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Lexington Market circa 1903

Lexington Market is a historic market in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The main market is housed in two large buildings on the north corners of the intersection of Paca and Lexington Streets. In the broader sense, Lexington Market encompasses both the main market and all of the shops on Lexington Street from Greene Street to Liberty Street.

The main market buildings are host to small eateries and stands selling fish, produce, meat, baked goods, and candy.

Lexington Market is located near the Baltimore Light Rail and Baltimore Metro Subway stops of the same name. It is about six blocks from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Lexington Market is one of the longest-running markets in the world, having been around since 1782. The market continues to stand in its original site. The land for this historical market was donated by General John Eager Howard, famous colonial Revolutionary War commander of Maryland Line regiment of Continental Army. from his estate "Belvedere" (also known as "Howard's Woods) west and north of Baltimore Town. The market originally operated without sheds and stalls. Farmers would load up their horse drawn wagons with ham, butter, eggs and produce. The farmers would travel from Towson and Reisterstown to sell their goods at the market. They would usually start work by dawn.

In 1803 the market had increased in size. The market now spread from Eutaw Street down to Lexington Street. It would later spread over to Greene Street. In the beginning the market was open on Tuesdays, Friday and Saturday from 2am until 12noon. A bell would ring at the start of the day and at the end of the day. Before being called Lexington Market it was known as Western Precincts Market.


Korean-American food stalls at Lexington Market, 2009.

There are many shops featuring deli sandwiches, Mexican food, fried chicken, Chinese food, pizza, and gyros that make Lexington Market a popular lunch spot for working Baltimoreans as well as students at the nearby University of Maryland, Baltimore campus and the University of Baltimore.

Perhaps the best known eateries at Lexington Market are Mexican Delight known for its burritos & fried ice cream [1], Faidley's, known for its crabcakes, Jumbo Fried Chicken . Shortbread cookies topped with fudge, sold by DeBaufre Bakeries and known simply as "Berger Cookies,"[2] are a Baltimore favorite.

The market is closed on Sundays.

Lexington Market as a Baltimore icon[edit]

Lexington Market is viewed by many as a place that shows the personality of the "real" Baltimore, as opposed to the more generic and tourist-oriented attractions found at the nearby Inner Harbor. Lexington Market takes part in the festivities leading up to the Preakness Stakes horse race by hosting the Preakness Crab Derby, where local business leaders and celebrities race the crustaceans on the arcade stage to raise money for charity.


It is common for the Lexington Market east building to play host to jazz and rock and roll bands during the lunch hour on Fridays and Saturdays. Throughout the year, the market has also been known to host presentations from several of the many elementary and middle schools in the nearby and surrounding areas. Even some private schools, such as West Cold Spring Lane's own Baltimore Jr. Academy (BJA) have been known to perform there, yearly, in the past. A popular time to catch the performances of Baltimore's young and talented children, at the market, has usually been during the Christmas seasons.


Lexington Market won the 2006 Best of Baltimore award for "Best Place to Take Out of Town Visitors."[3]


Faidley's Seafood in Lexington Market was featured on the "Mid-Atlantic" episode of the Travel Channel show, Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America, in 2012.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°17′31″N 76°37′18″W / 39.29189°N 76.62175°W / 39.29189; -76.62175

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Baltimore Sun
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:32:09 -0700

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Baltimore Business Journal (blog)
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:17:23 -0700

The list included more than 40 buildings, but several of them are generally open anyway, including Penn Station and Lexington Market. I didn't visit either of those sites, so I'm not sure if they provided special access beyond what people normally see ...

UMB News

UMB News
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:07:29 -0700

To that end, Perman is active in the UniverCity Partnership with the office of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to improve the Lexington Market area. He is also president of the Downtown Partnership. "We are not an island here," he said. "That ...


Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:46:39 -0700

Jones explores the Lexington Market area, where purveyors of beauty supplies and salon treatments have been neighborhood fixtures for generations. Olivia Obineme, editor of Baltimore's own “StrangerswithStyle” blog, documents glimpses of individual ...

Baltimore Business Journal

Baltimore Business Journal
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:44:15 -0700

That show portrayed heroin deals at Lexington Market. It's not possible to draw a line from nearby clinics to any drug deals at Lexington Market, McBride said. "Even though the impression is they came right from the closest methadone clinic to ...

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:59:26 -0700

Nearby Lexington Market consisted of farmers who set up their horse-drawn wagons in fields. As the city grew, the congregation built a Gothic Revival church in 1852, constructed on brick arches over a portion of the cemetery, thus creating the catacombs.
The Nonprofit Quarterly
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:52:30 -0700

Can Detroit's Eastern Market be revived as a hub for vibrant community activity, something comparable to Washington, D.C.'s Eastern Market near Capitol Hill or Lexington Market and Broadway Market in Baltimore? Detroit faces an ongoing debate between ...
Kansas City Star
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:26:40 -0700

Just about every restaurant has crab on the menu, and everybody in Baltimore has their favorite spot from Faidleys in Lexington Market to Cantler's on the water near Annapolis. For dessert, have a Berger's cookie — so sweet and chocolate, your teeth ...

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