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What do you think of the Italian Market and its neighborhood? Day/night? Reading Terminal Market?

Michaelspont | Jan 4, 201603:31 PM     58

Hello to all,

I am going to be in Philadelphia for 2 days and I know next to nothing about the city, but I have a curiosity to go to the Italian Market, which I understand is one of the oldest markets in America. Simply interested to see what it is like today. I would be particularly interested to know if there are specific shops in the market that you would recommend for their quality or their history. Are there other shops in the neighborhood worth visiting?

I will definitely be going in the daytime, but I am not sure what hour I would be there. So I am also wondering if I was there in the last hours of the day if it would be at all worthwhile to have an early dinner in or near the market.

Forgive me for asking, because I know so little about Philadelphia, but after dark, is the neighborhood safe for walking about and using public transit?

I am a little less interested in visiting the Reading Terminal Market, but maybe that is because I don't know much about it. Is it a gourmet market or one that people use for every day shopping?

Any comments, descriptions, tips you would like to make would be welcome, although I am not really looking for tips for a "food crawl." It is likely I will be at the markets right after breakfast or right after lunch. Although I would definitely appreciate any tips for a great cup of coffee at the market along with tips for shops of special interest (and the neighborhood vibe).

Thanks in advance for any responses.

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