Philadelphia’s Iconic Bourse Building To Reopen As Awesome New Food Hall This Fall

Get ready for a 21st-century culinary hub in Philadelphia's Historic District...

Sometimes even stunning landmark buildings require a little imagination to bring them back to public attention.

Scheduled to open this fall, the newly renovated Bourse will broaden the dining options in this well-traveled block of Philadelphia’s Historic District. The Beaux Arts sandstone building, once devoted to the city’s commodities exchange (the first ever in the United States), was redeveloped as The Bourse and turned into an office building and shopping destination in 1979.


  • The revamped Bourse Marketplace is scheduled to open in fall 2018.
  • Visitors will find a variety of local artisanal food and drink and retail vendors in the new renovated space.
  • The upgrades aim to position The Bourse as a major dining and shopping destination in Philadelphia.

In the coming weeks, the building listed on the National Register of Historic Places will write the next chapter of its history as an artisan food hall in the spirit of Manhattan’s Chelsea Market and San Francisco’s Ferry Building.

Rendering of The Bourse interior
(Rendering courtesy The Bourse)
Once open, The Bourse Marketplace will host 29 food-and-drink vendors and four anchor tenants located in the building’s four corners.

What to Expect

MRP Realty’s $50 million project brings the building back to its 19th-century grandeur.

Both the Fourth and Fifth Street entrances have been restored with outdoor seating while the original ceramic tiled floors, inlaid with brass, have been uncovered.

Inside, four anchor tenants and 29 new food stall vendors will create a delicious panoply of options. Among the choices: baked goods, poke, tacos, juices, ramen, Belgian chocolates, charcuterie, pasta, fancy grilled cheese, Latin-Asian fusion fare, Halal Egyptian eats, Filipino comfort food, dumplings, seafood and chicken soup.

(TAPS Fill Station | Photo courtesy The Bourse)
New tenants coming soon to The Bourse include Mighty Melt, Scoop de Ville, Bluebird Distilling, Prescription Chicken, Lalo and TAPS Fill Station (shown).

Some of the best-known local names in vendors include Scoop DeVille, Chaat and Chai, Vera Pasta, Sylva Senat, whose Baby Buns “reimagines” the hamburger, and Lalo, Filipino comfort food from a team of restaurant industry vets. The TAPS Fill Station serves up local cider, beer and wine and Bluebird Distilling offers a cocktail bar and retail spirits. Floral, coffee and tea purveyors round out the lineup.

Get a glimpse at the building’s makeover during the pop-up beer garden on the building’s steps from Friday, June 29th through Tuesday, July 3rd. Operated by BRÜ Craft & Wurst, the limited-time eatery will serve local craft brews, cocktails from Bluebird Distilling and fun bites like soft pretzels and water ice.

Wawa Welcome America adds to the festivities with a Red White and Blue happy hour on Friday, June 29th from 5 to 7 p.m. and for July 3rd’s Historic District Block Party, sponsored in part by Visit Philadelphia.

Stay tuned for more and get ready to eat your way through The Bourse.

Coming Soon: The Bourse

When:The Bourse Grand Opening, fall 2018; Beer Garden at The Bourse by BRÜ Craft & Wurst, June 29-July 3, noon-midnight
Where:The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East
Cost:Pay as you go


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  1. I hope it succeeds in a way that the 1980’s version didn’t. I’m not sure why that failed. It was hopping for a while.

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