Panorama of the Week: Philadelphia Freedom, Philadelphia Food

Happy 4th of July! As the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped in honor of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence, we share a panorama from a past visit to Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market.

When we take photographs in markets around the world, locals often ask us, “Why are you so excited by our market? Don’t you have one at home?

While we have yet to find a fresh market in the United States akin to what we’ve seen in Guatemala, Laos, and Uzbekistan, we have visited stateside farmers’ markets in places like Ann Arbor, Jacksonville, and Philadelphia.

360-Degree Panorama: Inside Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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These days, much of Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market consists of food stalls serving prepared food, whether it be iconic Philly cheesesteak sandwiches or more worldly Thai curries. However, true to local roots, Amish specialties and a taste of the Pennsylvania Dutch can still be had.

However you slice it, wherever you dish it out — if you’re celebrating, we wish you a Happy 4th of July!

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  1. says

    I used to live in Philly in the late 80s. I didn’t have a car and was able to walk to work and to the Reading Terminal market as well. I spent many happy afternoons getting fresh produce and chicken from the PA Dutch farmers. I also miss the Sang Kee dumplings and the Bassett’s turkey sandwiches.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  2. says

    Happy 4th of July Independence Day Celebration!
    Nice post about Philadelphia and a reminder about some of the nice local attractions there, including the Reading Terminal market. Has been a while since have visited the market but have nice memories of it. Thank you for sharing.

  3. says

    @Alouise: We’re like you – we love markets. Usually a visit to the local market is one of the first things we do when we arrive in a new place. You can learn so much from them.

    @LJ Cohen: Thank you for sharing your experience with Reading Terminal Market in the 1980s. Have you been back recently? I’m curious to know how the market has changed over the years? Next time we’re back in Philly, we’ll be on the look out for Sang Kee dumplings and Bassett turkey sandwiches.

    @Tim: Hope you had a good 4th of July as well! When we’re in Philadelphia, we’re often just transiting through our visiting family quickly that it’s easy for us also to forget what the city has to offer. Hope to spend a bit more time there next visit.

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