To Mar­ket, To Mar­ket

Bal­ti­more’s his­toric pub­lic shop­ping cen­ters of­fer a win­dow into the city’s vi­brant com­mu­nal past.

Where Baltimore - - Contents - BY ANNE KIM-DANNIBALE

Bal­ti­more’s his­toric pub­lic shop­ping cen­ters are hubs of lo­cal fla­vor and of­fer a win­dow into the city’s vi­brant com­mu­nal past.

That’s what Ralph Waldo Emer­son pro­claimed about Bal­ti­more af­ter vis­it­ing its famed Lex­ing­ton Mar­ket, opened in the 1700s. To­day, Lex­ing­ton and the five other city-run com­mer­cial hubs (the old­est con­tin­u­ously op­er­at­ing sys­tem in the coun­try) are still hawk­ing gro­ceries and spe­cialty items like gourmet cheese and even muskrat. Though changes are afoot (Lex­ing­ton and Cross Street are slated for mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar ren­o­va­tions; oth­ers may go pri­vate), there’s still time to sa­vor the lo­cal fla­vor at these mom-and-pop in­sti­tu­tions. For de­tails, visit www.bp­mar­kets.com.

AV­ENUE

First opened in 1871, Upton’s Av­enue now bears a color­ful façade fit­ting a 1957 up­grade. In­side, find Cu­ties on Duty sou­venirs and Just Juice It bev­er­age bar. 1700 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave.

BROAD­WAY

The small­est of the mar­kets op­er­ates in the old­est build­ing (1786), with ven­dors like The Pret­zel Twist and Lu­cia’s, a pop­u­lar spot with Fells Point’s late-night crowd. 1640- 41 Aliceanna St.

CROSS STREET

This Fed­eral Hill fix­ture offers gourmet wedges at Cheese Galore & More, fresh oys­ters at Nick’s and pretty daisies at The Flower Shop. 1065 S. Charles St.

HOLLINS

Once a sup­ply stop for Civil War sol­diers, Hollins in south­west now serves up af­ford­able meals at Ed­die’s Lunch and Mike’s Lunch, fresh pro­duce and seafood. 26 S. Ar­ling­ton Blvd.

LEX­ING­TON

The old­est mar­ket in Amer­ica, with iconic Berger’s Bak­ery and Fai­d­ley’s Seafood, also has cat­a­combs un­derneath (for tours, visit bal­ti­more­heritage.org). 400 W. Lex­ing­ton St.

NORTH­EAST

This bustling cen­ter has more than 30 ven­dors, like Fresh Roast Mar­ket­place for made-from­scratch cafe­te­ria food to Pure Shea for handmade body prod­ucts. 2101 E. Mon­u­ment St.

Pub­lic mar­kets of­fer sta­ples and pre­pared foods, like pas­tries at Berger’s Bak­ery.

Lex­ing­ton Mar­ket in the 1950s

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