Philadelphia has plenty to offer for any empty stomach, from the finest restaurants to the “diviest” grub spots. But, there are a few places that stand out as iconic to the Philadelphia cuisine landscape. To experience just a taste of Philly’s food culture, consider a visit to these favorites of residents of the City of Brotherly Love:
Reading Terminal Market
Philadelphia is known in part for its great history, and Reading Terminal Market is part of that. Open to the public since 1892, this public market is found right in Center City. Step inside and find a fun and busy space filled with restaurant stands, grocery vendors, and more. Highlights include fresh flowers, pretzels made by Amish vendors, local produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, wine, and gourmet tea and coffee. There’s also a fair presence of international cuisine.
Pat’s and Geno’s Cheesesteaks
Can anyone talk about food in Philadelphia without mentioning cheesesteaks? For the true cheesesteak experience, make the short trip from Radwyn Apartments to visit either Pat’s King of Steaks or Geno’s Steaks, which have a combined 134 years of experience. Today, both serve up juicy, thin-sliced cheesesteaks to eaters who flock from far and wide.
9th Street Italian Market
The Italian Market, born from Philadelphia’s great Italian-American heritage, offers plenty to see, smell, and taste. Boasting the title of Philadelphia’s oldest outdoor market, visitors will find the same kind of quality ingredients sold throughout its great history. Customers can pick up fresh seafood, hand-cut pasta, herbs, spices, produce, and more.