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. For more information, visit famouscookies.com
Bassetts Ice Cream
Lewis D. Bassett began making Bassetts Ice Cream on his farm in Salem, New Jersey in 1861, moving operations to Philadelphia shortly thereafter. Among the first to sign a lease in Philadelphia’s iconic Reading Terminal Market, the company has served ice cream over its original marble counter there since the market opened in 1893. Bassetts creamy, silky smooth ice cream is made in the American style, without egg yolks, giving it that fresh cream taste. Now in the sixth generation, the tradition of making super-premium ice cream continues. Bassetts Ice Cream – Rich in History, Richer in Flavor!
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.