🙂 = You can buy anything! There are 2 garages you can park in (besides often finding street parking in the surrounding areas) – 11th and Arch at Expert Parking or 12th and Filbert at Parkway Garage (with $10 purchase and validation from a merchant from Reading Terminal). The bathroom is all the way in the back and has a changing table (it’s near 10th avenue corner), near a place to get your shoes shined. Oh, and for mom and dad, they have some pretty cool cooking classes at City Kitchen inside the market.
🙁 = It’s a VERY busy market at most times, so don’t wander off. You can get lost super easily. Staying in a stroller or holding someone’s hand is an awesome idea!
Regardless of whether you live in Philly or are visiting from far away, if you want to eat something different or just want a snack while you hide from the rain (we don’t like getting wet!), or want to do ALL of your grocery shopping, Reading Terminal is a place to be. It’s a huge public market (think “indoor farmer’s market” but COOLER), and vendors sell a variety of fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, pastries, breads, juices, honey, bakery goods, and chocolates (plus more!), and there is also every kind of restaurant you can imagine! Taste cheeses, wines (for the moms and dads), vinegars (yes, we actually LOVE tasting vinegars and olive oils), or get yourself a cute toddler-chef outfit.
There are places you can sit down regardless of where you get your snack from (they have high chairs if you need them), and some restaurants inside that have their own seating (like Molly Malloy’s). We walked around for a while and tasted a variety of samples. We eventually ended up at Famous 4th Street Cookie. The only thing they offer is cookies, which we thought was pretty awesome! The cookies are baked on premises (they have a big oven visible to passersby), and we watched them make the black and white cookies, and we learned that the “white” is a vanilla dip.
They have many cookies to choose from – chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodle, and white chocolate macadamia to name a few. We settled on the cinnamon raisin walnut and the chocolate chip with macadamia. We couldn’t choose a favorite, but both were delicious… though we may be biased, because we’ve yet to taste a cookie that we don’t like! We balanced out our cookies with a sample (and then a bottle) of the “great green goodness” juice from Iovine Brothers Produce, which had apple, kale, cucumber, cilantro, ginger and lemon (they also had other juices like apple-strawberry lemonade if the green color scares you!) What a delicious way to spend a morning!
Notes: Some vendors are cash only or have minimums to use a credit card, so have cash. If you’re going to the Famous 4th Street Cookies, keep in mind that 4-5 cookies are 1 lb. At $12.99/lb. (if you plan to buy a dozen), it can get pricy quickly. We’re not saying it ain’t worth it! Just an FYI!