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Baltimore Shopping

The Baltimore metropolitan area has various shopping options covering a wide spectrum from bargain shopping near college campuses to upscale boutiques in trendy neighborhoods. Baltimore's outdoor markets date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and are probably the most renowned shopping opportunities in the area.

Broadway Market in Baltimore © Mike Leco / USATourist.com
Built in 1785, the Broadway Market is a great choice for local foods and crafts.

Markets

There are six well-known public markets in the Baltimore area. Each venue offers its own atmosphere and vendors. Fresh meat and seafood, fresh produce, jellies, bread and crafts are just some of the items sold at these markets by local vendors.

Hollins Market, a two story market, is located in Southwest Baltimore on 26. S. Arlington Ave.

Cross Street Market in Federal Hill is located only a few blocks from the Inner Harbor.

Broadway Market is located in the trendy Fell's Point district.

Northeast Market is located at 2101 E. Monument Street near Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Lexington Market on 400 W. Lexington Street is the oldest of the Baltimore's public markets and known for Faidley's Seafood, particularly the crabcakes.

Avenue Market (formerly Lafayette Market) is located in the southern section of Druid Hill Park.

Traditional Shopping

Fell's Point is one of Baltimore's most historic neighborhoods with 350 original colonial period buildings. The area has a happening nightlife but daytime shoppers enjoy strolling through various boutiques and antique shops.

Harborplace and the Gallery, located on East Pratt Street at the Inner Harbor, is a premier shopping destination with plenty restaurants and eateries to choose from.

The Village of Cross Keys is an upscale shopping center filled with a few chain stores and many specialty boutiques (5100 Falls Rd.)

Fell's Point boutiques along Baltimore Harbor © Mike Leco / USATourist.com
The Fell's Point area has a happening nightlife but daytime shoppers enjoy strolling through various boutiques and antique shops.

Bargain Shopping

Some of the best bargain shopping in the Baltimore area is found at second-hand stores such as the Hampden area which is convenient proximity to the three college campuses Loyola College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Baltimore. The area has a wide variety of vintage clothing stores, thrift shops, and other second-hand stores. Hampden is only a 10-minute ride by car or Light Rail from downtown Baltimore.

Only fifteen minutes south of Baltimore is Maryland's largest outlet mall. This bargain-hunter's dream has 17 anchor stores and over 225 specialty stores that range from outlet and discount shops to themed restaurants and entertainment.

Antique Shopping

Antique hunters are surrounded by treasures and history at the 800 block of Howard Street in Downtown Baltimore. The area is known as Antique Row. Some of the shops date back to the mid-1800's and some are only a few years old, such as Antique Row Stalls, a 10,000 square feet filled with multiple antique and art dealers. Metered parking is available or visitors may take the Light Rail.

Southeast of Baltimore, off of I-95, is Maryland's largest antique mall, AAA Antiques Mall has more than 400 dealers and an auction house.

Shopping Tips

Every August thousands of shoppers are drawn to Maryland's largest antiques event The Antique Show located at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown's Inner Harbor. The event brings in over 550 national and international dealers. The Antiquarian Book Fair hosts 60 dealers offering a variety of first editions, fine manuscripts, signed books and other rare books.

Written by: Beth Blair
Top Photo Credit: © Mike Leco / USATourist.com
Photo Description: Baltimore's Inner Harbor is the hub to shopping, dining and nightlife.