1. Travel

Baltimore Public Markets

Everyone But the Candlestick Maker…

By

Cross Street Market - Baltimore Maryland - Photo by Laureen Miles Brunelli

Cross Street Market

Baltimore's six public markets, all established in the 18th- and 19th-centuries, attract customers to their stalls where butchers, bakers and fish mongers still ply their trades today. You'll find fresh flowers and vegetables, prepared and ethnic foods and even cell phones at these marketplaces.

Baltimore's first public market, erected in 1763 at Gay and Baltimore streets, was financed by a lottery. Eventually eleven markets sprung up throughout the city. More than half of those markets, though not the original one, remain in use today.

Lexington Market

The largest, oldest and most famous of Baltimore's public markets, Lexington Market is a vibrant scene with live music at peak times and more than 140 vendors, selling everything from crabs to candy. Faidley's Seafood, famous for its crabcakes, is perhaps the best known tenant. Annual events such as Lunch with the Elephants and the Preakness Crab Derby have become Baltimore traditions.

Lexington Market Info:
Westside
400 W. Lexington St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Vendor list

Cross Street Market

With around two dozen stalls in this Federal Hill institution, Cross Street offers variety that attracts neighborhood old-timers, area young professionals and tourists venturing from the Inner Harbor just a few bocks away. The ever-popular Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood sells its fish fresh or cooked to order.

The building itself has gone through several incarnations. The original Cross Street Market structure was an open-air shed dating to 1846. In 1871, a two-story Italian Revival-style market was constructed, but it burned down in 1951 The current 30,000-square foot structure was completed in 1952.

Cross Street Info:
Federal Hill
Established 1846
1065 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Mon. – Sat., 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Broadway Market

Located in the current-day nightlife district of Fells Point, Broadway Market is a daytime destination at the heart of the one-time maritime community. Farmers once brought goods in by ferry. But today vendors hawk upscale sweet treats alongside stalls of meat and produce as well as lunch counters serving filling fare at bargain prices.

Now a two-building, 12,000-square foot facility, down the center of Broadway, this market has undergone major changes and renovations throughout the years. At one point, it was four sheds long stretching down to the harbor. The oldest of the city's existing market buildings, Broadway Market's current building was constructed in 1864.

Broadway Market may well continue to change in the future. A plan to add a second story to the north building and redevelop the blocks around the market was proposed in 2006.

Broadway Market Info:
Fells Point
Established 1786
1640- 41 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Mon. – Sat. 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Northeast Market

Being so close to Johns Hopkins, Northeast Market is more like a food court than some of the other markets. You can pick up fresh vegetables or seafood, but most of the vendors are selling, sandwiches, salads, cooked entrees and pizza. There are several lunch counters too.

Like other city markets, it has had several buildings and renovations throughout the years. Its current, 36,000-square foot brick building was constructed in 1955 with funds from a $102 million city bond issue.

Northeast Market Info:
near Johns Hopkins Hospital
Established 1885
2101 E. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21205
Mon. – Sat. 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Hollins Market

Like a local grocery store, this market sells meat, vegetables, salads, baked goods and seafood plus some extra goods and services like check-cashing, gifts and cell phones.

Hollins Market, a block-long, 30,000-square foot facility, has a two-story front built in 1877. Located in Baltimore's old Lithuanian section, Hollins Market is the only one to still retain its second floor. Up until the late 1950s, vendors along three blocks of Hollins Street sold goods outside the market. This market was the last to close its outside street stalls.


Hollins Street Market Info:
Southwest Baltimore
Established 1846
26 S. Arlington Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21223
Tues. – Sat. 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Avenue Market

The Avenue Market, once known as the Lafayette Market, serves the area south of Druid Hill Park as an all-around marketplace, carrying everything from Bibles to soul food. The market has a couple groceries and a produce stand plus many prepared foods as well as other retailers like a cell phone and gift sellers.

The original market, which opened in 1871, burned down in 1953. Many merchants continued to do business in a temporary shed until a new market a new building opened across the street in 1957. After a two-year renovation, the 31,000-square feet Lafayette Market reopened in 1996 as the Avenue Market.

Avenue Market Info:
Druid Heights
Established 1871
1700 Pennsylvania Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21217
Mon. – Sat. 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  1. About.com
  2. Travel
  3. Baltimore
  4. Shops & Services
  5. Baltimore Public Markets – Public Markets in Baltimore Maryland - Lexington Market - Grocery Store

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.