Reading Terminal Market was opened in 1893 when there was a growing clamour to move outdoor markets indoors for health and hygiene reasons. This allowed traders to ensure that stock was kept at the appropriate temperature and it also made for a more pleasant trading environment for customers. There’s a large temperature controlled basement in the market and there used to be more people employed controlling and managing that than there were on the main market floor.
There was no shortage of food options, although I had a short amount of time and went for the delights of Miller’s Twist.
The market has a vibrant feel to it and there’s a reasonable amount of seating dotted around.
What a lovely display of cold meats, very tempting. There are over one hundred traders at the market, so plenty of choice. Originally the market was underneath the railway track of the Reading Terminal, but this railway closed in the early 1980s and the space above the market is now used by the Pennsylvania Convention Center.