Dating from the 1860s, Philadelphia’s largest covered food market is one of its most beloved local landmarks and popular tourist attractions. It’s set adjacent to the Convention Center and a SEPTA regional rail station, as well as the city’s main Greyhound bus station.
Home to a wide array of food vendors, the Market also features flowers, cookware and locally made gifts. Restaurants here range from Middle Eastern cuisine to traditional Cantonese to fresh-made donuts. Some of its most distinctive vendors are Pennsylvania Dutch bakers, farmers and craftspeople, which only do business here from Wednesday through Saturday.
If you’re a fan of cannoli, Termini Brothers Bakery makes the best in the city; for cupcakes, try Flying Monkey. Be sure to seek out Philbert, a bronze statue of pig that serves as the Market’s mascot and a unique “piggy” bank; coins donated here go to programs that support healthy eating habits.