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Old 02-09-2019, 09:10 AM
 
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No one has mentioned Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia‘s top tourist draw, pulling in even more visitors than the Liberty Bell. Unlike Faneuil Hall in Boston, RTM primarily functions as a market for locals and not as a tourist trap seeking refrigerator magnets and Cheers mugs. Definitely worth a stop.
That sounds great. I enjoyed strolling around Faneuil Hall during my lunch breaks back when I worked in downtown Boston in the financial district. I think my parents took me to Reading when I was young. I remember being in a busy, crowded outdoor market somewhere.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:35 AM
 
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That sounds great. I enjoyed strolling around Faneuil Hall during my lunch breaks back when I worked in downtown Boston in the financial district. I think my parents took me to Reading when I was young. I remember being in a busy, crowded outdoor market somewhere.
We take all of our out-of-town visitors there. It’s indoor, centrally located adjacent to the convention center. Easily walked from Rittenhouse Square. It’s in a converted train terminal that was saved from demolition. Packed on weekends. A source of several good lunches!

https://readingterminalmarket.org

Given you like to land in a place and folllow your instincts, you’ll enjoy Philly. Like Boston, it’s a great city to simply stroll around and soak up the ambience. Spend some time walking around Society Hill. To answer an earlier question, Philly doesn’t have a “Freedom Trail” linking its many historical sites, but they can be easily connected by foot with a good map. Start at the visitors’ center on Independence Mall and they’ll set up up.

Enjoy your visit!

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Old 02-09-2019, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Pocopson
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I'll give my unpopular opinion: Reading Terminal is a nice thing to check out, better than the equivalents in other cities, and it's centrally located, but not anything amazing. It's crowded and it has lots of land-mines as far as meals are concerned. Yes, a roast pork sandwich at Dinic's is worthwhile and a solid $10 meal.

But we're forgetting that Philadelphia is the sandwich capital of the world (and I'm not being a homer when I say this) - there are solid $10 sandwiches throughout the city. The Italian Market is out of the way, but I would recommend it to tourists instead.

By all means, if you're nearby, poke your head in and stop at Dinic's if you're hungry. There's nothing wrong with that, but Reading Terminal is not the holy grail that people make it out to be.
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:04 PM
 
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I'll give my unpopular opinion: Reading Terminal is a nice thing to check out, better than the equivalents in other cities, and it's centrally located, but not anything amazing. It's crowded and it has lots of land-mines as far as meals are concerned. Yes, a roast pork sandwich at Dinic's is worthwhile and a solid $10 meal.

But we're forgetting that Philadelphia is the sandwich capital of the world (and I'm not being a homer when I say this) - there are solid $10 sandwiches throughout the city. The Italian Market is out of the way, but I would recommend it to tourists instead.

By all means, if you're nearby, poke your head in and stop at Dinic's if you're hungry. There's nothing wrong with that, but Reading Terminal is not the holy grail that people make it out to be.
It's a miracle it was saved. That's part of what's charming about it. It also serves as a connection, of sorts, to Philadelphia's place in the area's and country's railroad history. Perhaps the OP would be interested in that.

The OP should check out the Dutch Eating Place rather than Dinic's anyway.
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Old 02-09-2019, 06:08 PM
 
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Where's the nightlife on a Saturday?
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Pocopson
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Philadelphia likes to drink; there will be nightlife throughout the city. It comes down to what type of scene you're looking for:
  • Early-twenties kids getting trashed: Manayunk
  • Hipsters: Fishtown / Northern Liberties
  • Eclectic: South Street
  • Yuppies: Old City
  • Snobs: Rittenhouse Square
  • Tourists / Theater crowd / Corporate types / Gay / Miscellaneous: City Hall / Convention Center
  • Low-key neighborhood spots: South Philly

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Old 02-10-2019, 09:10 AM
 
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I'll give my unpopular opinion: Reading Terminal is a nice thing to check out, better than the equivalents in other cities, and it's centrally located, but not anything amazing.
It may not float your boat, but apparently visitors seem to enjoy RTM. I know our guests do.

https://www.visitphilly.com/articles...ection--item-1
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:00 PM
 
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I toured the submarine. It was great. I'm amazed they just let people down there own risk, no cell signal even. I'm going to try for city hall and the mint tomorrow weather permitting.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:15 PM
 
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It may not float your boat, but apparently visitors seem to enjoy RTM. I know our guests do.

https://www.visitphilly.com/articles...ection--item-1
Sorry for contradicting you... I just feel it's not a "must do" and wish tourists avoided that part of the city in general. That part of town feels like any other big city in the country, but visitors end up there because that's where most of the hotels are and it's centrally located. And yes, I'm aware there's a handful of "only in Philly" sights in this part of town, but on the whole, it's a bland center of commerce.

As I hope I made clear in my previous post, Reading Terminal Market is a perfectly respectable place to visit, but I feel the Italian Market is a better representation of Philly. Also, if you're a bad vendor at the Italian Market, you won't stay in business for long, whereas mediocrity tends to linger at Reading Terminal. But on the other hand, I'm aware that the Italian Market is less convenient to access (and more intimidating).

Anyway, my comments were never intended to be a harsh rebuke, just a counterpoint.

PS: When I am hosting visitors from out of town, there's nothing more adventurous than buying suspiciously low-priced meat from a questionable vendor at the Italian Market, preparing it at home, and being shocked that nobody got food poisoning.

PPS: Speaking of mediocre $10 sandwiches, I went to Sonny's in Old City today for lunch. It was the most average cheesesteak I've had in my entire life.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:45 PM
 
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I always take out of town guests to RTM and they have universally loved it. There are countless delicious options besides DiNics. For example, Beilers for Donuts, Carmens for cheestesteaks, dutch eating place, the thai place for salmon over rice, hershells for jewish food, Becks Cajun etc.


There are many others that I haven't had the chance to try. I agree the area near the convention center is pretty bland but you are practically next-door to Chinatown which is very vibrant and my visitors have always loved visiting.
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