The Famous 4th Street Cookie Company
Founded on 4th Street in South Philadelphia, Famous 4th Street Cookies has been serving Philadelphia’s most famous cookies in the Reading Terminal Market since 1978. Famous cookies taste homemade because they are homemade, using the same simply pure ingredients you’ll find in your own kitchen. The flagship product remains the Chocolate Chip Cookie, thick, moist, and delicious, though they now offer a variety of flavors, including Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. In addition to traditional cookies, the company also offers a variety of other sweet treats, such as their “Philly Style” Black & Whites and Famous Fudge Brownies. The company’s cookies have been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Bon Appétit. For more information, visit famouscookies.com.
Bassetts Ice Cream
Bassetts Ice Cream began in Philadelphia in 1861 and has been in the same location in the Reading Terminal Market since 1892. Now, a sixth-generation family business and a Philadelphia tradition, Bassetts is a full-service frozen dessert distributor, offering outstanding ice cream and superior service. You can find Bassetts Ice Cream in the US up and down the east coast and even find pints of ice cream in China, Taiwan and South Korea!
For more information, visit bassettsicecream.com
Reading Terminal Market
The Reading Terminal Market opened for business on February 22, 1893. The new Market was approximately 78,000 square feet and held nearly 800 spaces for merchants, each positioned in six foot stalls. The Market was laid out in a grid system similar to the streets of Philadelphia. There were twelve aisles and four avenues. The newly formed Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority purchased the Reading Terminal Market from the Reading Company in 1990. In 1995, the Authority created a non-profit corporation to manage the Market. In the years since, this historic landmark has prospered. Today the Reading Terminal Market is one of the nation’s most successful public markets with more than 80 independent small businesses that offer an array of fresh and prepared foods, lunch counters, and places to eat and shop. The market was named “Best Public Market” by USA Today in both 2021 and 2022. For more information, visit readingterminalmarket.org.