Lancaster Central Market

23 N Market St., Lancaster, PA 17603, United States
Closed until 6:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Tue, Fri
    • 6:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 6:00 AM–2:00 PM
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The country's oldest farmers' market, in the heart of Amish country occupies a beautiful 120 year old red brick building chock-full of local character.


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  • mean cup
  • bologna
  • open tuesday
  • smoothies
  • bakeries
  • fresh veggies
  • coffee
  • dark chocolate
  • fudge
  • falafel sandwiches
  • scenic views
  • lemon bars
  • pastries
  • pies
  • deviled eggs
  • gyros
  • breakfast food
  • birthday cakes
  • chai
  • mochas
  • visitPA

    Welcome to the oldest farmers' market in the US. This is the place to try some scrapple, stock up on apple butter and splurge on a handmade quilt. Read more

    visitPA · May 20, 2010
  • Mark S.

    Named as one of America's top 10 public spaces - a must-see if you're in Lancaster on Tues. Fri. or Sat. is a great website with a nice listing of all standholders.

    Mark Stoner · February 12, 2010
  • Admissions@PCA&D

    Central Market is the best! Fresh veggies, meats, bread, pre-prepared foods and more all priced perfectly for a college-student budget. Open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Read more

    Admissions@PCA&D · July 12, 2010
  • April S.

    The Mean Cup brews a mean cup.

    April Schilpp · April 26, 2010
  • Timothy R.

    Named one of the country's top 10 best places for pie by Bon Appétit magazine.

    Timothy Rezendes · October 2, 2010
  • Donna T.

    Stop by the Amish stand that sells Achenbach's Bakery items. Hands down best cheese Danish I ever had. Soft, gooey. melts in your mouth!

    Donna Talarico · December 15, 2012
  • Andy B.

    The spice man...need I say more?

    Andy Babin · February 12, 2011
  • John L.

    Really love Weaver's, especially the sweet bologna and dried beef!

    John Leibrick · April 17, 2010
  • Mark S.

    Check out the view from the new skybox in the SE corner. Market never looked better.

    Mark Stoner · April 30, 2011
  • Quin B.

    i need to get fruit here on tuesday

    Quin Baker · February 6, 2010
  • jlynne | photography

    Unique building exteriors for photo shoots.

    jlynne | photography · August 23, 2011
  • Andy D.

    I always get my produce from Stoner's stand. They're friendly and get most of their produce from their own farm. When I think of a farmer's market, Stoner's stand is pretty much what I have in mind.

    Andy DeBrunner · December 13, 2012
  • Ron C.

    Rick's bread is a must try, and also the veggies.

    Ron Crosbie · December 20, 2011
  • Hillary R.

    Stop by for a fresh fruit smoothie. Yum!

    Hillary Rothrock · August 2, 2011
  • Janelle D.

    A tip for all you tourists out there: Central Market is in a city, crowded with people. Although there are parking lots nearby there is no free parking whatsoever unless you can walk 5 or 6 blocks.

    Janelle Downey · August 24, 2013
  • Kurtis S.

    Thom's Rosemary Olive oil bread is delicious !

    Kurtis Shank · November 30, 2012
  • Tobias T.

    Get a coffee from the friendly baristas at Lancaster County Coffee Roasters.

    Tobias Treppmann · October 27, 2012
  • PreservationNation

    In 1730 Andrew and James Hamilton laid out the town of Lancaster and designated a 120 foot square lot to be a public market, which it remains to this day - more than 280 years later.

    PreservationNation · April 22, 2012
  • William P.

    Be prepared to visit one of the three ATMs in Penn Square or bring cash ahead of time!

    William Post · April 26, 2011
  • Traci G.

    Fudge, coffee, and yoghurt.

    Traci Guynup · February 16, 2010
  • visitPA

    Voted the fourth best market in the nation by USA Today, Lancaster Central Market has been recognized as America's oldest farmers market and is the best place to find Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine.

    visitPA · July 31, 2014
  • Mariah H.

    Rooster Street Pork has an amazing "meat cup" sampler of their best meats. Yum!!!!

    Mariah Hay · November 30, 2013
  • Janet L.

    Pure Blend Tea for some awesome blends - cannot wait to try the dark chocolate chai!

    Janet Lewis · February 16, 2013
  • Tobias T.

    Some prices are lower during the week

    Tobias Treppmann · October 27, 2012
  • Barbie M.

    Do not skip this gem. If you're in town, make time.

    Barbie Marshall · March 11, 2012
  • Travel Green Appalachia

    Everything local you can imagine at the longest running market in U.S. history dating back to 1733. Get some lebanon bologna and shoofly pie

    Travel Green Appalachia · July 19, 2011
  • Lauren F.

    Lancaster juice company has the best smoothies. Try one with coconut!

    Lauren Fisher · March 12, 2011
  • Bob G.

    Been there and Done That (it), NOW I really want to do it again, its a great place to visit, just be sure you get there on a day they're open - So Tuesday - Friday - or Saturday be sure to stop from 6

    Bob George · January 28, 2011
  • Kevin P.

    Peppermint mocha @ Mean Cup

    Kevin Poff · December 18, 2010
  • Joel W.

    Ric's Bread has the best Fasnacht's today, and apparently every Tue's from now on.

    Joel Wiebner · February 16, 2010
  • Chrissy N.

    Tons of local vendors. Great butchers and farms from the area.

    Chrissy Nickel · October 15, 2014
  • Natalee K.

    Mecks Produce has everything you're looking for at some really great prices. Freshest produce there, go early for best selection.

    Natalee Karpel · March 9, 2014
  • Charles D.

    Fresh veggies, apple cider and good folks.

    Charles DiComo · November 23, 2013
  • RuthLess ☕.

    Spice vendor

    RuthLess ☕ · October 22, 2013
  • Maria H.

    Super place for fresh everything.

    Maria Hodge · August 31, 2013
  • Randy R.

    If you are thinking of moving to the area. New construction homes in Manheim by Keystone Custom homes starting in the 200’s. Read more

    Randy R. · July 10, 2013
  • Robert S.

    Busy and hot. Zig's bakery had great lemon bars!!

    Robert Santuci · July 5, 2013
  • RuthLess ☕.

    Lovely day at the market

    RuthLess ☕ · July 2, 2013
  • Janelle D.

    Give all your spare change to the buskers, not the homeless people.

    Janelle Downey · April 27, 2013
  • Paul R.

    Locals: Don't come on Friday or Saturday. Too many tourists!

    Paul Rothrock · December 28, 2012
  • Spencer T.

    Such a great place to just walk around and maybe even pick up some fresh produce too! Be sure to stop by Mean Cup for some awesome coffee!

    Spencer Twain · November 24, 2012
  • Tobias T.

    Come early.

    Tobias Treppmann · October 27, 2012
  • Kate S.

    Only place I can get a half loaf of white bread! Lancaster Central Market has so much to offer and if you like people watching this is definitely the place to be!

    Kate Sanders · October 13, 2012
  • Sleepie C.

    Want milk in glass bottles? And the best chocolate milk on the planet? Maplehofe.

    Sleepie Cloud · August 4, 2012
  • Two Pups Pastries

    Don't forget to stop by the Pet Bakery and pick up your Two Pups Pastries treats and other delicious goodies for you furry friend. Remember you can order Doggie Birthday Cakes as well!

    Two Pups Pastries · June 16, 2012
  • Erin T.

    Mean Cup makes some of the best local coffee, and the bagel stand near it has excellent bagels! Try the garlic bagel!

    Erin Trimber · June 9, 2012
  • Brian R S.

    The momma, dog, and sunshine. Ahhhhhh

    Brian R Stone · May 12, 2012
  • Elizabeth H.

    The deviled eggs are to die for! Come hungry.

    Elizabeth Hagan · October 7, 2011
  • Caitlin K.

    Lancaster juice company...the number 2 smoothie is the best!!

    Caitlin Koller · September 30, 2011
  • Matt P.

    Awesome authentic gyro at Stella's

    Matt Pike · August 13, 2011

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