Shopping in Baltimore's never a disappointment, whether you're a flea-market addict, a high-end boutique lover or just a casual window browser. The tourist-laden Inner Harbor houses many familiar national retailers, while some of the older neighborhoods like Mount Vernon and Fell's Point are home to some fine boutiques, antique galleries and other specialty stores. Another must for collectors, Antique Row is located on Howard Street downtown and houses an entire block of historic antique stores. Perhaps the most distinctive shopping options are the public markets. Offering fresh meats, produce, baked goods, as well as some tasty prepared foods, the markets are popular stops for many locals. Lexington Market, founded in 1782, is the city's oldest, but the Broadway Market in Fell's Point and the Cross Street Market in Federal Hill also offer many flavorful treats, plants, flowers and handmade gifts.
Elizabeth C. Baxley is a Travel Editor for 10Best, Inc. Her favorite travel experiences have involved studying theater in London and exploring the streets of Salzburg, Munich and Vienna. She served as a contributor to the 10Best Travel Guides for Dallas and Washington, D.C., and her writings have also appeared in Upstate Parent.