Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 922 2317
Concierge.com's insider take:
This 75,000-square-foot collection of food, craft, and houseware stalls opened in 1892 as a covered market on the street level of the great Reading Terminal. Today, it's part of the Philadelphia Convention Center complex, where locals shop the butchers and fishmongers, office workers stand in line for lunch, and conventioneers stare at tomatoes as though they've never seen produce before. (Pennsylvania Dutch farmers sell their harvest—plump strawberries, sweet peas, and shaggy bunches of wildflowers—Wednesday through Saturday from late spring to mid-fall.) There are also Philadelphia signature foods: warm-from-the-oven Fisher's soft pretzels, salted and slathered with melted butter; vanilla ice cream, distinguished by dark specks of ground vanilla bean, from Bassetts, America's oldest continuously operating ice cream company (you can sit at the original marble counter); and yet another city sandwich, Dinic's roast pork topped with sharp provolone and dipped in natural juices.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 8 am to 6 pm, Sundays 9 am to 5 pm.