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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

Baltimore Sun
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:24:41 -0800

The city has agreed to pay $2.86 million to buy the food court in Lexington Market, giving it full ownership of the entire Lexington Market complex for the first time since the 1980s. The agreement, outlined this week for the Board of Estimates, comes ...

Baltimore Business Journal (blog)

Baltimore Business Journal (blog)
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:53:52 -0800

Portland, Maine-based Market Ventures Inc., hired by the Baltimore Public Markets Corp. at a cost of $485,000, wants the city to transform Lexington Market into a feast for the senses. That means redesigning it to encourage vendor-customer interaction, ...

Baltimore Business Journal (blog)

Baltimore Business Journal (blog)
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:34:28 -0800

There are also key staff changes coming for Lexington Market, the largest of the city's six public markets. The nonprofit Baltimore Public Markets Corp. has hired a new property manager for Lexington Market, Stacey Pack, who formerly oversaw day-to-day ...

Baltimore Magazine

Baltimore Magazine
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:51:43 -0800

The Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, Lexington Market, and Dooby's partnered to create the upcoming Light Up Lexington event this Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. The night will feature several Baltimore chefs pairing up with market vendors to create ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:41:15 -0700

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Getting a facelift. Lexington Market, in the heart of downtown, may be getting a multi-million dollar makeover. Officials say they want to appeal to a broader base of customers. Meghan McCorkell has more on the changes in store.
Baltimore Sun (blog)
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:44:30 -0800

"It really shows how excited the local food community is about the potential of Lexington Market." Other participating restaurants and eateries include Blue Pit BBQ, Alewife, The Charmery and Hersh's. Participating Lexington Market vendors include ...

LEX18 Lexington KY News

LEX18 Lexington KY News
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:07:14 -0800

A robbery at a Lexington Market put police on alert and a school on lockdown. It happened Thursday afternoon at the Progress Mart on North Limestone. Surveillance video shows a man walking through the store, pulling a gun on the clerk and a customer, ...

Technical.ly Baltimore

Technical.ly Baltimore
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:25:02 -0800

The vendors who serve up take-out, baked goods and other food at Lexington Market are happy when they're busy. At the same time, it means they often can't leave the premises. Wells Fargo is hoping its new ATM represents a chance to keep everyone ...

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