (After all, it was named one of the 20 best dessert spots in the country by Fodor’s.)

Where: Belier's Bakery, 51 N. 12th Street

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Apple Dumplings at Dutch Eating Place

A person holds apple dumplings at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia A person holds apple dumplings at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia
— Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia

Dutch Eating Place, a charming diner run by Amish and Mennonite families, is best known for its apple dumplings, made by peeling and coring whole apples, coating them in a sugar-cinnamon mixture and wrapping them in pastry. As the dumplings bake, the fruit slumps into custardy-goodness in the pastry shell. Traditionally served warm with cream poured over, the dumplings make a fantastic dessert to go — especially if you also pick up some ice cream from Bassets.

Where: Dutch Eating Place, 51 N. 12th Street

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Soft Pretzel at Miller's Twist

Pretzels from Miller's Twist in Philadelphia Pretzels from Miller's Twist in Philadelphia
— Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia

Unlike a traditional Philadelphia soft pretzel, the “Amish pretzels” at Miller’s Twist are hand-rolled from fresh dough, brushed with butter and served slightly warm. Even better? In the mornings, Miller’s makes a breakfast pretzel stuffed with scrambled eggs, cheese and your choice of bacon, sausage or ham. It’s one of the most satisfying and portable breakfast items at the market.

Where: Miller's Twists, 51 N. 12th Street

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Whoopie Pies at Flying Monkey

A person holds whoopie pies from Flying Monkey in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia A person holds whoopie pies from Flying Monkey in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia
— Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia

There are plenty of whoopie pies at the market’s bakeries, but nobody makes this regional treat quite like whimsical bakery Flying Monkey. The traditional whoopie is two circles of cake — typically chocolate — filled with fluffy white frosting, but Flying Monkey offers a variety of tasty creative pies like cookies ‘n cream, lemon lavender, coconut and chai. Tip: Spring for the set of six flavors to try one of each.

Where: Flying Monkey Bakery, 51 N. 12th Street

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Barbecue Chicken at Dienner's

rotisserie chicken at Dienner's in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia rotisserie chicken at Dienner's in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia
— Photo courtesy Dienner's Bar-B-Q Chicken

This Amish-style rotisserie is a mouth-watering, can’t-miss stop during a visit to the market. The family-owned Dienner’s has been using the same ingredients for three generations and, more importantly, maintains high standards of freshness; poultry arrives every morning from Philadelphia-area farms. Hungry patrons can order whole or half rotisseries, or a roasted chicken sandwich. The wings are the most portable option for visitors on the go.

Where: Dienner's Barbecue Chicken, 51 N. 12th Street

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Mint-Lemon-Rosewater Lemonana at Kamal's Middle Eastern Specialties

A person holds a drink at Kamal's in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia A person holds a drink at Kamal's in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia
— Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia

A go-to vegetarian pick, Kamal’s Middle Eastern Specialties has offered falafel, baba ganouj, hummus, eggplant stew and spinach feta pies since 1981. A hidden gem, though, is the family’s lemonana, made with fresh lemon juice and mint blended together with a hint of rosewater. The resulting sweet-tart drink is bright green and supremely refreshing, and makes the perfect accompaniment to a plate of shawarma — or pretty much any other meal at the market.

Where: Kamal's Middle Eastern Specialties, 51 N. 12th Street

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Roast Duck & Roasted Pork Noodle Platter at Sang Kee Peking Duck House

— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

At Sang Kee, where gorgeously burnished Peking duck and roast pork hang on display, it’s difficult to choose between the two. Thankfully, you don’t have to. Pick No. 7 on the menu to get Peking duck with crispy skin and deeply flavored roast pork atop rice with tender, bright green baby bok choy. Pro tip? Swap out the rice for noodles.

Where: Sang Kee Peking Duck House, 51 N. 12th Street

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The Train Wreck Po' Boy at Beck's Cajun Cafe

A po boy at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia A po boy at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia
— Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia

From beignets to boudin, Beck’s Cajun Cafe represents the Big Easy in Philly. Though the muffuletta is a solid showing, the true more-is-more sandwich at Beck’s is the Train Wreck Po’ Boy. Stuffed with andouille, steak, salami, cheese and onion, it’s a major meal in sandwich form.

Where: Beck's Cajun Cafe, 51 N. 12th Street

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Scrapple at Down Home Diner

Scrapple at Down Home Diner at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia Scrapple at Down Home Diner at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia
— Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia

Grab a seat at Down Home Diner — one of the few spots in the market with plenty of dedicated seating — and order some scrapple. This regional favorite is essentially a pork paté thickened with either cornmeal or buckwheat. The version at the diner is fragrant with black pepper, and slices of it are served deeply browned — a perfect foil to a platter of scrambled eggs and toast. Try it sweet with maple syrup or savory with ketchup.

Where: Down Home Diner, 51 N. 12th Street

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Roast Pork Sandwich at DiNic's
Beiler's Doughnuts
Apple Dumplings at Dutch Eating Place
Soft Pretzel at Miller's Twist
Whoopie Pies at Flying Monkey
Barbecue Chicken at Dienner's
Mint-Lemon-Rosewater Lemonana at Kamal's Middle Eastern Specialties
Roast Duck & Roasted Pork Noodle Platter at Sang Kee Peking Duck House
The Train Wreck Po' Boy at Beck's Cajun Cafe
Scrapple at Down Home Diner
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