These Baltimore-based food halls let you feast on an array of the delightful food and drink found in the city.
Baltimoreans love their food. We embraced new restaurants, we hyped up the food truck rage, we persisted through the pandemic and adopted outdoor seating in unconventional settings – basically, nothing will keep us away from the many good eats the city has to offer.
While Baltimore has had some historic food halls like Lexington Market and Broadway Market, the food hall scene has been thriving in the past few years. New spots combine the charm of long-standing traditional markets with new, industrial-chic settings that are perfect for any meal of the day.
Plus, it gives you the chance to try so many different foods all in one place. Here are a few of our favorites!
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- Address: 400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201 | Website
Lexington Market, which still stands in its original location, was founded in 1782 making it the oldest public market in the United States.
While it has an undeniable charm within its historic walls, it is currently undergoing a $40 million renovation and reconstruction that’s scheduled to be completed in early 2022.
It remains a popular tourist attraction for foodies and out-of-towners who all come to take in all of the fresh produce, foods, and desserts that are offered by the 75+ vendors there. T
he old-school bakeries will satisfy your sweet tooth craving (don’t leave without trying a Baltimore-based Berger cookie – it’s a cultural icon!) or feasting on the city’s famous Faidley’s crab cakes.
- Address: 1640 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231 | Website
Once a major source of food for the flourishing city, Broadway Market started as Fells Point Market in 1786. It was moved and rebranded over ten years later to accommodate the growing population.
One of the first-ever public markets in Baltimore, vendors would come from far and wide to sell their fruits, vegetables, and homemade foods.
After undergoing a $3 million renovation that ended in 2019, Broadway Market’s offerings have changed drastically. While they do invite over a dozen additional vendors during the spring and summer months that sell fresh fruits and veggies, most of the year-round vendors comprise restaurants, eateries, and bars.
Chef and owner of Thai Street, Kesorn Imsin shares his family’s recipes that have been passed down and perfected over generations. Bringing Bangkok to Baltimore, signature dishes from their menu you must try are the Crab Fried Rice and the Shrimp Khao Soi.
If Thai food doesn’t float your boat, try Connie’s Chicken and Waffles, Sal & Son’s Seafood, or Sophie’s Place European Deli. There are a few other choices as well as an ice cream vendor and a bar.
- Address: 529 E Belvedere Ave, Baltimore, MD 21212 | Website
Belvedere Square is a delightful food hall that has everything from boutique retail shops to chic, upscale restaurants – they even have a European-style market where you can buy freshly-baked bread, organic chocolate, and more.
The neighborhood spot is open all year long but truly comes alive when the weather is nice.
There’s plenty of outdoor seating, they often host events where they invite tons of other vendors, and their Summer Sounds at the Square concert series lets you experience local artists performing live every last Friday of the month. With everything they offer, you could spend an entire day at Belvedere Square eating, exploring, and unwinding.
Don’t miss out on the classic lobster roll from Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ at KOBA, and the “make your own Bloody Mary” bar at the Grand Cru.
- Address: 301 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211 | Website
A former auto body shop turned food hall, complete with roll-up garage doors and all, R. House is the newest addition on our list. The 6,500 square foot space features ten different food vendors with curated food offerings and a central bar that’s open every day of the week.
There is plenty of indoor/ outdoor seating and it is a great place to hang out with friends and family.
Local and international flavors come together with an assortment of delicious dishes and killer bites. You can pick and choose from the ten amazing counters; authentic tacos from Amano Taco, Korean BBQ from Be.bim, sushi from Hilo, pizza from Molina, sophisticated vegan food from STEM, fried chicken sandwiches at BRD, or beignets from Creole Soul among other options.
A feature of R. House that stands out against other food halls is The Pop Up. The shared kitchen hosts new chefs every couple of weeks to share their potential, test new recipes, and interact with members of the community. It’s a great way to try out the foods of upcoming chefs and I love that you can always find something different each time you visit.
Cross Street Market
Address: 1065 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230 | Website
Cross Street Market is another historic communal vendor hall that opened in the 19th century. They recently underwent an $8.4 million redevelopment and now have over 20 stalls on offer.
What makes Cross Street Market one of my favorite food halls in Baltimore is the fact that you can get such a wide variety of foods.
If you’re in the mood for a gyro, head to Annoula’s Greek Kitchen, or if you want a quintessential Maryland-style sandwich then Bullhead Pit Beef is the place to be. Cross Street Market is more than just food stalls though; you can get quality meats at Fenwick’s Choice Meats, buy local produce at Rooster + Hen, or pick up some fresh flowers from Baltimore Florist.
They even have a coffee shop, a craft brew bar, a wine bar, and some dessert-specific stalls like Charlsie’s Bakehouse and Crepe Crazy.
Mount Vernon Marketplace
Address: 520 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201 | Website
Mount Vernon Marketplace is a modern community space that is fun, different, and unique compared to the more traditional food halls listed prior.
They have a handful of enthusiastic vendors, and while most of them offer delicious meals, there are some dedicated to wine, local brews, artisanal charcuterie boards, Ethiopian coffee, and even artistic botanical jewelry.
But if it’s the food that you’re after, which, let’s face it, is probably the case since you’re reading about the best food halls in Baltimore, here’s what you must try: the freshly-shucked oysters and clams at The Local Oyster, the handcrafted dumplings at Pinch Dumplings, and the flavor-packed street-style tacos from Cholitas Tacos.