Baltimore's six public markets, all established in the 18th- and 19th-centuries, attract customers to their stalls where butchers, bakers and fish mongers still ply their trades today. You'll find fresh flowers and vegetables, prepared and ethnic foods and even cell phones at these marketplaces.
Baltimore's first public market, erected in 1763 at Gay and Baltimore streets, was financed by a lottery. Eventually eleven markets sprung up throughout the city. More than half of those markets, though not the original one, remain in use today.
Like a local grocery store, this market sells meat, vegetables, salads, baked goods and seafood plus some extra goods and services like check-cashing, gifts and cell phones.
Hollins Market, a block-long, 30,000-square foot facility, has a two-story front built in 1877. Located in Baltimore's old Lithuanian section, Hollins Market is the only one to still retain its second floor. Up until the late 1950s, vendors along three blocks of Hollins Street sold goods outside the market. This market was the last to close its outside street stalls.
Hollins Street Market Info:
26 S. Arlington Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21223
Tues. – Sat. 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Quoted from About.com Baltimore Public Markets: