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Fresh meats, seafood and fruits, as well as baked goods, kosher-style corned beef and an array of international dishes can be found among the dozens of vendors at Lexington Market. The aromas and the variety of shoppers who flock to this 200-year-old market make for a colorful morning or afternoon visit. A food court surrounds a large stage, where events are held year round. Circus elephants visit the market in March, a crab race marks Preakness in May and an ice cream festival is held in July.
Since 1845, the Cross Street Market has been a vital part of the Federal Hill neighborhood. The present structure, built in 1952, is home to 28 vendors, selling everything from cheese to tobacco, donuts to health foods. In addition to fresh food, merchants also have prepared foods available, perfect for a picnic or day trip. For those who enjoy raw clams and oysters, the raw bar here simply can't be beat for freshness or atmosphere.
Founded in the 1780s before Baltimore was even chartered as a city, this market continues to thrive as one of the city's more accessible markets. Visitors will find a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats, seafood, as well as prepared foods and drinks. Over the years, the vendors' sheds have been reconstructed. At one time, they extended all the way to the waterfront. Not anymore. Today, the market is self-contained.