Our Favorite Places to Eat at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia

A ranking of must-try vendors at this Philly market.

Since its founding in 1682, Philadelphia has played an important role in U.S. history, attracting droves of tourists to its countless historical landmarks, museums, and cultural events.

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History buffs can visit the Liberty Bell at Independence Hall to witness the sight of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Families can transport in time to colonial America with a visit to Elfreth’s Alley Museum, strolling through its cobblestone streets lined with old brick statehouses.

Philadelphia is also famous for its unique food scene, with plenty of Philly Food tours to iconic neighborhood eateries and markets.

Any Philly Food tour will take you to the historic Reading Terminal Market, one of America’s oldest and largest farmers markets located inside a Historical Landmark Building opened in 1893.

You can spend the day perusing colorful fruit and vegetable stands, fresh meat and seafood counters, and quaint kitchenware shops for hours.

Not only can you find the freshest ingredients for your next homecooked meal, but Reading Terminal Market also contains incredible eateries, cafes, ice cream shops, and delis.

Best Restaurants in Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia

  1. Tommy DiNic’s
  2. Beiler’s Donuts
  3. Miller’s Twist
  4. Dutch Eating Place
  5. Hershel’s East Side Deli
  6. Flying Monkey Bakery
  7. Old City Coffee
  8. Bassetts Ice Cream
  9. Kamals Middle Eastern Cuisine
  10. Pearl’s Oyster Bar
  11. Little Thai Market

I have compiled a list of the best restaurants in Reading Terminal Market to help you find incredible selections of locally sourced, fresh meals that run the gamut of cuisines.

Tommy DiNic’s

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-923-6175
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Owned by Philly native Tommy Nicolosi and his son Joey, Tommy DiNic’s is a historic Italian pork and beef sandwich shop that opened in Reading Terminal Market in the 1970s.

Tommy uses his grandfather’s recipe from his early 20th century South Philly butcher shop to create the most succulent meat-filled sandwiches that have been featured on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food and voted the best sandwich in America.

The menu is simple at Tommy DiNic’s, with offerings of hot roast beef, Italian pork, and meatball sandwiches topped with wilted greens in a giant fresh hoagie roll. Their roasted pork sandwich is the big seller and winner of the best sandwich in America award.

Beiler’s Donuts

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 267-318-7480
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Opened in the Reading Terminal Market in 1985 by Patriarch Alvin Beiler, Beiler’s Donuts is one of the first Amish sellers to open up shop in Reading Terminal Market.

Their age-old family recipes for fresh donuts, made from scratch daily, have earned critical acclaim from Philadelphia and Pennsylvania natives, leading to the expansion of Beiler’s to include three more donut shops in Philly and Lancaster.

Whether you like cream-filled, cake, or glazed, you can find countless varieties of delectable donuts. I loved the Coconut Custard donut filled with Bavarian Crème and topped with white icing then dipped in shredded coconut.

Miller’s Twist

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-923-1723
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Owned by Lancaster resident Roger Miller, Miller’s Twist puts an Amish twist on the classic Philly soft pretzel, paying homage to Miller’s hometown traditions.

Miller had been working in Reading Public Market for a decade before purchasing the pretzel shop, changing its name, and revamping the menu with every variety of pretzel, both sweet and savory, along with a robust menu of ice cream and milkshakes.

The pretzels at Miller’s Twist are artisanal with a buttery flavor, coming in classic pretzel shapes with your choice of toppings from regular salt to sour cream and onion seasoning to sugar and cinnamon-dusted.

I loved their Philly Cheesesteak pretzel roll-ups that I enjoyed with a thick chocolate peanut butter ripple milkshake.

Dutch Eating Place

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-922-0425
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Another Amish-owned and run eatery, Dutch Eating Place is a Reading Terminal Market favorite for authentic Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish baking, hearty country breakfasts, and incredible burgers.

Amish female chefs from Lancaster County head the kitchen, offering fresh-squeezed juices, and the best griddlecake and baked offerings you’ll sample in the entire market in a bustling diner atmosphere.

Their blueberry stuffed pancakes are incredible with a side of thick-cut butter-fried bacon. The lunch menu has daily specials that include classic American and Dutch favorites like chicken and waffles or pork and sauerkraut with fresh-cut fries or homemade mashed potatoes.

Hershel’s East Side Deli

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-922-6220
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Named for owner Stephen Safern’s Polish-Jewish Uncle who worked in New York City’s iconic Katz’s Deli for 40 Years, Hershel’s East Side Deli is an authentic New York-style Deli that has been serving Reading Terminal Market for over 20 years.

Inspired by Uncle Hershel’s vast knowledge and commitment to deli and Jewish cuisine, Hershel’s East Side Deli serves deli meats cured in-house in colossal sandwiches, not to mention Jewish favorites like bagels and lox, latkes, knishes, and New York-style cheesecake.

I especially loved the variety of bread for deli sandwiches with three kinds of rye bread, pumpernickel, or rich, challah bread to choose from. Whether you want pastrami, brisket, corned beef, or turkey, it’s all made in-house daily.

Flying Monkey Bakery

1146 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-928-0340
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Established in 2010 by baker and owner Elizabeth Halen, Flying Monkey Bakery is a friendly, small-batch artisanal bakery, making all pastries, cookies, cakes, bars, pies, and brownies from scratch daily.

They’re especially popular for catering parties with incredible cupcake towers and specialty cakes. Their whoopie pie was voted best whoopie pie in Philadelphia by Philadelphia Magazine.

The extensive menu of sweets has all your classic favorites plus multiple varieties of every dessert category under the sun.

They even offer vegan and flourless options. I had to try their world-famous whoopie pies, which come in around 40 varieties.

Old City Coffee

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-592-1897
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If you need a pick-me-up as you stroll through Reading Terminal Market’s maze of vendors, restaurants, and artisan shops, Old City Coffee has an abundance of fresh, house-roasted coffee drinks to wake you up.

Opened by Ruth Isaac in 1985 in a small Church street coffee stand, Old City Coffee continues to provide customers with the highest-quality Arabica coffee, brewed and crafted to perfection by friendly baristas.

They also sell coffee by the pound as well as coffee accessories. Whether you want a cold brew, drip coffee, or a cappuccino milkshake, Old City Coffee makes the best of it, with a selection of fresh danishes, pastries, and salads to boot.

Bassetts Ice Cream

45 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-925-4315
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Founded by Louis Dubois Bassett in 1861, Bassetts Ice Cream is one of Reading Terminal Market’s few original retail stores and remains an iconic vendor.

Five generations later, Bassetts Ice Cream is still family-owned and operated with its original storefront location as a famed landmark that even served President Obama.

Now, Bassetts Ice Cream is a household name, not just around the U.S., but in China, South Korea, and Taiwan, as well.

Even if you don’t make it to Reading Terminal Market for a scoop, you can order Bassetts Ice Cream by the pint with dozens of flavors available. I had a waffle cone with a scoop of salted caramel pretzel and peanut butter swirl.  

Kamals Middle Eastern Cuisine

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-925-1511
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Kamals Middle Eastern Cuisine is a friendly, family-owned Middle Eastern kitchen and juice bar that opened in the Reading Terminal Market in 1981.

Owner Kamal Albarouki, his wife Esra, and their three adult children run this beloved eatery, providing a wide array of Middle Eastern favorites from their home country of Syria and beyond.

They have been making juices and smoothies since they opened, offering water-based fruit and vegetable smoothie combos to accompany an authentic Middle Eastern meal.

I had the carrot, peach, and mango smoothie along with a platter of fava and chickpea falafel, tabouleh, hummus, tahini, salad, and fresh pita bread.

Pearl’s Oyster Bar

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-964-9792
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Pearl’s Oyster Bar is a historic Reading Terminal Market haunt, opened in the early days and bought by the Braunstein family in 1981.

Peral’s Oyster Bar strives to showcase Philadelphia’s seafood bounty, sourcing fresh catches from the Atlantic coast and multiple freshwater rivers that traverse this famous port city.

Pearl’s Oyster Bar is as popular for brunch as it is for lunch, with accolades as the best seafood place in town from Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, and Philadelphia Magazine.

If you’re not into slurping raw oysters, they offer a wealth of fried platers like clams, oysters, crab cakes, and shrimp. I loved the crab cake sandwich on a brioche roll with lettuce, tomato, and remoulade sauce.

Little Thai Market

51 N 12th St #39, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-873-0231
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Little Thai Market is an authentic Thai street-food counter and Asian grocer inside Reading Terminal Market, utilizing the fresh produce, meat, and seafood from local purveyors to elaborate a flavorful menu of curries, noodles, soups, and dumplings. They make their own curry blends from scratch, which they sell in their grocery section.

The authentic street food menu is very affordable, with heaping portions of made-to-order dishes. Their signature dish is the salmon curry, a grilled salmon filet in a Thai red curry cream sauce over rice. I also recommend the steamed crab dumplings with garlic soy sauce as an appetizer.

Final Thoughts

Reading Terminal Market is a world of food all its own, with every food group represented in the most colorful and immaculate displays, not to mention dozens of restaurants spanning the culinary globe.

The above list is an eclectic sampling of the best restaurants in Reading Terminal Market for iconic Philadelphia treats, meals, and beverages.

If you want to venture out of the market for a more formal dining scene, check out my other lists of dining options around the city of brotherly love. Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian has been an influencer in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years. He not only loves to eat and drink at restaurants on a regular basis, he also knows the business inside and out.