One of America’s largest and oldest public markets, the famous enclosed public market is located at 12th and Arch Streets in Center City. No matter which entrance you choose, prepare to be overwhelmed by the number of vendors offering everything from pastries to southern BBQ to Amish pretzels. First opened in 1893, visitors enjoy a wide variety of different cuisines with the stands run by families and Philly locals.
There are more than 80 merchants, which means choosing lunch is going to be anything but easy. Notable shops to stop include Beiler's Donuts, Beck's Cajun Cafe and Molly Malloy's. After the grueling task of deciding where to eat, make sure you grab a seat while eating to enjoy some spectacular people-watching.
Aside from prepared meals, the market also boasts one of the largest selections of fresh ingredients. Everything is locally sourced, with visitors often talking to the farmers themselves while making their purchases. Visitors can browse cookbooks and cutlery while selecting locally grown & exotic produce.
Keep in mind the market is open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., so be sure to stop by early in the day!
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