Philadelphia is known for its local food and flea markets. The city has an active urban farming system, a farm to city program, and some of the best collections of antiques in the nation. Read ahead for our guide to the best food and flea markets in the city.
One of the most popular farmers’ markets in the city, the Italian Market is a bustling hubbub of street vendors and specialty store fronts selling anything you can think of. Here you can find not just Italian, but Mexican specialties at one of the local shops. Check out the Spice Corner, where you can find any herb/spice you will ever need, or choose from gourmet selections like DiBruno Bros or Claudios. Cheap produce and breads make this several-block market a budget-worthy destination.
Philadelphia’s 9th Street Italian Market, 919 S 9th St Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-278-2903
Open daily, Reading Terminal Market showcases some of the tastiest, most eclectic eats in the city. Perfect for brunch or a late lunch, the market holds vendors from the Little Thai Shop to great juice bars and dessert venues like Bassetts Ice Cream or Termini Bros. Check out the fresh produce sections from Iovine brothers, and be sure to visit the speciality shops filled with spices, chocolates, herbs and teas. This market is perfect for a slow day of eating and lounging, and then picking up some produce for the week ahead.
Reading Terminal Market, 1201 Arch St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-922-2317
Franklin Flea Market is a curated thrifting experience featuring top, local vendors selling vintage clothing and repurposed furniture, antiques, collectibles and limited edition clothing. The line-up changes frequently to offer unique high quality selections. They have an indoor market base, but they also host large sidewalk sales throughout the summer. Check out their schedule, and don’t miss their holiday market.
Franklin Flea, 550 S 2nd St Philadelphia, PA 19147
At the Philadelphia Flea Markets, you’ll be able to find great antiques and treasured vintage collectibles. Flea market events are held every Sunday at the Roosevelt Mall parking lot, but if you’re looking for something inside the city, check their calendar listings. They have a traveling outdoor market that is hosted in different neighborhoods of the city twice a year, and their indoor markets are every first and third Saturday of the month from November through March at their main location. Feel free to talk to vendors, dive through the bins of clothing and try items on. Be sure to bring pocket cash with you and to negotiate prices with vendors.
Philadelphia Flea Markets, 820 Spring Garden St Philadelphia, PA 19123 215-625-3532
Clover Market seeks to add a touch of class to local flea markets. Curator Janet Long has a distinct eye for standards, and she aims to provide a nice mix of vintage ‘60s artworks or vintage-chic farmhouse woods alongside unique vintage-like jewelry. This upscale market changes locations throughout the year, and stops at locations in Center City, in Ardmore and in Chestnut Hill.
Clover Market, 70 Morris Ave Bryn Mawr, PA 19003
In Kensington, Greensgrow Farms features a weekly farm stand where locals can get some of the freshest produce grown at their urban farm. Alongside the fruits and veggies are refrigerators and freezers stocked with locally-sourced items like dairy products from eggs, raw milk and meat-free proteins, and humanely-raised meats. They also make a line of Greensgrow Made prepared foods in their community kitchen, always made from produce they buy or grow at their farm. They also host vendors, so locals can socialize with these local producers that include bakers and ice cream makers.
Greensgrow Farmstand, 2501 E Cumberland St Philadelphia, PA 19125 215-380-4355
A great place to pick up some locally-grown produce, Headhouse is a scenic farmers’ market with over 40 vendors who sell items ranging from floral arrangements to house-made sausages to artisanal breads and soups. It is one of the Food Trust’s largest farmers’ markets and is located in a great historical setting. The market is open select seasonal months on every Sunday from 10AM-2PM. Items fluctuate depending on the vendor, but you can find some reasonably priced items.
Headhouse Farmers’ Market, South St & 2nd St Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-922-1223
Open year round on Saturdays, Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market features over 30 vendors. They sell classic seasonal fruits and vegetables, but also other artisanal treats from surrounding areas. John & Kira’s Chocolates near 19th St boasts excellent drunken stuffed figs, where all boxes are around usually 30 percent off online prices. The farmers market is now open from 9AM-3PM and on Wednesdays during select months. Every month has different seasonal selections, so be sure to keep your eyes out for summer and winter drinks, like warm apple cider when it’s cold.
Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market, 18th and Walnut St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-733-9599