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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 Magazine

Baltimore Magazine
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:31:27 -0700

Down one of Lexington Market's winding paths, next to stands where vendors hawk deli meats and rows of bananas and apples, among the sharp smells of fish and fryer oil, you'll find the museum. It might not look like what you picture – no gilded frames ...

Baltimore Sun (blog)

Baltimore Sun (blog)
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:45:23 -0700

Shooting near Lexington Market at 400 West Saratoga St. outside the Bag Mart store. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun). Homicide detectives were called to the scene of the shooting Tuesday night, and police were searching a red sedan with a shattered driver's ...
Baltimore Magazine
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:39:21 -0800

"With our first event in November, we were nervous not knowing what to expect, but we had about 500 people come out," says Stacey L. Pack, Lexington Market's manager. "It was different—it was something that Lexington Market isn't really known for, but ...

Baltimore Sun (blog)

Baltimore Sun (blog)
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:59:56 -0800

Light Up Lexington returns on March 4. The second Light Up Lexington event is scheduled for March 4 at Lexington Market. The quarterly evenings feature live music, beer and wine from local producers, and collaborative food creations from Baltimore ...

WBAL Radio

WBAL Radio
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:41:15 -0700

Tuesday afternoon officers responded to the 400 block of W. Saratoga Street near Lexington Market for the report of a shooting. Once on the scene officers located an adult male who had been shot in the leg and buttocks. The victim was transported to an ...

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:31:19 -0800

Thomas said he believes Lexington Market can be a catalyst for improvements in the surrounding neighborhood, helping to reduce vacancies and draw residents and shoppers to the area. His role with the Inner Harbor taught him to take the long view when ...

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:26:14 -0700

Wallace Kemp Lehmann, was a retired president of an old Baltimore industrial equipment manufacturing firm. Wallace Kemp Lehmann, was a retired president of an old Baltimore industrial equipment manufacturing firm. (Bill Lehmann, Baltimore Sun).

Baltimore Sun

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

The lease for the Lexington Market Arcade, located on the southern edge of the complex at 130 N. Eutaw St., was due to expire this year. The landowner, Arcade Limited Partnership, is an affiliate of Alex. Brown Realty, which did not respond to a ...

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